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The Savage Century is cursed, but at least I got a ride in..JL
Oct 20, 2003 10:14 AM
ride report. For the last 3-4 years I've planned on riding the Savage and I've missed it every time (various outside circumstances). This time my son (2 y.o.) woke up with a fever a little after midnight and was up off/on all night. I woke up (don't you have to sleep to wake up?) too late and not in a functioning state to make the ride. After a trip to the doctor/pharmacy for son/myself and my wife arrived home from my daughter's soccer game, I knew I wanted to get some kind of ride in. With no dearth of East Coast hills around, I figured I could make my own Savage (though not 100 miles) and actually ride some of the route.

Here's the noble steed. Ready to roll.

Let's roll out of the neighborhood

re: Next stop the Home DepotJL
Oct 20, 2003 10:21 AM
That's right. The easiest way to get away from the busy streets near me is to cut through "The Depot" parking lot.

It was bustling, as usual, for a Saturday:

After getting through there and up the first hill of the day you arrive at some lightly travelled farm roads through horse country.

No horses at this location, but we move on through the first of many rollers.

re: What was the landscaper thinking...JL
Oct 20, 2003 10:32 AM
Here's the first big climb of the day.

It's hard to tell from this shot, but the road climbs about a 1/2 mile, has a very short false flat and then kicks up even more just as you've caught your breath.

Now lets head down a hill I like to climb up depending on the route of the day. My riding buddy and I discovered a house where we questioned what the landscaper was thinking the day he, uh, trimmed the bushes?

We found another location with similar "trimmings", miles away.
Too bad.KG 361
Oct 20, 2003 10:37 AM
Looks like you had a good ride, though. Looks a lot like the countryside around here.
Too bad.JL
Oct 20, 2003 11:02 AM
You're hills may be a little longer since you're in the middle of the Appalachians I've found the terrain doesn't differ too much.

I was still pretty tired and upset about missing the Savage, but happy I got a ride in.
At the bottom we arrive at the start of the next big climbJL
Oct 20, 2003 10:39 AM
of the day in "Historic Glen Mills, PA". This train station

is a stop on a weekend only roundtrip train ride from West Chester to Glen Mills. The family and I like the Christmas runs. It's a nice fun, short trip with the kids, and they get to see Santa.

At the top of "Glen Mills Hill", we come across the Glen Mills school. Let's just say if your a kid you don't plan to go there.

But if you're good and you work hard you can work at their 3 year old golf course, rated one of the top public links in the nation.

After the next set of rollers...JL
Oct 20, 2003 10:47 AM
I met up with this fellow riding a nice Merlin Titanium.

We road together down into the Chaddsford/Brandywine Creek area. This is where I think part of the Savage was run (green arrows anyone?), as there were some very new markings on the road. I was riding on roads like this,

wondering when Len J, MB1 and Miss M had come through. I now know MB1 and Miss M skipped and did their all day ride. After splitting off from my impromptu riding partner, I meandered along the Brandywine river

and made my way into West Chester.

re: ContinuuingJL
Oct 20, 2003 10:58 AM
out of town, after trying my sister's house for a rest stop (she wasn't home), this guy started to ride in front.

He didn't pull very well though :P.

Working my way back home, I came across this weekends RotorFest (sorry for the blurry helicopter pic). Lots of helicopters and an air show. Pretty cool.

I skirted the traffic around there by cutting through QVC.

Which, amazingly, is a tourist destination. At this point my camera battery crapped out, but after a quick stop at Mom & Dad's and another trip by the Home Depot I was back home (40 miles total), and still smiling (I think).

Happy riding.

Pretty areaLO McDuff
Oct 20, 2003 11:34 AM
Used to ride a lot in that area in the '70s. Used to be part of the East Coast Bicycle Trail. I think it was Brinton's Bridge Road down to Rte 100. Ahh the memories. The hill out of Glen Mills was great. Isn't the county prison at the top of that hill?
No prisonJL
Oct 20, 2003 12:31 PM
but the Glen Mills school which is for wayward boys. If you screw up there, you're off to jail/prison for a long time.
Is that Brandwine creek shot just north of Hank's on Rt 1? nmLen J
Oct 20, 2003 1:11 PM
D'OH, should be " off Rt 1" not "on Rt 1". nmLen J
Oct 20, 2003 1:15 PM
Is that Brandwine creek shot just north of Hank's on Rt 1? nmramboorider
Oct 20, 2003 1:19 PM
My somewhat educated guess is that it's north of Hanks on what used to be called Rt. 100, but was recently de-designated and is now just Creek Road. Between 1 and 926 John?

Very familiar looking roads - I took today off of work and did a 65 miler that started at the Brandywine and went south into Delaware and west into southwest Chester County. I hit a few of the Savage roads today (as I remember from my meager and unsucessful attempt at that ride a few years ago), but quite a bit south and west of the Brandywine.

Seems like this may be the last of the really prime riding weather for the year, so I'm grabbing whatever I can get these days.

That' what it looked like to me.............Len J
Oct 20, 2003 1:21 PM
I lived in Kennett Sqare for 10 years and used to ride these roads frequently.

The strech of old 100 south of rt 1 into wilmington was always one of my favorite rides.

That' what it looked like to me.............ramboorider
Oct 20, 2003 1:28 PM
I did a good chunk of that today, but cut over to 52 and then down to the Red Clay a few miles north of Wilmington. Beautiful area to ride. I took my camera out today too and the weather was perfect, so maybe I'll post a few in a day or two.

I think I've ridden every road JL had in his report, but I somehow missed the topiary (sp?) :)


Sorry Len. I didn't get back on until today.JL
Oct 21, 2003 4:45 AM
Yes, like Ray said that's just north of Hanks. About 2 miles North. Were the Savage arrows green? Because I saw a bunch of new ones there Saturday and the weekend before that were very new compared to all the other ride arrows from other rides.

I wish I had made the Savage, I was looking forward to it. How was it for you?

Sometimes Life...........Len J
Oct 21, 2003 4:54 AM
gets in the way of pleasure.

I had a very close friends Mother die & choose to go to the funeral instead of the Savage. As much as I wanted to do the Savage, it couldn't be helped.

If anyone has the route sheets, I'd be willing to come up some Saturday & do the ride. I Love riding in that area.