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    Weekend ride in the White Mtns

    Every April, my husband & I head up to Jackson NH for a retreat. Well, my husband does the retreat, but I, being a heathen, go biking.
    Jackson is pretty much surrounded by the White Mountain National Forest so there aren’t that many paved roads, but I have a loop that I do that takes me around the far end of the valley, up over the back of Tin Mtn into the national forest – where the road switches to dirt for a bit – then back down into the town of Lower Bartlett. At that point, I can ride the busy but not very hilly rt 16 back to Jackson, or I can take the very, very steep, (I had to stop 3 times) but very scenic Thorn Hill Rd back to the center of Jackson. It's not a long loop, but it is very hilly, so it takes me a while.

    About a third of the way up the valley. There are some lovely falls right past this bridge.
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    If I won the lottery, I would buy this house and fix it up. You can't see it, but it has the most fantastic view out the back of the whole valley.
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    Where the pavement ends.
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    This is in the White Mountain National Forest. The mtb skills come in handy on this section.
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    Daffodils all over the front yard!
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    A maple syrup house.
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    I think I might be breaking that speed limit on the way down.
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    The Eagle Mountain House grand hotel across the valley. Mt Washington off in the distance on the far right.
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    Thanks, must have been a nice ride. Love the pictures -- Northern New England waking up after winter.

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    Haven't cycled in NH but about once a year I jump on the Ducati and go up to Lincoln to camp with my motorcycle buddies. Beautiful country up there. And, there's Polly's Pancake Pavillion.

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    The area looks quite a bit like my neck of the woods. We have snow on top of our mountains this morning too.
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    I also would buy in N.H. if I won the Lottery! I attended Tilton School in Tilton N.H. One of my classmates had a 40 acre "camp" on Lake Winnipesaukee near Laconia, NH that I used to visit.

    I enjoyed cycling in the area and would be happy to be there again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
    I also would buy in N.H. if I won the Lottery! I attended Tilton School in Tilton N.H. One of my classmates had a 40 acre "camp" on Lake Winnipesaukee near Laconia, NH that I used to visit.

    I enjoyed cycling in the area and would be happy to be there again.
    Ahh, the Tilton Diner! It must have been there when you attended school. We use to stop there when ever we were coming back from the mountains, but my husband heart issues put a stop to that!
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    Miss Jean, I don't live in New Hampshire but have spent quite a bit of time there hiking and backpacking in and around the Pemigawasset Wilderness. I just love Jackson and the wooden bridge leading into the town. I have tentative plans for this summer to do a light tour circumnavigating the Pemi over a few days with panniers. I'm hoping do do this tour with another Bike Forum member and his wife. I have no idea what kind physical condition I'll be in (having hand numbness issues currently) but hope to make a big loop up toward LIttleton and back through Crawford or Pinkham Notch.

    Barrettsvc, if you get back out this way, give a shout for a possible meetup.

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    Here I thought you were talking about the White Mountains in Arizona!
    Elevationa bit higher . . . like 9,200 feet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by missjean View Post
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    And you did this on a Fixed? missjean, I am so proud of you!


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    Nice pictures, missjean!

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    Quote Originally Posted by trackhub View Post
    And you did this on a Fixed? missjean, I am so proud of you!


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    Quote Originally Posted by zonatandem View Post
    Here I thought you were talking about the White Mountains in Arizona!
    Elevationa bit higher . . . like 9,200 feet!
    Having ridden extensively off-road as well as on-road in Colorado, and New Mexico, as well as all over new England, I'd gladly ride at altitude in place of toiling up the inclines one finds all over the Appalachians.

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    Wonderful scenery.
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    Nice pictures, thanks for posting.

    Funny thing is, I found myself cycling around the white mountains a couple years ago while on a trip with my spouse. She attended a knitting convention and during the day I went cycling and/or unicycling.
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    Nice pics. I stayed on the edge of the White Mountain National Forest for a couple of days while touring last year, in Gorham NH - less than a day's ride from Jackson. It is terrific country to cycle in, no doubt about it.
    There have been many days when I haven't felt like riding, but there has never been a day when I was sorry I rode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve B. View Post
    If she rode the bike in tthe photo's, it has a double chainring as well as rear gearing. I'd want a triple.
    I wanted a triple too!
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    We used to go hiking/camping in the White Mts. years ago. Your photos were a nice trigger to some great memories. Thanks for sharing them.
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    Very nice pictures and ride report Missjean! That is a really nice area. I miss going up into New England since our daughter finished college in Mass.

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