The bike club had scheduled the Mendon - Stonybrook Century for Saturday that I just couldn’t miss. With it starting just 13 miles from home, the Grand Idea was:
1. Ride TO the ride start.
2. Ride the Century.
3. Ride home.
And Bingo! 125 miles - A Double Metric! And I wasn’t even alone this time. A bunch of fast riders were doing it, and I rode with some of them in parts of the ride. Great day, great ride, no pictures. Here’s the route:
But TODAY! Sunday! Another club ride, but on a hotter day.
My ride plan included a version of the route that made it even longer, so guess what? I rode alone. But I had a task. I wanted to check out the washout area at the fingernail end of the Keuka Lake Bluff. We should take bets on if, or when, the town or county will ever pay for repairs there, or if the road will become abandoned … for cyclists’ use only!
From there, it was back up to Branchport, up Italy Hill to Darby Corners and on to Bully Hill.
After Hammondsport, the main route goes up over the hill to Lamoka Lake, but I used a parallel to CR114, Fleet Road, that was 50/50 chipseal/gravel. Plus, an unexpected climb. Steepest pitch of the day too … in dirt.
Fleet reconnects with CR114 which passes by the two lakes (Lamoka and Waneta) and brings one to DeCamp Road.
This stretch (DeCamp / Gravel Run Road) is a real joy. Gently rolling, a tailwind. And with a wonderful downhill cruise into Dundee. After a hydration stop, the next “Cool Road” is Chubb Hollow and more tailwind cruising, all the way down to the Keuka Outlet Trail.
Getting back into Penn Yan via the Outlet Trail is supremely pleasant. In the shade, no car traffic, lotsa trail users, and it takes me right to the park where I parked the car.
Great Day. Great Weekend.