Completed my first century yesterday. I've been wanting to attempt one for a couple years, and now my curiousity is thoroughly satisfied. I've decided the whole lot of you are nuts, in a good way of course. I can't even imagine the pain and suffering that you who ride brevet series and double centuries endure. My hats off to you. Granted, I didn't have the greatest training under my belt for this ride, but I was as prepared as I'll ever be.
The route took me to the monument at High Point, NJ, the highest elevation in the state at 1803 feet. Overall, there was probably about 5000 feet of climbing, mostly in the first half. I'm glad I planned a flattish return trip, because at about mile 70 I began experiencing severe cramping. I was fully hydrated and was eating plenty, but I think I had reached the limit of my muscles' training. It was a tough, tough last 30 miles.
I will say the trip there was very nice, through very low traffic, scenic countryside, excepting the mile or so of milled pavement awaiting new asphalt. For those with a 'television expertise' of New Jersey, you'd be surprised at how much of the state is rural and forested.
I completed the ride on a new to me Giant OCR2 which I had ridden only 5 miles previous to this ride to get it dialed in. It performed wonderfully. If only I could say the same of my legs!
Took about 9 hours total, probably 8 of them on the bike.
Here's the route for those interested: http://www.mapmyride.com/route/us/nj...25167383815684
Oh yeah, I don't have a cyclo-computer, so I relied on the mileage provided by the original route I plotted. However, we deviated a bit from it, so when I came home and plotted the actual route (thank god I did!) I found that I was 1.05 miles short. So out I went to ride 2 more miles in the neighborhood for good measure. Then I remembered we took a wrong turn that I am sure was longer than 1.05 miles. So, I think I'm covered.
Here are some photos:
Ride buddy passing one of the many, many barns en route:
Obligatory cow photo:
Approaching the monument:
Proof that I made it to the monument:
It's possible to climb the stairs to the top. Yeah right!
One view from the base of the monmument (hey, views like this are a big deal in NJ!):
The rig on an I-80 overpass, almost home: