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Tioga Center Loop with a "Hill"...

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

My cycling buddy and I had a wonderful 82 / 89 mile (depending on whether you go with the SP Fitness Maps or ride this past Saturday. Although we initially spoke of heading "South of the Border" into Pennsylvania to Montrose we both got onto talking about not having biked west-ward beyond Owego / Newark Valley. Our bike club was planning a Sunday ride out in Tioga Center, but neither of us were inclined to DRIVE out to where we would cycle. We're both frugal and view DRIVING in order to CYCLE as somewhat defeating the purpose, no? Of course there are special rides that are worth driving for on occasion, but we're inclined to prefer heading out the front door on our bikes.

So we changed plans and headed out, initially with the intent of reaching Waverly / Sayre (which would actually have been just over the PA border). We met at Binghamton's Confluence Park and headed toward Owego where we stopped for a lovely lunch at a store which features many hand-crafted items AND a delish healthy restaurant which has tables on their deck out back overlooking the Susquehanna River:

We split a huge spinach salad and downed our water as we enjoyed the antics of some sort of canoe Mardis Gras which was passing by. The flotillas were filled with folks who were having a blast paddling and steering their crafts along the WAY shallow river:

Wrapping up our lunch:

We head further westward!

The weather was overcast, but nary a drop...however we were paying attention to the rain that was out west and heading our way, head's up courtesy of a weather report from my son via his smartphone. Here's the view from a bridge in Tioga Center:

We decided not to push our luck by going all the way to Sayre and crossed from 17C over the river. We intended to take 434 back for a different route. Problem was: 434 didn't extend beyond Owego. Instead we just followed our noses and the river which led us to Stanton Hill Road.

Our forefathers who named our roads rarely used the word "Hill" lightly!

What a CLIMB that was!! And lo & behold my cycling buddy, who wasn't keeping her usual pace which is pretty complementary to mine, she CRAWLS to the top and says: "Something is up with my bike. I feel like it is holding me back." I lift the back end up, spin the wheel and see it wobbling so badly that it's rubbing a lot against the body of the bike! No WONDER! I was AMAZED she had been riding as WELL as she was! So here we were a good 40 miles from the bike shop! We managed to get there though and "observant" me totally overlooked the broken spoke she had...ugh! But she was quickly fixed and on her way!

Here's the route we took...a total climb of 2860 feet!

Looking forward to my next big ride...perhaps off to the Delaware Co. Fair this Saturday...? We'll see!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CINNAMONJOY 8/24/2011 10:52PM

    Looks like a fantastic ride! And you are right - They didn't mess around when they called things hills. If it says hill, it is!

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VALERIEMAHA 8/24/2011 10:07AM


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JILLY618 8/20/2011 5:58AM

    Wow looks like a great ride I like your idea of heading out the door and riding I am just starting to get some distance nothing like what you do but did do 38 miles the other day am going to try for 50 as my goal next.

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DAVEINSEOUL 8/18/2011 6:28AM

    Great ride, great pictures, great blog!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/17/2011 9:09AM

    emoticon ride and great pics. Loved to hear the "Don Chronicles" of biking.

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MS_SWEETHEART 8/17/2011 12:24AM

    emoticon Love the pics. emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 8/16/2011 11:31PM

    awesome share..............
love the pictures
blessings and hugs....lita

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TOOTHFUL99 8/16/2011 9:59PM

    How nice to just spend the day on your bikes. It was the perfect way to enjoy the beauty around you...broken spokes and all!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/16/2011 7:51PM

    Nostalgia in Spades... I used to live in Newark Valley, and was drawn in by the blog title! There are some serious hills out that way. Happy cycling! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 8/16/2011 7:47PM

    That is one impressive ride . . . and looks like a lot of fun too (with a few little bumps and spokes in the wheel).

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VARMINT3 8/16/2011 5:57PM

    Looks like a gorgeous ride - was lunch at the River Rose? I've never eaten there, but the view looked like what would be behind there.

After visiting my old stomping grounds in the midwest this weekend (near Chicago), I feel so blessed to be able to live in this gorgeous country - and without the hordes of people that inhabit the flatlands, too! Just enough people to make friends emoticon .

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CANBDONE 8/16/2011 1:22PM

    The power of friendship...

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MRDPOLING 8/16/2011 11:36AM

    Wow what an awesome view! I seriously need a day like this!

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SASSYCHRIS1952 8/16/2011 10:19AM

    Once again, thanks for sharing and posting great pictures! I was wondering----do you mean Delaware County in PA?

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