National “why I didn’t bike to work” day

Before anybody else asks me, no I did not ride my bike to work today, on “National Ride Your Bike To Work” Day.

It’s not just the distance. It’s only 15 miles, which is not much longer than the usual 10 to 12 mile exercise routes that I do a few times a week.

It’s not just the hills. This is New England, after all, and we’re used to them.

It’s the combination. There is roughly a 1,000 foot increase in elevation over the course of the route into work. The first 10 miles are a nice ride. The last five, unfortunately, are steep, windy, and on roads that aren’t well maintained.

I’ve ridden into work before; it’s at least a 90 minute ride in. To give you some perspective on the hills, it’s just under an hour ride home.

I do plan to tackle this later on in the season, after I’ve worked up to doing more hill exercises.

 

Day Hike: Southbury Land Trust

These are pictures from a hike around the Platt Park section of Southbury, CT. There are trails around a nature conservation area, and we spent an hour or so hiking through the pine woods.
The steep rocks in the area might be a nice place to practice climbing.
The rocks are not random; there looks to be some extensive array of old walls.
I can’t remember why I found this view interesting.
How did those old Yankee farmers move all those damn rocks around to make these walls?
More stone walls. After a while, you don’t even notice them.
I think this might have been part of a dam; there’s a small stream that runs by it.
The Ents haven’t been taking care of this section lately, so the Boy Scouts have been clearing and marking the trails.
It’s funny to see a bridge with no water, but I suspect that the lack of rain has caused an overflow stream to dry up.

New Britain Reservoir

We have lakes in Conn. Problem is, they’re on hills.

New Britain Reservoir

Southington end, looking east.

New Britain Reservoir

The road sure looks straight, don’t it?

New Britain Reservoir

New Britain end, looking west.

New Britain Reservoir

Funny, it didn’t look this big on the map.

New Britain Reservoir

This is a pretty nicd ride. Not much traffic

New Britain Reservoir

How the hell can it be uphill both ways?

Breaking the Law!

Yes, I’m trespassing. I cut through the water department service road

New Britain Reservoir

Straight doesn’t mean flat.

New Britain Reservoir

A nice rock face, in case my family in Illinois can’t remember what that looks like.

Ledge Road

There’s a lot of land around here. Unfortunately most of it is vertical.

Ledge Road

The fence is always broken at the edge.

Ledge Road

A half hour ago, I was at the bottom of this.

Flanders Road

Best view in Southington

Flanders Road

Oh yeah, that’s why I live near here.

Flanders Road

That hill in the background is Bristol/Wolcott.

New Britain Reservoir

Southington end, looking east.

New Britain Reservoir

The road sure looks straight, don’t it?

New Britain Reservoir

New Britain end, looking west.

New Britain Reservoir

Funny, it didn’t look this big on the map.

New Britain Reservoir

This is a pretty nicd ride. Not much traffic

New Britain Reservoir

How the hell can it be uphill both ways?

Breaking the Law!

Yes, I’m trespassing. I cut through the water department service road

Debbie & son Jason

Holy chao! Just a few years ago this kid was only 7 and was attending *my* 30th birthday party. What the heck happened?

Mattoon Lodge No 260

Mattoon Lodge No 260

Burger King

This is the original Burger King hamburger stand, which pre-dates the chain.

The old Mattoon Masonic Temple, now offices.

The old Mattoon Masonic Temple.

Where bagels come from.

This is what a bagel factory looks like.

The first shade tree in eight miles

The next 5 miles

The last 5 miles

It’s a two-holer, but vertically

Very historic building

I don’t understand why it has an address. Do people send mail to it?

The historic two-story outhouse in downtown Gays, IL (pop. 385).

The downtown Gays historic district

Approaching the historic center of town.

I think that this sign says it all.

Gravel roads in the farm district. Makes biking a challenge

Gravel roads in the farm district. Makes biking a challenge

Road Picture

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This is just cresting the hill at the top of Flanders Rd. I’m always tempted to shout “Hey doodly,” in this area.

When I finally slowed down, I saw this four foot long black snake, just basking at the roadside. He didn’t seem to mind posing for this shot.