5800 FT CLIMBING
While the boys in the Tour de France hit the sick Col de Agnel tomorrow in stage 15 (3rd highest paved road in France), I continue my cute little tour of Cattaraugus. I know right, totallly amateur! Ha..!
Previously, you may remember that I had cycled to some places both north and south of Olean in Areas 1, 2, 3 and 4.
Here's Area 5 and the gradient profile of the 60 mile or so route.
My 5.5 hour on-saddle adventure today saw me first in Humphrey, tackling the appetizer Chapel Hill and the unpaved Howe Hill (private wooded hunting lands on both sides).
Then I got into Franklinville, eating up Fish and Laidlaw hills that were nothing really until the creepy Pierce Hill really dished out a workout. This was a pretty steep unpaved climb that gained atleast a 1000 feet in elevation over 1 or 2 miles. Pictures are below.
Just when I thought my heart would pop out of my chest, I had to handle the steep and jittery downhill!
Damn. I was done with Franklinville.
Next, I crossed into Ischua and met the gregarious Dutch Hill. It was paved, hurray! Dutch Hill road takes you up the Ichua Valley to about 2200+ feet or so, very close to the highest treeline. The views from up there were great.
Finally, I hit the unpaved Maple Hill and went a little into Union Valley and Smith Hollow but having been reminded that I needed to be home back soon to run errands, I turned back, hit rt 16 and rode down to Olean.
So here are the conquests of the day :
And below is my cyclophotography, all done riding with a handheld camera, placed in my jersey pocket. Out in the country, all by myself and not a thing to worry about.
Hope you enjoy the pictures from my saddle.
Saturday, July 19, 2008