I did a hard and hilly 64 mile ride with three friends from the club, all in their 20s. We rode the loop clockwise, hitting hills early on Kings Road and Stembridge Rd. (This segment does not show up in my Garmin map for some reason. Not sure if it is included in the elevation gain total.) More hills on either side of Oconee, a couple around the river on 57 and finally the familiar hills on 112 from Toomsboro.
We stopped at stores in Oconee and Toomsboro. Glad they were open. Friendly staff at both stores let us fill our bottles with water. We did buy drinks and snacks, too. The store in Oconee was nice with a big picnic table inside where we could rest and eat.
They were nice to the old man and hung back with me for most of the ride. Occasionally a couple of them would leave me on the hills while one stayed back to keep me company. On the final stretch I told them to go ahead and not worry about me as I knew the way back. They did hang around at the end while I finished. Good kids.
I was channeling my heroes from the Tour de France, the guys who plod along way off the back through the mountains only concerned with making the cutoff time.
Ready to start
02 pre-ride2 by BluesDawg, on Flickr
James does an impressive track stand for a long time at a traffic light.
03 track stand by BluesDawg, on Flickr
One of the long hills going into Oconee
04 hill1 by BluesDawg, on Flickr
Heading out from the store stop in Oconee - and right up a hill.
08 Leaving Oconee by BluesDawg, on Flickr
Rolling through Toomsboro
14 Toomsboro2 by BluesDawg, on Flickr
A field of sunflowers near the end of the ride
16 Sunflowers by BluesDawg, on Flickr