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Saturday in the hills (Ride Report)(13 posts)

Saturday in the hills (Ride Report)biknben
Mar 24, 2003 7:46 AM
JoeyPMTB and I hit the hills on Saturday. This time we're up in Northern NJ. I grew up here and Joe can't seem to find a way out. I dropped the kids off at my parents and grabbed the bike.

We start just miles from the NY border. We are on the edge of the Appelachian Mtns. Lots of lakes and rolling roads. We plan to do two big climbs (to us) with plenty of big rollers in between.

On our way out of NJ, the route doesn't offer much time to warm up:




One of the few flat sections. This is the Monksville Dam. I wrecked my car on it in '91. It holds a special place in my heart.
On to Greenwood Lake... (Ride Report)biknben
Mar 24, 2003 7:54 AM
The perpetual false flat:


I hand the camera off to Joe. Here I am. The legs have only seen sunlight a couple time this year. Can you tell?


These are rollers???


Photo Op at Greenwood Lake:


Joe, trying to get run over on the wrong side of the road:
On to Greenwood Lake... (Ride Report)chriscpa
Mar 24, 2003 8:01 AM
Very nice pictures! I agree. A few tanning sessions is good for everybody.
First big climb... (Ride Report)biknben
Mar 24, 2003 8:02 AM
We have crossed into NY now. We stop briefly at the base of a climb on route 17A.

Joe notices that our time is slower than usual. I kindly point out that its friggin March. Just ahead, the road turns to the left and climbs along the ridge line above:


Up...Up...and away...


It keeps on going and going:


And Going...


The best part:
A frigid winter yields a "friggin March"velocity
Mar 24, 2003 8:14 AM
I notice that me and my buds are all a bit slower than we were at the same time last year too. Great pics.
Back to the rollers... (Ride Report)biknben
Mar 24, 2003 8:10 AM
Sorry, no pics of the descent. At speeds between 45 and 50 mph, I'm not letting go of the bars. Trust me, it was fun.

We make a turn to the East and go through Sterling Forest. The wind is finally beginning to work with us. Coincidentally, now Joe will finally take a pull.


Getting creative with my camera angles:


Giving myself some more exposure:


Doing my best Miss M impersonation:
Doing my best Miss M impersonation: ???MB1
Mar 24, 2003 8:23 AM
Where is the big ol' fanny pack?

Otherwise-great job, nice pix.
Doing my best Miss M impersonation: ???biknben
Mar 24, 2003 8:25 AM
I always seem to notice you get her left side from behind. She's always cranking away in the drops. When I saw the pic I immediately thought of her.
Skyline Drive... (Ride Report)biknben
Mar 24, 2003 8:22 AM
We turn back to NJ and head for Skyline Drive. The name is an indicator of what is ahead.

This one doesn't kid around:


Getting cut off by SUV. No surpise at all. :-)


Just flat enough to take a shot:


Point of no return. This is the last turn off before hitting the steepest parts.


Nearing the top:


Satisfaction awaits!!! NYC skyline is beyond the trees on the left. Beyond the sign is a 17% descent. Yippeee!!!


I hit 55.1 mph on the way down.

A few more miles on the flats to get back home. The kids were great and my Mom says she'd be glad to watch them again soon. She'll regret saying that later this year. :-)
SUV pic...biknben
Mar 24, 2003 8:27 AM
Don't know why it didn't show before:
Nice report. Thanks!Tig
Mar 24, 2003 7:11 PM
Oh, and remember if the legs stay that white, you can always use them as 3M reflectors for night riding! (just kidding)
Nice report. Thanks!Toffster
Mar 24, 2003 10:33 PM
Hey! Very nice pics.....I live in the Adelaide Hills (Australia) and I thought I was lucky! It looks beautiful. Your right about the hills not looking that bad until your actually trying to ride up them......

It's also very nice to see someone with legs as white as mine! I feel so much better now. :o)

White legs of the world unite! ;o)

Cheers

John
Doesn't look too bad...jose_Tex_mex
Mar 24, 2003 9:08 AM
...until you are there. Ever notice how the hills never look "that bad" - until you actually ride them.

We do a loop from the GWB - Bear Mtn - 7 Lakes Drive - Skyline Drive - Lincoln Park. Needless to say, once we hit Skyline Drive, those hills will easily crack you.