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Old 11-25-08, 06:48 PM   #1
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the frozen foobies ride w/wolfpack :)

Well, as many of you know, I am taking a road trip up to the Great Cold North....USAZorro graciously offered to host a ride for me this afternoon, but unfortunately, due to the coldness, there were only 3 brave souls to partake of the ride...myself, 'zorro, and stupidlybrave (sb). It was very nice to meet 2 more Foosters! These guys are sooo nice! I was telling UA about the ride and meeting them....Foosters are great people!! I'm really glad that both of them could take time away from work to ride with me today!!

I left Clayton this morning around 6am and didn't have any troubles getting up here...a bit of traffic congestion around Washington, but no real big deal. Arrived here at the hotel around 12:10pm. Checked in and gave 'zorro a call to let him know I was here and ready to ride. He and SB showed up around 1pm, did the meet & greet thing and then set off.

It was overcast and fairly windy here when we started and one of those temperature signs we passed listed the temp as 45F. I don't know if that was right or not....I wasn't too bad cold on the ride despite the temps and brisk wind. At least not for the first 1.5-1.75hr. It had to be colder than that...we had snow flurries several times throughout the ride.

The route 'zorro took us on was very nice! Some flat terrain, but I think the majority of the ride was rolling with a few good hills to climb. Even though it's cold and the leaves are gone from the trees, I think it's really pretty up here...it's a very nice change of scenery from NC.

Despite my lack of a lot of sleep last night and a 6hr drive, I felt pretty dang good on the ride. I managed to climb all the hills either out of the saddle or a combo of seated & out. And, on the last 3 climbs of the ride, SB passed me and commented..."you're still in the big ring!" Uh yea, don't remind me...those last climbs were tough - I think I saw anywhere from 12-16% range on them. But, I got over them.

I tell ya, I was ready for the ride to be over towards the end....after I started getting cold - my feet were frozen and I was hungry! I didn't bring anything but water either. Then, I see 'zorro rummaging around in his bag and pulling out a flask. No, not that kind, but I probably woulda took a swig if it had been to warm me up!! It was a flask of gel....by this time, I was hungry too. 3 apples and a chic-fil-a chicken burrito thingy for breakfast was long gone. I had brief thoughts of knocking him off his bike and taking the gel from him!! But, I didn't.

We finished up sometime a little after 3:30pm, talked a bit and then I left them to go get thawed out. OMG. I'm serious, my toes were freakin' purple! Tingling and hurting while in the shower. I finally just filled the tub with a little water, enough to cover my feet and swished around in that....eventually, they started feeling better. Feel ok now. Oh yea, the foobies. I think I might need to take a friend's suggestion and add some of those chemical warmers to the chest area.

So, that's all I can remember right now. I did get out after a warming shower for a big bowl of angel hair pasta with tomatoes, black olives, shrimp. And a salad & bread. I'm pretty tired right now...hope it's gonna be an early night, but if it follows all my other ones, it might not be. At least I get to sleep late tomorrow.

I also brought along the Garmin 305....stupid thing won't download right now, but we had 2400+/- of climbing over 33.6mi....

Here are the pics....I'll comment on the ones I have any idea about, but I can't say where any of them are, cause I was totally lost. I'm sure I've left something out, but 'zorro & sb can comment and fill in any gaps....

I'll post a similar thread about the T-day ride with pcad, but it may take longer to post, as I'll be at nyguy's place then and won't be too interested in much else but him.

'zorro & sb before the ride:


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'zorro & sb again:


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one of the climbs:


sb climbing:


the following were along a stream, can't remember the name...yellow something or nother:








steel bridge deck...don't have anything like this in NC:

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warm horsey:


'zorro climbing:


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all 3 of us after the ride:
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Nice!

Thanks for all that WP. Anyone who's checked out your site knows you do a wonderful job of retelling 'the story of the ride'. And so cool to put faces (albeit bundled up against the cold) to names, guys.

Sorry about the cold and damp - hope things warm up for your p-cad ride.

enjoy the trip and drive safely...we might get a wee flurry tonight up in ny.
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That looks like a gorgeous area! Looks like you also had a couple of great companions/guides.
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I tell ya, I was ready for the ride to be over towards the end....after I started getting cold - my feet were frozen and I was hungry! I didn't bring anything but water either. Then, I see 'zorro rummaging around in his bag and pulling out a flask. No, not that kind, but I probably woulda took a swig if it had been to warm me up!!
Ah, to be living in Austin... sunny and 70 degrees during my ride today. Hehe. But yeah, too bad that flask didn't contain a bit of liquor. Glad you're having fun. I'm driving up to Omaha, and plan on doing a ride while I'm there. Have fun with nyguy.

Edit: wow, great pics! Ponies!

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Yep. You three look pretty darn frozen. Almost stiff, even! Thanks for sharing your day with us, it's always nice to be able to meet fellow Foo family. All I can say is that I'm jealous of you.

Looks like despite the cold, you had a wonderful time.
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Old 11-25-08, 07:23 PM   #8
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Great ride report - glad the weather cooperated and that a good time was had.

Looking forward to the pcad ride report - I'm sure it's going to be quite a bit colder.
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Nice. Very Nice. Gorgeous countryside, handsome companions, what more could a girl want?
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Great ride report - glad the weather cooperated and that a good time was had.

Looking forward to the pcad ride report - I'm sure it's going to be quite a bit colder.
yea, no doubt it will be colder 'cause we're starting much earlier. i'm gonna stop tomorrow in piermont and pick up a pair of gloves. meant to get them before i left but just didn't get around to it.
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Thanks for the ride report and pictures WP!

I wish I could have made it, but I broke my chain last week, and I had problems with the new chain skipping and popping during my last ride. I didn't want to risk having mechanical issues and being an anchor for the ride or, worse yet, needing to get a ride home like I did last week.

I'm glad you had a great time. If you like the area now, you should come out for the Covered Bridges Metric century next August!
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Ah, to be living in Austin... sunny and 70 degrees during my ride today.
DOH! We probably won't see 70 degrees again until next April or May.
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yea, i'd like to get back up here in warmer temps...gotta get a representative dosing of all seasons.
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Thanks for the ride report and pictures WP!

I wish I could have made it, but I broke my chain last week, and I had problems with the new chain skipping and popping during my last ride. I didn't want to risk having mechanical issues and being an anchor for the ride or, worse yet, needing to get a ride home like I did last week.

I'm glad you had a great time. If you like the area now, you should come out for the Covered Bridges Metric century next August!
Sounds like a new cassette should be on the Christmas list...
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Yes, that's what I was afraid of. I cleaned the cassette after last week's ride, tuned the derailleur cable tension, and tried it today on a short, local ride. It's still popping in multiple gears, usually at convenient times such as when I'm starting from a stop or climbing out of the saddle. I'll probably have to break down and buy one sooner so I'm not riding for a month with the problem.
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yea, i'd like to get back up here in warmer temps...gotta get a representative dosing of all seasons.
August will be much more like what you're used to, in terms of the temperatures. Plus there's usually a good Foo turn out for that ride. It's one of my favorite rides of the year!

Edit: The ride is in Lancaster, PA.
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Great ride report! I got colder just looking at the pics....brrrr!
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yep, it was lots of fun. one thing i failed tomention...this route was great for the lack of traffic. very nice route!

i'm sure we'll have a lot of fun on T-day too.
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yep, it was lots of fun. one thing i failed tomention...this route was great for the lack of traffic. very nice route!

i'm sure we'll have a lot of fun on T-day too.
It looks so serene and beautiful.
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Forecast for Thurs AM: partly cloudy (showers/flurries out of the forecast), about 25F. Very benign conditions for Chester in late fall/early winter. I have two dozen packs of toe warmers wolfy, you can have one to use if you need it. I'll be using one. I'm riding tomorrow AM, similar conditions are forecast.
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I love the name of the ride!

Here are some more pics to chill out your evening:




I think it was probably 40F to start and dropped 35F by the time we were done. It was a bit windy as well.

You can also see why I love riding in this area so much. All we need now are civil engineers to come and design us some new bridges .

And thanks to Z for putting this all together. It was a nice route.
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Thanks for the ride report and pictures WP!

I wish I could have made it, but I broke my chain last week, and I had problems with the new chain skipping and popping during my last ride. I didn't want to risk having mechanical issues
and being an anchor for the ride or, worse yet, needing to get a ride home like I did last week. ...
No worries there. I had that well covered. Seems like my legs have been losing strength over time.

p.s. - the stream is called "The Yellow Breeches".
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No worries there. I had that well covered. Seems like my legs have been losing strength over time.

p.s. - the stream is called "The Yellow Breeches".
Or simply "the breeches".

Let's not forget that two of us were riding sub 18lb racing bicycles and someone else had a steel commuter with big fat tires, fenders and trunk space for a case of beer.
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