Around the Block is taking on the Adirondack Mountains. No shortcuts available. There is the gentle start along the river, then a climb up a saddle next to Whiteface Mountain, followed by an amazing 3 mile descent into Wilmington. Take a break for food and say "Wow".
In Wilmington, a side road takes you past the more historic homes of the village. Then turn on State Route 86 and ride past the Whiteface Mountain Ski Area and High Falls Gorge.
Loop around the east side of Mirror Lake, to avoid busy downtown Lake Placid. When you get to the north end, you can go straight into Lake Placid or turn right on Saranac Ave (State Route 86) towards Saranac Lake. The last leg is a busier route, with a short respite on the quiet Raybrook Rd.