This morning we tackled what I nicknamed the Flughafen (Airport) Loop. About 58 miles with 2400 gain. This route is super interesting and has some sections of road that are my favorite to ride. The ride lacked rhythm because of all the flats but things can’t always be perfect. There was a ton of gravel on the road washed up from yesterdays rain.
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After Johnson hang a right on Old Main Street.
Bob Mills Rd. is great it parallels I49 but you would never know the highway is next to you.
A series of turns and rollers always fire up the bunch.
Hang a left on Wagon Wheel Road.
Someone needs a new saddle. You will want to grab some water at the gas station in Cave Springs. It’s the last opportunity.
264 (airport road) is buttery smooth but you will encounter heavier traffic until you get past XNA. Best to keep it tight here.
The section just past the airport is super challenging with all its lumpy goodness. This morning we had a stiff headwind as well.
The gas station in Highfill is closed but we regroup there anyways. Loving some Banana Mango Coconut from CLIF.
Gailey Hollow Rd. is a favorite of the bunch. Especially with tailwind. It’s basically a 7 mile downhill.
With almost no traffic.
Sort of snakes along.
Average speed is always pretty high on this section.
Twisty turny goodness…
The scenery is great.
Then we hang a left on Old Hwy. 68 and grind our way up the Tower Climb. About 2.2 miles with 230 gain. Not steep just a grind.
The radio tower. You can usually get water from a spigot on the side of the building.
“Wine Country” I like to take the group over to Tonitown on small country roads to take advantage of the traffic light to cross 412. It’s much safer.
In on Barrington Rd./Mt.Comfort Rd.
Doctored up Digiorno, added chicken, peppers, tomatoes & cheese. Let’s Eat!