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Old 10-05-12, 01:05 PM   #2726
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Today, I rode from home to just a little west of Boonsboro MD so I could pick up my car from the shop. I had dropped it off Sunday evening and rather than bother my wife to take me I decided to just ride the bike and get it. The total distance was only about 21 miles, but I climbed 1165 feet over the ride because I needed to ride over South Mountain. The guy at the shop assumed I had rode up the "bike route" which is a well travelled road with cars travelling at 60 MPH, but was surprised when I told him my route taking the less travelled two lane roads. In any case, it was a nice ride overall. I'm really starting to learn some nice roads in the area.
Some fatastic looking country - would love to ride those roads sometime.
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October metric century

I had the day off so I figured I would bang out my metric century for this month. Gorgeous day, sunny, high 75. I rode 67 miles on some new for me roads, all in RI. Scituate-Smithfield-Glocester-Burriville-Glocester-Foster-Scituate

Early Autumn in swamp yankee land







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JJS, nice pics! It almost makes me glad I work in Rhode Island. All seriousness aside however, RI is a lovely place.

The word for today's commute ride on the UO8 is "dappled". The Blackstone Bikeway was dappled with both fallen leaves and sunlight slanting through the still-green unfallen leaves. If I hadn't been going 15mph I would have stopped and taken a picture. However I did take these:

Waiting for the train this foggy morning:


Crossing under I95 on the way in to work this morning, a picture I've been wanting to take for a year:


Of course there is always a cosmic payback. As I was riding the train this morning I noticed a bulge in my rear tire. Closer inspection showed that the sidewall threads in one direction had been cut for about 3/4th of an inch, but the threads in the other direction were intact. Fortunately it did not blow out on the ride in or the ride out. I wonder how long it's been that way? I guess I'll be heading off to the bike shop this weekend.
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Jim did you ride the bike path in RI between Lincoln and Woonsocket?
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Jim did you ride the bike path in RI between Lincoln and Woonsocket?
My commute runs south of there. In the morning I pick up the bikeway at Ann&Hope Rd in Cumberland and ride north as far as the Martin St bridge. Not far north of the Ann&Hope entrance the bikeway crosses over to the west bank of the river, and center of the bridge is marked as the Cumberland/Lincoln boundary.

For recreation/exercise I have ridden most of the way to Woonsocket, and once or twice from somewhere in that region all the way to the southern end, I think.

At Martin St there is a ramp from the bikeway up to the road. I take Martin 100 yards or so, turn left on a small road called Lower River Rd, the right to climb the hill on Old River Rd (rt 126) up to rt116. At the other end, Ann&Hope connects via a few blocks with rt123 which I run most of the way into Attleboro. Actually, on the way home I turn right off of 123 at Tiffany, turn left on Commerce Way, then left on County. This lets me avoid the intersection where I took that pic of the Boston/Foxboro sign. That's a nice run westward but a bumpy, uphill, busy, clogged road on the eastbound side.
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Great pics photogravity!
+1, they're great all right!
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@ JJScaliger & jimmuller - thanks for sharing the these photos, I miss New England greatly at this time of year.
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I used to commute from Providence to Woonsocket on non-rainy days for several years. It was a nice ride, 17.5 miles each way. I would take Douglas ave to Louisquisset to breakneck Hill (123) to Front to the bike path into Manville. Then turn off on to Manville rd to Hamlet in the Woon. The Martin St bridge was under construction for a few years so I started riding Old River Rd to Manville. It was a pretty hilly commute. The bike path is really nice, It runs parallel to the old canal.

Chris I bet you don't miss New England in Jan. & Feb!
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I've been working 12hour days and 6 day weeks. I'm hoping to get back out before the best season slips away.
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Some fatastic looking country - would love to ride those roads sometime.
If you ever get out this way, let me know. I even have a comfortable sofa you could sleep on, if you don't mind cats crawling on you while you're sleeping.
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I had the day off so I figured I would bang out my metric century for this month. Gorgeous day, sunny, high 75. I rode 67 miles on some new for me roads, all in RI. Scituate-Smithfield-Glocester-Burriville-Glocester-Foster-Scituate

Early Autumn in swamp yankee land

Malo malo malo malo

Those conti tubulars feel nice!
As I plan my travel next year, I think I'm going to have to explore some of these places. The more I see of the area, the more intrigued I am by the possibilities of spending some time in RI. Do you think the roads you travel on would be suitable for riding with a tandem? In other words, what are the hills like?
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JJS, nice pics! It almost makes me glad I work in Rhode Island. All seriousness aside however, RI is a lovely place.

The word for today's commute ride on the UO8 is "dappled". The Blackstone Bikeway was dappled with both fallen leaves and sunlight slanting through the still-green unfallen leaves. If I hadn't been going 15mph I would have stopped and taken a picture. However I did take these:

Waiting for the train this foggy morning:

Crossing under I95 on the way in to work this morning, a picture I've been wanting to take for a year:

Of course there is always a cosmic payback. As I was riding the train this morning I noticed a bulge in my rear tire. Closer inspection showed that the sidewall threads in one direction had been cut for about 3/4th of an inch, but the threads in the other direction were intact. Fortunately it did not blow out on the ride in or the ride out. I wonder how long it's been that way? I guess I'll be heading off to the bike shop this weekend.
Jim, I really like the picture of the bike on the train platform. I don't know why, but pictures with a little haze or fog are very appealing to me.
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Norman Rapide Run - Brunswick, Middletown and Jefferson

I woke up at 6 AM today so I could get on the road early just as the sun was rising in hopes of getting in a ride before the rain arrived. The temperature was about 55 as I rolled out the door, which was fine with me as I knew I, and the outside temperature, would warm up as I started pedaling. What made this ride all the more enjoyable this morning was the color of the sky over the fields as the sun was rising. Today's ride only highlights for me exactly why an early start to the day works so well. Total mileage for today's ride was just a snick under 31 miles with 1850 feet of climbing. As I look at how much climbing I'm doing on my rides lately, it becomes apparent that I have come to terms with hills...

Beautiful skies this morning to start the day.

Saturday Breakfast Run - 1 by Sallad Rialb, on Flickr


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Saturday Breakfast Run - 4 by Sallad Rialb, on Flickr

After breakfast, heading home using a route I've not taken before.

Saturday Breakfast Run - 5 by Sallad Rialb, on Flickr


Saturday Breakfast Run - 6 by Sallad Rialb, on Flickr


Saturday Breakfast Run - 7 by Sallad Rialb, on Flickr

Jefferson Pastry Shoppe for all your snacking needs. In case you didn't already figure it out, the reason I took this route was to hit the bakery for some goodies.

Saturday Breakfast Run - 8 by Sallad Rialb, on Flickr


Saturday Breakfast Run - 9 by Sallad Rialb, on Flickr


Saturday Breakfast Run - 10 by Sallad Rialb, on Flickr
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Another beautiful set of photos of rolling roads and countryside, Photogravity!

I've been living through the rides posted here to keep my spirits up. Thanks for sharing.
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My breakfast ride was much more urban.

That's me on the right


Breakfast tasted better than it looked


BFer nkfrench right behind me (in the dayglow green)


Our ride leader, Jim, exceeds the speed of light


Riding by the courthouse


New bridge over the river


Along the river


This is in the middle of the city
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Some bike pr0n shots on the way home






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Bunch of nice pics here, PG and DH! Makes me wish I could have gotten out yesterday. Maybe today before the rain hits.
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Back into the Adelaide hills today.







This church sits on a mountain peak with almost shear drops on three sides.




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Nice pics from Adelaide too! (My sweetie says "I like the perspective!")
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A ride in the mountains on Saturday. A 90 mile ride from Rimrock Lake to Natches via White, Cayuse and Chinook Passes. A friend of mine organizes this ride every year in October to celebrate the end of the Summer cycling season. A sag wagon follows us along the route providing an endless supply of good food and water. It's needed around here because the route passes through remote areas. Now for the pictures:
We get ready to push off.

The first climb of the day - White Pass

Where our sag is waiting to serve us breakfast

And I discover some wire has penetrated my tire. The only flat anyone had all day

We descend White Pass and head towards Mt. Rainier National Park

Where we ascend Cayuse Pass

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Where we stop and regroup. Enjoying the Fall colors

We descend and follow the Natches River, each of us sharing the workload in a paceline.

We reach the end of our ride. Out comes a stove to warm up a pot of some home made chili for dinner. Yum

Bellies full and Legs tired, we pack up our bikes and head home.
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It's not peak season for the trees yet, but my lady and I were able to get a nice 35 mile ride in through northern Dutchess County yesterday! The temperature was perfect, and even though the sun didn't come out, the colors were nice.

















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Just a short n simple ride to the Salmon Days festival in Issaquah today.

The trail to issaquah.

The stars of the show

1st time this year for riding with sneakers. This balloon followed me home.
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Metric century today. Given all the bridges and roads that are out in my area, it was a pretty zig zag route through the usual haunts.

I decided to give my trek 630 a spin today. I had installed my new center chainring improperly, so the gap between the two largest rings was too large. Especially troublesome since I use it half step 50/47 on the flats. Now that I mounted it properly, the front end works so well (despite the little chainring having just taken its last ride), that the friction rear may need some updating also.

Notable, and not so notable pictures include:

A look down into the St Croix valley
Down by the water in Afton
The party ends with the climb along Afton State Park
The church in Stillwater where I got hitched 150 years ago
The obligatory Stillwater lift bridge picture
A look down chilkoot in Stillwater (there's a crit race up this hill every summer)
The view from the other side of town
Progress on the new rail trail (former Zephyr line, more formerly the Northern Pacific), will connect Stillwater to St Paul
Only significance of this picture is it was the last hill my little chainring climbed during its lifetime
630 pic at Square Lake park (and the winds that I ate all the way home)
People crazier than I am (mid 40's outside)
Refreshment at the Marine general store
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