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Old 02-21-11, 09:39 AM   #26
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A light fleece and a Gore-tex shell would have made all the difference, but you already know that. And warm gloves. It would have made the ride fun.
Cold? Snow? Wet? Meh... I live in Canada.
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Old 02-21-11, 10:23 AM   #27
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Old 02-21-11, 10:27 AM   #28
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My mother used to tell my father that the older he got the stupider he got. My mother was a simple but wise woman, at least as far as my father and me were concerned.
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Old 02-21-11, 11:46 AM   #29
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A common Lancaster County expression,Zu schnell alt/und zu spat gescheit.[To soon old/ to late smart]
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Old 02-21-11, 01:59 PM   #30
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Well, I'm coming up on 48 so I'm still a little smarter than the average 50 yo on GMR. I suggested we take our mtn bikes as we were looking for rain. The poster with me (Eyemage) is 50+ so it was up to me to come up with an idea that would work. Same ride as Hillbasher, just minutes ahead. We left the storm as he was heading up into it.

Little ride footage then some postride thoughts by 50+ rider Eyemage.


The rain is coming!






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Old 02-21-11, 02:57 PM   #31
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ha! great vid Beanz. These are the rides you remember forever.
To me, its not so much getting wet and chilled, its the bummer of having to ride the brakes back down after working your way up.

Glad everyone got back OK.
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Old 02-21-11, 03:11 PM   #32
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ha! great vid Beanz. These are the rides you remember forever.


Thanks! Rides to remember!
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Old 02-21-11, 06:08 PM   #33
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Hillbasher, this was the image I had of your epic ride. 'Glad you were able to finish and tell us about it.

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Old 02-21-11, 06:59 PM   #34
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Hillbasher, this was the image I had of your epic ride.
LOL If you only knew. LOL I really want to thank everyone that replied. I was not seeking justification of my decision to go for the top, more of a case of sharing a trip that turned out different than what I expected. Like I had mentioned before, I climb mountains also, and have been in much worse situations than what I was in last weekend, I just felt like sharing what happened. I have no problem with anyone that thinks what I did was stupid or a bad decision, but I like to think I know my limits, and after 56 years, I feel I keep them in sight at all times. That being said, I know I was in a situation that had plenty of variables that were beyond my control. Hitting a patch of ice or snow, rocks on the road, weather getting even worse than it was. I guess for me it all comes down to the fact that I am approaching 60 years of age and I know deep down, that I will always continue to push myself past what most others see as reasonable boundries. Right or wrong, smart or stupid, good or bad decision, at least I know I am still alive, and loving every minute of it.
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Old 02-21-11, 07:27 PM   #35
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Hillbasher - what tyres you running? They deserve a shout out for keeping you road and mountain rash free.
Sounds like they passed the wet traction and braking test with flying colors.

P.S. If I had seen Mr. Beanz coming down the other way already, I think that would have been my excuse to make a U turn right about there. :LOL:
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Old 02-22-11, 01:18 PM   #36
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P.S. If I had seen Mr. Beanz coming down the other way already, I think that would have been my excuse to make a U turn right about there. :LOL:
Mr. Beanz was in a hurry to get down the mountain because he had a hair appointment.

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-and-a-Haircut
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Old 02-22-11, 03:03 PM   #37
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Old 02-22-11, 03:09 PM   #38
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Ya, I knew the forecast, just thought I could beat it. The stupid part was not turning around when I should have. Like I said, I had been off the bike 3 months and was so close to the top, didn't want to give up. Funny thing is, I mountain climb also, and have never had a problem turning away from a summit when it was called for. Took 4 attempts on Mt Rainier before reaching the top. On a bike, I go till I reach the goal of the ride. Maybe I should change that thought pattern.
HIllbasher,

Reading your post brought back a grand memory from Mt. Rainier. I was working at Satsop, and took a day to see the mountain. I believe I started up at Paradise, but I'm not certain. The day was absolutely perfect, blue sky and crystal clear. As I was climbing the trail I bumped into a Ranger, and asked how many days were like this in a year, his response, "This is it."

When I reached the snow line, the weather started to turn, clouds surrounded me. I continued on cairn to cairn but soon started down. Now, I am dressed as follows, Chuck Taylor's, jeans, an Emmett Watson's Oyster Bar T-shirt and one of those cheap, clear plastic raincoats. Through the clouds I noticed a climbing class of about 20 folks practicing self arrest with their ice axe. I watched the class for a few minutes, then seeing an opportunity I approached the instructor, and asked if I was on the correct return trail. The incredulous look on his, and his students face was worth the climb. I thanked them and hurried below the clouds, and back to a burger and beer in the restaurant.

My approach on the bike is to press on regardless, same as yours. My advice, don't change a damn thing. Still have that T-shirt.
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