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    Well, since there is no chat room here, and no one has their AOL screen names listed, and I just have to tell you guys about my rides, I am starting a new thread. I ride by myself, because I am 17 and there are no kids my age around here that are into biking besides BMX, and the adults around here either think I'm not good enough or they have jobs, so I can't share the joy of my daily rides with anybody but you guys. I invite you guys to post your latest good rides.

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    I guess I'll start with my latest ride. I have found I like to ride at dusk, not pitch black, not to bright and not hot . My last ride I just headed out for nowhere found myself back in the hills of SC, it was beautiful!! I'm starting to like SC.The hils were awesome, I would get enough momentum going down to race up the next one. There were hardly any cars, and the ones that did come along where not so bad. When I got home I had a great burn in my legs, and I was all sweaty, it was great!! I can't wait to go on the same road again, and take it further!!

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    Yeah, man!

    I know just what you mean. Not only is the ride great, but it gets better all the time, and when I get home, or when I get to work after riding, man, no one feels as good as me! NO ONE! HAHA!!!

    Anyway, my last ride was Friday. Somehow, I concentrated more on my knees, rather than my spinning motion. Well, I didn't forget about the spinning, just that I concentrated on lifting my knees up toward my chest (I don't know, I didn't read that anywhere, it just seemed like the thing to do). As I did this, it seemed the spinning was easier and got faster, and guess what--so did I! My form seemed more controllable. I think the more I ride, the better my "feel"
    on the bike gets for a riding form that gives me power and control. Great rides, both to work and back home.

    Take care, Fub5! :thumbup:

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    Well, since I don't have many rides to compare it to, I guess my ride home every day is my favorite, though not just because I am headed home.
    The first three miles are a mix of downtown business district and light traffic urban residential boulevard with red lights every few blocks. After that about 3 miles next to City Park. Sometimes I ride streets through the park that pass under ancient oak trees, over the network of lagoons, and through a couple of the golf courses. Either way, I wind up on Lakeshore Drive adjacent to Lake Pontchartrain. Depending on whether I took the direct or circuitous route to get there I might ride 2-3 miles along the lake. Then past a marina to West End, where there is a nice little park and several seafood restaurants. Over a foot bridge to an area called Bucktown where a number of commercial fishermen live and keep their boats. Up on to a levee (that's like a dike, Toolfreak, New Orleans is below sea level, too) for a couple of hundred yards to the start of the bike path right along the edge of the lake. The bike path runs for miles, but right now they are resurfacing parts of it so I have to get off onto residential streets from time to time. It will be very nice when they are finished because the stop signs and slow pace on the streets probably add 10 minutes. Probably 2-3 miles along the path/streets. Then over the levee and about 3/4 mile home on residential streets.

    The parts alongside the park and on Lakeshore are really nice because there are long stretches where I can just ride, red lights/stop signs far apart. On the other hand there is almost always wind. I either ride into it along the lake or when I turn away from the lake. Oh, well, the wind is my friend. It makes me stronger.

    Until a couple of weeks ago, I did not go to the lake. My ride then was about 11.5 miles, mostly main residental streets. I decided I was ready to do the 13.4 or so that goes by the lake and found that it actually takes a couple of minutes LESS time to go the extra 2 miles because I can get up more speed and stop lights/signs are sparse.

    One day a week I ride farther going home. Same basic route by the lake, but I go through the park and continue east (home is west) far enough to make the total ride around 20 miles. As I get stronger and faster, I plan to extend that eventually to 30 miles one day a week. I also plan to do some country rides with the bike club, but right now my commuting is pretty much filling my cycling needs and ability. Though yesterday (Saturday) I went over 19. But about 12 of it was with a friend who has just been getting back into riding for a few weeks, so we were only going about 10-11 mph. I had to sit it a low gear and spin jus to get my blood pumping a little.

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    Sounds like a great commute to work, Rainman. I like to extend my route too, if I have the time. The shortest way is just a straight highway ride across the prairie for 10 miles, I know what you mean about wind...if it doesn't kill you, it makes you stronger! Well, I'm not dead yet, but when do I get stronger?
    My favourite route is along a river road with new pavement, a few gentle hills (the prairies, remember?), and no stops for about 5 - 6 miles. And guess what? There's an ice cream stand at the end. If I go back home from there it's a 50 km (31 miles) ride. I usually do that part of it at least once a week, and parts of it I can do on my commute to work. I can extend it by going back onto the highway for a couple of miles, getting back on the river road where it goes along the edge of a small city, and go right to the end where there is a small marina and campground at the intersection of the Red River and a creek, and another restaurant. Along the way is cottage country and occasional glimpses of the river. The whole thing is slightly over 100 km. I did that ride once last summer and it was great.
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    My favorite ride is when I get off work and ride across town to an evening class I teach.

    I go through the campus of my alma mater and through neighborhoods where friends used to live. It brings back a lot of good memories. I pass by the houses where my friends used to live and where some of their parents still live.

    By the time the class is over and I ride home in the dark past the houses. I remember kissing my girlfriends goodnight as a youngster under the porchlights and the girl's parents peeking through the shutters (and eventually tapping on the glass saying it was time to say "goodnight").

    I have biked in many foreign countries and had many great adventures, but "Country Road, Take Me Home To the Place I Belong..." Ya man.
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    It seems like everyday is a good ride for me. Even when unpredictable cars whiz by me, I do kind of stress out, but when I get home, I feel great.

    Yesterday, was an especially good day. It had rained the previous day, and it was just blue skies...Sometimes I'd stop next to the curb and just sit there just admiring how great everything smells and feels.

    As I got back on my bike, it felt great to ride down the hills and feel the cold crisp air up against my face. There were hardly any cars on that Sunday morning, and it felt good just to enjoy the solitude of the road.

    Most times, I say "hi" to the runners and walkers that frequent the area I ride by. We have a lot of regulars out there walking or running. We have a few cyclists that ride by and say "hi" as well, but they're usually speedin' by me.

    We're in the "Green" season in So Cal now, so the hills and trees are all green from the wet weather we've been having. It seems in So Cal, we only have two seasons, "Green" and "Brown". During the Brown season, we don't usually have enough water, so the hills and brush around them turn brown.

    Someone once said that sometimes it's just the journey itself, rather than the destination, that makes it all worthwhile.
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    It seems like it has been raining here for 3 weeks especially on the weekends and we are due for several more days of rain. Hopefully I will have some enjoyable rides to post later.

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    My favorite place ws in Va. Right across the street from a hospital. It ws a vast stretch of really hilly woods next to the Powhite Swamp. What was cool about that was it is real easy to get lost in there. It is so big with so many trails and then to add to it a real long cliff with lots of roots and big pentacles that challenges you to pay attention or plunge in the soup. Tyler State Park in Tx. is real fun hilly enough to challenge you no real severe elevation mind you but real fun. The key is to go during the week when no one is there and ride B loop backwards, talking about fast it is a real rush. The next would be where I presently reside there is a big hil about 500 yards away the trick is to go around it to climb it because going down if the conditions are right you can tag 40 mph. I have ridden slews of other places but these are my favorite.

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    You guys are making me cry...
    I can't wait to get this Trek put back together and hit the road again.

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    Yesterday evening we rode the length of OC Fisher dam and back. The dam is about 6.5 miles long and has a nice jogging/biking road on top of it. It's usually not too crowded, especially after the first 2 or 3 miles, and there's no cars.

    It's the highest point for miles around, so the view is among the best in the county - to the east it looks over the city - you can spot all the major buildings, the university, downtown, etc. To the west past the lake is the rolling hills of west Texas - on a clear day you can probably see 30 or 40 miles. Our ride last night started at about 7:00, so on the way home we were treated to a spectacular sunset, with the orange light reflecting off the lake, and to the left we could see the lights coming on around the city.

    I'm still on the prowl for other interesting rides in the area....

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    I am hoping my best ride will be the one I take at the end of this month. I am going to start in DC and ride/camp my way south. I'll be keeping coastal, though not right on the shore. Honestly, I want flat and no wind, and I am going for distance, though I know the scenery will be spectacular. My primary objective for this ride is distance, a personal best sort of thing. Unfortunately, my training hasn't been much beyond commuting to work, sitting behind a computer all day, then rushing home and making repairs/purchases or both, depending on the day. It's a three-week ride, so I am sure the ole legs will start to cooperate 'round day three. My route is taking me through Dismal Swamp and the tidewater regions of NC & SC.

    I prefer solo rides versus riding with two or three other people. Perhaps that is because real life keeps my training erratic. I never really know how well prepared I'll be for the ride, and that makes it difficult to find the right riding partner.

    Huge group rides are great in a different way. A friend does RAGBRAI each year, and it's a huge party.

    Finally, the best rides aren't loops. Just ride till you're out of road, money, time, legs... and hop a train or plane home.

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    Sounds like a real nice ride, Hogwild. The type of view that changes with the time of day, weather or lighting.
    Good luck on your upcoming ride Bruce, let us know how it goes.
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    Making an equipment run to Bean's has to be my favorite ride. "Bean's?" you ask. Living in Lewiston, Maine, I am precisely 25 miles from L.L. Bean in Freeport.

    I usually wind up doing a round trip through the neighboring town of Brunswick, which is my home town (hoorah!!!), and then make my way back through a couple other connecting towns until, suddenly and without warning (insert angelical/epiphany sound here) my computer is beaming 54 beautiful miles up at me.

    AHHHH...now that's a good ride.

    What!?!?...you mean I forgot something and I'll have to make another trip tomorrow?...aw shucks.


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    Anything with lots of hills involved. I love pouring rain. Rides over 150km are a great way to spend a Sunday morning. Beyond that, I can't decide.

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    Well, maybe not a favorite ride, but here's something you can try.

    Sometime after midnight and especially after an evening of drunken revelry, take a ride through the darkened streets of your own neighborhood. Don't push for speed, this isn't a cardiovascular workout; just enjoy the buzz as you glide silently through the cool evening. The houses are dark, the traffic is gone, even the dogs are asleep. The world is a quiet dark blue, sparked with the warm glow of a porch light or the flickering of a television through an open window.

    Familiar roads now look completely different as dark shadows pierced with the occasional sharp light from the street lamps confuse and hide your usual landmarks. Street signs are unreadable in the gloom as you realize that you don't know precisely where you are. You know that you're near home, on a street you've probably ridden on a hundred times, but you're lost. You feel that thrill of confusion that you get when you visit a city for the first time, or hear a new version of a favorite song. It doesn't last long, soon enough you'll recognize a house or a street corner and suddenly everything snaps back into place.

    For me, these night rides replace that heavy groggy feeling from too much drink in a smoky bar with a wonderful lightness and clarity. Maybe it's just the beer, but for a few minutes at least, I am completely refreshed and at peace.

    Enjoy the ride

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