I love this route, and I really - sincerely - hope that Bob brings it back for 2015, as preparation for P-B-P. Selfishly, I must admit... with most folks satisfied sticking to 200k for their monthly rides (me included, if I'm honest), it's really, really difficult to ride this route as a permanent unless one enjoys being alone. Finding anyone to accompany me on this route has proved difficult in the past . . . and, it's proved difficult for me to attempt it on my own. Mental, nothing more. It's a route map and profile that can creep into one's head, if allowed, and it's aptly-named. So, too, is the Ride with the Devil 200k permanent route - which passes this same intersection from the opposite direction. It's a different slice of "hell." Tasty... but tough.
Whichever distance, whether alone or with someone else... it beckons. I cannot wait until I'm cleared for riding longer distances...and, thankfully, it's a personal clearance: I've permission from the surgeon, so it's up to me as to what I can tolerate. Knowing what I've been through, I'm not rushing it. That may work out fine... doing either route in the fall? Maybe with calm conditions yielding a northern wind in the