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Old 07-26-08, 02:21 PM   #1
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Despite the Threat of Storms...69.3 Miles today!

Had a great ride today...made a 69.3 mile loop up to Monticello. Took it at an easy pace, did it in just under 5 hours. Lots of nice country roads and relaxation. No pics or Turtle Porn, but a great day still.

Here's the route and details of the ride, though...





Met a couple of cyclists out on the ride today, as well as a burgeoning newbie while on a break who was chock full of questions about road cycling. He's planning on attending the West Lafayette Police Auction next week to try to score a road bike. I taught him what he needed to look for and exchanged emails since he's in Lafayette and offered to help him get whatever he finds road ready....chances are actually pretty good for him, as I know what's in the impound and steered him toward an old 80's Bianchi that's in there that's just a tad too small for me.

The other notable meeting was a Monticello Roadie name of Tom. He was doing the same loop as me, but in the opposite direction, so we rode together on my homebound and his outbound leg of the loop. In the process, we decided he might be interested in a tour I have planned for next Summer. The UP Redux, starting from the house and back, though. Looks like a possible "Tom's on Tour"!
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Old 07-26-08, 02:32 PM   #2
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Nice ride. I did a 40 mile highway loop that I try to do early in the morning before the traffic idiots are out. Too foggy to start, so I had to wait an extra hour or more and then I started see the idiots.

I am hoping to take my wife to the closest bike trails tomorrow. I am going to ride my 40 before she wakes up, then I thought we might go riding at her pace.
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Old 07-26-08, 03:19 PM   #3
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I wish I could post such progress!No riding for me today-it was bike maintenance day.
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Hey, Tom,

What are you using to plot your route and generate the map and stats?
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http://bikeroutetoaster.com/Course.aspx


It's a Google Maps Hack.

The maps are screenshots, though and so is the Stats chart. I save the route into a .csv file in excel and insert the map images and then export the whole thing to a pdf.

Here is the link to the hosted PDF file I just generated.

http://www.badongo.com/file/10574381
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Sounds like a great ride Tom, congratulations. I remember Monticello from about 40 years ago. I use to go to Shafers lake over that way, I think that's what they called it. I bet it's really built up now.
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Cool Stuff!
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Yeah, it's Lake Shafer. Indiana Beach is still open, by the way.

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Sounds like a great ride Tom, congratulations. I remember Monticello from about 40 years ago. I use to go to Shafers lake over that way, I think that's what they called it. I bet it's really built up now.
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70 miles is Good Ride. More fun to meet and share with other riders.
Thanks for sharing.
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Holy crap, dude! That really is flat out there! You don't even crack 100 feet between maximum and minimum elevations! I'm jealous. Very jealous.

Nice ride by the way!
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