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    Comet party? Oooooh, shades of "Night of the Comet".
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    Quote Originally Posted by greaterbrown View Post
    hmm... Better watch it. You're <100 from b'more, so your house could easily become a ride destination.
    Do you really want a group of sweaty riders camping on your front lawn looking at meteors?
    Cause i'm there. :d
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    You guys are welcome on my lawn anytime.

    -D

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    Quote Originally Posted by brandenjs View Post
    Yes we do have some clear skies out here. I live just outside of Charles Town so we still have a little light, but I'm sure it's clearer than Balt.. Meteor showers are awesome out here. I can see the rings around Saturn when it's in the sky. That is very cool. It seems as though the coldest nights of the year are the best viewing nights..Small price to pay..Our house is always open, so if you hear of a shower coming we could have a meteor party..
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    Quote Originally Posted by greaterbrown View Post
    hmm... Better watch it. You're <100 from B'more, so your house could easily become a ride destination.
    Do you really want a group of sweaty riders camping on your front lawn looking at meteors?
    Cause I'm there.
    Not a problem at all, We have 2 acres with nothing but open fields around us,and the neighbors never know what to expect from us. Plenty of bike parking. We can make it a tent city..Or I can rent out beds in the pop-up..

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    Quote Originally Posted by brandenjs View Post
    Not a problem at all, We have 2 acres with nothing but open fields around us,and the neighbors never know what to expect from us. Plenty of bike parking. We can make it a tent city..Or I can rent out beds in the pop-up..
    I got dibs on one of the pop up bunks.

    Josh-For tomorrow I have a BBC ride that starts pretty close to my house that I might want to do , so if Sunday works for MTB, let me know. My wife leaves at 10am to take care of her parents, I need to be back by say noon latest, 15 year old holds down the fort in the breach.

    It says rain/snow for Sunday, we'll see.

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    It's getting too crappy around here, lately. I think I'll go somewhere warm next week.

    Somewhere like Texas.
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    This is our humble abode...I think there is enough room for everyone. Now someone has to plot a route. I'm very close to pit stop at White House Farm on the Back Roads Century..As the crow flies- about 2 miles away..

    Our abode..
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    Quote Originally Posted by brandenjs View Post
    Hell, with that in the driveway ('63 Impala?), maybe I'll have to drive.
    Our car:

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    Quote Originally Posted by greaterbrown View Post
    Hell, with that in the driveway ('63 Impala?), maybe I'll have to drive.
    Our car:

    Sweet ride. Is that a 61?

    Best car I ever drove was a 66 Ford Falcon, three speed on the column, drove it cross country and back in 81. It was my friends car, I think he paid about 500.00 for it. I paid 350.00 for my 66 Mustang, worn out rings and all, but what an engine, straight six, simple as pie. I'm jealous.

    I occasionally do Ebay searches for old Falcons, would love the wagon.

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    Harry,

    Are you doing the Meadowood ride tomorrow?
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    Darn... just got this in my email from DC RAND:

    SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2008
    "BIGLERVILLE CENTURY," starting from Monocacy Middle School, Frederick,
    Maryland. MEETING TIME 7:30 a.m. This is a ride that appeals to just
    about everyone we know. Not too hilly, not too flat, pretty scenery,
    and lunch at our favorite Adams County pizza joint, MAMMA's in
    Biglerville PA, Apple Capital of the USA. 101 miles, with short options
    of 64 or 82 miles. Estimated elevation gain 5000 feet or less.

    Directions to the ride start:
    MONOCACY MIDDLE SCHOOL, FREDERICK, MARYLAND, 8009 Opossumtown Pike,
    Frederick MD 21702 From D.C. Beltway (I-495), take I-270 north 31 miles
    to Frederick. Continue north on US15 3.7 miles. Take Exit 16, Motter
    Ave exit (sign for Frederick Community College). Turn RIGHT at the
    traffic light onto Opossumtown Pike. In about 1.5 mi. turn RIGHT into
    Monocacy Middle School parking lot (just after Frederick Community
    College on the left).
    I might do this ride instead of the Meadowood once since I may not get much riding in next week... while in Texas.
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    Yes

    Quote Originally Posted by NoRacer View Post
    Darn... just got this in my email from DC RAND:



    I might do this ride instead of the Meadowood once since I may not get much riding in next week... while in Texas.
    I'm planning on doing Meadowood. My son's birthday party tomorrow afternoon so no way I could get out to Frederick. I'll ride to the start, about 5 from my house.

    You should bring your bike to Texas. I have a box if you need one. Taking Southwest Air?

    I'm still hoping to go away for a week in February, maybe one of those PAC tours out near Tucson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greaterbrown View Post
    Hell, with that in the driveway ('63 Impala?), maybe I'll have to drive.
    Very cool wagon there..That's a 1966 Plymouth Belvedere at my place. Bought it from the original
    owner in 1987. Still have the window sticker and all the paperwork...It does alot of sitting right
    now..I've been pretty obsessed with bikes lately..

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    Harry, I'm clear for MTB ride sunday moring, don't care where, loch raven, patapsco alley. you free?
    Weather wont bother me, I'll layer up and hopefully the camel bach dont freeze.

    Anyone else can come to!

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    Sorry it took me so long to post on this thread.

    Hi, let me introduce myself...

    My name is Boson Au, I live in baltimore city, in mt. vernon... and I am one of the collective members of the Velocipede Bike Project.

    I met some of you I think from David Schapiro's ride on the 9th of Nov???

    I hope to ride with you guys again soon.

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    Well you met me (the guy with the truck bike.) I don't remember now who else was there from here (all rides sort of melt together after awhile. If you liked that ride you should also enjoy this ride coming up:
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    Hey Bosun,

    Bob here. You know me- the High Jinx guy with the Kogswell.
    Welcome.

    -GB
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    Brrrr! It was a cold ride. It never got over 30 degrees F--averaged 26 degees F. It started to snow during the last 25 miles of the ride.

    We had nine riders show up. Four riders where on two tandems.

    Did I mention that it was cold! I finally had to use my chemical hand warmers.

    THE RIDE DESCRIPTION
    SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2008
    "BIGLERVILLE CENTURY," starting from Monocacy Middle School, Frederick,
    Maryland. MEETING TIME 7:30 a.m. This is a ride that appeals to just
    about everyone we know. Not too hilly, not too flat, pretty scenery,
    and lunch at our favorite Adams County pizza joint, MAMMA's in
    Biglerville PA, Apple Capital of the USA. 101 miles, with short options
    of 64 or 82 miles. Estimated elevation gain 5000 feet or less.
    http://bimactive.com/ba/journal/post/10783/19223

    TEMPERATURE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE RIDE


    DUSTING OF SNOW ON THE CARS UPON OUR RETURN


    MAP


    ELEVATION (FT)


    SPEED (MPH)


    This is my 19th century ride if I count the Ocean City, MD trip as one century since it's not quite a double century at ~190 miles.

    As of today, I'm at 11,077 miles for the year.

    By the way, this is what it looked like on I-70 coming home from Frederick:


    There were numerious accidents, especially around bridges/suspended roadways. It was a crawl all of the way home.

    I don't understand why MD SHA wasn't out there laying out salt. Doing so would have been much cheaper than all of the accidents that occurred--one involved at least 6 vehicles.
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    Damn. Way to go Isaias.
    You've sure got me beat. I've got 15 centuries so far with one more to go for my 2008 century challenge. I bet I've got Janet G. beat on centuries this year though.

    I might do the dry run of the On Again/Off Again route on monday.

    I know it's only the 6th of Dec, but I'll throw some 2009 personal goals into the ring:

    1. I'll officially end the century-a-month challenge, BUT I will do more than 16 total centuries for the year anyway.
    2. I'll do at least one 300K and hopefully a 200 miler.
    3. More total miles than 2008. Can I do 10K? Not sure, but I know my new commute adds 1 1/2 miles each way (800 miles at the end of the year!) and I can easily commute more days/nights than I was able to do at the beginning of 2008. Maybe I'll see the mighty 10,000.
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    No mountain biking for me tomm, Any rides tomm? as long as I can be home by about 130pm or so, I can start anytime.

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by greaterbrown View Post
    3. More total miles than 2008. Can I do 10K? Not sure, but I know my new commute adds 1 1/2 miles each way (800 miles at the end of the year!) and I can easily commute more days/nights than I was able to do at the beginning of 2008. Maybe I'll see the mighty 10,000.
    Hey GB-I have similar goals for 09 but am reluctant to put them out there. 10k is the number I've been thinking of. A century a month is a good goal, a double century is another, a week long self supported tour is another. My main goal is to do less flat miles and more elevation gain. That's one stat that I'm surprised not to see on the signatures. Let's figure out how tall the Empire State bldg is and see who climbs the most at the end of 09. I should know I used to work on the 48th floor.

    I did Janet's ride from Meadowood yesterday, got dropped going up towards Mays Chapel and rode solo the rest. It was cold and windy and it would have been easy to take a short cut but I need many more miles so I stuck with it and did the 45 plus 10 out an back to the start, my computer actually came up with 58.
    Didn't take any breaks until the end when I stopped at that store on Park Heights to adjust my seat and gulp down some hot chocolate.

    Weirdest thing happened up near Hampstead while riding along a guard rail, my bike was making this sort of harmonic sound all through the frame. I guess it was some sort of weird air movement thing but it kept going even after I stopped and got off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HC203 View Post
    That's one stat that I'm surprised not to see on the signatures. Let's figure out how tall the Empire State bldg is and see who climbs the most at the end of 09. I should know I used to work on the 48th floor.
    The problem with elevation is that everyones yardstick is a different size. Typically, my iBike reads 1,000ft lower than when I process the ride through Training Peaks WKO+. Bones in Motion has yet another number and if I export the GPX ride file from BiM and import it into MotionBased or Bikely I'll get other numbers. So, which number is correct? I tend to think that my iBike number is, because the bike tilt is zeroed out, but then sampling rates and the filtering can have an effect on that number.

    Obviously, there is no clear answer, because there's no standard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoRacer View Post

    Obviously, there is no clear answer, because there's no standard.
    Good point. My GPS Vista can be wildly inaccurate. I used it in Death Valley last Feb and it marked my elevation gain to Towne's Pass to the foot, identical to the elevation on the sign. (no trees)
    Did that Autism ride at O Ridge back in April and a guy with one of the other Garmin 305 or 705s had like 1500 more feet than me, that's huge.

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    I can see why all the BBC rides were cancelled today, I went out and nearly got blown over more than once and on flat ground where I can do over 20, I was in low gear pushing 11mph.

    I can deal with cold and windchills, the wind makes it just suck. After 10 miles or so I just went home.

    Maybe if I get a time trial helmet it won't be so bad, more aero.........joking.

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