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God's Country and Beyond!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Today's ride was through some of the most BEAUTIFUL country! We started in the Cannonsville Reservoir, which for those who may not know, is one of several reservoirs in upstate NY which has been set up to gather water to meet the needs of the residents of New York City. Like a giant water cooler, only Nature's version, with a helping hand from people who designed and shaped it.

Here is a pic of the reservoir:

Here is a link to my saved Fitness Map of the ride:

Supposedly someone's Garmin clocked this ride @ 66 miles...some difference with Fitness Maps tallying up 47 miles! Go figure! I'm going with the upper number because it SURE FELT LIKE IT!

Beers Brook Road

Sounds like such a harmless enough name, eh?

5 miles of solid uphill climbing and YES, I WALKED! :-)

There was no way I would kill myself going up this hill only to have the majority of the ride yet still ahead of me...WHEW! It was challenging enough on it's own!

The fun part was riding down the hills into Downsville on Route 206...didn't reach the upper 50 mph as they had before, but we were around 48 mph...yee hah! No brakes, just fast and furious FUN! For once gravity was my FRIEND instead of FOE!

In Downsville we ate at the Old Schoolhouse Restaurant, a very nicely done-up place in the hunter-woodsman motif with stuffed, mounted animals EVERYWHERE!

I had a spinach salad with grilled chicken on top...yum!

This is the view out the back side of the restaurant looking WAY up the mountainside from down in the valley where we were...awfully pleased not to climb THAT ONE!:

Here are a few of us outside the restaurant with our bikes:

A pic of the road ahead:

I have to admit toward the end of our trek mightily feeling the fatigue and worse, my dorkey shorts weren't doing the best in protecting my backside...yeouch! I began standing on the pedals so much my legs were getting wobbly! A couple of the bike club members were kind enough to wait for me to straggle along...hadn't even realized it as I was busy snapping pics near the end of the ride realizing, "hey, I don't have but hardly ANY pics!" I was pleased to find out that they don't let anyone bike alone on these rides...make sure we all come home to roost! :-)

Wrapped up feeling pleasantly exhausted and treated myself to a soak in the tub tonight...something I do only a handful of times a year!

Hope everyone had a WONDERFUL weekend and here's to a SPARKIN' week ahead!



Member Comments About This Blog Post:
AZIMAT 7/24/2010 5:18PM

    Wow! Good for you. Those hills on a bike are a huge challenge. You should be proud of yourself.

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JESPAH 7/22/2010 12:44PM

    Wow Don you are a hero for doing all that.

What an amazing time it sounds like. And I get the feeling you're gonna do it again.

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SATYAGRAHA 7/20/2010 6:22AM

    Woohoo! Looks like a great time!

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JEAN_W 7/20/2010 5:01AM

    Aren't your dorky shorts padded on the backside? I know I've seen padded bike shorts. What a beautiful and long ride.

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TEAMAEGIS 7/19/2010 10:08PM

    What a challenging ride we had! HILLY, headwinds, heat, distance, and speed over BEAUTIFUL terrain!

Don... as I mentioned to you earlier, you are a great rider. The "fast kids" showed up for this ride, and you stayed with them for most of the 66 hilly hilly miles. Sweet... As usual, I led from the rear, finishing up (no doubt) at least 1/2 hour behind everyone else. But finish I did...

GREAT ride, and glad you came along. Imagine... just a few years ago was this even a possibility?

Ride on Don!

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LUREAH21 7/19/2010 10:13AM

    Awesome and Beautiful!! emoticon

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LADYGWEN25 7/19/2010 9:10AM

    looks like a beautiful place to ride! i can't wait until i can get to that point both fitness wise and with confidence on the bike... Keep Sparking Don! you motivate me to move forward and conquer my fears!

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FRECKS96 7/19/2010 7:11AM

    So glad you got to enjoy your ride. Sounds like it was a success, even if you are a bit sore today. Don't forget to rest yourself and you'll be ready for that 100 miler in no time!

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FERRETLOVER1 7/19/2010 6:52AM

    Wow - what a beautiful place to ride!

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GRACEFULIFE 7/19/2010 6:40AM

    Wow, yeah beautiful areas to ride and great job for pulling through such a ride! emoticon

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SASSYCHRIS1952 7/19/2010 2:15AM

    Beautiful scenery!

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 7/18/2010 11:53PM

    Great fun to read about your latest biking adventure, and whether it was 47 or 66 miles, you ROCK!

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