Friday, 10:00 AM: “The Route of Which We Do Not Speak”
58.2 miles Distance
4,051 Feet Elevation
Today’s route has a great story and that’s because it’s a great route.
On our second exploratory trip, the NorthBend park superintendent Steve Jones grabbed us and threw us in his car. He had a route he just had to show us. So our first experience with this was by car. It was easy to see that it would become a must ride route. The multiple switchbacks, both ascending and descending were just blowing our minds. We couldn’t wait to experience it on the bike. We talked about the route and personified it over dinner that night. Someone at some point said, it had to have “evil intentions”. We started to call it Voldemort, but as any good Harry Potter fan knows, you don’t dare say the name. So, it quickly became “The route of which we do not speak.”
This route combines everything great about cycling and packs it into 60 miles. It will also host our KOM competition.
We start with the now familiar climb out of the cabins and descent into Harrisville. We will travel through “downtown” Harrisville and head up the Pullman Road climb, that the A-Route descended the day before. Once we make it to Pullman, we will turn right onto Auburn Road, which will not disappoint.
At the end of Auburn Road you’ll run into a small village names “Cox’s Mills.” This town holds the route’s one and only store and is curiously about half way in. Grab what you need and refuel, because this is where we will start the KOM race. This KOM is tactical. Don’t think your there and stop in the wrong place! The long gradual descent along Hazelgreen, is a great separation before we climb up to Route 16. A bombing descent and then rollers all the way back to Harrisville, with maybe a climb or two more thrown in. In Harrisville, make the left and head back up to the park.
There is only 1 route option today, because, well…you just don’t want to miss this one.