I've been here in Watkins Glen NY less than a month. As far as I can tell everything is uphill. Some a bit, most a lot.
The Catherine Valley trail is slightly uphill for 10 miles. It's a smooth gravel path, 5 miles of which cross no (as in zero) roads. In fact, riding from home we put a foot down only once or twice during 20 mile out and back.
But the other routes out are brutally uphill. These roads are often double-digit grades that hurt.
My plan: Get stronger or die.