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Old 06-29-10, 09:19 PM   #1
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1st century in 38 years

Hello , a few days ago I felt the need to take a long ride and do some thinking at the same time. My last century was at the TOSORV tour in "72 . At about 35 miles out I decided to go for it. No problems , no discomfort , just a great ride, rolling terrain with a some good climbs. What made it really memorable was that at one point I realized that the dog cruising about a hundred yards in front of me was a wolf. I wasn't trying to catch him , but I wasn't gaining on him either. After about 1000 yards he pulled up in a side road and I got a good look at him before raced off again. Speed and stamina you don't see in your local farm dog. Wolf sightings here in Wi. are pretty rare , so I feel fortunate to have seen one and glad it wasn't a super dog waiting for me at the gravel road to defend it's turf .
In '72 I rode a Paramount and this time I rode a Schwinn Circuit. Both steel and both smooth rides. I bought the Circuit for $150 to take the 105 and Ultegra stuff off it , but after a few rides I got to really enjoy the bike and now keep it for a backup Hadn't owned a Schwinn since I sold the Paramount to buy an 850 Mini .
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Old 06-29-10, 09:24 PM   #2
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Nice ride.
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Old 06-29-10, 09:27 PM   #3
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Great accomplishment. How far do you typically ride?
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Thanks , usual rides 25 to 40 with the next longest being 60 . The driftless area on the western edge of Wisconsin has some of the best cycling to be found anywhere. Good surface , little traffic and challenging terrain. Our biggest drawback here is winter , but we also have great xc skiing.
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Old 06-29-10, 09:54 PM   #5
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Nice ride, Frisky. I would love to see a wolf in the wild, although I'm pretty sure there are none in this area. Lots of coyotes and some fox, even reports of black bears and bobcats, but no wolves.
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Nice ride, I really like to see the different wildlife while I ride. Never have seen a wolf but saw a fox while in OBX a few weeks ago.
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Old 06-30-10, 04:34 AM   #7
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Good one. Very cool seeing the wolf. They are beautiful animals.
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You win! I only had a gap of about 32 years between mine when I got back into cycling. I did the Circle Akron Ride back in the mid-70's.

Sounds like you had a great time. Wisconsin is a pretty place. My brother-in-law used to live in Shawano. He's up in Bemidji, MN now.
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Great ride.

In the last couple of days, a deer and I communed for a few minutes, I saw a fox with a rabbit in his mouth, one dead skunk and countless red-winged blackbirds, raptors, meadow larks and a snake or two.
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Old 06-30-10, 08:56 AM   #10
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Nice ride report. I sometimes think the unplanned centuries are the best. I've done few in my time and never had one I didn't enjoy. So, did you get your "thinking" done on this ride?
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