Friday, August 28, 2009

Biking - A Rural, Hilly, Two-County Ride

A friend and I did a very scenic ride today, but it was also challenging. We started out by climbing away from the Mohawk River via Crawford Road, a 2-mile and nearly 1100-foot climb. That's an average grade of 10%, and it was a tough climb that did a lot to empty the tank for the rest of the ride. From the top, we continued upward to Mariaville, and then beyond to the ridges east of the Schoharie Valley. The views were wonderful, and there were many downhill runs as we eventually wound our way back down to the Mohawk Valley. Overall, it was about 35 miles and 2100 feet of climbing, one of my tougher rides this year.

The route is here.

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