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Old 07-03-07, 05:09 PM   #1
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Pictures from my retro reunion century ride

We had our reunion century today. We could not plan a camping/touring trip due to flights and family but we had a great time.
Myself and two friends rode a 1300km tour 25 years ago and this was our way to celebrate.
All the old bikes worked great. These are not exotic rides just middle ground equipment that was salvaged and refurbished for the ride. We didn't own anything exotic back then so this assortment of Raleigh's and a Norco was very appropriate. My Criterium was fitted with the original panniers it carried back in 82'.
Anyway, here we are in 1982



Here is my dad as we leave from his driveway again. I'm sure he thinks we're nuts.



Group is ready. From California, Alberta and Saskatchewan. My 14yr old son came for his first big ride.





Just like in 82'.











Done and done. 109 km's total and beautiful weather, although it was hot.



This ride was about the people on the old bikes, not the bikes themselves.
Two of the guys actually taped extra bottles to their bikes as I didn't have enough cages for the hot weather.
I am very proud of my son. He did two big climbs and made it back under his own power!
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Old 07-03-07, 05:24 PM   #2
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Very cool and nice pics!
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That picture of your dad is HILARIOUS. It's exactly the way my dad would look at such an expedition. "What in THE hell..."
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great pictures. Now I need to go look up some old friends.
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And I triumphed over the "invincible 14yr old.
He says its tougher than it looks.


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I'm not gay, but you were much cuter in 1982.

Great idea. Wish I had my 1982 bike...but then again, maybe I don't.
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... Wish I had my 1982 bike...but then again, maybe I don't.
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Incredibly awesone! Thanks for taking us along.

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What a great ride, and wonderful spirit. I can see it was a blast. The original tour looked pretty sharp too.
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I'm not gay, but you were much cuter in 1982.

Great idea. Wish I had my 1982 bike...but then again, maybe I don't.
Well, time makes fools of us all.
And I was 17 at the time, and maybe I aged poorly.
The 14 yr old had some trouble getting up after we were done.
Actually, he spent a lot of time laying on the road.









And some of Alberta crowd found it hard to get any privacy.......



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Awesome! Those open roads look amazing.
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It is nice riding out here in SK.
Lots of open spaces.









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Great idea. Great pictures. Looks like a place I'd enjoy riding in the summer.
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Now, who's who in the first photo?

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wowsa! looks like a sweet ride. Great open roads to the horizon and beyond. Well done!

I do something of the sort with a friend and hiking in ireland, dont know if i wanna post a pic of me from back then tho

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That would be my friend Bruce and myself. Bruce has the yellow Adidas shirt.
Bruce is in the dark blue shirt in the present day pics.
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That would be my friend Bruce and myself. Bruce has the yellow Adidas shirt.
Bruce is in the dark blue shirt in the present day pics.
Is that you wearing the grey short-sleeved shirt on the recent ride?
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Is that you wearing the grey short-sleeved shirt on the recent ride?
That is me, the old man himself.
But I wish I was 17 again! My friend Bruce was only 16 at the begining of the original tour. He had his 17th birthday 2 days into the ride.
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Great story. Great pictures. Great of you to share it. Makes me wish I was a part of it.

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My buddy and I went on a bike-camping tour of the Finger Lakes in New York state. It was cut rather short when we checked into camp the first night, and they almost booted us out because I was only 17. We didn't plan the necessary funds very well either, so we probably would have had to ride home the next day anyway.

Great memories though. Thanks for triggering them.
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My buddy and I went on a bike-camping tour of the Finger Lakes in New York state. It was cut rather short when we checked into camp the first night, and they almost booted us out because I was only 17. We didn't plan the necessary funds very well either, so we probably would have had to ride home the next day anyway.

Great memories though. Thanks for triggering them.
I think I had $30 in my pocket for the entire trip. Ray, the 3rd rider missing from the original pic only had $20 or so.
Big funds were not needed for THE adventure of a young mans life.

I noticed little has changed in 25 years! When your tired your tired...........

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^^^

Too funny! History repeats itself. What I find interesting is that it looks as if all of you have kept riding all these years...

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Man, what a great story! Thanks for sharing with us. I wish I still had my old 10 speed....
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Too funny! History repeats itself. What I find interesting is that it looks as if all of you have kept riding all these years...

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We all have somehow.
Two of the guys are triathletes. I'm the only "part time" cyclist.
One of the guys on this trip does some kind of California 24hr mountain bike relay thing. Sounds gruelling whatever that is.
Now I will have to part with some of these old bikes. I don't have room for all of them.
It was a lot of fun searching for them and refurbishing these old rides. It brought back a lot of memories.
The road we did the century on is the same road that lead us north to the Canadian Shield 25 yrs ago.
The spot where we had a break is near the same spot that we took our 1st break back in 82'.
It was a lot of fun. Actually, the reunion ride was planned on the same date as the original.

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We all have somehow.
Two of the guys are triathletes. I'm the only "part time" cyclist.
One of the guys on this trip does some kind of California 24hr mountain bike relay thing. Sounds gruelling whatever that is.
Now I will have to part with some of these old bikes. I don't have room for all of them.
Too bad about not having enough room for the bikes--you could do this again another 25 years from now .

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