Ride: Tour de Mad Dog Stage 4: Maple Syrup Century
Starting Location: 200 Missouri Ave, Jeffersonville, IN 47130, USA
Route Distance: 100 miles
Elevation Gain: 2,672
Route Description: Melissa (Puddle) Hall created this interesting route years ago - thanks Melissa! The naming of the route is unique because we make our way to a Maple Syrup Festival near Salem, Indiana.
www.lmsugarbush.com - this is the 33rd year of the festival. There are food vendors at the festival so this serves as our lunch stop. This is in a rural area, bring cash in case technology is not having a good day. There is music and wild west, bank robber, shootout reenactments. there are three stops on this route including the festival.
I will be the sweeper for the ride. Please wear hi-viz clothing and ride with a rear blinkey. If you normally only carry one spare tube, please carry two. Weather has been mild so far but it is winter. This area of Indiana uses cinders on the roads if it snows, be prepared. It is normally busy at the Festival - take your time and enjoy it.
The first stop and last stop of the ride both utilize the Shell Station in Henryville. Our first stop is at 27.4 miles, the second is the Festival at 56 miles and the final stop is again in Henryville at mile 73. At least you will know where your favorite beverage and snack items are in the store.
CAUTION: Cinders look like black sand, they are spread on the roads during winter. The car traffic tends to clear the cinders from off of the direct areas where the cars travel but this deposits them on the shoulders of the roads where cyclists ride. Stay out of the cinders as much as you can. They build up in a layer in many areas and this layer can become slick like sand or very fine gravel.
CAUTION: DOWNHILL / DECENT into Leota at mile 60. This is a steep decent that requires caution even during the best of summer and it can be especially dangerous if there are cinders on the roads.
The route shows 1% gravel on RWGPS, there are not any gravel sections.
Surface Type: Road
Ride Terrain & Pace: 4B
Ride with GPS Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41913551
Ride Captain: Thomas Nance 5 zero 2 five 9 2 four two zero 3
This is a free event as part of the Mad Dog ride series.