It is a rainy, chilly (this early in the season, it feels cold) day in central North Carolina. At least we are not getting any of the SNOW that the northeastern US is likely to receive today + tomorrow.
One buddy wondered what I'd do today since it is NOT a day for cycling ... maybe this afternoon one could sneak in a ride. Just for him ... here is something for the day:
Two Excellent Cycling Companions
Two Brothers, One Phrase with Two Inflections
During Alan's 600 brevet back in May, the subject of the Kerr Lake Loop Permanent came up (don't ask me how), I don't recall the other participants in the conversation, but I asked him/her/them if they had done KLL since Mike had added 'Stovall Mountain'." A milli-second later, RobD / "Brother Rob" / "Rico Rob" forcefully interjected: "You mean: YOU added the moutain!" It was definitely an accusation.
In late September, MikeH and I arrived at MikeD's (each via bicycle, btw) to exchange some paperwork with MikeD regarding the Showdown in Black Creek Permanent. Conversation drifted among several subjects including KLL. One of MikeD's comments included the phrase "after you added the mountain". I thought, but did not say, "at least that was a conversational tone and not the accusatory one that Rob used." (obviously, the link in this paragraph is for gratuitous purposes only)
The Ride I'd Like to Be Doing Today
But I'd like to continue "north" past Denny's Store Road up to Polk Huff Rd to Walnut Grove Rd to Goshen and Ben Thorpe roads, and then back on course on Old Roxboro Rd. Getting to and back from the north-end of the route ought to be good leaf viewing; I know Denny's Store can present nice vistas, but I've never ridden Polk Huff / Walnut Grove nor Ben Thorpe. The alternative Polk Huff route would likely be good leaf viewing and could present some vistas ... and would be "new roads" ... if only for a few miles. (Click on the "Bigger Map" link near the bottom of embedded Trimble Map to get, uh, a bigger map, which may allow one to better understand the course-routing discussed above.)
One problem with the route is that it is 80+ miles long ... kitchen-passes for some Irregulars likely wouldn't allow for such a long ride. (There are short-cut routes that would enable long-routers and short-cutters to start together.)
[Edit, Jan-24-2014: The above route was eventually morphed into the rando perm-pop 'Denny's Store Sortie,' a 138-km ride great for getting in a few extra RUSA kilometers towards a RUSA or Lone Star distance goal.]