Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Upstate NY
Bikes: Simoncini, Gary Fisher, Specialized Tarmac
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Once in Long Lake we take a break and have some lunch at Stewarts. Stewarts is probably the best chain of shops I have ever found, they are everywhere in this part of the country and they do a great job. I buy a gallon of water (it's cheaper than a 16oz bottle) refill both big water bottles and dring about a quart with my ham and cheese sandwich.
Long Lake marks the half way point in the ride. The next stretch is to a little town called Newcomb. The road crosses now what is left of the Hudson to where it has it's origan at the base of Mt Marcy.
We take another stop here as it is getting hot, refill one bottle and look at the high peaks
The big peak here I believe is Mt. Marcy - they highest peak in NYS
Now back to our hero - when McKinley was shot TRex was climbing Marcy - as he liked to do quite often. They sent runners up to get him and had riders to take him back from teh Tahawus club to North Creek, they would have come down this road.
A few miles further and hidden behind some trees is an old plaque put up in the early 1900's recognizing the team of riders who brought him to North Creek, some of the families I know.
Once beyond this point we have one more climb to go - then a screaming downhill. It was repaved 2 years ago and that year I hit close to 50mph, this time it was only about 45.
With the wind at our back we roll into the little town of Minerva past the only little store. I take a break under a shade tree. While I am resting another friend who lives beside the store stops by and asks if I need anything. I have one bottle left for the last 15 miles so I am OK. He and his wife were doing a loop on one of the lakes south of here, his wife is training for a triathlon.
By this time I am pretty beat - the ride solo, with the heat and a strong head wind at the start really drained me - so no more pics. But I can say that this last part of the ride from Minerva back to North Creek is my favorite - a nice slight downhill with the rollers short enough you can power over the tops. It's easy to keep it at 20+ through the end.
I hope you had a Bully 4th!