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Old 07-15-2019, 10:34 AM
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I've been heading up to western Mass for the last few years to ride the JAM Fund Grand FUNdo because its a fantastic event, and I also get to see a bunch of friends of mine from back when I lived in Pittsburgh. I had/have a bunch of PTO this year and timing worked out that it made sense to take off the first two weeks of July, and was planning to spend July 4th at my parents' place on the coast of Maine, so I got it in my head that it would be a great idea to ride a tour starting on the coast and ending in Northampton.

Day 1: New Harbor, ME to Swan Island, ME. Gave myself a shorty to kick things off, just under 40 miles of lovely rolling roads away from the ocean. Swan Island is a state park situated in the Kennebec River that was once inhabited, but not since the '60s. There's limited camping and getting there involves a short ferry ride, so it stays pretty quiet. Not long after I pitched my tent, a short rain storm blew in, but passed within an hour or two. There's also a tiny firetower on the island used for "wildlife observation"

https://www.instagram.com/p/BzmHQURl_NQ/
https://www.strava.com/activities/2524650880

Day 2: Swan Island, ME to Sebago Lake, ME. Another day on similarly rolling terrain. Route choice in Maine is somewhat limited, because there just aren't a ton of roads. Did some mild trespassing somewhere and a few 4x4 tracks. The bug pressure was real hot anytime I stopped in the woods. Got to Sebago Lake pretty early, and manw as this place packed. The Lake is gigantic and a very popular camping spot.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BzoV3u1FS-7/
https://www.strava.com/activities/2524651038

Day 3: Sebago Lake, ME to White Lake, NH: I woke up and realized that my Di2 battery was going to die at some point during the day (it was already in 1x mode). It turned out that there were a few bike shops in Conway, NH, not too far from Sebago Lake and not terribly far out of the way from my destination for the evening. I rode entirely on two lane highway to get there, which was kind of a bummer, but the views were still spectacular. Found a shop in Conway that had a charger I could leave my bike on for a while while I went for very mediocre pizza and a beer. I'll never tour without the charger adapter again, I guess...

https://www.strava.com/activities/2524651115

Day 4: White Lake, NH to Mt Sunappee, NH: Longest ride of the tour and holy **** did it deliver. So many good dirt roads. Good dirt roads as far as the wheels will ride. 2 long climbs, one mostly paved topping on dirt then a swoopy, but soft/loose dirt descent. Second was ~7 miles all on dirt, long dirt descent followed by a super fast, wide open and sweeping, very freshly paved descent. Secret bonus dirt climb got so steep I had to push for ~1/3mile One of the best routes I’ve ever done. I ate dinner in town, thinking the campgrounds was just a couple miles down the road. Well, that was only to the entrance to the park/ski resort, and the campgrounds itself was around a mile and a half straight up the side of the mountain on a dirt road. Got to the top and chatted with the ranger who made sure to tell me that he'd seen a couple bears the night before "right where you're standing, here let me show you some pics I took."

https://www.strava.com/activities/2524651333

Day 5: Mt. Sunappee, NH to Mt Monadnock, NH: More dirt, more big ass climbs. Forest double track that eventually just stopped, no maps showing any sort of path, no gps, no blazes, so I turned back and had to detour around the forest, which involved a bigass dirt climb. I'd been mostly riding due west for the first four days, this day marked a turn directly south.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BzyLZmalAhq/
https://www.strava.com/activities/2524651440

Day 6: Mt Monadnock, NH to DAR State Forest, MA: Lots more great dirt roads, got rained on a couple of times. Got turned away from a “bridge out” by a work crew, so had to take a short detour (I shortly thereafter found the exit point that I was supposed to have gone on and there was definitely a way for me to get through). Later in the day, I was turned away by another bridge out (this one was actually out and across a river). The last 15 miles of this day were preeeetty much entirely climbing, starting from the D2R2 field, headed up through the back of the state park and then dropping down to the campgrounds. This particular campground was also really nice. Spacious sites that were well spread apart. A pretty lake close by, and big bear boxes on every site.

https://www.strava.com/activities/2524651577

Day 7: DAR State Forest, MA to Northampton, MA + spinning around the area unloaded with the Pittsburgh crew: Almost entirely downhill from the park to town, met up for coffee, rode to the top of Mt Tom and the bike paths. Started the day climbing back up the hill in DAR to bag the firetower I'd passed the night before. Climbed the stairs up, only to find that the box was locked! Bagged a second firetower for the day at the top of Mt Tom

https://www.strava.com/activities/2527118462
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz0W6AYFHG_/
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz0uidXFcHQ/

Day 8: JAM Fund Grand FUNdo: Felt about as good as I've ever felt, strength-wise. Weather was perfect, the adventure route was amazing. Great roads, great company, great food, great day.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz33kZWlM1c/
https://www.strava.com/activities/2529682439

Day 9: Hadley, MA to Northampton, MA to Amherst, MA: Social coffee spin + headed to catch the bus back to NYC + a quick jaunt from Manhattan back home

https://www.strava.com/activities/2533011218
https://www.strava.com/activities/2533011296


Total mileage: 540.6 miles
Total climbing: 37,064 ft
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Old 07-15-2019, 12:18 PM
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Great voyage, and a good way to see New England. On day 4, you passed within a couple miles of me in central NH. And what a way to end it in the Pioneer Valley!
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Old 07-15-2019, 12:25 PM
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Thanks! It was a pretty special week
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Old 07-15-2019, 02:19 PM
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DANG! I was just simply admiring your bike as we rode the FUNDO... I should have been checking for a motor. Absolutely epic ride.
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Old 09-20-2019, 12:13 PM
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I feel like we need updated pictures in this thread!
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Old 09-23-2019, 10:14 AM
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Haven't ridden it in a few weeks, but I'm definitely due for some pics. Might be heading out west next week, which will provide ample opportunity
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Old 11-13-2019, 06:41 PM
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Haven't ridden it in a few weeks, but I'm definitely due for some pics. Might be heading out west next week, which will provide ample opportunity
any more pics to share of this marvelous all terrains rig?
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Old 11-14-2019, 08:29 AM
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Here's the only decent shot I have of the bike from a rather amazing (and also flat-filled) ride in the Capitol State Forest in Washington
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Old 11-19-2019, 09:06 PM
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Just got back from a fantastic trip to Oaxaca with Adam (who just posted some pics from the trip) and wanted to gush and brag a bit. The bike was fantastic for the terrain that we were on, though I do wish I had a bit more than the 1:1 low gear I was working with. That said, the roads were so damn steep that I don't think it would've mattered all that much. 2.0 Rangers set up tubeless were fantastic once I dialed in the pressure (less of it). The only real issue I had was my aeropress getting caught in my front wheel (from inside the fork bag) and sending me OTB. Both my anything cages broke in the ensuing crash and I had to fashion a backpack out of some straps I'd thankfully bought.

Oaxaca is a spectacular place for on bike and off, you all should definitely put it on your lists.

Anyway, you guys just want to see pictures (some are mine, any of me riding are Adam's):











I know that church.. Arbol de Tule! I know those places. HOw did you get there w/ the bikes from the US?
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Old 11-20-2019, 10:33 AM
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We both flew with our bikes to Mexico City, then to Oaxaca City. Adam's is s&s, so he's got a case for it, and I flew with mine in an EVOC Bike Travel Pro. Easy-peasy.
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Old 11-20-2019, 07:41 PM
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We both flew with our bikes to Mexico City, then to Oaxaca City. Adam's is s&s, so he's got a case for it, and I flew with mine in an EVOC Bike Travel Pro. Easy-peasy.
You flew to Oaxaca... hmmm... Did you ride to the pacific coast of Oaxaca? That´s an epic descent!
I drove from Mexico City till Oaxaca and then to San Jose del Pacifico. From there you descend to Huatulco and the beaches on the coast.
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Old 11-21-2019, 08:11 AM
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Yeah, we rode from Oaxaca City out to Mazunte on the coast. Epic descent is right. From our campsite at around 8k feet, we descended 12k feet and climbed 6k feet in ~8 hours to get down to the coast.
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Old 11-21-2019, 08:59 AM
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Yeah, we rode from Oaxaca City out to Mazunte on the coast. Epic descent is right. From our campsite at around 8k feet, we descended 12k feet and climbed 6k feet in ~8 hours to get down to the coast.
Hmmm. The coast there is at 2,000 feet?
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Old 11-21-2019, 09:10 AM
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This was roughly the route we followed: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31498764 The descent from 7k (or 8, I don't recall exactly) isn't a 7k foot direct descent to the coast.
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Old 11-21-2019, 02:39 PM
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Yeah, we rode from Oaxaca City out to Mazunte on the coast. Epic descent is right. From our campsite at around 8k feet, we descended 12k feet and climbed 6k feet in ~8 hours to get down to the coast.

I stayed in Mazunte for a week in my honeymoon on another trip. I stayed in that hotel w/ rooms that have no windows and a rooftop where people camp. Paradise.
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