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A brief, trapezoidal ride

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

On Sunday, I didn’t have time for a long ride, so I looked at some maps and figured out a ┬ánice 13-mile loop so I could at least get out for a little while. As a bonus, it included some new segments of road, and to sweeten the deal further, the route was shaped roughly like a trapezoid. I’m not the kind of person who can resist the call of the trapezoid.

I’m starting to accept the fact that getting away from town can be tricky, on this side of town. This time I did things slightly differently, and found some improvement, but this kind of thing is tricky. Some good climbs with just enough traffic to make things sketchy at times.

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Most of the roads in this route were familiar, but Victor Pike is becoming a favorite road of mine on the west side of town.

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Fluck Mill and Ketcham were quite pleasant as well. The roads were very quiet and I rode at a leisurely pace.

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Ketcham/Smithville took me under Old 37, which was rather interesting.

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After that, I was climbing for a while, heading east on Smithville. This was a part of Smithville Road I’d never been on before, and it was decent, but not as enjoyable as the earlier roads. I did see several cyclists along this stretch of road. It was great to see people out and about; my recent rides, I’ve spotted very few cyclists. I guess the slightly warmer weather brought them out.

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Soon I was headed back toward home on Fairfax/Salem Pike Road. This is not a favorite. It’s two-lane and traffic usually isn’t overly heavy, but it moves quickly and has enough hills and turns to make it difficult for motorists to tell if it’s safe to pass me. It’s not terrible, but the fast traffic has me watching behind me carefully. I picked up the pace a bit. I enjoyed riding harder for a while, and I wasn’t keen on staying on Fairfax longer than necessary.

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It was a brief ride — less than an hour — but it was a fun spin, and I was glad I got out. Sometimes I don’t bother riding if I can’t fit in a long ride, but this was well worth it.

3 Responses to “A brief, trapezoidal ride”

  1. Chris Says:

    Loved the creek photo.

    I guess most of us have those roads that are less pleasant, but that allow us access to something better. I can certainly relate to that experience.

    And I can certainly relate to the joy of the short ride. Sometimes 15 minutes can make quite a difference.

  2. Jon Grinder Says:

    The intersection of Ketchum and Fluck (Mill) sounds like an interesting place…;-)

  3. Dave Says:

    Actually, Michael, our mutual friend Doug lives at the intersection of Fluck Mill and Ketcham. If you ever need to top off water bottles or a place to pull over and warm up, that’s your spot. Also, there’s a little road that runs parallel from Rockport Road up to Leondard Springs road that is a nice alternative to some of the traffic on the east side of 37. Sounds like a nice short loop! Great pics, as usual…

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