Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Fifty Plus (50+) Share the victories, challenges, successes and special concerns of bicyclists 50 and older. Especially useful for those entering or reentering bicycling.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-23-12, 10:34 AM   #1
missjean
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
missjean's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: New Hampshire
Bikes: A slate grey mountain bike & a grey road bike
Posts: 599
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.

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.

Where the pavement ends.

This is in the White Mountain National Forest. The mtb skills come in handy on this section.

Daffodils all over the front yard!

A maple syrup house.

I think I might be breaking that speed limit on the way down.

The Eagle Mountain House grand hotel across the valley. Mt Washington off in the distance on the far right.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 005.jpg (101.3 KB, 37 views)
File Type: jpg 024.jpg (98.7 KB, 36 views)
File Type: jpg 004.jpg (102.7 KB, 36 views)
File Type: jpg 010.jpg (102.7 KB, 29 views)
File Type: jpg 001.jpg (101.8 KB, 38 views)
File Type: jpg 014.jpg (103.2 KB, 30 views)
File Type: jpg 022.jpg (101.4 KB, 33 views)
File Type: jpg 009.jpg (99.9 KB, 33 views)

Last edited by missjean; 04-23-12 at 10:42 AM.
missjean is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-12, 10:36 AM   #2
missjean
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
missjean's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: New Hampshire
Bikes: A slate grey mountain bike & a grey road bike
Posts: 599
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
.fixed.

Last edited by missjean; 04-23-12 at 10:41 AM.
missjean is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-12, 10:47 AM   #3
gevad 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: McLean, Virginia
Bikes: 2014 Specialized Expert
Posts: 263
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Thanks, must have been a nice ride. Love the pictures -- Northern New England waking up after winter.
gevad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-12, 11:07 AM   #4
bruce19
Senior Member
 
bruce19's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Lebanon (Liberty Hill), CT
Bikes: MASI Gran Criterium S, Colnago World Cup CX & Guru steel
Posts: 4,574
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 98 Post(s)
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.
bruce19 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-12, 11:24 AM   #5
BikeWNC
Climbing Above It All
 
BikeWNC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Basking in the Sun.
Bikes:
Posts: 4,146
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The area looks quite a bit like my neck of the woods. We have snow on top of our mountains this morning too.
BikeWNC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-12, 01:06 PM   #6
Barrettscv 
Have bike, will travel
 
Barrettscv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Edwardsville, Illinois
Bikes: De Rosa Super Prestige, Colnago Nuova Mexico, Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra, Pinarello Gavia, Schwinn Paramount, Motobecane Grand Record, Peugeot PX10, Serotta Nova X, Simoncini Cyclocross Special, Origin8 monstercross, Pedal Force CG2 and CX2
Posts: 10,768
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 148 Post(s)
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.
__________________
When I ride my bike I feel free and happy and strong. I'm liberated from the usual nonsense of day to day life. Solid, dependable, silent, my bike is my horse, my fighter jet, my island, my friend. Together we will conquer that hill and thereafter the world.
Barrettscv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-12, 04:12 PM   #7
missjean
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
missjean's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: New Hampshire
Bikes: A slate grey mountain bike & a grey road bike
Posts: 599
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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!
missjean is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-12, 04:43 PM   #8
berner
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Bristol, R. I.
Bikes: Specialized Secteur, old Peugeot
Posts: 2,398
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 36 Post(s)
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.
berner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-12, 04:45 PM   #9
zonatandem
Senior Member
 
zonatandem's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Tucson, AZ
Bikes: Custom Zona c/f tandem + Scott Plasma single
Posts: 10,908
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 41 Post(s)
Here I thought you were talking about the White Mountains in Arizona!
Elevationa bit higher . . . like 9,200 feet!
zonatandem is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-12, 06:07 PM   #10
trackhub
Senior Member
 
trackhub's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Watching all of you on O.B.I.T.
Bikes: Gunnar Street Dog
Posts: 2,040
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by missjean View Post
.fixed.
And you did this on a Fixed? missjean, I am so proud of you!


There used to be a great restaurant in North Woodstock called the Red Lantern. Good, no-nonsense food. Long gone I'm afraid.
trackhub is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-12, 07:03 PM   #11
miss kenton
Senior Member
 
miss kenton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Blueberry Capital of the WORLD, NJ
Bikes: Trek '09 1.5 wsd, Trek '13 Cocoa
Posts: 2,095
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Nice pictures, missjean!
miss kenton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-12, 09:21 PM   #12
Steve B.
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: South shore, L.I., NY
Bikes: Flyxii FR322, Soma Smoothie, Miyata City Liner, Specialized FSR Comp, Fuji Professional
Posts: 1,390
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 119 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by trackhub View Post
And you did this on a Fixed? missjean, I am so proud of you!


.
If she rode the bike in tthe photo's, it has a double chainring as well as rear gearing. I'd want a triple.
Steve B. is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-12, 09:24 PM   #13
Steve B.
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: South shore, L.I., NY
Bikes: Flyxii FR322, Soma Smoothie, Miyata City Liner, Specialized FSR Comp, Fuji Professional
Posts: 1,390
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 119 Post(s)
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.
Steve B. is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-12, 10:20 PM   #14
Daspydyr 
Pedals, Paddles and Poles
 
Daspydyr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Btw the Mohave desert and AREA 51
Bikes: Santa Cruz Tallboy, Ridley Noah, Scott Spark 20
Posts: 5,370
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 21 Post(s)
Wonderful scenery.
__________________
I think its disgusting and terrible how people treat Lance Armstrong, especially after winning 7 Tour de France Titles while on drugs!

I can't even find my bike when I'm on drugs. -Willie N.
Daspydyr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-12, 10:32 PM   #15
downtube42
Senior Member
 
downtube42's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: San Angelo, TX
Bikes: Volae Team, '76 Motobecane Grand Jubile, Priority Eight
Posts: 1,716
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
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.
downtube42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-12, 12:28 AM   #16
chasm54
Banned.
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Uncertain
Bikes:
Posts: 8,657
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
chasm54 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-12, 04:43 AM   #17
missjean
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
missjean's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: New Hampshire
Bikes: A slate grey mountain bike & a grey road bike
Posts: 599
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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!
missjean is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-12, 06:48 AM   #18
NOS88
Senior Member
 
NOS88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Bikes:
Posts: 6,490
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
__________________
A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking. - S. Wright
Favorite rides in the stable: Indy Fab CJ Ti - Colnago MXL - S-Works Roubaix - Habanero Team Issue - Jamis Eclipse carbon/831
NOS88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-12, 07:03 AM   #19
qcpmsame 
Cycling Saved My Life
 
qcpmsame's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Pensacola, Florida
Bikes: '12 CAAD 10 Ultegra, '78 Medici Pro Strada
Posts: 9,820
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 176 Post(s)
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.

Bill
__________________
I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me. Philippians 4:13

"I did not choose to have Parkinson's Disease, I do choose not to allow it to control my life." Davis Phinney

Semper Fi, USMC, November 10, 1775, Tun Tavern, Philadelphia, PA.

qcpmsame is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:12 PM.