We did the usual, big-ring around Massabesic Lake at pretty crazy speeds, then Isaac's secret back way to Bear Brook. We entered on Podunk Rd this time to ride the I-trail from Hall Mountain. That is where the ride went awry. Isaac attempted to chop a log with his rear derailleur. Goodbye rear indexing. The chain and derailleur appeared to be spared, but the hanger sheared clean off. We were over 20 miles from the cars.
Secret way to BB has this gem in it. About 30% grade.
Dave was too far back to see my magic lines to the top.
Single, but fail.
Scenery along Trail 15 heading back.
Dave and I continued on, hitting the campground to top off water. We hit all the good stuff, like Hemlock, Bear Brook, Alp d'Huez and Bear Hill before taking Trail 15 back to FOMBA land. I ate profusely during the ride. I'm learning more and more this is connected with my cramping tendencies in long, fast-paced rides. Dropping down to the Wahoo course around Tower Hill Pond, I had a flashback to the Watershed Wahoo race days. For a moment, I thought I was in the final lap, hammering at speeds of 20+mph around the course. Dave pretty much pegged what was going on in my head and hung on by a thread. It was a great way to finish off a 52 mile, 4.5 hour ride.