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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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New Trails

Pat said, “Trolley bed? Sounds flat.” Yeah, that’s what I thought too. The newest trail near me runs partly on an old trolley bed. Imagine my surprise to find that rather then being flat, it’s a mile-long climb up the … Continue reading

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Bike Doesn’t Scare Me

Update to my most recent post: After I leveled my saddle, Ben and I did 25 miles of 100 foot/mile cycling today on a mix of trails, dirt, and pavement. Ben challenged me into riding reasonably hard, and we had … Continue reading

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I’m Afraid of my Bike

Last Thursday’s Dirty Thirty ran long. I did 46 miles, probably the longest ride I’ve done in a year. Sometime after the halfway point my back knotted up. On the final hills, every pedal stroke brought with it a corresponding … Continue reading

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