Tuesday, July 22, 2014

30.3 Mile Springfield/Rogersville Loop

Sunday, my friend John S. and I rode out of my driveway about 6am, headed to Rogersville and back in a big loop. We went east out of Springfield on Catalpa, winding our way through the hills past massive homes and eventually farms as we peddled. The farm road that Catalpa becomes eventually wound down to Hwy. D/Sunshine Street and we followed it out over the James River and into Turners.

30.3 mile loop to Rogersville

30.3 mile loop to Rogersville

30.3 mile loop to Rogersville

30.3 mile loop to Rogersville

We dropped off of Hwy. D at Turners Station (the oldest grocery store in Greene County) and onto the farm road that parallels the train tracks there, following out towards where it tees back into Hwy. D.

30.3 mile loop to Rogersville

30.3 mile loop to Rogersville

30.3 mile loop to Rogersville

At Hwy. D, we headed back south, then east again towards the junction of D and B.

30.3 mile loop to Rogersville

In Rogersville we rode across the train tracks as the gates were dropping. We then crossed James River Freeway and picked up a bite to eat at Hardee's, roughly our halfway mark.

30.3 mile loop to Rogersville

30.3 mile loop to Rogersville

Then it was back west along Farm Road 186 and County Line Road, towards home. We'd ridden this stretch a bunch this summer, but usually in an out-and-back format.

30.3 mile loop to Rogersville

30.3 mile loop to Rogersville

We rolled down the Galloway Greenway and were home by 9:45am, having completed 30.32 miles. It was a great ride, really. The morning temps were in the mid sixties and seventies and the light fog made for a great sunrise. We only encountered a little traffic over on FR. 186 and County Line Road, as churches started to draw people out of bed and into their cars.

30.3 mile loop to Rogersville

I managed to ride about 65 miles last week, counting this trip.

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