Essex County Pancake Ride

July 12, 2008

On July 5th 2008, 5 cyclists including myself joined Melinda Lyon on a very lovely bike ride of her design. It was 83 miles with about 20 of them on unpaved surfaces ranging from decent dirt roads to rivers deeper than my knees and stuff I probably wouldn’t be able to do even on my mountain bike.

It was one of the most enjoyable bike rides I’ve done. The route took in the best and the variety of beauty available in that corner of Massachusetts. The roads ranged from nice for cycling to top-notch. The off-road stuff was entirely away from traffic and, it seemed, hardly used (why not?). Among us, only Ted had a mountain bike, the rest on road bikes with wide knobby tires. Young John made it through the tricky bits on his Surly LHT, a touring bike with absurdly long wheelbase, much better than the rest of us. We took the whole thing at a gentle pace that caused no stress. I had a really swell time. I hope Melinda runs it again in the fall.

The ride passed by the famous Clam Box in Ipswitch. Here’s a high-res of the parking-lot scene: click the thumbnail.

 

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One Response to “Essex County Pancake Ride”

  1. Harry Spatz said

    Why would anyone want to “inspect the fat people?” To have written this in such a derisive way, you must suffer self-image problems. You know you are fit, but are unsure about other things, so you poke fun at people who are weak in the one area in which you know you are strong.

    I have no idea who you are, but I do know one thing. You are the one that needs inspection; by a shrink.

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