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A scenic summer ramble

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

I had Monday off for the holiday. After Saturday’s 80-mile hammerfest and Sunday’s mountain biking, I wasn’t feeling particularly energetic, so I thought a slower-paced ramble with lots of photo opportunities would be ideal, and put together a couple of rough route options of roughly 25 and 40 miles. The routes also had me exploring some new roads. When I got to the decision point, I was still feeling a bit sluggish, but I was having too much fun to stop, so I went for the full 40 or so miles. Here’s the route I ended up riding. As you can see in the elevation profile, it was VERY hilly, never flat for very long at all.

I’ve been enjoying the red lenses in my new sunglasses. I tried to replicate the effect in my photos. It’s not perfect, but it gives you some idea of the experience.






I turned onto Duvall Road; it was my first time riding on this road. It parallels Koontz for a while, where I rode recently. This road had some nice rolling hills and views of some fields.




Then the road turned and met up with Koontz, where I had a tough climb. I just took my time and didn’t push it too much.


I made my way over to Evans Road, which had more rolling hills, but mostly it was downhill and had some wonderful views from the top of a ridge.


I went up to the small town of Stanford in search of water, and found some at the fire station.

Then I went back to explore the rest of Burch Road. It had a few significant ups and downs.



I saw a nice gravel road or driveway, not sure which, but I did not stop to explore.


I reached the top of a ridge …


… but almost immedately, I plunged down a steep hill, into a cool, shaded valley.


I was hoping I would stay on flat ground a little bit, but the road climbed back up again very soon.


I reached a ridgetop, with more fields. It was flat-ish and lovely … though hot, with very little shade.



At the bottom of a hill, I found a disgusting pond covered in a thick layer of green.


And, of course, then had to climb back up.



I stopped again on the next ridge when I found a small but steep gravel road going off to the side. There was a gate, and it was open and didn’t have any “No Trespassing” signs or anything. I didn’t take the time to explore this time, but I wonder where that goes, and who owns it. It looked too steep to ride, possibly, anyway.


Soon the road became Mount Zion Road and I came upon one of the best views of the entire ride as the road turned and the view opened up to a valley in front of me, hills in the distance, and fields in between. I was enjoying myself immensely. My recent fast group rides have been great for training purposes, but this is why I ride.




After a lovely trip down that hill, I explored some more new roads, taking Lee Philips Road to Snow Road. I should mention that throughout this entire ride, the pavement was abysmal. Tons of potholes, rough patch jobs, sand, gravel, and other debris on the roads. My road bike did fine with all of it. It would have been smoother on the Trucker, I’m sure, but the hills would have been even more punishing.




Soon, Snow Road became Popcorn Road and now I was in somewhat familiar territory.


I didn’t take many photos during the next leg of my ride because I’ve photographed it before, and it was getting very hot and I wanted to get home before the hottest part of the day. I stopped in Harrodsburg for food and water, then backtracked to Ketcham Road, where I have ridden before a little bit, but wanted to see more.

Ketcham continued the pattern of endless ups and downs, with a few more nice views, to boot.



In this next shot, you can see the Victor-Oolitic quarry. I have stood/ridden right across the top of it, on previous rides. In fact, I had been there on Saturday. It was interesting to see it from another angle.






Soon I reached Fluck Mill Road.




I found my way home. Along the way, I saw a beaver standing near Clear Creek. I don’t see beavers around here very often, so that was a great way to end the ride.

This was a fantastic ride. Thanks to the heat and all the climbing, it wasn’t quite the low-key ride I had thought about beforehand, but I enjoyed riding at a slower pace and making good use of my camera.

4 Responses to “A scenic summer ramble”

  1. Chris Says:

    Nice report. I enjoy comparing your riding terrain with mine. From the photos, it appears that you’ve got more trees and your hills are bigger, but there are a lot of similarities. I enjoy the views from the ridge tops I climb. Of course, I’m guessing I don’t have to climb as much to get there.

  2. Tim S Says:

    Nice pics. You must be lovin’ that new ride! I think the effort to build up better conditioning is a good one. It makes the “slow down” rides that much easier and more pleasant. I just have to make myself push. It’s not that much fun, at least for me.

  3. Apertome Says:

    It’s hard for me to make myself ride hard, too. The group rides are great for that. And I’m finding that I can get into that mindset enough that they are fun — an entirely different kind of ride, but still fun.

  4. John Says:

    I have boats on my rides, you have hills. Lots of hills. It seems like we go on lots of quests during our rides. Looking for water, or food, or a road sign.

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