Waaaaay to much climbing today. What was I thinking? No regrets! Much better glove choice today, besides it was warmer. Still, that was a midsummer climbing route… time to ease off a bit thinks I. Felt OK though. Allez!
Route notes: Out the door to Camp Hill Road up and over to Call Hallow Road. Left onto Willow Grove. Right on Blanchard (Co Rd 98). Right on Gate Hill Road (Rockland County 106), Left onto Cedar Flats Road, Left onto Mott Farm Road. Sharp Left onto Liberty Drive down to 9W. left on 9W. Slight left onto S Entrance Road (7 Lakes Drive), past Perkins down to the Route 6 interchange and circle, keep going on 7 Seven Lakes Drive (another long climb), switch sides of the road to avoid the crazed racoon. Left up Tiorati Brook Road which becomes Cedar Pond Road. Loop around onto Lake Welch Parkway and slog back up to Lake Welch, squeeze by the closure, and enjoy the empty Lake. Jump on the double track that leads to the boat launch or stay on the road as you wish (just guess which choice I took?). Hang a left on Gate Hill Road (RC106 again, now from the other side) and bomb down Gate Hill Road. Now reverse the beginning of the ride, up Call Hallow, up Camp Hill, and shortly you’re back.
Variations, you can stay on 7 Lakes Drive and climb up and over from Kanawauke Circle. You can continue even further up 7LD turn left on Lake Welch Pkwy and make a right on Johnstown Road past the Church in the Woods. I have an even more epic version planned for the summer… let me know if you want in… should be a fun day.