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Old 02-25-02, 07:12 PM   #1
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I need new roads...

Okay so how many of us actually have a good variety of roads from our front door. I ask this question because I have lived in this
neighbourhood for 7yrs, and I have ridden on EVERY road there is. From my house I have 3 ways to ride.
North to the city (why bother), South through the wine country, West to the Coast (esplanade is 25km/15mile long
and stops, no more land) . I can head East but I have to ride
on the North or South roads first to get there. South is my normal way that gives me access the best country roads,
the only problem is that the first and last 25km/15mile is always the same road. There are two reservoirs
near my home and there is only 1 road that goes between them. There is a lot of farming land
which border the two reservoirs but these roads are dirt.

I will be moving April 15 (hopefully) to a small country town that is East, I have not ridden on most of these roads.
From the maps I have bought I have found 8 different directions I can head from that are within 5kms/3mile of home.
I can't wait any longer, I am so bored with my current rides.

Has anyone else become bored with their routes?

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Old 02-25-02, 07:37 PM   #2
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Okay so how many of us actually have a good variety of roads from our front door.

From the maps I have bought I have found 8 different directions I can head from that are within 5kms/3mile of home.
I can't wait any longer, I am so bored with my current rides.

Has anyone else become bored with their routes?

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My map book has been marked to death with highlighter over the years. Now that I know all the possibilities, detours and sights to see, the one I usually take is the fastest one.

But I know what you mean about getting bored with the same route over and over.
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Old 02-25-02, 08:32 PM   #3
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If I go W,S, or N, I'm only a few miles away from scenic farms and rolling hills. About 15 miles south is the beginning of Ohio Amish country.

But, as you mentioned, if one travels any road long enough it gets to be old hat.
So, occasionally I use new roads to reach my favorite riding places. This of course, means all new dogs to break in, as dog owners around here are mostly irresponsible. :irritated

Sometimes I think the familiar roads are less hassle even though they can get boring.

Overall, I can't complain. This is a fairly pleasant area for cycling.

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Old 02-25-02, 10:16 PM   #4
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It's funny how thoroughly you can get accustomed to...I guess almost anything.

I was walking down the sidewalk in Westport (Kansas City's chief area for nightlife) the other day, and a young woman and two young men, all in their twenties, walked past; one of the young men was saying, "Actually, that's the first bar I've ever been in in Kansas City." The excitement in his voice made me smile. For an instant I remembered when I was in college and it was exciting to come to Kansas City. Now, though, since I've lived here for some 38 years, it seems like a tiny little town to me, and I find it hard to believe it's considered one of the major US cities....

Still, I never quite got to the point, commuting, where the sight of the Missouri and Kansas rivers within walking distance failed to move me. There's something about a big river that inspires respect and something like love. I don't think I would have got bored with my route. Not that part, anyway.
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Old 02-26-02, 02:59 AM   #5
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My commute is pretty good. I get ocean views virtually the whole way. The only problem is that it doesn't have as many hills as I'd like. In saying that, I have plenty of places to make up for that come the weekend!
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Old 02-26-02, 03:42 AM   #6
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I'm lucky with my commute in that apart from the first two or three miles where I've only really got the choice of two routes there are three main routes, each with numerous diversions of several miles. Of course the longer your commute, the more potential for sub-routes there is.

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I used to live in Norwich, a small city in a rural area. Just outside the city was a very dense network of small rural lanes ( at least one junction every 1/2mile, sometimes closer). I dont think you can ever get bored riding these. I had a few favourite circuits (ones with grass growing down the middle) but could take a new route on every ride if I wanted.
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Last year my township resurfaced my road with chip & seal using a large aggregate. Any of you familiar with chip & seal know what i mean when I say YUCK! My gravel driveway is smoother than the road. At least they didn't use too much tar, that's the worst.

On the topic of boredom, I have only been here two years and am not quite bored yet.
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I used to live in Norwich, a small city in a rural area. Just outside the city was a very dense network of small rural lanes ( at least one junction every 1/2mile, sometimes closer). I dont think you can ever get bored riding these. I had a few favourite circuits (ones with grass growing down the middle) but could take a new route on every ride if I wanted.
Thinking about it Kent is quite blessed in the number of small lanes. I some times have to really fight the temptation not to take one of the unknown small lanes I pass on my commutes, just to see where it ran. Maybe I just ought to rise a little earlier and try them

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I've only been riding for a year and Iím in a nice rural location, so I havenít gotten bored yet. If youíre talking about joy riding (not commuting) there are a couple things I do and/or planning that I think will keep the variety spicier.

If I read about an interesting area thatís out of my bike range, I drive my car to a good spot and cycle from there. I save this for my ďspecial treat ridesĒ. Each Ďbaseí location is usually good for another bunch if interesting rides.

Hereís another one I want to try:
There are some interesting sites that are a full days cycling from me, and I would like to do an overnighter, but I donít like camping or motels (plus my wife wants me home at night). Iím going to drive to the sight, park and lock the car in a safe spot and cycle home. The next day Iíll cycle back. Most of these sights can be gotten at two different ways so Iíll go home one way and back for the car the other way.
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Nope, not bored with the roads here. I don't think I ever will get bored with them either. It's very easy to get to the flats, rolling hills, or mountains if you want to. There are endless possibilities when you take the back roads here.

And, we have such a large cycling community, there's always someone to show you a brand new screaming downhill or, someone to turn around & go up it with.
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The problem is that you are bored, the problem isn't the road.-
Find something to do that really like you 25 Km from where you are then you don't take care about the same road. The road change its sense. It will not be "the bored road". It will be the way for somthing else.-
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Hey MikeR!

Ever tried sleeping in the car?

As an alternative for an overnighter, I used to own a small hatchback car, that I was able to adapt quite comfortably by removing the front passenger seat and the rear bench seat , I made a pallet to fit in the front floor well which gave me a long enough base to be able to use a lounger type mattress with my sleeping bag , these were rolled up in the back of the car until needed so as to accomodate my bike and gear .
The bike was left outside near or chained to a fixed point overnight.

I spent many an enjoyable weekend in this manner , out in the wilds somewhere without the need for tents, b&b`s , etc.

Its an exellent way to find and cycle area`s that are normally out of range in a days cycle ride.
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No. No. No. You have it backwards.

In the morning drive away from home with you bike on the car rack. Park the car about a dayís biking distance from home. Ride home and sleep in you very own bed. The next day ride back and pick up your bike, then drive home in time to sleep in your very own bed again.
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willc, I do like your other idea though.

I like to find ways to discover new rides.

I LOVE to go down a road I never saw before.
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