Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Milltown Cycles Fall Gravel Tour: Henderson Holler Part 1.

Sunday's Henderson Holler was a blast.  It was an incredibly windy day, 20-30 mph near constant wind, with a weather advisory to match!  As such we shortened the route from 46 miles to a total of about 30 miles.  The tree below shows the wind.  All the branches are nearly straight out!

Our crew started with just six of us, (Jerry's out front.)  We eventually were caught up by a seventh rider who started a bit behind us.  After the first few miles the clouds cleared off and we rode under sunny skies for the rest of the day.

Lots of farm work still being undertaken.  Yellow jacketed riders flanked by tank-like tractor tracks.

A huge thanks is owed to our fearless leader Jim for all of his work putting these wonderful routes together.  It's a pleasure to work with him to bring these events to fruition!  Looking good in Molteni jersey on his Fargo.

Lots of great barns were seen on this route.  The woods behind this one are a county park.  It is positioned right on the river, and offers legal camping.  Given the seclusion I can't imagine it's very busy.  We may start and end this ride here next time.  I'd love to get some before and after camping in combination with these rides!

We found a "nature trail" in Henderson that needed exploring.  It turned out to be a short hike a bike section leading to yet more camping sites within the city limits.  While not great riding, it was a welcome way to get to know the area a bit better.

We took a little break at the campground on top.  Out of the wind and in the sun was a great place to be.  The whole day was ridden at a casual, conversational pace.  It was a great ride.  

That's all for now.  Part 2, from Henderson on, will go up later this week.  Happy Tuesday all!


Captain Bob said...

Your helmet reminds me of the face on the Preditor...I can almost see the fangs open up.......

Jerry said...

despite the wind, that was a great ride. those hills kicked butt