Wednesday, June 6, 2012

From Lakes to Ponds

Along the Chesterville Esker
We managed to dodge the raindrops last Saturday in Winthrop, and we had a fine ride thanks to Denise.  It was a great route, with great company, and great timing.  Since then we've had quite a few more raindrops, but if you're one of those who have been watching the puddles in your yard turn into ponds, we've got a ride for you! Please join us in Mount Vernon this Sunday to count ponds and have fun on multiple 50 mph descents (there are potentially three, road conditions permitting).  Whether that has any benefit to cardio-vascular training I'll leave for experts to judge.  I've been informed that this ride has 3,230 feet of climbing (by one rider's electronic calculations) and there are several 15% grades (short ones, though) on Sandy River Road.  The ride also has some unique scenery, with a delightful (and flat) run along the Chesterville Esker - a good part of the route was laid out by glacier!  We may also get together after the ride at the cafe in Mount Vernon.
Sunday, June 10th - MOUNT VERNON
"Eleven Ponds" - a tour past many of the hidden ponds and lakes in Mount Vernon, Fayette, Chesterville, and Vienna.
START:  9:00 AM, Mount Vernon Post Office, just off Rt. 41 on Main Street in Mount Vernon.
DISTANCE:  14 and 29 miles.
TERRAIN:  Rolling with a few good hills.
HIGHLIGHTS:  rural back roads winding through many small ponds and lakes, and across the top of the Chesterville Esker.  Possible post-ride get-together at the cafe in Mt. Vernon village.
LEADER:  Jim Merrick.

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