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Old 02-02-11, 12:31 AM   #1176
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Which comes first? The chicken, or the egg?
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Old 02-02-11, 01:55 AM   #1177
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We approve of the stripy socks...

The Girl is approaching the two week post surgery mark and she was able to start riding about 5 days after surgery and tonight we took a longer ride from SE PDX - Downtown and then back via the Steel Bridge and the Eastbank Esplanade. We have been going out on short excursions nearly every day and if we haven't been riding we have been doing some decent walking.

When I checked the temperature it was only 2C and that east wind from the gorge is a cold one.

She is still avoiding any long hills and I have given her a few pushes when she has needed a boost (I am an old roadie) which were needed when we had to ride up to the doctor's office.



I am amazed at where surgery is at these days... The Girl had a laproscopic hysterectomy on the 20th and she would tell women that if your doctor isn't offering this as an option, find another doctor.

The doctor said she could resume riding as soon as she felt like she was able to and said she felt really good on the bike this evening and she looked really good on the bike.
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Old 02-02-11, 10:40 AM   #1178
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The doctor said she could resume riding as soon as she felt like she was able to and said she felt really good on the bike this evening and she looked really good on the bike.
This is great for me to hear. I have to have the same operation in April, and have been dreading the recovery without riding. Nice to know that it can happen quickly. Glad to hear she's feeling better!
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We have a quarter to a half inch of ice coating everything. Very pretty. I sure wish I'd left a bike out overnight, it would make a great photo.

Maybe I'll ride to work tomorrow (stayed home today; both kids had school canceled).
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We're having a beautiful "wintry mix": snow, rain, sleet, ice, cats, dogs, hamsters. I got drenched shoveling out the end of the driveway this morning, and after all of that work, I decided to drive in with my wife (we both work at the same place), and I'll take the subway home. I did that yesterday, too, in phase one of our latest storm. I don't have to come in tomorrow, so it won't be until Friday that I'll be back bike commuting. I'm getting antsy!

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Old 02-02-11, 12:10 PM   #1181
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Which comes first? The chicken, or the egg?
Funny you should ask, though I don't have an answer. Familiar sights for STP riders.
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Old 02-03-11, 02:16 AM   #1182
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So I went to Lake Wales, FL for an adventure race, and of course, brought my Univega Grand Touring for a jaunt around the area after my 5k.

7:45 am ish..









Then headed to Bok Tower Gardens..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bok_Tower_Gardens

All in all, a 13ish mile ride, with ~130 feet of climbing... according to my computer, I hit 26 mph on the way back down.

My photo stream, for more pics of Bok tower.

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From the shop to the office, after I dropped the van off for some work. And back to pick it up in the pm. Probly 4 mi round trip. What fun. Otherwise, off the bike pretty much all week due to other obligations every single day. Pthtththttttt! At least I'll be doing a 200k brevet on Sat... And the forecast even looks good. In western Oregon. In February!

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Couldn't resist checking out the post-apocasnowy Lake Michigan. Not much of a ride, but the lake looks cool.
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Bastrop TX - Snows about once every ten years here - Last night we got 1/4" snow over a thin layer of solid ice - I've seen pictures of you guys doing the do up north and had to give it a try - VERY SCARY - And here I thought it was the cold I had to worry about...

Nothing broken - Not even my pride... Heres to you guys up north... Charge on...


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Old 02-05-11, 12:35 AM   #1186
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Nothing broken - Not even my pride...
Way to take one for the team!

And good form, landing on the non drive side.
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I've seen pictures of you guys doing the do up north and had to give it a try - VERY SCARY
It's certainly a different mode of cycling, and maybe a bit foolhardy, but better than a day off the bike.

I'm somewhat disappointed by how quickly the roads are cleared around here, can't really justify getting more exotic equipment.
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Old 02-05-11, 10:33 AM   #1188
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...good form, landing on the non drive side.
Right! As the saying goes, 'skin grows back, Campy derailleurs don't.'
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Old 02-07-11, 11:53 AM   #1189
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Old 02-07-11, 11:54 AM   #1190
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Old 02-07-11, 01:06 PM   #1191
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I really had the hots to ride this morning..Snow melting, plus I have to do about a mile on a road with no shoulder!! It was the wee hours in the morning too. So, since the wifee is getting ready to go to work too, I had her ride SHOTGUN in the F150.

Shotgun as is, riding in back of me with the flashers on to keep the cages off my back! ...She only did this for that section of highway where it is single lane and no shoulder, plus it was dark out. I had lights, orange vest, but what is all that to the blind SOB in the cages.. It was cold too. In that section where my wife was in back of me, I was pointing down to the grown letting her know I was riding over ICE!! Yeah, I wanted to that ride bad, and I rode too.. 5 miles to the subway.. Jumped on the subway, got off two stops ahead of my regular stop so I could put in about 8 more miles..

At work now, and getting ready to take an early exit. BTW, my bike is right in the next cubical from me too...

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It's a beautiful day here in southern California. It's sunny and mildly warm (spring weather). The temperature is about 70 degrees. I rode to work, avoiding the busy streets as I always do - absolutely GORGEOUS day.

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Old 02-08-11, 04:39 PM   #1193
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Had a good ride today, and I actually brought a camera with me.


It started out kind of dreary.



What it looked like when I left:



A few miles down the road it was clear, and here we go; up!







and up...

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Old 02-08-11, 05:08 PM   #1195
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After a while, I stopped to for a moment to look at something and saw...



a photo opportunity.





You can lead a bike to water but you can't make it drink(!?)



Entering Alpine Forest.



and up we go!



A look off in the distance showed that town was still overcast (distant hills behind the tree).



Looking down the road I had just ascended. Yes, that is snow. (They don't call this, "The land of four seasons in a day" for nothing)



A crossroads.
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One can see a fair bit from here.



...and on the other side..



shows the road directly below, (a few hundred feet below), that I climbed to get...



here.
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Headed back down



into the sharp steep curve I came up.



I didn't tilt the camera, it's really that steep and sharp. I would have got another picture, but it what time to put the camera away, as I was flying by the time I reached that sign.



Several miles of no pics during a roller coaster ride of a descent. I was ripping along so fast that I found myself using the brakes at the tops of the hills. Here is one of the little hills. Boy, was that fun.
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Old 02-08-11, 07:49 PM   #1198
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What's that Red Rock Canyon like?
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Sorry, for the interruption. I had to work a short shift. Continuing where I left off...

Soon, I was out of there,



and on this road (now on the other side of the mountain). Which opens into...



another pleasant vista.



...and another winding descent.



Does this view make my saddle look big?



Then... my camera stopped working.


Hope you enjoyed it!

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What's that Red Rock Canyon like?
Googled me, did you?

It's cool. We used to camp there when I was in cub scouts and climb into the caves with our gear, trying to find the best cave to sleep in. At one site in particular, there is a cave that about ten of us have slept in, that had a floor plan similar to a two story 3 bedroom house. It even had a chimney! ...That you can climb up.

I went back there a few years ago and found it somewhat underwhelming as an adult. Mind you, a thrill junkie adult. If you are climber, (with gear and everything), you will probably want to look for taller, more challenging rocks. It's great for kids, though. You scale just about anything there without ropes. Worth a look if you are already on the 395.
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