Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Reynolds and Pheasant Road

I wanted to take another quick trip up Umunhum this morning, but they were still trimming trees and I didn't want to wait. So I turned around, cut it short, and instead headed up the roads accessible from the north end of Hicks, for the first time in quite a while.

View Reynolds and Pheasant in a larger map

Looking northeast from Reynolds Road
It's been quite a while since I last visited Reynolds Road. I had apparently forgotten just how steep it was. I rode up to the fork in the road, but turned around at that point because I wasn't relishing the idea of descending on the dirt.

I only noticed one difference from a year and a half ago, which was that the gate near Hicks Road is now just a normal MROSD gate, not the private gate that used to be there. I'm under the impression that the district also bought the property at the top end of the right fork in the road, so maybe that's looking more like MROSD land, too.

Hairpin on Reynolds Road
On the way back I also went up Pheasant Road, just up to the gate. No changes there. I also went up Montego Ct on the way back, just trying to get a little exercise.

Elevation profile
A very short ride -- 16 miles, with 1700 feet of climbing. The most difficult kilometer was in the middle of Reynolds Road, with a grade of 10.7%. Reynolds Road, from Hicks up to the fork, is 1.6 miles at 9.3%.

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