I am currently on vacation in the Adirondaks, I love this place. This was the day to do the Teddy Roosevelt ride. I was supposed to do this ride a few weeks back but get rained out. This was a great ride from North Creek to Blue Mountain lake, up to Long lake, then through Newcomb & Minerva and back to North Creek. This ride covers 85 miles of spectacular views with 6000 feet of climbing with three big climbs - the lowest point on the trip is at North Creek as it is on the Hudson River. The thrilling descent is after a long climb out of Newcomb - once at the top of the ridge you drop down over 1000 ft to Manerva. They had repaved this road this summer, there was no traffic, I was on my steel Simoncini - I let her rip. Top speed hit 48.6 MPH In the past I had a speed wobble on this bike - two years ago and never trusted it at speed since - she was solid as a rock. I hit a tight turn at the bottom and she tracked through it at over 35 MPH! What a ride!
I started at 9:00 AM to a stiff west wind and 50 degrees temps, was sporting arm warmers and a wind breaker. Took my hydration pack full of ice water, a bottle of Gatoraid and a Bottle of Nuun, 4 Kashi Trail mix bars and 4 Gu packs. Headed out of North Creek into the head wind and made the 1000' climb to Indian Lake and then on to Blue Mountain lake. When I got there I stoped at an outdoor outfitter store and looked at canoes. The average speed was 13.5MPH (Mile 32) - dissapointing. I ate, drank and shopped guide boats and canoes. Then came the climb to the trail head on Blue Mountain and then on the Long Lake which marked the 1/2 way point. The trip to Long lake was due north and the cross wind almost took me off the road a few times. Lunch at Stewarts in Long lake - a ham sandwich. Bought enough water to refill the water bottles, carried gatoraide powder and Nuun tablets to remix the bottles, the hydration pack still had water, put the windbreaker in the backpack put kept the arm warmers on. After 20 mins took off towards Newcomb. Stopped at the historic marker that marked the spot Teddy Roosevelt was at the time William McKinnley died (TR was traveling down from a hike on Mt Marcey at the time) - eat, drank and rested for about 10 mins. Off to the climb before the descent into Minerva. Once I hit the top I let her go. After Minerva I slipped off the arm warmers as the temps were now in the mid 70s. Then back to North Creek were T-Rex took the oath of office at the train station. The average speed ended up to be a little over 15MPH - the tailwind from Long Lake helped. At the end I still had one Kashi bar and one Gu but all bottles & hydration pack were empty. This is a ride I will repeat - maybe next year.