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 was a 40 minute drive. I wanted a 15 minute drive. Ben frequently goes where I suggest though, and I did want to try this park, so I stopped whining, kitted up, and drove over to his house, from whence we carpooled. Forty minutes later we pulled into the parking lot of the Nassahegan Sports Complex, bordering the eponymous state park.

There was one other mtber in the parking lot, and he tipped us off on the trails to ride. I didn’t listen much, and figuring that Ben is faster then me so he’d be in front anyway, so there was no need for me to know where I was going.

George Waldo, the park I ride most frequently, has a long Strava segment called The Schralpin’ Turns. It’s twisty and turny and flowey and the most fun half a mile in the park. Riding Nassahegan was like riding The Schralpin’ Turns for 7 miles. I’ve never had so much fun on a trail as at Nassahegan. And we only did about half the trails there and in the adjoining preserve, Sessions Woods.

I need to listen to Ben more often.


About swampyankeecyclist

I'm Andy Engel, just a middle-aged, middle-class guy from Roxbury, Connecticut. I've been married to my best friend since 1988, and we have two grown sons. I like riding bikes, and my biggest accomplishment is the 180K D2R2. I own 5 bikes but my go-to rides are a 2016 GT Grade gravel and commuter bike and a 2016 Specialized 650b hardtail mountain bike. Additionally, I have a 2000-something carbon-fiber Orbea road bike, a 1990-something Specialized Sirrus that's my old dirt and commuter bike and which now serves as a spare and a trainer bike, and a 1985 Ross Mount Hood MTB. All but the 650b have Brooks saddles. I work from home now, but used to commute 32 miles round trip to work by bike year round. I was a carpenter and still love building things, but regular paychecks, insurance, and vacation time lured me into journalism. I've written a couple of books on carpentry, and I've been an editor at Fine Homebuilding, Fine Woodworking, and Professional Deck Builder magazines. Currently, I manage construction events at the JLC Live and Remodeling Show trade shows. Additionally, my wife and I run Transylvania Guest House, an Airbnb. Find us on Instagram. Come stay with us and I'll show you some great cycling.
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1 Response to New Park

  1. Mark says:

    Viva La Nassarica!

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