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Old 05-29-13, 12:55 PM   #3726
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MetroBoston, DownEast Division. We're in Acadia Natl Park. Rode the Park Loop Road today, 16 miles, 1200 ft of climbing. It was supposed to shower a little. Instead it rained hard most of the route. It's still raining. We still had a great time.



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Old 05-30-13, 07:19 PM   #3727
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Today I rode Acadia's Park Loop Road twice on the Bianchi, with a run up Cadillac Mountain in between. 38 miles, 3400 ft of climbing, spectacular riding! Pics from the ride must wait until we got home, but here are some from the other camera. My sweetie hiked up and met me.



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Old 05-30-13, 07:23 PM   #3728
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Lovely vista, Jim. A great photo of the two of you.
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Old 05-31-13, 04:54 AM   #3729
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Old 05-31-13, 07:07 PM   #3730
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Thank you, gentlemen.

Today we did two circuits of the PLR on the tandem. It was hot and summery, except when we'd fly around a downhill corner into a sea breeze when it would be quite cold for a short while. Each circuit of the PLR is 1200 ft of climbing in 16 miles. The hardest thing about it is that so many of the hills are steep. Down into the lowest gear...grind away for 15-20 minutes at a time...shift up briefly for 10 seconds...then don't bother shifting or pedaling any more because we're going to spin it out for a minute or more. There is one stretch where we just coasted downhill at 25-30mph for seemingly 5 miles. Then drop down into the lowest gear...grind it out...

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Old 06-01-13, 04:26 PM   #3731
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I finally got around to replacing the worn out cog and chain on my fixed gear bike early this morning then took the bike out for a 40 mile ride around the valley.


42x17 is to me the perfect gearing for my kind of riding. I am toying around with the idea of riding this over The N. Cascades Hwy next weekend on our annual DARWIN tour.
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Old 06-01-13, 06:12 PM   #3732
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Went E to avoid the rain.
From Wenatchee, up towards Mission Ridge, out past Beehive Resevoir:





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Old 06-01-13, 06:37 PM   #3733
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Took the Gazelle out for a short spin in the blowing wind, kept it close to home with the chances of thunderstorms popping up (though they never did.)

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Old 06-01-13, 10:17 PM   #3734
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Sorry, no pics, but I took the Bottecchia from Wedgwood up to Kenmore today. That's only around 10 or 15 miles each way, with unnecessary sidetrips, but it's still a good workout for me, anyways.
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Stone ender deux

This morning I got an early start and rode 45 miles on my De Rosa. Sunny and warm at around 75 degrees. I decided to visit two more stone enders near my house. One only about 3 miles away:

Edward Searle House (1670-1720) Cranston




sorry about the lighting that was the best I could take this morning.

This house is one of the oldest standing structures in the state. It was partially burned down during King Phillip's war (1675). It was rebuilt in 1677 with major additions. I think this area was technically South Providence when this farm was erected. The Searle house is located in Oaklawn village.

weird old barn(?) in Oaklawn



Next I passed through Hope RI on the way to the next stone ender and stopped at this cool memorial, which I pass on rides almost every week. What caused me to stop is that i just recently read that 70 cannons for the Revolutionary War were cast at Hope Furnace and this cannon looked old and it was in Hope RI. Hope Furnace was built and owned by the Brown family as a side enterprise from their merchant fleet. They also founded Brown University. I'm reading Sons of Providence: the Brown brothers. the Slave Trade, and the American Revolution by Charles Rappleye (2006). Rappleye is a journalist, not a historian, but this book is surprisingly well written and accessible.



HF ligate (for Hope Furnace) on the cannon



B side with de Rosa



façade of the Smithfield seminary (1839)



A beautiful example of Greek Revival architecture, in the Ionic order. It is said that the seminary went bust in 1876 because it spent too much of its original seed money on this structure and didn't create a sufficient endowment fund.

This second stone ender is a modern replica made by the artist Armand LaMontagne in the 1970s.







N.B. the windows and the top of the chimney, exactly the same as the Arnold house in Lincoln.

Probably my last stone ender report. Only one is left this side of Narragansett bay. That makes 7 of 10 stone enders.

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Old 06-02-13, 01:23 PM   #3736
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Wonderful ride report JJ!
Nothing this weekend, decided best to stay inside...108 Sat, and 111 F today. :-\
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Old 06-02-13, 04:25 PM   #3738
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JJS, very nice!

Ckuckk, we ALL need pics! (You may remember but we weren't there.)

R_C, nice park! (We can imagine the ride that went with it.)
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I went East this morning for a fixed gear ride in the Sun. I found Mr. Sun in Ellensburg.

I rode west fighting a strong headwind all the way to Roslin. Along the way I checked in on the wheel barrow guy. He's got a lot more wheel barrows to stack this summer

I stopped at the Cafe for a late Breakfast.

With the winds at my back I was spinning out nearly the whole way back. Back to the car in no time at all.
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Old 06-02-13, 05:23 PM   #3740
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Delayed Ride Report, Acadia Natl Park

After Wednesday's tandem run through a cold rain, Thursday dawned bright and warm. The plan was I'd drop my sweetie off at the Cadillac South Ridge Trail and I'd ride the Park Loop Road, climb Cadillac and meet her at the top, then do another circuit and finally meet her again at the trailhead.

Carl Sandberg wrote that fog comes on little cat's feet. I'm not sure whether he meant the feet of little cats or little feet of a cat. In this case the arrival of warm air over a cold sea meant lots of feet, some not so little. Somewhere under that lump lies an island.



The fog crept inland in spots until finally dissipating over the warmer land.



More of the Maine coast, a Bianchi and a lobster boat.



Now for the climb up Cadillac. A photo op above the town of Bar Harbor:



And a food break near the top:



Acadia's Park Loop Road is almost a cyclist's Paradise. The loop proper is 16.2 miles, with 1200ft of climbing. The pavement is perfect because as a parkway it carries no heavy vehicle traffic and (presumably) is not plowed during winter. The speed limit is 35mph except for a few places where it is only 25mph. All but a few miles is one-way, two lanes, with parking allowed in the right lane so drivers expect right lane obstructions. In fact the only drawbacks are that it is so short, and it has so danged many steep hill sections, some with 10% grade, or even higher for short stretches. On the other hand, if you like going fast this is one place to do it. No one ever passes a bike coming down Cadillac. Or on the descent from the Eagle Lake overlook down to the Bubble Pond parking area. Picture a green tunnel over smooth flowing blacktop, and a thin canopy of sky overhead, warm air and pockets of cold sea breeze in deep shade. Then do it all a second time.

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Old 06-02-13, 06:21 PM   #3741
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I took the Giant Yukon out to scout a quick out and back for the Paramount. A beautiful, cool. overcast day. 77 km out and back. I look forward to doing it on the other bike. I stumbled across a beautiful '87 Schwinn Prelude, all original except the wheels, and my size, which is unheard of in the land of dwarves. I really hope I can talk my buddy Alan into buying it so I won't have to.
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Windmill Pointe Park in GPP, MI, about 1.5 miles from my house. That park is more like a yacht club than a city park.
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Took a little spin this evening and went along the river through the town.











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I won't be able to show you any of the beautiful greenery that JJS, Northbend, Jimmuller, and EBH have shown us. That all disappeared here in the last few weeks. Thiss weekend I rode with the Forest Knolls Freewheelers on my friend Nancy's 60th birthday ride.

The Birthday Girl




The view on the east side of Mt. Tamalpais




The view on the west side of the mountain




One of the lakes near the base of the mountain. As you can tell by the dry grass we have entered our long summer dry spell.




Which one is not like the others?




Ahh... Milkshakes!



23 paved miles
20 dirt miles
5,700 feet of climbing

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Beatiufull pics nonethelss...
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obh, your pics are great! That's what the left coast looks like much of the time. That "west side of the mountain" pic looks like everyone just collapsed on the spot.

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It is, it's much more imposing in real life, crazy to think they built that 123 years ago with basic tools. Also cool because it is situated in my favourite part of Scotland.
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