|thought i was gonna buy it yesterday||rufus|
Oct 29, 2003 8:32 AM
|I went out for a ride yesterday and decided i would ride up the kancamaugus highway, which is just down the road from me. it's a scenic byway though the white mountain national forest, 21 miles from the start to the top of the pass, probaly a 1 or 2% grade for most of it but the last five miles, which average about 7%. course, i didn't get to the top, but that's another story.
as i was heading up, going through an area of sweeping curves, i was passed by a motorcycle, who gave me plenty of room as he was out near the centerline. as he passed, a car coming the opposite direction around the curve about 50 yards or so ahead, going a bit too fast, saw the biker out toward the middle of the road, panicked a bit i guess, and locked the brakes up. now i had visions of this guy totally losing control, fishtailing all over the place and barreling right on into me, but he ended up just putting it into a power slide and came to rest sideways half on the shoulder, half on the road, about 50 feet from me. i just shook my head as i rode by, motioned for him to slow it down, and kept on going. some young kid behind the wheel who obviously figured the road belonged solely to him, and was driving a bit fast on that type road for any surprises that might pop up.
as an aside, i don't think i've seen the river that runs along side the road any more wild than it was yesterday due to the rains we've had, not even during the spring thaw. water was just roiling down the entire course, even places that are usually just rocky beds with a trickle of water. all sorts of falls along the sides of the road, standing pools along the side of the road in the flat sections near the bottom. and it's only gonna get wilder, as it's pouring all day today as well, flood watches in effect.
|re: I love that road.||hudsonite|
Oct 29, 2003 10:50 AM
|The kancamaugus is one of my all time favorite roads. I have driven it in the summer, fall, spring and winter. No matter what time of year, it always great.
I have been on the road on a motorcycle, car, foot and SUV, but never on a bike (except for a few miles). Next year I want to ride it during the summer.
I am glad to hear that you did not get hurt. The road, like all others, can be dangerous. Too many nice vistas for people to look at.
It is good to hear that the river is flowing strong. The mountains need a good soaking.
|oh, they've had a good soaking.||rufus|
Oct 29, 2003 11:13 AM
|last summer there were little feeder stream beds that run into the swift river that were just dust. this year we had a great may, and then june was rain rain rain. so those little feeders were pretty good all through summer. now that's it's fall, we've had a ton of rain as well, so no problems with the water supply here.
a nice road to bike, except for no shoulders at all. years ago when i was lighter i could do the climb without much problem, but i've put on quite a few pounds cause of knee problem, and it's not quite so easy lugging that up those 21 miles.
|Crank the Kanc||Psalm 147-10_11|
Oct 29, 2003 11:58 AM
|I rode the Kancamagus last month with a friend of mine and it was one of my favorite rides ever. We started in Lincoln at Loon Mountain and rode to Bartlett and back along the Kanc and Bear Notch Road.
Along the way we saw a guy parked on the side of the road with his bike on the roof and his 6 month old baby resting in a car seat outside the car. We stopped to see if everything was okay and then saw his wife decending on her road bike. Apparanlty, they were taking turns with the baby. He would ride for an hour or so, and then it would be her turn on the bike. I thought it was great.
Here is a photo from that day overlooking the Presidential Mountains.
|Kangamagus and Hurricane Mountain Road||Psalm 147-10_11|
Oct 29, 2003 12:17 PM
|Much of Kangamagus was recently paved making it especially nice to ride. The views are awesome and I thought the climbing was tough. That is until last weekend when my wife and I were vacationing in North Conway NH (no road bikes, just mountain bikes)and drove the car up Hurrican Mountain Road. Yikes! That must be awesome on a road bike. Newly paved too. I've ridden Mt. Washington, and I think Hurrican Mountain Road must be harder... Anybody do it?
Here is a pic of a buddy riding the Kanc.
|lots of locals who do mt. washington||rufus|
Oct 29, 2003 3:07 PM
|do hurricane mountain road first for training. if they can do that no problem, then they're set for washington. i of course, fear to set tire to it. but that is a goal for one day, but it would probably have to be on the mountain bike.|
|Tell me more about Hurricane Mountain Road||hudsonite|
Oct 29, 2003 4:47 PM
|I know the area quite well. But I have never heard about Hurricane Mountain Road. Tell me more.
I presume it is steep? Long? Any idea of the gradiant? And where can I find this road? Is it off the 302?
I am always looking for a good hill to climb.
|hurricane mountain road.||rufus|
Oct 29, 2003 6:13 PM
|if you know north conway well, then hurricane mountain rad should be easy to find. it is just outside of north conway village on route 16/302, heading towards bartlett. just past the scenic vista on the left, over the railroad tracks, on the right is a little store called the vista country store. hurricane mountain road is the small road that goes off to the right, that the store is located on.
I have no idea of the gradient, but i'd have to guess that it probably averages at least 15%, with stretches over 20%. the hill right off route 16/302 is pretty steep, and then it's rolling false flat for about a half mile or so until the real climb begins. it's narrow, winding, and one of those climbs where you climb a short steep section, only to crest it and face another one right after. the whole climb is pretty much like that, with sharp turns right in the middle of the steep stuff. it's about 2.5-3 miles to the top, and roughly the same down the other side to north chatham if you feel like descending it. from there, you can either climb back over, or you can stick to rolling to flat terrain on a route back to north conway.
i'll see if i can find a decent map, and maybe a topo map. here's a pic i found from someone's foliage tour.
|Thanks, I know the location||hudsonite|
Oct 30, 2003 4:37 AM
Thanks, I know exactly where you are talking about. I know the store and track crossing. I have gone into the store a couple of times over the years. If I remember correctly there is nice clean hotel on the same side and a tacky one across the street.
I have never been up that side of the road. Looks like a good challenge for next summer.
The road looks very pretty. It also looks like there would not be much traffic.
Thanks for the tip. Any idea of what the elevation is at the top of the road? Do I get any bingo points for making it to the top without stopping?
|probably less than 1000 feet.||rufus|
Oct 30, 2003 8:06 AM
|there are topo maps at the US geographical map link i posted below, but since i'm not that good at reading them, and i didn't really feel like taking the time to figure out the highest point, i didn't bother to look at it in too much depth. it's not really that high as far as peaks in the white mountains go, it's just brutally steep, narrow and twisty.|
|ok, so i checked it out.||rufus|
Oct 30, 2003 8:11 AM
|looks to be about 650 feet.|
|ok, so i checked it out.||hudsonite|
Oct 30, 2003 10:03 AM
|Thanks for all you help.
I too looked at the topo map. It looks like it is very steep in certain sections.
I live on the side of a steep hill. When I leave my house and turn right, the hill is 22% for 1/8 of a mile. Turn left, I have a 1/4 mile downhill. Turning right is one hell of a way to warm up!
Next summer(June) I plan on trying this road. It should be a great workout.
|map of location||rufus|
Oct 29, 2003 6:16 PM
|a US geographical survey map||rufus|
Oct 29, 2003 7:06 PM
|and if you go to this link, type in "north conway, new hampshire", and click on the "aerial photo" link, you can see a pic of north conway that you can follow locations on. the area in my photo here is at the top center of the picture that will come up from the search. you can locate hurricane mountain road, and then click on the right arrow to move the map along its route. you will lose the road for a bit under tree cover, but it will pick up further to the right, and you can follow its twisting descent into north chatham. you can also zoom in for greater detail.