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    Quote Originally Posted by YoKev View Post
    I went by the Ashokan Reservoir, which is a major water source in the reservoir network for New York City. The high peaks of the Catskill Mountains are in the background.


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    Quote Originally Posted by YoKev View Post
    Got out on a nice ride after work today. Ten miles in and I get a flat. I pulled the tip of a thumb tack out, patched it up, good to go. One mile later, another flat. Damn it!!! I got it all fixed up, and continued on the ride. I went by the Ashokan Reservoir, which is a major water source in the reservoir network for New York City. The high peaks of the Catskill Mountains are in the background..
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    My morning ride today, with the La Plata mountains in the background. (yes, I realize that "the La Plata's" is redundant).
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    Some climbing with the '87 Trek Antelope - that's a serious workout for a couple of hours.

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    Rode this morning with a buddy from H.S. We meandered along at a leisurely pace. Got passed twice by some hot chick, then a mini-peloton of about 20 guys in full kit. As the peloton blew our doors in, Phil yells out, "Cinzano!"

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    So – what to call this…. “John and Mark’s Excellent Adventure”, or “Stupid Is My Specialty”?

    A few weeks back I finished The Mendocino Monster which was a rather epic effort for me, wherein I actually achieved something I’ve never done on a bike – 109 miles and 10,000’ of climbing in one day. Why I would do such a thing or how I succeeded is not germane to the story, for it is enough that I did so… that is the salient point. It is because of my success then that another Stupid Idea arose unbidden to the forefront of my consciousness.

    The Prologue:
    I have climbed Mount Hamilton on more than one occasion, and have ridden Mines Road from The Junction down to Livermore on many more. But I had never ridden off the back side of Hamilton down into the San Antonio Valley, and I had never ridden up from The Junction through San Antonio Valley to the top of Hamilton. 20 miles of unknown, unseen road that connected roads that I was very familiar with. The problem was that these roads are very sparsely settled, and the area is remote, arid, and wild. There just isn’t a lot of opportunity for water or food, there is no cell coverage, and for a less than strong rider the route is fraught with peril. Since I didn’t want to burden the faster riders I knew with my slow pace and I was reluctant to go it alone, the idea just sat and festered in the back of my brain. It was something I’d probably never do, so I set it aside.

    The Story:
    Fast-forward to this year. A few events transpire in close enough proximity to allow the window of opportunity to flicker and dance like a chimera before me.

    First, I fell in with a New Crowd. I had made the acquaintance of a fellow named Chuck about 3 years ago, that led to a few casual rides together. A couple of months ago, being acquainted with him lead me to a serendipitous meeting with another Chuck, the octogenarian owner of Dublin Cycles. Chuck and Chuck are preparing for the Death Ride, an annual event that they’ve been doing together for years. To that end, they’ve planned and executed a schedule of training rides, and published it to a mailing list that I get added to. I knocked off their Patterson Pass ride without issue, a 75 mile ~5,000 jaunt that leaves me a little spent but really no worse for wear and tear.

    Second, Dan (otherwise known as Lanceoldstrong on BF) announces The Mendocino Monster, an organized century ride I had no business doing and hadn’t a prayer of finishing. Against my better judgment I signed up for it, anyway. All the Cool Kids would be there, and I wanna be cool, too. To the amazement of everyone, I finished the ride and chalked up 109 miles and ~10,000’ of climbing for the day.

    Third, Chuck sends me an email inviting me and Mark on their next training ride, the Mt. Hamilton Loop. An “all-dayer” he says, about 112 miles and 9,000 or so feet of cumulative altitude gain.

    Huh.

    An unsupported century, a ton of climbing, remote locales with no cell coverage, and little opportunity for water and food. That festering little idea that lay dormant in my brain started to blossom like a tenacious little weed, and elbowed its’ way past reason, trepidation, and caution. Well, there it was. A chance to do something I’ve always wanted to do, and since it was right on the heels of the Mendocino Monster, I had this crazy notion that I might possibly be able to pull it off.

    Huh, indeed.

    Mark was in, Chuck was in, and that sealed the deal. I mean – what’s the worse that could happen? And that’s how it came to pass that Mark and I met up with Chuck and Chuck, rolled out of the Dublin Cycles parking lot at 6am under leaden skies, and headed out to seize the day.

    The Epilogue:
    When we rolled back into the parking lot it was 8:45pm, and we had covered 114 miles, climbed 9500 feet, and cruised though some pretty spectacular Northern California countryside. Along the way we joked and laughed, suffered a bit, stopped to smell the roses, and had an exhilarating sunset-chasing 10 mile sprint for the barn.

    It was a pretty good day all around.

    Calaveras in the morning:






    Downtown San Jose from the beginning of the Mt Hamilton climb:


    The road ahead:


    Midway up:


    The road below:


    Summit:


    Snack at the top:


    Point of no return, 52 miles in and mile marker "0" at the top - heading for Livermore:
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    At the top:


    San Antonio Valley:




    Late lunch at The Junction:


    Ride profile:
    "Love is not the dying moan of a distant violin, it’s the triumphant twang of a bedspring."

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    My jaunts are paltry in comparison. I rode to the grocery and back. I've only had my bike two days and it's more of a commuter than a road bike. I had originally intended to ride my bike to work but It was pouring rain when I woke up this morning and I'm not yet equipped for wet weather.

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    On Saturday, two neighborhood cycling buddies, Bob and Dan, and I rode from Boston/Brookline to Provincetown/Cape Cod. It was about 130 miles door to door, and then a 90-minute ferry ride home to downtown Boston and a 5-mile jog back home. We had great weather as the hot day predicted for the Boston area was tempered by the cool breezes on Cape Cod. At mile 90, we met up with Scott Ryder and his riding companions on the Cape Cod Rail Trail, and had a good meal with Scott and about 10 miles of rail trailness until we had to scoot off and try and catch the earlier ferry (which we failed to do). I was on my Ebisu, Dan was on his A-D Olympiad, Bob on his Jack Taylor, and Scott on his '66 Schwinn Paramount (a gorgeous bike!). I think the three of us neighborhood buddies are still learning about nutrition for these long rides, as Dan was feeling draggy for the first third, Bob got cramps and was overheated in the middle third, and I completely ran out of energy with about 3 miles to go (note to self: when hungry, eat!). Still, we're encouraged enough by our time and pace to plan a 300K ride for next month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
    So – what to call this…. “John and Mark’s Excellent Adventure”, or “Stupid Is My Specialty”?
    Nice story! Thanks for sharing.
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    @bigbossman

    So when do you get the helmet cam and sign the contract for a reality show? I would watch. I am always blown away by the rides in which you get involved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
    So – what to call this…. “John and Mark’s Excellent Adventure”, or “Stupid Is My Specialty”?
    Quote Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
    On Saturday, two neighborhood cycling buddies, Bob and Dan, and I rode from Boston/Brookline to Provincetown/Cape Cod.
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    If this keeps up the mods will have to change the name of this thread to "What Epic Ride Did You Do Today?"

    Nice work guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
    So – what to call this…. “John and Mark’s Excellent Adventure”, or “Stupid Is My Specialty”?
    110 miles is a big ride! Unfortunately I have been rather busy this spring to go on any big adventures.

    Today my parents went to visit Ventoux and I rode up on an Alan. They acted as a team car for the last 5km's which was helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CV-6 View Post
    @bigbossman

    So when do you get the helmet cam...
    He should get one, they are good fun. I didn't charge up the batteries on mine today so I only recorded the first 3kms today -youtube

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    Quote Originally Posted by prettyshady View Post
    110 miles is a big ride! Unfortunately I have been rather busy this spring to go on any big adventures.

    Today my parents went to visit Ventoux and I rode up on an Alan. They acted as a team car for the last 5km's which was helpful.
    You're right. I wouldn't consider a ride up Ventoux a big adventure at all.

    Simply awesome.

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    Great pics BBM, I guess Tuesday ride with Rich didn't happen? No need for a helmet cam, just capture the best and send them here. You squeezed between the windy days on Sunday? That must have been your Fathers-day gift...

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    Quote Originally Posted by curbtender View Post
    Great pics BBM, I guess Tuesday ride with Rich didn't happen? No need for a helmet cam, just capture the best and send them here. You squeezed between the windy days on Sunday? That must have been your Fathers-day gift...
    Not sure what you mean about riding with Rich on Tuesday - I'm a working man.

    It was windier than hell coming down off of Mines Road - really harshed my buzz having to pedal on a decline.

    Father's Day was spent shooting skeet with the daughter at the local range. She said, "It's Father's Day, what do you want to do?". I said, "let's go play with guns!". So, we did.

    I did a handlebar-cam once in 2007, when I descended Mt Diablo on New Year's Day:
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
    I did a handlebar-cam once in 2007, when I descended Mt Diablo on New Year's Day:...
    Scary ride down! Did you slow to 15mph like the sign said at the right-hand hairpin?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
    Scary ride down! Did you slow to 15mph like the sign said at the right-hand hairpin?
    Dunno. I had my hands full snaking around all that gravel, didn't take the time to look down at the speedo...
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    a 6am alarm on a Saturday

    led me and my 83?(Sn Lxxx) Univega Viva Touring to MileMarker 20 on the Silver Comet.. I was only planning on running my usual 20 miles..


    Sunrise from the middle of the trestle bridge 630 am..



    After a min or two a very nice older gent (Im mid 40s and he was at least a generation older) chatted for a few and rolled away with "Have a Blessed ride" and I did*

    I made good time up to Brushy Mtn tunnel and through to Rockmart Ga.. Just on the far side I passed a guy on a new Tri-Bike just as he got back on it and we rode at a good clip for the next few miles.. we were both rolling pretty good when a very sharp corner surprised us both and I found out that YES.. new break pads get VERY grippy when grabbed in a panic... still all and all the bike did not go out of control stopping for a road and a sharp corner that was not expected (blessing #1 did not hit the guy in front)

    We rode together (Or I rode behind him a few lengths and he rode solo?) a few miles more until he had to stop for a puncture and I turned around at MM45 where I took a short break and he fixed a tire 100 or so yards away...



    830 am sun still coming through the clouds..

    The first 10 miles back were uneventful.. It was still quite early and I was pretty far down the trail.. did not really even see more than 2-3 folks for some time.. Got back to the tunnel and out the other side before really seeing anyone.. then traffic went from empty to OMG!

    The fast dudes dont think much of passing in between people WAY too close a lot of the time and generally dont even announce they are behind.

    My last 10 miles or so I fell in behind a couple more folks at my pace and rode together switching places randomly... a large group of several adults and lots of kids were coming downhill towards when a 5-6 yo cut into our lane, missing the guy in front by what looked like inches... (blessing #2) He smiled and waved at the mom who was from 50 feet away scolding the kid who clearly needed MUCH more practice to ride in public.. we traded places a few more times until the guy fell way back and I paced the girl for another 2-3 miles (view was much better anyway ) until finally getting back to my "other" ride... 50 miles in 4.5 hours with lots of breaks..

    All and all a pretty good ride... I planned on getting up this AM and hitting the SCT again.. Just didn't happen... way too sore
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    Went for a little ride yesterday with Rich (on his new De Rosa) and a few other folks. Nothing too big or epic, about 65 miles and 2800 or so feet of climbing (most of it in one spot). Good thing, too - all week it had been cold and windy, and Saturday summer decided to arrive. I kind of got bushwhacked by the sudden transition to heat on the latter half of the ride, and limped home to my nice shady double-wide hammock for some R&R.

    Not many pics this time, but maybe you can guess what bike I was on.





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    A quick 15 more today.

    100 degrees by mid-day, so I waited until about 4:45 when it chilled out to a mere 98.

    11 miles in 40 minutes, stop at Peet's Coffee for 20 minutes and enjoy a nice iced coffee, and then scoot home for another 4.5 miles in 19.5 minutes. Then finished it off with 2 hours in the hammock under a shady tree.

    So far, 460.64 miles and 29,520 feet of climbing for the month. I've got 3 more days to get to 500.
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    It's so beautiful out there, I wouldn't care how far I went. I always enjoy your photos BBM.

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    Ummm, so I went on an 8.5km according to mapmyride and 10.2km ride based on my Computer...There is a SWEET 10% decline where I hit over 60km/h and began passing cars; I was surprised at first because the lane was narrowed at the top before the hill due to construction so I really had to hammer it before I got to the hill, then ripped on the Simplex Criterium and mashed it into the big cog. The last I looked, my speed jumped from 58km/h to 62km/h and that was just at the top (beginning of the "drop").

    I was praying the entire way that the stress crack on the mount for the Mafac Competitions wouldn't let go or maybe the corroded eyelets on the Mavic Championnat Du Mondes wouldn't blow out or maybe even the first tubular tires that I've installed wouldn't some how roll off at their awesome 110psi . I may not be as fast as new bikes, but I have more exhilaration!

    I booked it down to my friend's dealership and snapped a photo.
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    I usually manage to forget my camera on 90% of my rides and then when I do take it with plans to take pics, I forget to take them.
    I did manage to snap one today after I stopped to look for a lens that fell out of my glasses.



    Jake
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