Left the house a bit after 9 with everything I needed in my pockets (MTB shorts) -- tube, patch kit, multi tool, money, phone, granola bar. Headed north out of Endicott (NY) on Rt 26. Wasn't sure how far I was going, as there are lots of bailout options. At mile 10, avg speed was just under 18. Mile 12.4 - scared a momma groundhog and her four baby's who were eating grass at the edge of the road. Nice long downhill into Whitney Point, NY, and at mile 20 my avg speed was a bit over 18. Kept going North on Rt 11 to Lisle, then hooked a left toward the tiny little intersection of Richford, NY.
Just outside Lisle on Rt 79 I was able to stop and fill up my water bottle from a spring where several locals were filling jugs. Cold, clear...wow...super treat. Gradual climb for about 7 miles or so...payback for that downhill. Ate half my granola bar. Pass one rider going the other way. Hooked another left at Rt 38 and headed south toward Berkshire, and then Newark Valley. There's a clam/seafood distributor between Richford and Berkshire, which has always perplexed me since it truly is in the middle of absolutely nowhwere. And hundreds of miles from the ocean. But their clams are good.
Wind picked up so the next 14 or so miles, though mostly flat, were a bit annoying. Stopped in Newark Valley for a break - 10 minutes to refill the water bottle and have a can of Starbucks double shot - ugh. I love coffee, but wnated a cold drink -- wasn't very good. Get going again, knowing my biggest hills are just ahead. Eat the other half of my granola bar (2 bar package).
Another left onto 38B, and I start a approx 2 mile 6% uphill. This is about mile 43. I was concerned I would have trouble, and my bailout is to keep goign on 38, and ride an additional 15 miles but mostly flat. DOn't have to use it -- did ok on the hill, keeping it around 8 - 9 mph. Had a couple more good climbs on that road, then retraced part of my departure route. And finally ended with .8 miles of a 7% climb -- the least of three evils to get back to my house (the worst being a .7 mile hill that starts out gradual but hits 11-12%).
All in all, a good ride. My longest to date. I'm pretty sure I can tackle a century now, but I'll do a couple more long rides - in the 70/80 mile range, before I do.
57 miles, 2700 feet of climbing, 3 hrs, 28 min rolling time for an avg speed of 16.48 mph...had hoped to keep it over 17, but the hills took it out of me. Total time was about 3 hrs 48 minutes (stopped on the last hill to talk to my buddy who was out in the heat working on his deck).
Tomorrow - recovery ride : ) Although I feel pretty good.