pedaling (MTB on pavement) 3:27:52  49.71 km (4:11 / km) +1300m 3:42 / km
Two-Gap ride (Lincoln and App), with my brother. I had been thinking about this for a while, and when I mentioned it he offered encouragement and said he'd be happy to join me (he's done this ride numerous times), so I came up to his place for the weekend. The forecast had looked grim for today and we planned on doing it tomorrow, but then today arrived and the weather didn't look too awful (blue sky for a bit, and the radar didn't show much rain in the offing), so we decided to give it a shot, despite the fact that it was supposed to be pretty windy. I had brought my mountain bike which, though it's definitely heavier than some alternatives, has low enough gearing for this.
We did the ride CCW, starting at the western foot of App Gap. Drizzle started as soon as we started riding, but it didn't persist. The wind was switchy, but when we got to Jerusalem and headed up toward Lincoln Gap, the full SE blast hit us, and it was hard to keep moving. No problems with the climb (I did use my lowest gear, but stayed seated and didn't have to weave), and the descent was nice in that the road is closed for the season, thus no car traffic, but it was also covered with piles of wet leaves, so we had to keep to a conscientious speed. We then took the high road by the ski areas heading north instead of going to Rte. 100.
About the time we got to Mad River Glen, it really started with a steady rain. I made the App Gap climb with a couple of gears to spare. Up at the top, we got hit by the wind again, this time from behind us, strong enough that I almost didn't have to pedal for the last little bit of climb after crossing the line into Buels Gore. And then it was all downhill to the car, coasting but trying to keep the speed pretty low since I don't know the road well and it was all wet pavement.
Part of the motivation for this was that I had the opportunity to be the first person to complete Buels Gore in CityStrides. There were only three roads listed in that "town", and I did them all by different modes of transportation. Fox is actually a trail at Mad River Glen that I did on skis a few years ago. Gore Road is a very short regular road that Nancy and I walked at the beginning of the summer. And now I've done Rte. 17 by bike, except... when I checked, it was missing! The only real road in the whole town somehow got deleted. I am listed as having completed the town, but with only two roads (which means I had it before I even did this ride). But I assume it was just a botched edit in OpenStreetMap that has been fixed, and this will probably update in the next week or so.