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May, Burch, Evans, Koontz in winter

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

I wanted to ride on Sunday, but didn’t have the time or energy for anything too epic. So, I rode a route I have ridden a couple of times now, west of town. I ended up with 23+ very hilly miles. Looking back at my previous posts about this route (one | two) it’s kind of shocking how different the scenery looked, with bare trees and snow on the ground, rather than greenery and wildflowers.

Just to keep things interesting, I did change the route slightly. I headed out That Road and rode up to Leonard Springs Road.

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I just love this intersection. I had ridden on West Leonard Springs Road before, but never on South Leonard Springs Road. So, this was my new road for the day.

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I had driven on this road a couple of times before, but only to go to Leonard Springs Park, which is just about a block down the road.

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Once I passed the park, the road went down a hill with some twists and turns.

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This was an interesting ride because probably 90% of the pavement was clear. However, the remainder was a nasty mix of snow, slush, and ice. I really needed the studded tires, at times.

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Below, you can see May Road making its way over some large rolling hills. I would turn on this road next. Those hills were tough!

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But, there was a nice payoff in the form of a wild downhill on Harmony Road.

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Then flat riding for a while. I was headed into the wind, which was rather strong.

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This cow seemed to think I was a little crazy. The specks on the hill below are his cohorts.

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I crossed Indian Creek.

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The sky was wild. Mostly cloudy, but patchy enough for bits of bright light to shine through, and even the occasional clear spot showing bits of blue sky.

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Another climb …

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… took me to some very nice views.

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Then, more flats …

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… and more hills.

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The road surface got sketchy again. It was cooling off so there was more ice than before. And since the road was hilly, I needed all the traction I could get.

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I approached a barn that I always enjoy seeing.

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I had good intentions for the shot below. The Christmas lights on my bike were turned on, but they don’t show up well in the photo. Oh well.

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Just a little more riding, and I was home.

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This was a great ride, and again, one that really required the studded tires, even though they weren’t needed most of the time.

8 Responses to “May, Burch, Evans, Koontz in winter”

  1. Bill Lambert Says:

    Looks like a great ride.

    The other specks in the cow photo might be considered “cowhorts”!

  2. Steve A Says:

    Some of that road really does look a bit sketchy. The intersection of Leonard and Leonard look’d a little confusing where W intersects S.

  3. Chris Says:

    The LHT with studded tires comes through again. Isn’t it great to have a machine that will enable you to get out, even with icy conditions?

  4. Doug Says:

    Most of the time I use studded tires for that 10% of the route that you REALLY need studded tires. Rarely do I need them for an entire ride. The confidence they give you is priceless.

    Looks like a great ride.

  5. John Romeo Alpha Says:

    Bill Lambert it’s comforting to know that someone else thought of “cowhorts”. Now I know that I am not alone. Looks like an excellent ride, although I fear that I may never escape the nexus of Leonard and Leonard.

  6. Apertome Says:

    Bill/JRA: I’m disappointed in myself, that I missed the “cowhorts” verbiage.

    Chris/Doug: Yes, the LHT sure is a great bike, especially for rides like this. Also, I’m really enjoying having studded tires on a high quality bicycle this winter, instead of on my beater.

  7. wil Says:

    What kind of camera are you using for these sweet shots. You guys have very similar terrain as us in Vermont. At least in our valley. Thanks for the shots.

  8. Apertome Says:

    Wil: the camera is a Fuji F70EXR. I feel this camera is just OK. I do some processing to get the shots to turn out like this. Nothing too over-the-top, mostly levels tweaking and some sharpening. The B&W shots are using a film simulation plugin.

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