My local bike club will do their annual Teddy Roosevelt ride in mid July - a favorite. I am busy that weekend so I decided to go on my own. This is a tough ride with a group let alone solo. Note - the total lack of flat terrain - as with most rides in the Adirondacks you either are going up or down.
The ride starts out in the small down of North Creek
A quite little town that is really only known for two things:
1) One of the earliest ski destinations in the NE
2) The place where Teddy Roosevelt took the oath of office.
Here is a photo of the mountain I spend my winters on - a really great place to ski with many hidden treasures.
The ride is 80 miles long with 6000' of climbing. Luckily you get a few miles of warm up before the really long climb. I did not get going until about 3 hrs after my planned start so the day was getting quite hot. I filled the big water bottles (one with Nuun and the other with weak gatoraide), two high calorie protein bars and a flask of Hammer gel, some Nuun tabs and gatoraide powder and off I went.
In North Creek is the old train station where our hero took the oath and boarded the train for Buffalo. The only train that runs on these tracks now is a scenic railroad but they are repairing the tracks all the way to Saratoga NY - they want to get the ski trains running again. This will allow a passengers from NYC to travel all the way to North Creek as they did in the 1930's.
The first few miles - before the big climb up River Hill you travel right beside the Hudson river to the little town (just a few stores) called North River. This is where the river takes a turn up the the gorge and we take a turn up River Hill. North River is mostly home to rafting companies, they load them up in old school buses and take them up river - not done it yet but is on my list for this Aug.
Here as we are at the base of the hill, you can see the river turn to the right and you can see to the left the road starts the climb a fairly steady 8 to 9%.