Monday, June 15, 2009

Dug Gap Road

This ride was a continuation on a theme; Ride with M.G., swap out 2 mile pulls, pull too hard, find a big hill to climb, try to make it back home.

Using Google maps to find a route we went south out of Apison, Bill Jones, Old Salem, Rifle Range road, and crossed over 75 to turn right on Bandy. Bandy turned into Old Ringgold, Old Ringgold turned into Tate, Tate into Lower Gordon Springs. On Lower Gordon Springs we were greeted by a chasing pit bull (slowed him down with some water in the face, but he didn't give up easily).

We turned left on Henderson Rd (Very rough) which soon deteriorated further into a mix of pounded pavement/gravel. M.G. wasn't too happy with this state of affairs but we didn't puncture and finally came out on GA 201. From there we headed east across the ridges to our Dug Gap destination.

Never having been in the vicinity, we didn't know what to expect from the climb. It didn't disappoint. The elevation gain started right after Hurricane Creek and got serious when the road turned north. I immediately found my lowest gear and started turning survival circles. Arriving at the top dripping from every pore, we stopped to eat and drink.

From there we dropped down the east face, skirted Dalton and rode up Crow Valley, past Lake Kathy, through Mt.Vernon Valley, and returned home down Apison Pike, tired and worn down, but grateful for another epic ride.

Dug Gap from the west is 1.75 miles of 7% grade, starting at 800' and ending 1453' for a 653' climb.

Climb Stats:
average speed - 5.8mph
average power output - 260 watts

Ride Stats:
http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/8453182

Moving Time (h:m:s) 3:49:15
Distance (mi) 64.97
Moving Speed (mph) 17.0 avg. 46.1 max.
Elevation Gain (ft) 5,663

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