Monthly Archives: July 2018

Haviland Hollow is Hard

(Edited to correct a factual error) What we call Haviland Hollow is really the Michael Ciaiola Conservation Area, named after a long time president of the Putnam County Land Trust. We don’t though. We call it after the road it’s … Continue reading

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Farrington Cherry

There’s a guy I’ve been friends with for 20 years or so through online forums. It turns out that we live just 45 minutes apart, so we’ve socialized a few times. A strong rider and a no-bullshit guy, he’s an … Continue reading

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Mid-Summer Fun

Spring is a relief after a winter spent figuring out the correct layering for a ride and then kicking my ass out the door into the cold. I’m always glad I did ride in the winter, but it’s hard to … Continue reading

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Benchmark Check

Rockland. I’d been there once before, last August. Its 25 miles of well-built, well-maintained, and fun trails are a 45 minute drive with no traffic, so it’s not a regular ride. We rode 11 miles there yesterday. I had stayed … Continue reading

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The Joy of Calvinism

After Sunday-Funday at Nassahegan, the Preserves fit my mood. It’s a hard ride. Where rock gardens don’t grow, it’s steep. The climb ratio is between 150 feet and 200 feet per mile. The trails are narrow and often overhung with … Continue reading

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New Park

I needed a ride on Sunday afternoon. The weather was perfect and the week before had been an atmospheric swamp. Ben was the only guy who responded to my email, and he wanted to go someplace new. Someplace new that … Continue reading

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On Freedom

Twice this week I’ve taken the dogs down to the Shepaug, to a swimming hole I’ve known of for years and that I’ve hardly ever used. There’s no good reason for me not to have gone there more often, only … Continue reading

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