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    Quote Originally Posted by ZIPP2001 View Post
    Hey SBP ! I got out for a quick 25 miles after work today, it was 53 degrees when I finished. I was thinking that if we get a spot of weather like that in Jan. or Feb. we'll think we're having a heat wave.
    No joke! I had to go rummaging for my skull cap, tights and psych myself up to head out this morning in the dark--1st time I've seen the thermometer dip below 40deg F. I have a feeling 40 will feel downright balmy in two months time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmolway View Post
    No joke! I had to go rummaging for my skull cap, .... I have a feeling 40 will feel downright balmy in two months time.
    Yep, seems like two factors:
    Solstice is Dec. 21, the shortest day of the year, but waining summer warmth means we hit the coldest until mid January. The coldest months in order are 1. Jan, 2. Feb, 3. Dec and 4. Mar.

    Temperature herds me each year to warmer clothes. I don't look a month or two into the weather future because I'd just pack up and not ride at the first fall colors.

    Instead not yet "balmy" 40F pushes and shoves me to woolies and trigger hibernation feeding. The rate of cooling month to month accelerates 1. October, 2. November, 3. December and comes on the heels of August 2% change from July and September 10%. Here we are in October 14% cooler than September. Pass the porridge.
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    SBP : I made it a point to keep 99.9% of my rides above 30 miles, with well over half of my rides being in the 55 - 75 mile range. I rode solo the whole season, and treated my rides as TT's which made it alot of fun. If your having fun you tend to want to do more, so I had no problem keeping motivated throughout the season. I did alot of TT's and ultra marathon cycling in the 90's and early 2000's and enjoyed the feeling I got from such riding. I felt I got into the same old rythem this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZIPP2001 View Post
    SBP : ....well over half of my rides being in the 55 - 75 mile range. I rode solo the whole season, and treated my rides as TT's ....I felt I got into the same old rythem this year.
    Freeeking awesome. That is fantastic. Getting into a grove and having fun is very special. Very, very, very cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sherbornpeddler View Post
    ...having fun is very special.
    Indeed, having fun is the whole point even if one thinks the point is to stay in shape.

    Tomorrow I will take the bike out for the first time since the pastorbobnlnh's Oct 2 C&V Hills & Lakes ride. Today I helped my wife celebrate an upcoming birthday by canoeing the Assabet and Concord Rivers (her activity of choice). After this week's big storm the lazy little Assabet was rumbling along pretty quick, and the gusty wind made it an adventure. At the put-in a gust of wind actually blew the canoe sideways 6 inches while it was still on the gravel shore! The few cyclists we saw on the roads were working pretty hard too.

    So why bring it up here in BF? Because of this metro-west culture connection. Okay, it is neither a cow tunnel nor a "Chicken farmer I still love you" story, but it is an equally obscure historical tidbit.

    On the right bank of the Assabet River, a few hundred yards upstream from where it joins the Sudbury River to form the Concord, this stone engraving is set into a rock right on the water's edge, barely visible to someone not watching closely.



    The engraving, barely legible now, reads "By the ancient hemlocks grim and gray, our boat drifts slowly on its way. Memorial to George Bradford Bartlett. 1896. Most courteous, kindly gentleman; the tender friend of all." Mr. Bartlett has been gone 114 years but his memorial endures. One suspects his legacy endures too, the world apparently being a better place for his having been here once.

    More details can be read here:
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
    "By the ancient hemlocks grim and gray, our boat drifts slowly on its way....
    Jim, a fantastic find and excellent contribution to our collective characterization of MetroBoston. I canoed and camped at the junction of those rivers as a child and just now recall Mr. Bartlett's memorial.

    Zipp's being in the TT groove, clothing for the weather and historical markers all make up the experience.

    Well done!
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    Today's ride (a.k.a. My Book Report)

    Just got back in from an extended version of my usual run northwest. 57.84 miles. Max speed 28.5mph. Out my front door, over to Lexington, out the Minuteman to Bedford, over to Concord, up Strawberry Hill Rd etc., north through western Carlisle along Curve St. But here the story changes.

    I wanted to get into Chelmesford so the question was how. My thought was to turn left onto Martin from Curve but as I was studying a map at the Curve/Fiske intersection a couple I'd spoken to briefly at a previous intersection came up behind me and took the left onto Fiske. Okay, they looked like they knew where they are going so I went that way too. Fiske became Elm in Chelmesford. North on Rt27, right on to Parker, right onto Concord Rd which became Lowell St in Carlisle. Left onto North Rd. through Great Brook farm to pick up my usual run. Into Carlisle Center for lunch on a park bench in front of the library. Rt225 east to River Rd, back to Concord. Some sort of Crop Day/walk for hunger activity was in progress. A local school (Concord High?) band was playing on the steps of a church. Lots of activity!

    I confess the run into Chelmesford provided no great spiritual benefit other than one horse show where I saw lots of trailers and no horses. (And anyway, I am no equestrian and have never played one on TV.) However it did provide extra distance without me having to ride any gratuitous loops.

    Speaking of gratuitous, here are some gratuitous pics:

    Lunch stop


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    It was chilly today. Windy too. A great autumnal day! The sun is pretty low this time of year and the shadows stretch long across the road. Some drivers seemed antsy but the biggest problem was the backup of traffic trying to turn into Wilson Farm in Lexington. I noticed too that with autumnal colors everywhere day-glo green jerseys and even day-glo orange jerseys can disappear into the background. (I wear platinum white.) Do be careful out there!
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    Great report and pic's Jim, and SBP I always enjoy your insight. I was able to get out for 52 miles today, the wind seamed to pick up toward the latter part of my ride. I flatted for only the second time this year, driver error on this one.

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    awww, Jim, you missed the cranberry harvest at the bog on Curve Street this weekend. Your route went right around it!

    You guys all surpass me these days with your mileage. I miss the longer rides but my little guy and I only last for 30-40 miles these days. I know he'll only get heavier but as long as he'll stand for it, I'll up for dragging him all over these beautiful roads of ours.



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    Quote Originally Posted by bikinggrrrl View Post
    awww, Jim, you missed the cranberry harvest at the bog on Curve Street this weekend. Your route went right around it!
    Bikinggrrrl! Haven't seen your sig here lately. Yeah, I know I went around the bog. Actually, I think I glimpsed it a bit through the woods, or that may have been Baptist Pond according the map. I didn't know there was a harvest in progress or I would have finished the Curve St run to see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZIPP2001 View Post
    Great report and pic's Jim, and SBP I always enjoy your insight. I was able to get out for 52 miles today, the wind seamed to pick up toward the latter part of my ride. I flatted for only the second time this year, driver error on this one.
    Thank you, sir. I find this thread a marvelous inspiration, and I just try to spread around some enthusiasm. Sorry to hear about your flat. I had one earlier this year and it was definitely driver error.

    I can't train like you, certainly can't be so systematic. Ah, how'd you handle the cold today? (I wore fleece pants and a fleece jersey under my cycling jersey.) You claim to be a heat-lover.
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    I'm finally back from a temporary act of "what was I thinking?" and rode 37 fall colored, lower sun dappled Dover Westwood Medfield Sherborn miles. The last few days were limited by a leg strain from a basketball game with high school sophmores. I demonstrated Shaq's advantage underneath for about 45 minutes then got it into my head to show a Dr. J move. Woops and 3 days off.

    Yesterday I managed 3 miles on a 3 spd with 28" wheels and rod brakes and re-learned how nice it is to cruise at gentrified speeds. 3spd trees..JPG Today was back to spandex, clips and a workout.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sherbornpeddler View Post
    I'm finally back from a temporary act of "what was I thinking?" and rode 37 fall colored, lower sun dappled Dover Westwood Medfield Sherborn miles....
    Sorry to hear of your mishap. Glad you made it out again. I was at work today but it did seem a nice day for cycling.

    One of these days I'd like to experience some of the dappling in Dover Westwood Medfield Sherborn. (How do they fit all of that on one of those scalloped town-line signs?) You make it sound so intriguing. I wonder, is there a particular day of the year when the sun shines through Cowhenge? Opportunities will be thin on the ground soon though, thinner than they are already. Trouble is, it means getting in the car to drive before cycling instead of merely walking out the front door.

    Glad you're back up and moving rapidly!
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    [QUOTE=bikinggrrrl;11635589]awww, Jim, you missed the cranberry harvest at the bog on Curve Street ....QUOTE]

    BG, Great call, great event and great photos! Corn stalks and pumpkins and Fall will be complete.
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    bikinggrrrl, nice pics of the cranberry harvest. You added them after I read and responded your note.

    I can't ride this weekend, got gigs Sat and Sun. At least one of them might be a good destination for someone on 2 wheels - the Brews & Bluegrass Festival at the Nashoba Winery in Bolton. This will be our 3rd time there, I think. The weather promises to be good too! (Bring along a designated driver... )

    Speaking of rides, one the "things to do" sections in the Globe earlier this summer listed a Reservations Ride (I think it was called), with a web page http://www321.pair.com/oaries/locala...ationsride.htm, starting in Dover and running through Sherborn, Needham, and other surrounding towns. sbp, this seems like your stomping ground. Recommendations? Yay or nay? Or is it too limiting?
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    "limiting" hmm.
    It is 20 miles and they say if you don't stop it will take 2 -4 hours.
    Nice route and congenial atmosphere but if someone else didn't already popularize "bike snob" I'd say something about comfort bikes ridden without toe clips.

    If the goal is to learn about TTOR Metrowest properties it will be splendid. If the goal is to ride on fine roads combining the great outdoors, exercise and bicycling’s elegant mechanical simplicity then, not so much. Swooping smooth suburban tree covered roads are not for laughter and chit chat (insert righteous expletive of choice); these roads should be ridden by serious cyclists with bike gloves, tires and chains replaced because of wear, frames with character and components adjusted "just right". One should have a sense of purpose and allow a small grin as your carve the colorful leaves that blend woodlands with roads, the rider and bicycle fly by as one…..

    Whew! I was just re-reading Saint Exupery’s "Night Flight" and got a little too romantic about the swoops.

    For a casual ride with a goal to visit very nice suburban reservations, it sounds great. As a conservation trustee myself, there are a lot of fantastic conservation properties virtually unknown by the general public.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
    .... a good destination for someone on 2 wheels - the Brews & Bluegrass Festival at the Nashoba Winery in Bolton. This will be our 3rd time there, I think. The weather promises to be good too! (Bring along a designated driver... )

    No designated driver and planning a visit to Peterborough or I'd stop by.

    Hmmm, Bolton is pretty much on route and only 25 miles from home.... It will depend on how predictable are the sunset and my 40 minute visit in Peterborough.
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    I enjoyed a spectacular Peterborough sunset then begged rides to avoid biking the cold, dark, busy roads. I missed Jim's Bolton music. My late start and underestimation of the hills pooped me out. To improve on maps I tried my GPS but learned it won't accept NH routing unless I load NH maps, Dooo!
    I stuck with 62 miles of generic, busy roads and the hills after Townsend did me in. temple mtn oct10..JPG Rt 27 to Acton then 119 Townsend to 123 (to Mason, NH) to 31 Greenville to 45 Temple and finally 101 over Pack Monadnock.S to Ptrbrh..JPG
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    WOW SBP ! That's a nice rolling route you were out in my region, been on those roads many times this year. I must of just missed you today, did you spot a yellow Smart car ?. I got out for 35 miles after working 5 hours then my wife and I met up for our regular Saturday Smart adventure, We were on rte. 119, 31, and 123 out it that area before going out to eat for our 28th anniversary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sherbornpeddler View Post
    I enjoyed a spectacular Peterborough sunset then begged rides to avoid biking the cold, dark, busy roads. I missed Jim's Bolton music.
    That looks like a nice ride. And yesterday, Saturday, would have been cold. But you need a new calendar! If you missed the music then so did I, for the music is today, Sunday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZIPP2001 View Post
    ...before going out to eat for our 28th anniversary.
    Congrats on your anniversary!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZIPP2001 View Post
    WOW SBP ! That's a nice rolling route you were out in my region, been on those roads many times this year. I must of just missed you today, did you spot a yellow Smart car ?. I got out for 35 miles after working 5 hours then my wife and I met up for our regular Saturday Smart adventure, We were on rte. 119, 31, and 123 out it that area before going out to eat for our 28th anniversary.
    Happy Anniversary Z! Smart adventure with dinner on a beautiful fall day sounds perfect.
    Back when we were just courting, Lady Capulet’s daughter and I admired yellow Iris blossoms along the porch of the Birchwood Inn in Temple. Yesterday I doubt I'd notice a yellow Mack truck on those "rolling" hills. Head winds and NH rolling 39 -27'd me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sherbornpeddler View Post
    I enjoyed a spectacular Peterborough sunset then begged rides to avoid biking the cold, dark, busy roads. I missed Jim's Bolton music. My late start and underestimation of the hills pooped me out. To improve on maps I tried my GPS but learned it won't accept NH routing unless I load NH maps, Dooo!
    I stuck with 62 miles of generic, busy roads and the hills after Townsend did me in. temple mtn oct10..JPG Rt 27 to Acton then 119 Townsend to 123 (to Mason, NH) to 31 Greenville to 45 Temple and finally 101 over Pack Monadnock.S to Ptrbrh..JPG
    That last part of the ride sounds like it hurt. I was golfing up in that area a couple of weeks ago and was thinking that I'd love (or hate) to try and tackle some of the hills along 101. I remember by the junction of 124 (I think) there were some killer hills. Did you actually ride the Pack Monadnock auto road?

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    Quote Originally Posted by godshammgod View Post
    Did you actually ride the Pack Monadnock auto road?
    Nope, I rode west over 101 and turned north up Old Mountain Road then east up a small dirt road up the western side of Pack Monadnock right next to Miller State Park.

    BTW, I took Sunday off.
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    Dang. Missed Jim's Bolton winefest. Was psyched to go with the little man and hang out for the afternoon when it started raining here. Had to scrap that plan and come up with another way to burn our energy.

    While training for our Pyrenees trip a few years ago, we tried the auto road a few times on the tandem. Our gearing wasn't quite right and didn't make it. Reminds me that we need to try that again (sans the trailer). 101 past Miller State Park is easier from East to West IMHO but the descents on both sides are awesome. SBP, here is a dandy route you might enjoy: http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united...28258396683463

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