Sometimes a good ride starts off with a particular concept. Growing up with a passion for flyfishing in Washington State, I saw the bicycle as a perfect vehicle for getting deeper and faster access to alpine lakes and streams where the big, dumb fish live. After getting distracted for a few years, with bike racing, mountaineering, and mixed martial arts, I came back around to this vision, and thought it was all possible right from downtown Hartford.
A few hours fiddling with Strava provided confirmation. What the ride would lack in untracked, backwoods wildness, it would make up for with easy access.