5000 FT CLIMBING
The Tour de France is once again over with a great win for Sastre, the oldest winner in the race's history.
Well, it'd be shame if I were to have sat down and watched the final stage this morning...
...since my magnificent Tour de Cattaraugus must go on!
Like a hen proudly ruffles her feathers in the morning, I donned my Lycra suit at 8am for yet another ride in the Tour de Cattaraugus series.
Ok, this is not to say I'm a chicken.
Don't even go there...
Well ok, so I didn't plan the ride very well and had no intention of riding for practically half my day. But whatever...100 miles is 100 miles.
I heard though some friends that there were some majestic hills out in the east in no man's land.. hence I decided to exit Cattaraugus, enter Alleghany, exit Alleghany...enter Pennsylvania, exit Pennsylvania...ok, I'll shut up.
Quick recap : Areas 1 through 5 covered prior to this ride is documented here.
So, here is Area 6 below, route and elevation for a saddle time of 7 hours. Red arrows indicate starting, blue indicate turning back and trying to get the hell home (without a map :) )
The ride is basically me trying to go from Olean to Wellsville through Bolivar and Alma. South Bolivar had some of the best country roads and scenery I've ever seen in my life and Alma Hill Road in Alma NY was a grinding climb up to the highest peak in Alleghany, standing proud at a little over 2500 feet or 760 metres at the highest point.
As I climbed Alma Hill, I passed acres of Maple syrup trees on both sides and my host on top of the peak was a lonely AT&T Tower.
And not a single good looking human female in sight!
After the sweet downhill at a conservative speed, I rode to Wellsville NY and did some local suckers - some very steep climbs - all paved thankfully. Here are the conquests of the day :
VILLAGE OF HANOEYE
There..! I found you, you little crook...this tower communicates with aircraft, not cellphones (I had no damn signal!)
good chance this might be the top of South West New York)