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Old 10-07-12, 07:09 PM   #2751
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Nice pics from the PNW, NY, and MN! We can't let New England be under-represented, can we?

My sweetie and I did 42.27 tandem miles today on our '82 Peugeot. You can smell the turkey and dressing from here:
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The dynamic New England tandem duo! You guys rock!
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Rode country roads over to Blue Mounds with a friend.

Took in the famous climb (840 feet, which is quite a bit for southern WI) and enjoyed the sights from the top of the mound. Followed the Military Ridge rail trail back home, including a delicious stop at The Grumpy Troll.

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A very kind thing to say. Thank you.

I'd say we roll rather than rock.

A month or so ago you were trying to organize a ride in your area, maybe along the RT there. What ever happened to that? Sharon's been asking.
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A very kind thing to say. Thank you.

I'd say we roll rather than rock.

A month or so ago you were trying to organize a ride in your area, maybe along the RT there. What ever happened to that? Sharon's been asking.
Life, family, church, etc., all conspired against me being able to organize this. I'm supposed to meet Frank the Welder and BluesDaddy tomorrow for a ride--- but now I have a blasted cold! Dang, dang, dang!
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Rode country roads over to Blue Mounds with a friend.

Took in the famous climb (840 feet, which is quite a bit for southern WI) and enjoyed the sights from the top of the mound. Followed the Military Ridge rail trail back home, including a delicious stop at The Grumpy Troll.

Thought that was the Parnell tower when I first saw it. Nice picture, how heavy was the bike by the time you reached the top?
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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
Nice pics of your ride Doohickie. Not only was your ride more urban, but it also was more social than mine.
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Back into the Adelaide hills today.

This church sits on a mountain peak with almost shear drops on three sides.
jbc, That is a beautiful shot! I really like old church buildings like this, not overwrought, but simple. Those Adelaide hills provide lots of nice pictures for this thread.
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jbc, That is a beautiful shot! I really like old church buildings like this, not overwrought, but simple. Those Adelaide hills provide lots of nice pictures for this thread.
I also like the contrast between the down under pictures and the North America pictures. Were heading into fall and spring has sprung in Australia.
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jbc, That is a beautiful shot! I really like old church buildings like this, not overwrought, but simple. Those Adelaide hills provide lots of nice pictures for this thread.
I'm not sure when the church was built, 1800's I'm sure, spends most of the winter obscured by fog and clouds. Corkscrew road comes up from the right of picture with narrow hairpin bends and shear drops of the side, it's going to be used for the first time in the TourDownUnder early next year, I'm sure it'll be shown during the telecast.

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I think the same, it's great. Thanks both.
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how heavy was the bike by the time you reached the top?
The hard part was getting it around those tight corners. :-P

My friend said "You've got to hold it above your head like a mountain biker!" so I couldn't resist.
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I see the usual suspects have been enjoying some good weather, too

We up here in the PNW are having an amazing fall; yesterday was into the mid-70s, dry as a bone without a cloud in the sky. Alex Moll and I met up in Arlington for a ride on the Centennial Trail to celebrate his most recent build (1980 Colnago Super). I brought my donor bike; we even met up and rode with an older gent who was admiring our bikes before the off. Jerry might pop up on here before too long - I passed along the BF URL to him and my contact info as well.

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Alex's rig in front of the Arlington rest stop from which we began the ride:




Jerry (left) and me (right) southbound towards Snohomish:



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If that was one of my last good-weather rides before I depart the pattern, well, we did it right. Thanks guys!

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Not sure I can keep up with the quality of the thread. Routine 21 mile route for my lunch break. Easy riding on the Spectrum - looking forward to cleaner air on Thursday for my long ride in north Idaho.



Really need to be aware when one of these is coming at you on a narrow back country road:



Always sad to see old classics like this:

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Columbus Day ride

I rode 57 miles today on the De Rosa. Crossed briefly into eastern CT for approx. 10 miles. It was colder today than it has been, high of 55, cloudy.

Killingly CT





Mill pond dam in Killingly



Cemetery series from CT border.





A side

B side



I saw this cool white caterpillar and all I have to show is this blurry picture. Blasted cell phone!





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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?
It's the same here as Concord MA. Short. steep climbs. Nothing longer than a mile or two. I'm sure you could handle it. You do about the same elevation gain on a 20 mile ride (with a 3 speed!) that I do on a 60 mile ride.
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I got in a 2 hr ride after work today. Rode from my home for an an out n back on the middle fork forest service road.

The road was dusty and full of gravelly washboard sections. Kinda like a mini "Cino" Ride. A lot of work staying centered on the bike in the rough sections.

There were rewards for the effort

I probably should have turned around sooner but I didn't I had to go hard at it on the way back to get home before dark.

Pulling into the driveway I noticed my wheel was out of true. Broken spoke
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Pulling into the driveway I noticed my wheel was out of true. Broken spoke
Wow, I've never seen that before! Every broken spoke, either by me or others, that I've been privy to has broken at the hook or nipple end. There's a first for everything

Wonderful pics - that water in the lake is so clear you can see the bottom. Love it!

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Thanks Jeff. Yea, weird break. The spoke must have had a nick in it beforehand.. On the ride home that washboard I was hammering on made me feel lucky this was the only damage the bike got.
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Nice pics from the PNW, NY, and MN! We can't let New England be under-represented, can we?

My sweetie and I did 42.27 tandem miles today on our '82 Peugeot. You can smell the turkey and dressing from here:
Roll on and keep the rubber side down! Hey, I think I recognize that spot, yes?
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Rode country roads over to Blue Mounds with a friend.

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I bet you wish it was more gradual, like riding up a hill, eh?
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We up here in the PNW are having an amazing fall; yesterday was into the mid-70s, dry as a bone without a cloud in the sky. Alex Moll and I met up in Arlington for a ride on the Centennial Trail to celebrate his most recent build (1980 Colnago Super). I brought my donor bike; we even met up and rode with an older gent who was admiring our bikes before the off. Jerry might pop up on here before too long - I passed along the BF URL to him and my contact info as well.

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Alex's rig in front of the Arlington rest stop from which we began the ride:


Jerry (left) and me (right) southbound towards Snohomish:

Alex (left) and Jerry (right):


Alex's fantastically-clean drivetrain:

If that was one of my last good-weather rides before I depart the pattern, well, we did it right. Thanks guys!

DD
Nice stuff DD! So was the ride entirely on the MUP or did you guys venture out on the road a little bit too?
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Not sure I can keep up with the quality of the thread. Routine 21 mile route for my lunch break. Easy riding on the Spectrum - looking forward to cleaner air on Thursday for my long ride in north Idaho.

Really need to be aware when one of these is coming at you on a narrow back country road:

Always sad to see old classics like this:
I'm not so sure about that... Remember; it's more about the ride than the quality of the pictures.

It is a shame to see those old cars sitting like that. Of course, it appears this specimen is not in too horribly bad shape, so perhaps a resurrection could take place.
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Warning - lots of photos coming.

For several years I've had a goal of doing a 100 mile ride on the Trail of the Coeur d"Alenes in the Idaho panhandle. This MUP is 72+ miles long and completely paved. Because it's an old railroad line it is quite - ok, really flat. There are hills on each end but they're not more than 2-3%. I grew up in this area and love riding here when I come back - beautiful, scenic countryside with little traffic and incredibly friendly people. On a midweek ride in October there were times where I could go 90 minutes without seeing anyone. I tried chatting with the cows but they weren't very responsive. All morning I was the youngest person on the trail by a large margin and I'm 47. Every single person smiled, waved and said hi and so did I. Nice change from riding on the Seattle area MUP's.





I left the house at o dark thirty - actually 4:15am for the drive to the west trailhead. Took my time, grabbed some breakfast, dropped the laptop and a few things at my parents and was in the parking lot about 8:45. The temperature at the start was 39 degrees F. About 3 degrees warmer than when my dad and I rode the trail last year (when he crashed, broke his pelvis and my 100 mile ride ended at mile 14). Even wearing three layers, long fingered gloves, leg warmers and toe covers the 6 mile descent at the beginning was brutally cold with the wind chill. At the bottom of the hill you find yourself on the banks of Lake Coeur d'Alene. It's a picturesque and makes for a fantastic ride.



The bridge over the lake:



I was fortunate enough to get close for a photo on zoom before he took off:





Once you leave the town of Harrison the trail follows the Coeur d'Alene river so there's always water on one side and in many places on both sides as the railroad was raised above the swampy areas. I was really hoping to see a moose today - but no such luck. I did see a whitetail deer, a bunch of turkeys, the eagle and a lot of trout in the crystal clear water of the river.

Had about a 5 mile section of trail that had a lot of gravel on it from the cattle as the trail winds its way through a beautiful valley.





The worst thing about this ride was coming around bends and seeing straights like this - they just never quit.

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Lunch time at the park in Kellogg - my turnaround point





The retrofriction shifters are so sweet. I debated what bike to take for two weeks and finally decided on the Tour de France but switched out the 6 spd tubular wheelset for the 8 spd clincher from the Spectrum



My favorite hill climb when I go back home. I actually contemplated attempting it but the quads were just fried.



Back at the homestead - 102.34 miles in total. The 7 mile hill to the parking lot would be a breeze on most days except today it encompasses miles 95-102.

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Old 10-11-12, 07:06 PM   #2774
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^ very nice Scott! Beatutiful setting and it looks like there wasn't any wind!
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^ very nice Scott! Beatutiful setting and it looks like there wasn't any wind!
+1. I've heard of others that have rode that trail and really enjoyed it a lot. The scenery is surely world class!
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