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A brief mixed-terrain ride

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

The office closed early on Wednesday, and the prescribed rain didn’t materialize except for a few sprinkles, so I set out for a ride in the afternoon. I rode a version of what is becoming one of my favorite short routes — I guess I’ll call it my Friendship route, since part of it is on Friendship Road. Here’s a map; the ride was a bit over 17 miles.

This route really has a little bit of everything:

  • Urban riding
  • Country scenery
  • Paved roads — some smooth, some rough
  • Rolling hills
  • A long, gradual, twisty downhill
  • Steep descent
  • Flat sections
  • Gravel roads
  • A long climb
  • Creeks
  • Optional singletrack
  • Many optional route extensions
  • Works well in both directions

Here are a few photos from the ride. There is a lot of scenery that I really enjoy seeing in various seasons and conditions.





New Tire




My bicycle was clean before this ride




My new tire performed well, but I need more ride time on it before I can say more.

7 Responses to “A brief mixed-terrain ride”

  1. Dale Says:

    Love that orange tape!

    Glad you opened up your RSS feed for full entries.

    Merry Christmas.

  2. Tim Says:

    that is a pretty amazing, varied route for only 17m out-n-back. There’s not way I could approach such variety.

  3. Chris Says:

    You’ve found yourself an excellent, wide variety route. I can see how it could be a favorite. On any given day, a different part of the route could provide the greatest joy.

  4. Jon Grinder Says:

    I have a gps-related question. If you gan 802 feet elevation, but only lose 788 feet of elevation, does that mean you were floating 14 feet above your yard, when you got home?

  5. Apertome Says:

    Absolutely! I guess I forgot to mention the levitation in my ride report …

    Seriously, though, it’s not exact. More significantly, I edited the track slightly before posting it. If you zoom in you’ll see the start and end points aren’t exactly the same.

  6. Jon Grinder Says:

    Bummer. i was hoping it was some sort of anti-grav button on the gps. 😉

  7. Chandra Says:

    i loved the 1st and the 3rd picture. i wonder what kinda photo you would have gotten in the 3rd one with a wide angle lens…

    the GPS site looks interesting…definitely right up the alley for someone who likes to play with data!

    peace 🙂

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