Heavy truck traffic on rt 165 woke me early.
This software / hardware is really unstable. Loosing much of what I type.
Shorter story: Went searching for a trail map in Wyoming village & Forest headquarters.
Drove to TH just down road from where I crashed. Beautiful day: Deep blue skies & fall reds. Arcadia is just off the ocean by maybe 25 miles. Elevation is 200′.
Just before leaving a car pulls in and a guy rider, Frank, exits. He knew these trails from 14 years ago and just started mtn biking, currently a roadie. I joined with him.
Trails here have way more sand. This area was glaciated and the sand is from the crushed rock. Can’t believe the miles of stone fences in the woods. The fences were left from all the abandoned farms. Now regrowth is what remains of the fields. Small areas fenced and big rocks. Lots of work was expended to clear land for tilling.
Wandered around on the trails.
RI requires everyone in the woods from 3rd Sat of Oct to some time in spring to wear at least 200 sq” of orange. I learned that people not complying are ticketed and, if on bikes, they have been confiscated . Tomorrow starts the orange and hunting. OK to have left after 1 ride. Arcadia is big and worthy of several days of riding.
Short drive into Connecticut. Still looking for a shower and after 2 days of riding it is well needed. Drove into small town. Canvased the local True Value Hardware for knowledge. The woman said the only 1 she knew of was Strawberry resort. I called them and asked if I could buy a shower. The woman said just come on up and take one. Too good to be true? Asked how much, she said free. OK enjoyed a free shower on the up and up. Big resort for camping.
She gave me directions to Rose City Cycles near Norwich, CN. Drove there and asked for ride info. Learned that there are good rides w/in 1 hour of town. Received info on 2 and invite for Sunday ride on 1 of them. Even allowed me to crash in their parking lot.
Going to ride here Sat & Sun and then work thru state up to Northern Western Mass for IMBA epic at Savoy, then work my way around NYC to Philly.
Frank is a young buck and took off sprinting several times. I quickened my pace in sort of an attempt to keep up. Bad for knee. Still liking the lowered seat.