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Old 07-06-08, 04:22 AM   #1
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A Great Weekend

So my weekend is over already and I’m back at work today (of course I commuted
by bike). It was a good weekend both weather wise and ride rise. Clear skies and
70’s the whole time.

Wednesday morning I was very tired and rode straight home (5 miles) and jumped
right into bed, but then I did manage to get a nice leisurely 25 mile ride in during
the evening hours. I got in another evening ride of 23 miles on Thur. Evening and
a brisk 23 miles on my Road Bike on Fri morning. Saturday, however, was my
favorite of the four days as I got on the Erie Canal Towpath again (2nd time this year)
and had a very enjoyable ride of 35 miles. All the rides were on my recumbent except the
Friday morning ride, and the recumbent rides were all at a nice leisurly pace.

There were many people out Saturday morning along the canal. Here’s a family
with their Kayaks.


And here’s a family just swimming………hee hee.



And here are some rich people who can still afford gasoline at marina prices.


So I didn't ride any centuries, or my age, but the 100 or so miles spread out over
four days felt just about perfect.

happy Trails

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Old 07-06-08, 07:57 AM   #2
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Very nice.
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That sounds like a nice relaxing weekend of cycling

Who says the 100 miles has to be in one day
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Old 07-06-08, 09:54 AM   #4
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Great pics. I like your style of riding!
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I only got a quick ride in. Put my ski boat in the water. Took $91 in gas. My brother and his family came up. First nite was pretty good, a few burns and a little charring on the dock. Next day was good. Sister in law got her arms worn out on the big tube. Eventually the nearly grown up nephews took turns until the big tube came apart. The skinny dipping got out of hand after dark and a glass broke, so we had to evac my wife and daughter to the ER for serious foot cuts, lots of stitches. I'd mentioned the "no glass" rule, but I can't check in the dark. Many stitches, deep wounds. Fortunately two of us trained in wilderness emergency medicine, so my nephew did the field dressing and pressure bandages while I organized the lift up the stairs to the car.

The porch looked like a fireworks store exploded when I looked this morning. I cleaned it up. And the dock has large dark bloodstains. Big bloody footprints up the walk, too! I fixed shrimp & rice Charleston style for brunch and made shrimp stock for the next round.

Then there was skiing (still some uninjured) today. So we sent the other nephew off limping with a ski hit on the ankle, and my brother with a slightly tweeked hamstring - but he skiied fine for an old fart! The other nephew did fine. My son didn't get hurt. Yet! We still have some light.

I broke a fingernail.

Cycling looks safer all the time! I did get to ride my Paramount a little bit!
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That's a great looking ride, Cranky. Looks like you got momma's attention in the family swimming photo.

Out of curiosity, what is the composition of the towpath, granite screenings, chip seal, asphalt?
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Out of curiosity, what is the composition of the towpath, granite screenings, chip seal, asphalt?
It varies. There's about 15 miles paved (asphalt) through Rochester. The rest is packed stone dust (limestone) covered with packed limestone gravel.
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