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Bunker Hill, Carverton, Eighth Street ride

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

I’ve had a hard time getting out to ride lately. I’m still incredibly busy with my new company, and all the snow and ice haven’t helped. Some people love riding in stuff like this, and I do sometimes, but it keeps me indoors more than I’d like. Fortunately, I’ve been very productive work-wise during this downtime. And I have been getting out more than my blog indicates since, well, I just haven’t had time for blogging.

Back on January 23, we had an unusually warm day. The temperature was hovering around 40 degrees, and I couldn’t help myself, I had to ride. I rode up Bunker Hill Road, which is a long, grueling climb — made more difficult by my relative inactivity as of late. My legs felt strong, but my breathing was more labored than usual. I’ll have to get back in shape, once the conditions improve. Argh. Here’s a map of this ride.


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The long climb

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Icy rocks

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View from Bunker Hill Road

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Power lines where I rode recently

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Looking back toward the valley

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The Trucker

Even though it was a tough climb, it felt great to ride. The roads were wet in places, but even though there was quite a bit of snow and ground, the roads were clear. I’ve noticed that tends to happen around here: we’ll have snow, but sometimes the same snow will stick around for a long time, and unless a fresh snow falls, the roads mostly stay clear. I definitely could ride more than I have been.

I decided to check out Fire Cut Road, which I explored a bit back in November. (Note: I forgot how incredible the colors were at that time! Wow.) This is a nice quiet country road that follows some rolling hills along the ridgetop, with views of some houses and fields.

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Barn

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Field and a building

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Line of trees

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Rolling hills

I took a detour to explore a side road I hadn’t noticed before. It went down a big hill and then ended, but it was quite beautiful, and I found a pond with many ducks and geese toward the end of the road.

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Goose pond

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Lovely, curving wet road

Next, I had a long, steep descent down toward Frances Slocum Lake. This is becoming familiar territory, but I always enjoy seeing and photographing the same things, in different seasons.

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Steep descent, and distant mountains

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Approaching Frances Slocum Lake

The lake was frozen and covered with snow. A few ice fisherman were out to see what they could catch. I contemplated riding on the ice, but decided against it.

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Ice fisher

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Frances Slocum Lake

I contemplated which way to make the descent back to the valley, and decided to take Eighth Street. It’s a long, gradual, flowing descent, as opposed to Bunker Hill Road, which has a lot of steep sections and twists and turns. I figured I would have good traction on Eighth, and I did.

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Descending toward Eight Street

Once back in the valley, I decided to try taking a different route home. I normally take Shoemaker / Main / etc., but I have encountered a lot of rude drivers on that road. Instead, I found a street that took me to Murray Street, which proved to be a nice, quiet, mostly residential road.

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Typical scene on Murray Street

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Run-down buildings on Murray Street

3 Responses to “Bunker Hill, Carverton, Eighth Street ride”

  1. Gina Says:

    Hello! How do you handle dogs that chase you while you’re biking? With all the rides you take in rural areas, this must happen, right? I’ve been bitten before and am kind of leery about riding outside of town.

  2. Jon Grinder Says:

    Welcome back. I’ve missed your posts, this last little bit.

    Looks like a nice ride. I need to get out on a longer recreational ride, soon.

  3. Apertome Says:

    Gina: dogs can be a problem, that’s for sure. I can generally outrun them, but with the long climbs around here there are significant stretches of road where I’m going very slowly. But, I have encountered fewer dogs since moving to Pennsylvania.

    Different people have different approaches to dogs. Some people carry pepper spray (and in fact you can get pepper spray specifically for this purpose that mounts on your bike), just be careful you don’t spray into the wind! Around here, bear mace might even be a good idea. I’ve also heard of riders carrying telescoping wands, or spraying dogs with their water bottles. Some get off the bike, walking along and keeping the bike between them and the dog. Some even carry a gun.

    I just keep riding. It can be scary, but I’d rather take my chances with the dogs in rural areas than the traffic in the city.

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