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Old 07-06-08, 05:42 PM   #1
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152 mile adventure - with pics

On friday morning I took off from my house outside of Schenectady heading for North Creek - I had maped out a nice 76 mile route using bike route toaster - a great site - I use it exlusively now over route slip or bikely. I was able to print cue sheets and get the GPS coordinates for my GPS (just in case I took a wrong turn). The ride up was up hill as I was going up into the Adirondak park. I packed all my food for the trip and planned one water stop near the 1/2 way point - in Corinth. My wife drove the car to meet me up there for the weekend. Some pictures as follows:


A corn field along the way - this was on Friday - knee high by the 4th of July!


The little town of Corinth - this marked about the 1/2 way point - I stopped here and refilled water bottles and the Hydration pack. I bought a bottle of Gatoraid and a gallon jug of water (gallon was only $0.99) both up and back. The old steel Simoncini is taking a nap under the sign - she is such a joy to ride on a long excursion.


Further up the road is Hadley and Lake Luzern - this is where the Hudosn comes through the narrows in Hadley - it is damed up further down stream - that is why at Corinth there looked like there was a lake - effective there is, it's the Hudson though.


Once I got to Corinth my route followed the Hudson up to North Creek. Here is a tranqual spot along the way - some where around mile 50. Notice the railroad tracks in the foreground - this track is being restored for a train to go from Saratoga to North Creek to take skiiers in the winter - kind of like the WinterPark service from Denver. Right now the Adirondak scenic raiload uses some stretches of the track. The track follows the river as well - so this kind of sets the grade for a lot of the route.


This area of the Hudson is called the rock garden, it is north of Warrensburg. I did not go through Warrensburg as my route kept me on the south bank of the river.


A "Tin Lizzy" spoted on a back country road about 5 mile south of The Glenn - as the name is painted on the door.

We went to see fireworks on Friday night in Indian Lake and then again in North Creek on Sat night - North Creek has a town festival and all the townies come out in full color.


This young fellow is selling (and making) hats out of duct tape for $5 (this is North Creek mind you) - his shirt is made from blue and silver duct tape. You have to be resourceful when you are up in the North Country...


And what North Creek festival would not include a game of chicken @h#t bingo - who ever bids on the square where the chicken does his business wins. The pot is split - 50% to the winner, 50% to charity.

And since we have been discussing Nutrition - here is what I laid out for the trip home

I only put water (packed with ice cubes) in the hydration pack so I don't ever have to worry about cleaning the bugs out. The ice made it till the end - even with a reload of water.
All but 2 Gu and one TLC bar remained when I got home. With the Gatoraid - about 1400 calories consumed which is probably about 1/3 of what I burned up if you believe the estimate on the HRM and teh GPS. Not to worry though - I did my carbo loading the night before, lots of brew at the North Creek festival
On a side note - I usually can't stomach Gatoraide, I started using nuun this year but I forgot to pack the tablets on this trip, I needed electrolites so it was Gatoraide, I tolerated it OK - only once did I feel like tossing my cookies on a really hot stretch.

Stats for all those interested:
On the trip up - Total climbing: 3600ft
On the trip back - Total climbing 2900Ft
Elevation change - 700 ft
Average speed up 15.3MPH - kept my heart rate low to pace myself fod the climbe at the end
Average speed back 16.8MPH - let my heart rate go higher but kept it below the Lactate Threshold - also had a slight head wind.
Two stops to rest in both directions - one at the 1/2 way point and one at the 3/4 point.

This route turned out to be better than I expected - not only was the scenery great but I had a lot of fresh asphalt - some of the backroads I had expected to be choped up pavement had been repaved over the last few months - what a treat!
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Wow! Corinth, Texas sure doesn't look like that! What a great place to ride! Great pictures, too.
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Old 07-06-08, 06:20 PM   #3
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Wow! Great scenery.

I loved the chicken sh*t bingo
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What a great trip! Thanks for the pictures. So, c_s_ not only makes vegetables grow, it is useful for gambling.
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What a ride, and what a great idea for a weekend! Scenery is outstanding.

I'd never heard of chicken S**t Bingo before. LOL
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Old 07-06-08, 07:27 PM   #6
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It doesn't look much like Florida either. Thanks for the pictures, it looks like it was a great ride. What is that in the tube between the granola bar and cell phone? You bragged on your bike pretty good and then only showed us one picture of it "resting" in the grass. Got any more pictures with a good shot of the bike? We like bikes
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Great trip. I want to do one, too. Our high school booster club did "Cow Plop Bingo", same idea only much larger scale.
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Another ride I wish I'd been on. I can't get over the beautiful pics you guys have been posting.
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Wow! Great ride. It looks like all your training is paying off big time.
Thanks for sharing this ambitious adventure.

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Great photos. Thanks. A great trip. One idea. Many of us are pleased to see how and on what you got about. Photos I take are rare that the bike is not predominatly displayed. So, what are your wheels, please. Remember, many of us are really into bike porn.
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It doesn't look much like Florida either. Thanks for the pictures, it looks like it was a great ride. What is that in the tube between the granola bar and cell phone? You bragged on your bike pretty good and then only showed us one picture of it "resting" in the grass. Got any more pictures with a good shot of the bike? We like bikes
From my web site - I did take one picture on this trip of the bike leaning against a rock with a rushing stream in the background - I will post that tonight.


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Great photos. Thanks. A great trip. One idea. Many of us are pleased to see how and on what you got about. Photos I take are rare that the bike is not predominatly displayed. So, what are your wheels, please. Remember, many of us are really into bike porn.
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Nice ride cyclingfool! You more than tripled my bike ride yesterday. Nice pics too!
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Now thats more like it, that is a great looking bike. I'll bet it feels better now too. Thank you for posting it.
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Now thats more like it, that is a great looking bike. I'll bet it feels better now too. Thank you for posting it.
Thanks - I lucked out when I found the frame about 12 or 13 years ago. I now need a new drive train and I am waiting to scrounge up enough cash for a new Chorus group. I will most likely drop the triple as I don't do my hill work with this bike anymore since I bought the Tarmac - it's about 5lbs lighter. The Columbus SLX tubing on the Simoncini rides like a dream - the natural springyness in the fork/frame is sutble but makes such a big difference on a long ride. The shifting of the campy components is buttery smooth even though they are on thier last legs.
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