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Old 01-30-14, 05:57 PM   #126
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Pedaled to the downtown library today. About a 45 min ride each way. The headwind coming home provided an extra workout.
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Beautiful ride to work and back today! With warmer temperatures in the 20s, a few inches of snowfall, and heavy cloud cover, it reminded me of the Michigan winter days of my youth
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Old 01-31-14, 01:24 AM   #128
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Beautiful ride to work and back today! With warmer temperatures in the 20s, a few inches of snowfall, and heavy cloud cover, it reminded me of the Michigan winter days of my youth
We haven't made it up to the 20s in the last couple weeks. Tomorrow it's supposed to 24, but of course 6 more inches of snow. One meteorological model shows a major winter storm for Wisconsin and Michigan on February 6. Get ready!
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Old 02-02-14, 12:41 AM   #129
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Rode to work and back, which is just under three miles each way. They I rode 13 miles each way to go to a birthday party way uptown, almost to the northermost tip of Manhattan. The party was '80s themed, and got to relive some of my salad days. And I got a glitter tattoo. Between the riding and the dancing, I guess I got my aerobic exercise for the day.
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Walked about 2 km round trip to the bank and drugstore. Too snowy/slushy/puddly to ride, and anyway I usually walk that short a trip for the exercise. Hardly worth it to ride.
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Old 02-04-14, 04:28 PM   #131
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I walked across the attic, twice. It's approximately 4 feet high in the middle with not much to stand on, so carrying stuff there is a challenge. That's worth a mile or two of walking outside.
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Stayin' at my folks new house for a few days before I rent my next place. Took an "exploring ride" today between snowstorms:
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rode to the office today, 28 miles round trip. great workout!
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Old 02-04-14, 10:37 PM   #134
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We got freezing rain all day, so all the trees looked like shiny glass. In the evening, I went to a meeting in North Little Rock, across the Arkansas river. I took the bus between my apartment and the downtown Little Rock transit center. Then I had a little extra time so I opted to walk across the river to the meeting. Oops. The streets were fine but the sidewalk along the bridge was covered with broken bits of ice, so I had to watch where I stepped and walk carefully.

After the meeting, I walked out and couldn't find any bus stop signs even though the street I was on should have been directly on the bus route. So I opted to walk back over one of the the train bridges that was converted to a pedestrian bridge. That turned out to be downright slick with ice all the way across the river. One section of the bridge is raised and there is an elevator at each end of the raised portion. But they were out of commission so I had to go up and down the icy steps. Happily, my arms were just long enough to hold on to the railings on both sides of the steps. But I made it back to the transit center in time for the last bus home.

It wasn't a walk, it was an adventure.
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Old 02-05-14, 04:32 AM   #135
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On the weekend, we did a relatively lengthy ride ... for fun! And to work on fitness and endurance.
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...eports-Feb-1-2


This week, I have not been walking home after work ... Rowan is able to pick me up again. But, as usual, I've been walking at lunch.

Today, I did a very enjoyable 2 km walk up to the local Office Works to buy school supplies!! It has been quite cool for a couple days, but today was a little bit warmer and sunny, so it was a lovely walk.

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Trudged 1.2 km through fresh snow (about 1/3 of it already cleared) to the subway station, then 800 m from the streetcar to the office, so 2 km so far today, in slightly suboptimal conditions. I like walking in snow and appreciate the modest extra exercise.
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Brrr, ride to the store.
Uh, oh! Forgot my pannier.
It's still on the porch.
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Old 02-06-14, 03:37 AM   #138
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Quick walk at lunch today to get photos taken ... passport-like photos.
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It's a long weekend here in Hobart! The Hobart Regatta Weekend.

Friday - just out of curiosity, I walked from work to the local aquatic centre and back ... to see how long it would take me should I decide to do a lunchtime spinning class. Then I walked along the waterfront. All up ... 3.6 km.


Saturday - 50 km on a bright, sunny, and warm (+33C) day in the country. We're visiting a very quiet area ... empty country roads. It's beautiful!

You don't need cycling infrastructure when the whole empty road works just fine!! I could move here in a heartbeat if my employer would agree that I could do my job from home.

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It snowed a couple of inches last night. Today I walked up the hill to the library, discovered it was closed, so I walked a mile and a half to Kroger's and got some groceries and then walked home. I brought my winter walking stick to get across any ice slicks I might find, but for once we had gotten real snow so there were no problems. About 3.5 miles of walking.
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More walks at lunch, and today's walk took me to a map place where I purchased three 1:25,000 topographical maps of the area where we currently live, and the areas we're considering moving to.

I'm hoping to use these maps to explore the areas by bicycle.
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More walks at lunch, and today's walk took me to a map place where I purchased three 1:25,000 topographical maps of the area where we currently live, and the areas we're considering moving to.

I'm hoping to use these maps to explore the areas by bicycle.
You paid money to buy a paper map? I haven't done that for years!
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You paid money to buy a paper map? I haven't done that for years!
Do you use a cellphone or tablet etc. for geographical support for an exploratory ride? I still like paper maps.
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Same combined 2 km walking to and from public transit as part of my morning commute. Downtown sidewalks are mostly bare now, but the streets, and also the sidewalks near home, still have lots snow and ice, and it's been -8C to -15C every day for a couple of weeks so they aren't clearing up.

Going home I may only walk about 1 km.

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You paid money to buy a paper map? I haven't done that for years!
Have you traveled anywhere lately on your own transportation vehicle far (or off the beaten track) from your normal routine?
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Have you traveled anywhere lately on your own transportation vehicle far (or off the beaten track) from your normal routine?
No I haven't. I probably wouldn't need a map anywhere within 50 miles of my house.

Also, I pretty much have a photographic memory for maps, so I can look at it once in the morning and not have to check it again all day. Even if a bridge is unexpectedly closed, I can "look" at the map in my memory and plot a new course.
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Do you use a cellphone or tablet etc. for geographical support for an exploratory ride? I still like paper maps.
No, like I said to ILTB, I usually memorize the map before I leave home. That would be on a tablet or computer rather than a paper map. For a truly exploratory ride, I don't even consult a map beforehand. I just poke around on my own to see what I discover randomly.
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I have no trouble with the "big picture" and navigating to any destination by bike or car, based the map in my head. However, sometimes I set out on a long rec ride across the city specifically intending to link a series of ravine trails and power corridor paths and so on, that have limited access points to city streets, and I have to periodically check the city bike map to make sure I haven't missed a connection. See eg. http://www1.toronto.ca/City%20Of%20T...gMap_tile7.png
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I have no trouble with the "big picture" and navigating to any destination by bike or car, based the map in my head. However, sometimes I set out on a long rec ride across the city specifically intending to link a series of ravine trails and power corridor paths and so on, that have limited access points to city streets, and I have to periodically check the city bike map to make sure I haven't missed a connection. See eg. http://www1.toronto.ca/City%20Of%20T...gMap_tile7.png
Those trails do look inviting, and also more than a little confusing. I can see why you consult the map from time to time! Remember, I live in a minor provincial capital, while you are in one of the great megacities of the world.
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1. I like paper maps, and have a large collection of them.

2. The area where we live is not a flat grid of roads. It's very hilly and the roads meander, twist, and turn up and down those hills. Sometimes they end abruptly. Sometimes they turn to gravel or narrow tracks.

3. Google Maps is inadequate. Many roads exist that it does not show. Many roads have changed, and it does not show the changes. It doesn't tell you if a road suddenly turns to a narrow dirt track, and it isn't really good at showing elevation changes. But my new maps show all of that.
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