Ok, are you planning going north for your summer holidays?
Last edited by EBH; 07-02-13 at 03:00 AM.
I've been out of the game on this thread the last 8 months but just now looking back through here there's stunning pictures world wide, just what I love to see. I'm plotting my return
2010 Custom Carbon JBC, 1990 Ricardo Pinnacle, 1988 Ricardo Elite, 1983 Ricardo Varsity, 1990 Peugeot Hurricane, 1977 Dawes Galaxy GT, 2007 Pinarello F3-13, Custom aussie made 1980 Columbus SL racer, 1975 Calton Rapide, 1995 Olympia Fusari, 1993 Basso Viper.
Pinellas Trail (St Petersburg, FL) I enjoy the signs with their nod to it's RR history, generally smooth, overpasses at most major intersections (Except for Downtown Clearwater...BAD BAD BAD crossings there)
On city streets...the NBA signs are annoying...NO BIKES ALLOWED!!! Ok, the street is narrow and traffic congested, an arrow to where you want bikes to go MIGHT be nice! In this case, going parallel on a residential street...but when you are just riding along and all of a sudden NO BIKES!!! Really!?!
I've been on vacation at my house in a small town in Delaware County in the NYS Catskills this past week and have been getting in some amazing dirt road loops, all starting either right from my house or at the trailhead of the Catskill Scenic Trail, 3 miles from my house. Here's a 36 mile loop from a few days ago (I rode one today but will write about that later). I was invited to write a guest blog post on ridingthecatskills.com, and chose the write about the loop from a few days ago. I won't copy the text here, you can follow the link and read the whole report on the blog. But here are some photos and brief descriptions:
Ride started out on the Catskill Scenic Trail, a MUP that starts just a few miles from my house. Trail passes directly through active farmland:
A tractor path provides a convenient exit from the otherwise limited exit points on the trail, and allows me to get off the trail and onto a nearby dirt road:
First dirt road, Kiff Brook Rd (most roads up here have the word "brook" or "hill" in their names):
The primary farming up here, besides several crops such as corn, is dairy. Plenty of cows to be seen:
Another dairy farm:
Hay rolls awaiting collection:
View of hilltops from Davis Road:
Another view from Davis Rd:
View from Monroe Road:
A few more:
Sheep on Elk Creek Road:
Church at Fitch's Bridge:
ByeBrook farm, where they have a roadside stand with raw-milk products. Their Gouda is amazing. I picked up a wedge here, leaving my money in the can.
Heading back the final four miles on the Catskill Scenic Trail:
All in all the ride had 36 miles and 2900 feet of climbing, with 2200 feet in the first 17 miles. The second half of the ride, by design, followed the West Branch of the Delaware River, so it was relatively flat. But in general, it's very hard to design rides here with less than 1000 feet of elevation gain per 10 miles.
I'll be posting about some of my other loops as well, with a little more detail. I'm already loathing the prospect of going back to Boston in two weeks!
Simply breathtakingly beautiful, Anton!
“You meet the nicest people on two wheels!"
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow." ~Albert Einstein
Awesome stuff, thought I had a nice ride today seeing some lovely countryside and such, but what I see on this thread is truly something else...
But hey, I didn't take a few pics for nothing:
My first training-ride on the Van Herwerden I rebuild last weekend:
For more pics on the bike, see the Dutch Invasion...
No pics today but I did get in an hour and a half on the Bertin, a test ride on some new/old wheels before I take it on my commute tomorrow.
Real cyclists use toe clips.
1984 Gitane Sprint; 1984 Gitane Tour de France;1982 Trek 610; 1980's Univega Supra Sport (fixie); 1975 Teledyne Titan; 1968 Peugeot PL8; ;1982 Nishiki Marina 12; 1972 Peugeot PX-10; 1987 Trek 800 Antelope (touring/commuting set up); 1981 Trek 510; 1993 Trek 950 mtb; 1996 Klein Pulse II mtb; 1997 Klein Pulse Comp mtb; 1989 Peugeot Limestone hybrid (for touring); 1989 Spectrum Titanium
I did YAC (Yet Another Commute) today, the usual 27 mile round trip. Rode the orange '72 Bertin with the wheels I just finished, old Normandy hubs, 27" Fiamme rims, Conti Ultrasport tires, cadmium-plated spokes and all. Some people would say it was waste of time to string them up, but I had the parts and needed wheels. I'm not too keen on those tires though.
I had to carry about 25 lbs of stuff this morning so the run in was slow. The run out wouldn't have been fast either except I was racing to catch the early train (which I did).
Editorial comment: Listening (with no option to ignore due to its volume) to the conversation of the 20-somethings riding from Providence up to Boston for the 4th celebration or a baseball game or whatever was like listening to really really really bad talk radio with no censorship. I have not heard such vacuous and content-free near-obscene fluff since I was, oh, 20-something. I like to think my conversation back then was at least a bit more civilized.
Real cyclists use toe clips.
I was able to get out for a quick ride this morning on the Gitane. I haven't ridden this bike in over a month because I had to replace a drive side rear spoke. Well, I finally got around to getting the spoke the other day and repaired the wheel after work. I did have to partially peel off my tubie to put in a new nipple, but it wasn't to hard to get the tire back in place.
It is a nice, sunny, hot summer day. Temp around 85. I rode in Cranston and Scituate RI.
North Scituate Congregational Church (1831)
This church is owed by the town and used for secular purposes since 1968. It was designed by Clark Sayles (b. 1799), a local architect. Federal/Georgian style
Horseshoe Dam on Scituate Reservoir
water level is really high
Rockland Rd in Scituate
I covered 37.41 miles in 2hrs 20 min. on this old 10 speed, which puts me at over 16 mph. No computer, so that counts breaks. I'm feeling pretty good about that time on this bike!
Last edited by JJScaliger; 07-04-13 at 11:16 AM.
Today I rode to the other side of the bay. My fitness level is definitely not up to snuff yet. Total ride was only 37 miles and my legs just gave up about 2/3 of the way through. But at least I got some pictures, and it was still enjoyable.
And tradition dictates I include a bike photo:
Last weekend I rode up to craggy gardens on the NC Parkway from Asheville. Here's the obligatory bike pic at about halfway up -
Took the Elk Mtn. road back down to Asheville, someone had written the grade percentage on the road for those coming up, I saw 2 "13%" along the way. Here's a "selfie" I took along the way.
In Asheville I saw this 3rensho road tandem:
~53 miles, not sure how much climbing, but it felt like alot.
1989 Schwinn Paramount OS
1980 Mclean/Silk Hope Sport Touring
1983 Bianchi pista
1976 Fuji Feather track
1979 raleigh track
"I've consulted my sources and I'm pretty sure your derailleur does not exist"
I went and escaped the urban jungle on my classic steel hardtail today... I used to be so much better going up than down and although I suck, the Blizzard made me suck a little less.
It is also nice that escaping the jungle is so easy when you live here.
Just my usual commute today. I did this on the '87 Bianchi Brava. It was HOT, about 80F on the ride in this morning, over 90 on the return. I rarely see other bikes on the road but some on the Blackstone Bikeway. Today even the bikeway we nearly empty. But it was a pleasant ride nevertheless.
Real cyclists use toe clips.