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Old 06-29-12, 08:17 AM   #1
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When was the first time you realised...

... that there's not enough days in the year to cycle to all the places you want to cycle?


It hit me today when I realised that I only have 3, maybe 4 months, of long-distance cycling ability left in the year before I tone everything back down to <20 mile rides when the weather turns.
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Old 06-29-12, 08:42 AM   #2
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It was just a couple weeks ago when I felt the air go out of my cycling ambitions. I was planning a trip into a Nat'l forest when I wasn't sure of a public access on the exit. So I went to the Taj Mahal, aka offices of the forest service to ask. When the greeters didn't know, they paged someone who would. Jimmy came down the stairs strutting full of ego, posturing with his chest puffed out as if he was someone to contend with.

Some catalogs appeared from somewhere and the roads were looked up. One column read, "no right of way", which meant there may be a locked gate and cast enough doubt to cancel my plans. Jimmy and I got to talking about our bicycling adventures when I told him about a trail completely blocked by a fallen tree. He had the idea that I was taking my bike on that trail when it is only for hiking or horseback through wilderness. He didn't care about the tree but rather took the opportunity to chew me out for nothing I was guilty of. He is a regular bike commuter and is a member of the local bike club. He invited me to attend each Tuesday or Thursday at a house in town. I've seen that group. My impressions of bicyclists has changed for the worse since my cordial meeting with one of them. Now they are all clowns clad in spandex and colorful garb, a group I don't want to be in.
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Old 06-29-12, 08:55 AM   #3
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Wow, I am on the other end of that. I am looking forward to all the places that I can find. Where I live there isn't much close by, but I am within a short drive of several places that are perfect. I would say that I have more days left than new places to ride.

I hate it that you had a run in with another cyclist. I have heard that they can be a little elitist, but I have yet to encounter that. I will say that I have had easier times conversing with the Triathlon crowd though.
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There isn't enough time for all the hiking, backpacking, and climbing I want to do this year. But I've been doing a pretty good job so far of riding in new places.

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One column read, "no right of way", which meant there may be a locked gate and cast enough doubt to cancel my plans.
Awesome! That means you'll have no car traffic to worry about. Best kind of riding. Although you may need to walk/carry your bike around the gate.

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My impressions of bicyclists has changed for the worse since my cordial meeting with one of them. Now they are all clowns clad in spandex and colorful garb, a group I don't want to be in.
I'm not sure if you're serious, but I'd put it at 65/35 that you're being silly here. Everybody likes to make fun of and look down on road cyclists.
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Old 06-29-12, 11:37 AM   #5
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Ah you have plenty of time. Maybe it will be a mild winter. If not, no worries. Things will be there for ya the next season. Just make a list of places you want to see when the weather clears from winter.
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Oh man, there is so much I want to do and so little time and I am retired! Right now I am in the UP of Michigan until mid July. I love it here but miss the quieter Minnesota roads for biking. Marquette has a nice trail system but the traffic on the rural roads is tedious. Even here up in nowhere. And I want to learn to mountain bike too. Ack!
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When one year ends another year begins.
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I guess Im lucky living in the Seattle area because (especially this year) there is no measurable difference between a rain-soaked January and a rain-soaked June. We have true year round cycling

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It hit me today when I realised that I only have 3, maybe 4 months, of long-distance cycling ability left in the year before I tone everything back down to <20 mile rides when the weather turns.
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Old 06-29-12, 12:40 PM   #9
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This is my painful time of year to ride. 100+ degree heat for at least another 2 months. I was riding at 11pm Tuesday night when the temp was 90. that was sweet! C'mon September!

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It's been pretty warm, though. I'm starting to leave my back door open at night.

You might enjoy taking your bike over to the east side, though. Icicle Creek Road and Teanaway River Road (outside Leavenworth and Cle Elum, respectively) are fantastic.
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Oh man, there is so much I want to do and so little time and I am retired! Right now I am in the UP of Michigan until mid July. I love it here but miss the quieter Minnesota roads for biking. Marquette has a nice trail system but the traffic on the rural roads is tedious. Even here up in nowhere. And I want to learn to mountain bike too. Ack!
retired life must be hard..............

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... that there's not enough days in the year to cycle to all the places you want to cycle?


It hit me today when I realised that I only have 3, maybe 4 months, of long-distance cycling ability left in the year before I tone everything back down to <20 mile rides when the weather turns.
Nearly 40 years ago when I was young and fit, the "list" is far from full!
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Old 06-29-12, 07:53 PM   #13
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It'd never occurred to me until you mentioned it, thankyouverymuch.

OTOH, I faced major trauma the first time I realized there were not enough years left in my life to read everything I wanted to read.
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... that there's not enough days in the year to cycle to all the places you want to cycle?


It hit me today when I realised that I only have 3, maybe 4 months, of long-distance cycling ability left in the year before I tone everything back down to <20 mile rides when the weather turns.
I re - live that realization ever stinking day I am at work.....
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I re - live that realization ever stinking day I am at work.....
Yeah those damn 8-10 hours 5 days a week are a killer. Can I work and ride at the same time? I often wonder........and dream about this.
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