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Making old routes new

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

The other night, I went for a ride after work. I was feeling tired of riding the same old routes all the time, but when you have limited time and can’t ride too far, you eventually start to exhaust the options. OK, I haven’t exhausted the options, but I wanted to do something new.

So, I headed out, not quite sure what I was going to do. I ended up stringing together bits and pieces of old routes in a new way, and ended up riding a great 23-mile loop with two big descents (and the accompanying climbs) and even a bit of gravel. I was also riding some sections in a different direction than usual, which gave those areas a different feel as well.

Here’s the map and elevation profile. Once again, the climbing wasn’t as much as this says. I need to work on that issue.


View 2009-10-07 Gilead Lampkins Swartz Ridge in a larger map

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4 Responses to “Making old routes new”

  1. Chandra Says:

    The route is definitely scenic. While I am not a huge fan of hills while commuting, I can live with them, sometimes even enjoy them on longer rides. Looks like you know some cool spots for biking! Ride on!!
    Peace 🙂

  2. Chris Says:

    Yep. I try to remix a lot of shorter routes into a new combination sometimes…for the same reasons. Besides being better for the sake of interest, its good to have options to deal with weather conditions at times.

    Even the photos have a sense of newness to them! Nice job.

  3. Tim Says:

    the gravel road with the field to the left is to die for. I gotta clear out time to visit Bloomington some time, but it’s not gonna be until Nov.

  4. Bill Lambert Says:

    Another way to mix up routes is to let the seasons change, then ride the same route. It’s amazing how different an area looks after the leaves have changed and fallen.

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