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    Sharon wanted an adventure today. So we rode most of the "long ride" of the NSCYC Let's Go Coastal ride, Newburyport, MA to Portsmough, NH, with some side runs to keep us along the coast. I just programmed it into my GPS and followed the beeps. Well, mostly followed the beeps. (Note, there is one L vs. R error in the online route notes! Fortunately I discovered it working out the route last night. Otherwise we'd be out in the Atlantic somewhere.) We got lost a little coming out of Portsmouth, explored a few unintended roads, got back on course, decided not to do the final detour further inland, but still ended up doing about 65 miles.

    It was a pretty hectic day. This being June the beaches and stuff were all open and busy. Traffic was heavy but generally quite polite and courteous. Still, it's tiring. The biggest problem was the crosswind. It was a lot of work keeping the bike moving in a straight line, especially when we'd transition between beach house and open moor and beach house and open moor and beach house and open moor. As directed by traffic signs we walked across a few drawbridges with metal-grate road surfaces.

    Crossing the Merrimack River from Newburyport into Salisbury:


    The busy Hampton Beach strip:


    A rest stop at Jennes Beach (I think it was):


    The obligatory lunch without which biking would be impossible, Wallis Beach:


    A rest at a churchyard in Salisbury nearing the bridge back into Newburyport:


    Across the road from that church (this pic is a homage to JJScaliger):
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    It seems that the Mullers and myself had the same conditions but on opposite coasts: a gorgeous sunny weekend day with lots of traffic on the coast and a brisk crosswind.


    What passes for an old building here in coastal California




    Rolling Hills in the Chileno Valley. Hay cutting time.




    Frog crossing near Tomales




    Bicycle billboard in Tomales




    Tomales Bay at "Ocean's Roar" between Tomales and Marshall




    Point Reyes National Seashore



    66 miles, all pavement
    4,500 of climbing

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    OBH, nice pics! You did a lot more climbing that we did!
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    There are several of these little crooked houses around town. I have no idea what they represent, but I finally stopped to take a bike pic with one.

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    This was DARWIN weekend for me. A friend of mine puts this on every year. We start in Darrington and ride 117 miles to Winthrop by way of the North Cascades Highway. Staying overnight in an old farmhouse, we return the next day by riding Back up to Washington Pass before loading into the support vans for the ride home. This year I rode it fixed.
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    We're in bigfoot country..



    Now comes the hard part. The descent off of Washington Pass



    Day 2
    The final approach to Washington Pass

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    Yesterday. On the Colorado Trail.
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    Very impressive ride N.Bend! Fixed. You must be a strong rider! That hurts just thinking about it.

    For me this weekend was an old bike converted with some modern parts.
    Sun Top. Climbing out of the valley:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aemmer View Post
    Very impressive ride N.Bend! Fixed. You must be a strong rider! That hurts just thinking about it.
    For me this weekend was an old bike converted with some modern parts.
    Sun Top. Climbing out of the valley:
    It only hurt going down hill.
    Aemmer, is the trail is clear of snow off of Suntop?!

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    Great pictures everyone!

    75 miles today on Kelly. I made a gravel grinder loop with 9 dirt road sections equally 19 miles. All in Foster and Coventry RI. elevation gain 1286' drizzle and light rain from 25 miles on. I rode through the villages of Pottersville, Hopkins Mills, Rice City, Greene, Hopkins Hollow.

    dam at Scituate Reservoir North Branch of Pawtuxet River from this source




    saw some wildlife: deer, marten (or mink), snapping turtle, beaver lodge, water snake.


    This snake was only about 3' from me when it slid into the water. It was only 3' long.



    Henry Davis store (1842) Company store and Post Office for Hopkins Mills in 19th Century.



    A classy building with Greek Revival details, but turned into 2 apartments with a Direct TV dish. Makes me want to retch.

    farm in coventry



    Kelly in Foster


    It wasn't all wine and roses; my front tire lost a knob and I had to ride 11 miles home on the flat. I hung it up wet. I'll deal with it tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by northbend View Post
    It only hurt going down hill.
    Aemmer, is the trail is clear of snow off of Suntop?!
    A little premature, the first few miles were pretty broken up with a lot of snow. Ride 100' dismount, traverse snow, ride, climb over the blowdown, repeat. Down lower, the brush was taking over the trail.



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    I took the new Prelude out on the regular 60 km loop this evening. Man, that is one sweet ride. Gonna be putting some miles on that one.
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    Did my usual commute today. Windy, cool but humid. On the trip home a very undecided 3-dimensional sky.

    I should mention that the Blackstone River was a raging torrent thanks to tropical storm Andrea and yesterday's hard rain. The canal on the west side of the bikeway through Cumberland was also higher than normal. About half a mile south of the Martin St bridge there is a spillway intended to keep the canal at a constant (or at least at a maximum) level. I've never seen water going over its lip, but it was today.
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    I had a great ride in the Mount Rainier National Park today with one of my favorite ride partners.

    We rode from the North Entrance and went up Sunrise road 1st. The road was close to Car traffic and we saw no other riders on our way up. It was bike nirvana.

    We ate lunch in the deserted parking lot at the Sunrise Visitors Center. A couple of other riders arrived just as we were getting ray to descend.

    With no cars to worry about we could descend fast using both lanes for the best line. We climbed up Cayuse Pass then kept going to Chinook Pass.

    The perfect end to this ride was the fast 12 mile descent back to the car at the North entrance. I just doesn't get much better than this..

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    Nice pics as usual. Must be cold at night in the mountains still...

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    Envy! Those pics of the snow-capped peaks are wonderful. Especially when it's 110 outside.
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    Scotland was sunny again, global warming must be happening quicker than expected.



    I want this house!

    Only realised saddle bag fell of after looking at the photo, please excuse it. And the saddle. Both have been fixed and adjusted!
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    A quick neighborhood jaunt on my old Mongoose. Sunny, breezy, and nice. Great day to be outside.

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    Father's Day Ride

    Garden variety Sunday ride for me, 34 miles on De Rosa through Scituate and Johnston RI. Sunny, nice day.








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    Did kind of a 31 mile adventure ride yesterday- more of a trial run for my "adventure" bike after I replaced the fork. The brace for the rack is an old brake part.


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    Last Sunday:
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    Yesterday. On the Colorado Trail.
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    Today, a week later. Same place. New bike.
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    Last edited by dgodave; 06-16-13 at 09:27 PM.
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    Rode on the Santa Ana River Trail to Riverside.


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    Headed up to the tramway today from my house. The house is 5800ft, the tram is 6559ft and I ride down from the house, so about a 1Kft climb up, and most of it is the driveway to the tram, low gear all the way with my old Bianchi Grizzly, and a lot of water breaks, but!, downhill coast all the way! A fun 25mile trip!
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    Yesterday. Woke up tired, and couldn't shake it. So finally went out on the bike. Went 60 km in 90+degrees and a headwind, on two bottles of water and a Cliff shot. Stupid is as stupid does. Didn't quite bonk, and lived to ride another day. I just can't seem to make myself stop even when I know it's time, or past time
    These bikeways are becoming more and more common in, and between small villages.
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    Some day, when I'm more prepared I'll explore this road to the right.
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    (Yesterday) A friend from work and I rode from my house in Brooklyn up most of River Rd. in NJ... I rode my Rawland Sogn and he rode my Merckx Corsa. All went well until my (SRAM) chain exploded on River Rd. Luckily I was able to stop someone who had a chain tool in his multi-tool, fix it, and get back on the road with a slightly shorter chain.

    We turned around at that point. I think it was about 50 miles round trip, with plenty of moderate hills to tire me out.












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