To deal with my feeling of getting stale with recent rides, I opted to trek on some local roads that I haven’t ridden on before. That means hills.
Thus breaking my rule about never riding on streets with “mountain”, “view”, “vista” or something similar in the name, I headed off to one of three “Ridge Roads” we have in the area. Getting there involves an impressive climb where I ended up gearing down the whole way to 22″ and doing a lot of spinning. Thoughts of Jan Heine and walking even entered my head, but I slogged on through, even to the smile of the lady mowing her lawn at the summit of School House Lane.
Once on Ridge, I was greeted by a fun ride of up and down hills, all the way to Potts Hill. Then it popped into me that I could easily pick up Route 392 and ride all the way to Newberrytown along the Interstate. That also provided some fun downhills and climbs, although the traffic was heavier.
Finally, I took some side roads on the home leg into some neighborhoods I haven’t been in for years, and ventured by the old soccer complex.
It was a nice night for a quick ride, and I think the hills did me good.
Distance: 12.6 miles 2013: 897.4