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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotoJoe View Post
    So, if I'm reading this right, in the morning, when you're fresh, you may or may not have a tail-wind. In the afternoon, after a long ride to get to the beginning of a long uphill ride (shack), then a longer uphill ride(village), then an insane uphill ride(lifts), followed by an uphill ride to get back down (I still don't get how you can ride up all the way to the village then have to ride up to get out), you get to ride back to your car with a head-wind when you're....um...."not fresh". Sounds like a good time to me!

    TJ is almost as bad as my riding buddies down here and their planned route...one BIG hill or $hit load of little ones

    TJ's proposed route for saturday

    seal to baldy by jsig1, on Flickr

    if my hall pass is denied it might be Club ride + bonus miles to prep for the Belgian Waffle Ride

    circle R + bonus miles by jsig1, on Flickr

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    PJ, I will absolutely slow down and frustrate everyone, by myself, if you don't show. Please show! Trusty me when I tell you that you'll be climbing faster than me... I'll make you look like a hero!
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    Here's my actual proposed route... although I'm having serious second thoughts about it on account of not really riding for the last week... and why is mine 11k feet? I am starting to think I would seriously die if I tried this. Odds are good that I'll, um, what's a manly way to say "wuss out". i've done this a couple times to the shack, but not the village and definitely not the lifts.

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    OK, which number denotes the shack? I Know I'll be hating life when I'm having a hearty attack on the hill, but I'm really looking forward to this adventure!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erwin8r View Post
    OK, which number denotes the shack? I Know I'll be hating life when I'm having a hearty attack on the hill, but I'm really looking forward to this adventure!
    If you have a heart attack on the hill please notify the rest of us so we can stand around taking pictures. Ok, so I can stand around taking pictures. If I can get you and PhotoJoe collapsing in the same frame, my life's work will be complete.

    Here's the GMR-Baldy route - GMR To Baldy - Glendora, CA

    The shack is at mile 8.8 (you can see it in satellite view - that little dip to the south with a building)

    Important milestones: 7.5 miles to the first hint of a downhill, but it's short and then you head back up to the shack.
    There's something wonky going on with RWGPS but from the shack to the next big hill is about 9 miles of rolling, beautiful scenery, and from mile 17 to mile 20 or so there's another sort of mini-GMR. Then there is a STEEP descent into the village but watch out - the stop sign at the bottom is for you. On the way to the village - any time there's an intersection take the uphill route. On the way back, anytime there's an intersection, take the uphill route. Funny but it works.

    If you are of viking descent or otherwise deranged, the ride to the lifts is about 5 miles and apparently averages 8% or so, which doesn't sound bad but the last part is apparently 15%. We'll see.

    Don't over think it - it's just a long hill. Loads of people ride up that thing all the time and so will you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    If you have a heart attack on the hill please notify the rest of us so we can stand around taking pictures. Ok, so I can stand around taking pictures. If I can get you and PhotoJoe collapsing in the same frame, my life's work will be complete.
    You are all heart...no pun intended.

    I guess I won't be taking my four new stents to GMR--not gonna provide you with a photo-op.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia View Post
    You are all heart...no pun intended.

    I guess I won't be taking my four new stents to GMR--not gonna provide you with a photo-op.
    I didn't even think about that! The trifecta! Why you gotta let me down like that?

    Next up - the conejo ride. Are you still doing that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    I didn't even think about that! The trifecta! Why you gotta let me down like that?

    Next up - the conejo ride. Are you still doing that?
    Sorry to spoil your photo shoot party.

    Yep, I am doing the Conejo. Are you?

    Last year I did the "moderate" Metric (whatever happened to truth in adverting?).

    i started from home to the official ride start. It gave me a nice warm up ride plus once I got to the rest stop at mile 54 I was already home...more or less.

    If you ride the moderate metric you will ride past the Alpaca Farms.
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    I haven't registered yet but I will soon.

    Oh well, PhotoJoe is nothing but a disappointment in the collapsed rider photo category too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    I haven't registered yet but I will soon.

    Oh well, PhotoJoe is nothing but a disappointment in the collapsed rider photo category too.
    Hey, you came close to getting your precious "PJ passed out on the side of the road" shot on one of the GMR rides. I do get pretty light-headed whenever I climb.
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    Yes, I know - that's why I remain hopeful.

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    The Great GMR Crash Race Replacement Ride of 2014

    I'm of Viking descent but I don't see getting to the lifts in the foreseeable future.
    Move along....nothing to see here....anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beachgrad05 View Post
    I'm of Viking descent but I don't see getting to the lifts in the foreseeable future.
    My fear is that I'd make it to the lifts then not have enough gas left to climb back up out of the village.

    Not that I have any delusional ideas that I can make the lifts right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotoJoe View Post
    My fear is that I'd make it to the lifts then not have enough gas left to climb back up out of the village.
    There is THAT.

    Sadly I only have time to do the shack this time due to needing to be at shop. I tweaked my lower back last Sunday and hoping it won't be problematic Saturday. If I have to, I will turn around but I hate driving up there and not at least get to shack.
    Move along....nothing to see here....anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotoJoe View Post
    My fear is that I'd make it to the lifts then not have enough gas left to climb back up out of the village.

    Not that I have any delusional ideas that I can make the lifts right now.
    U have two options there.

    Take GRR back with few climbs out and about 45mins of sweet downhill (climb out of baldy village is the worst one cuz ur legs are relaxed and its 8-10% ave)

    Take Mt Baldy road down to clairmout (10ish min downhill if that), then take Foothills back to the car with all the stop lights and head wind in your face. Pending your luck, you might shave off 5-30mins versus the GRR->GMR route

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    That's true - the baldy Rd descent shaves about 1,000 feet of climbing out of the return. There isn't a lot of sustained climbing from the village back to the shack, except for that first steep hill out of the village.

    I think I'm pulling the plug on my dreams of riding to the village from my house. I'll just start at the start with the rest of you all. I'm not even sure my bike is rideable right now - i put the new RD on, but it required recabling the RD (the cable frayed a little where it attached to the old RD and it felt rough sliding through the little loop of housing in the back). In order to recable the rear, I had to disconnect the FD and unwrap my right handlebar, so it was quite a job. Le Sigh.

    Everything is back together, I just need to tune both derailleurs and make sure they shift smoothly through the full range. I'd hate to pull a jsigone on the way to the village.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsigone View Post
    U have two options there.

    Take GRR back with few climbs out and about 45mins of sweet downhill (climb out of baldy village is the worst one cuz ur legs are relaxed and its 8-10% ave)

    Take Mt Baldy road down to clairmout (10ish min downhill if that), then take Foothills back to the car with all the stop lights and head wind in your face. Pending your luck, you might shave off 5-30mins versus the GRR->GMR route
    Option 3 - Have a ride waiting for me at the village!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotoJoe View Post
    Option 3 - Have a ride waiting for me at the village!
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    I'm out for saturday, lil one is sick, gotta stay local

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsigone View Post
    I'm out for saturday, lil one is sick, gotta stay local
    Hope its nothing serious. Prayers going your way.
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    Thanks......She has a heavy fever spiking since yesterday. Started with a river nose on Monday. She probably got something from daycare again...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsigone View Post
    Thanks......She has a heavy fever spiking since yesterday. Started with a river nose on Monday. She probably got something from daycare again...
    Day care is a germ factory... and kids are germ burglars as it is. Sorry to hear though, it's rough when your kids are sick. My son had a frequent flier card for the ER for fevers when he was a baby. I think we took him in 5 or 6 times one year for high fevers. Le Sigh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    Day care is a germ factory... and kids are germ burglars as it is. Sorry to hear though, it's rough when your kids are sick. My son had a frequent flier card for the ER for fevers when he was a baby. I think we took him in 5 or 6 times one year for high fevers. Le Sigh.
    My daughter just got over a pneumonia (5 year old). Not fun.
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    Wife is taking her to the Doctors today...see how that goes.

    TH, luckily no ER visits yet, but was use Urgent Care allot, since it's 24hr and half the co-pay. SHe even had to go right after her 1yr bday party in Jan for getting pink eye at the party or DC the day before

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    So, you all meeting at 8am then?
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