I'd been wanting to see if I could make it up the Ascutney Road and today was cool enough to give it a try. Though I wish my legs had had a little more life -- the couple of miles of warm-up felt like it was going to be a bad day.
But then the climb started, and before long you have enough invested in the effort that stopping is not really in the cards. And eventually I rolled into the upper parking lot right about when I expected, 55:40 for the 3.7 miles with not quite 2,300' climb. Over an hour would have been disappointing, and the odds of anything much faster than this were closer to none than slim. And I was delighted at the top.
The plan was to finish the ride by finishing the loop around the mountain. And it too was a struggle. Going down is just too steep to be fun, though I was thankful for disc brakes. And then all the way west/northwest along 44 was into the wind and on tired legs and it just took a while.
Much better after I turned south on 106, and especially after a leisurely stop at a general store for more fluids. One more turn, this time onto 131 heading east, one modest climb and then the last 4 miles all slightly down, all with a tailwind, the legs felt fine again, but then they weren't being asked to do much.
Just for comparison, they have had a race up the road, not sure if they still do or not. Found the results
from 2012. Hah, 157 finishers, best was 27:52 (half my time!), but I would have edged out the last 4, rather than the expected DFL.
I just don't have much of a motor. But it is fun trying. An adventure, even if a rather mild one.