8.2 mph average speed
Well, should I or should I not activate my "head-mounted A/C" bandana? Amazing high-tech device -- soak, wring out, snap, tie on head, and you have an evaporative cooler. On the one hand, the temperature at 2:00 was 65 degrees. OTOH, it was November 18, and things could cool down quickly. I left it dry.
About half of the leaves have left. The remainder range from golden to rusty, with a few brilliant red blobs. Heading up Gunstock Creek Road, I noted a new rustling sound -- and realized it was the impact that falling leaves made upon fallen leaves. Sedalia Schoolhouse Road, feeling good. Charlemont -- the usual challenges, but no pedestrian degradation. Oslin Creek Road -- some fresh gravel. The tire tracks of someone else's bike cheered me on. The hills and mountains glowed. Hurricane Drive -- had to pause and refuel with part of a Clif bar at one point. Then home again, home again, via 122, Colton's Mill Road, and Wheats Valley Road.
A year (and 40 pounds) ago, I averaged 7.4 mph on this loop. If you can stand eight miles of gravel, the scenic beauty is amazing in any season. Fall is still my favorite, though.