When Perricone's in Quakertown shut its doors, the Double Reservoir Ride route from Frenchtown was erased with it. Now, with extensive rejiggering, the Double Reservoir Ride is back. The route and rest stops have changed, but the terrain is every bit as brutal as before.Brutal terrain? Well, maybe that was why only six of us were in the lot at Mine Brook Park: in addition to Laura and me, regulars Ron S and Snakehead Ed C, nearly-regular Barry Y, and John K. We did this route. It starts right off with an uphill to get out of the park. Complaining and dumb jokes (as much staples of Laura's rides as are hills and coffee) began right away.
We'll start from Mine Brook Park on Old Croton Road, off of Route 12, in Flemington, at 9:00 a.m. The new route is 60 miles with two or three rest stops and over 4000 feet of ascent. Pace-pushers can use the old route.
If I remember Laura's description of the route, we ride up over a ridge, down inot a valley, then up a hill to get to Round Valley reservoir, then down again and over the ridge that separates the Delaware and Raritan watersheds, then down and up to the Spruce Run reservoir, then down along a flat and over the ridge to get back to the park (Laura will,no doubt, correct my misapprehensions).
I remember hills, and I remember searing descents, and being sure to get out of Snakehead's way to let him pass me on them. He's a much better descender than I. As he kept passing me on the downhills, I kept hearing in my head (to the tune of the Platters' "Great Pretender"): "Oh, yes... he's the great... descender... (whoa-oa)".
Laura had planned for stops at Round
We didn't need to stop in Clinton; instead, we came straight back. There was a nifty flat run along Hamden Road; I've been in the area before, but I didn't remember that. It could easily become a favorite road, like Alexsauken Creek and River Road in Warren County: they're beautiful; I think of them as "fifteen minutes of vacation".
Then back up (we were tired by this time) and down to the park and home. It was a great, beautiful ride. The fast folks would have been irritated by the slow pace and the many stops, and the flats riders would have thought there were too many hills. But it was just right for me. And to do just about my age in miles, in the week before my birthday, was an added attraction!