Lookout: Cheesy Biker Gang gets Pisgah!

September 1, 2008 at 11:42 am 1 comment

You know it’s one tough biker gang when a member says “I gotta get going, I promised my daughter we’d go for pizza”.

Groovy Dad and I have been reading each other’s posts, fascinated by the idea that another cheeseburger summiteer is hard at work conquering the New England summits, and wondering if it’s possible that we could connect for joint mission. Ideas had been floated… and largely ignored.

But then… Groovy Dad spotted my tale of the arduous ascent of Mt. Wachusett and became even more determined: not only was there an opportunity here for fellow hikers to unite, this was a chance for fellow bikers to unite. The gauntlet was thrown down… “now we have to meet up”… but somehow I was the one left making the plans.

I rounded up my biking buddy Mike from our Wachusett summit and found a summit somewhat equidistant from where we live and where Groovy Dad lives. Our destination: The Elm City Brewing Company in Keene, NH. We met there at 11am on Sunday morning of Labor Day weekend. The plan: have a beer, get a cheeeseburger to go. The problem: they don’t open until 11:30. The solution: ride out to Otter Creek Dam and come back. Resume original plan.

Our lunch consisted of a beer, an appetizer, a plate of fries and a cheeseburger to go. From there we took turns leading each other aimlessly around back roads in the general direction of Pisgah State Park (the largest property in New Hampshire’s state park system, for those interested in useless trivia). We finally reached the Kilburn Rd. trailhead and began our hike to the summit of Mt. Pisgah.

The trail was generally flat, with a few little uphills, a couple of downhills, and a final really big little uphill to the summit at 1283′. Fortunately for us, someone had been by with chainsaws many years before and cleared some trees so that we had some nice lookouts of the surrounding area along the trail and at the summit, including a great view of Mt. Monadnock.

I think we all agreed that in the future, we might not have such a big lunch before having a summit cheeseburger, or at least take along smaller cheeseburgers.

We took a longer loop back down, which included a few more little uphills, to give ourselves a bit more hiking time and rest our buns a bit longer before getting back on the bikes. After the hike, we agreed a future meeting of the bike gang would be in order, and talked a bit about where we could go for a “real” hike next time. Then Groovy Dad departed to take his daughter for pizza, while Mike and I went back for another beer at Elm City.

Special thanks to Groovy Mom for letting Groovy Dad come out to play in the middle of a long weekend. Mike and I agreed we would be willing to venture farther north next time to allow the rest of the Groovy family to partake in the hiking part of our hiking/biking duathalon.

1 Summit, 3 Cheeseburgers

Krusty Bunz, Groovy Dad and Just Mike.

’till next time…


Entry filed under: New Hampshire Summits.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. sirloinofbeef  |  September 3, 2008 at 9:00 am

    That’s one scary motocycle gang!


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