Backdoor Century Ride

August 16, 2009

It was difficult to recruit riders for an unsupported century ride even when offering free parking, no vehicle fee contributions, free coffee and a shuttle ride at the end. With no volunteers, I tried to convince a couple of locals (Paul and Bob) to do the 100, but no dice. They decided they would compromise and ride a (roughly) metric century with me, though. So in the cool morning air I rode out my backdoor and up through the first hills to Crest Drive and Lorane Highway. Following Spencer Creek Road eventually to Crow Road, we took a short break in front of the Church of the Nazarene, then up Territorial to Warthen and then Sheffler. I somehow remembered Sheffler as a tougher climb, but I never shifted to the granny gear and we rode through the lush farming countryside that is Poodle Creek Road. The most beautiful part of the ride comes along Vaughn Road from Noti to Territorial—it never fails to delight. If you can ride this in late September, early October, please do. After a short break at the Lumber Mill on Vaughan, it was a straight push back along Crow, Erickson, Pine Tree, Spencer Creek and back up my favorite little hill on Crest Drive and home. Elapsed time, about 4 hours and 40 minutes.


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