By Melissa Warwick
Published 07/23/2023; Updated 07/23/2023

Apologies for this very short ride report. I seem to have come down with my daughter’s cold, so I don’t feel like doing much!

We had a really great group of about fourteen riders for our trek out to the Skyline Trail. We finally had an amazing day to ride. The temperature was in the low 70’s for most of the ride and it wasn’t humid. Hip-hip hooray!

The route headed out on Rt 66 and entered the Skyline Trail from the south.



We had a young cyclist with us today. He was from Texas and visiting his grandparents in Williamsburg. He told us that he had just been in the Junior Nationals and had placed 6th. He made his speed known along the Skyline Trail. A number of us tried to hold his wheel… but only two were successful! I was remiss in taking photos of the beautiful scenery along the Trail. Alas, I was one of the cyclists trying to hold his wheel. I should also add that we had a cyclist lose the ability to shift his rear gears. He rode the Skyline Trail with only two gears and a smile!

We got off the trail in Peru and took the obligatory group photo at the highest town center in Massachusetts.



Out of Peru we descended on 143. We had our first water stop at Corners Grocery, but we saved our appetites for the Chesterfield General Store’s baked goods.



Thankfully there was only one tiny climb after our Chesterfield stop.



The descent on the Leeds/Chesterfield Tuesday hillclimb course was fast and fun. We rolled back into town around 2:00 PM with 65 miles and 6,100 feet of climbing.