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Old 03-26-12, 07:35 AM   #1776
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Pretty funny. Between the turkeys, teenagers, bicyclist, and owl, what is the Darwinian ranking? I was swooped by a fellow human in a Subaru so I've an idea where Darwin would put me.

BTW, I've only heard Darwin the owl pretty late or very early. I wonder if like bicyclists, the unusual burst of warm weather accelerated their strutting about in spring time plumage?
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Owl wins, I think. At least until one of the teenagers manages to grow up, becomes a developer, and builds a mall on top of the Owl's tree, at which point the turkeys win. Great Horned Owls are early nesters, start incubating their eggs in late January or early February, and stay with their off-spring through the summer. No doubt they've been enjoying the warm weather. btw, judging from the courtship calls, the Red Wing Blackbirds are having a regular orgy in Tophet Swamp.

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Took a ride up to Lexington Center at sunset. Colder weather than we've seen in awhile, and blustery. Headwind going out kept me down in the drops a lot, staying small and low (insofar as I can do either). Tailwind coming back gave me such a boost that it recalled the time I got to ride a Swiss Flyer pedelec up an alp.

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Yeah, my commute home tonight at around 7:30pm felt colder and more painful than anything else this year, and I've been commuting throughout the winter. I'm not sure if that's because my body got re-acclimated to the warm weather and is now shocked by the cold, or because I prematurely shaved my beard off on our first 80-degree day last week and now my face is naked.

(Staying in the drops didn't seem to help much -- I still felt like I was going backwards, and it didn't make my face any warmer.)
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Quick ride up to Lexington Center and back after work. Weather was Massachusetts Vernal, a hair under 50 and cloudy. Rode through a gentle shower past Maple Street on the way out, then turned around and rode through it again, followed by what must have been its big sister. Mild temperatures and a happy choice of riding clothes kept it all pleasant.

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Only half of my regular bike commute today, about 12.5 miles. A work crisis meant someone had to drive me to the train station or I would have missed it. That's okay though. The really stiff cold headwind made the morning leg plenty of work for today.
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Cool, quiet, relatively speedy evening ride on the Minuteman, East Arlington to Lexington Center and back, 10 miles. The trail was pretty empty tonight, Arlington cop patrolling on a Segway excepted. In the Low-Rent Astromythology Department, the formerly intimate conjunction of Jupiter and Venus has deteriorated into a sad voyeur-exhibitionist scene, with gaudy Venus strutting her stuff while Old Man Jupiter squats near the horizon and nostalgicly peeps up her skirt... projection rules as usual, I guess. Clear sky to start, overcast by the end.

Two wishes for tomorrow: 1) the snow passes to the South of eveyone on this thread; 2) none of the towns we'll ride through tomorrow freak out with the road salt tonight. Amen.

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31-mile loop to North Bridge, Concord, through Arlington, Lexington, Bedford, Carlisle, Concord, and Lincoln. Started in a chilly Seattle-like drizzle, but the rain ended after Lexington Center. No road salt that I could see. Happy ride.

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Nice 25 mile jaunt through the beautiful and hilly Northern Worcester County towns of Templeton, Westminster and Hubbardston. Got in before the rain. Looking forward to next weekend!
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Did 44 miles on the tandem today. It would have been more but we had a technical problem - the stoker's BB started coming open. Danged French threads. I discovered the problem when we stopped for lunch by the Concord River. Made a quick call to Ride Studio Cafe back in Lexington and they said sure, come by and you can use our tools to fix it. Very generous of them! (If you've never been by there, do go by at least once. And be prepared for extreme friendliness!)

The weather was cool, sunny when we started but overcast by the time we were finished. As we were driving home it started raining, exactly as predicted. Don't think we could have crammed any more into the day.

Passing through Lexington the first time while the Lexington Militia was mustering on the green, presumably in preparation for Patriots Day:



Stopping for lunch beneath the Rt225 bridge over the Concord River:





Finally, a bit of rest at Fern's in Carlisle:

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Hey GeezerPete I rode Westminster, Gardner, Templeton to Winchendon yesterday. I was taking my new bike out for a shakedown ride, I wonder if you were one of the riders I saw while out ? You didn't see a guy in a pink and black cycling kit did you ?
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Hey GeezerPete I rode Westminster, Gardner, Templeton to Winchendon yesterday. I was taking my new bike out for a shakedown ride, I wonder if you were one of the riders I saw while out ? You didn't see a guy in a pink and black cycling kit did you ?
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Yellow Spotted Salamander

Yes it has been cool and while you all look fast, some of us are slowed by this weather. At least I'm not alone....
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Hey GeezerPete I rode Westminster, Gardner, Templeton to Winchendon yesterday. I was taking my new bike out for a shakedown ride, I wonder if you were one of the riders I saw while out ? You didn't see a guy in a pink and black cycling kit did you ?
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Didn't see you Sunday though you were probably hard to miss. Good to know you're in my neck of the woods. I'll drop you a PM.
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On Saturday, did 32mi on the fixed-gear from Allston to Lincoln and back with the Commonwheels gang, for Woolapalooza at Drumlin Farm. Herding dog demonstrations, the biggest pig I've ever seen, the Ritz Carlton of chicken coops, and of course, lots and lots of sheep, including a whole ton of adorable newborn ones. And delicious lamb chili, made exclusively with ingredients grown on the farm, including the lambs!

It rained most of the way there, but we were given a royal welcome -- we had called ahead to get the special members-only rate for environmental groups, and upon seeing us in our gear, just about every farm worker we met said "Oh, you must be the bikers!" The time at the farm and the whole ride back was clear and dry. Took stops on the way back at Cafe on the Common in Waltham for some excellent quiche, and then Russo's in Watertown to stock up on produce.

It was great fun -- if you missed Woolapalooza, try to hit the Sheepshearing Festival at Gore Place. (I'm going to try to get to that one too!)



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Hi folks. I'm just starting to ride again after decades away. I inherited this Canadian Devinci and love it. Yesterday was my fifth ride and my first to the old neighborhood to see my first house. I'm a former smoker, 66 yo recovering from quadruple bypass. Rode 9.6 miles yesterday, hope to break 10 today. PS ~ I'm in Brockton.
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Andy2302, welcome and enjoy!

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Did my usual 25mi round-trip commute. Rode the Bianchi. Awesome bike. Wonderful weather too. I wore fleece pants this morning but byt the time I got off the train and started riding the temperature was up enough so I didn't need them.
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Sunset ride to Depot Park, Bedford, 20 miles round trip. "Sunset" a liitle too literally at first, the red orb in my left eye for fifteen minutes or so, along with a respectable headwind. Exchanged this on the return for a tailwind and a full moon rise. The middle of the ride featured a long, bright dusk that made Tophet Swamp glow.

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I didn't have a specific destination yesterday which slowed me down. I landed up at Mount Trashmore our now capped land fill, lol. However, I did break the 10 mile goal with an extra half mile to boot. Will try for 11 this afternoon.
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28-mile ride this afternoon through Lexington, Bedford, and Billerica, including the Page Road hill, Dudley Road, and the Narrow-Gauge Rail Trail. The NGRT runs through a lot of conservation land (that'd be swamps), and I heard an unfamiliar owl call at one point. For its length, this ride offers frequent and arresting changes of scene; you just have to be willing to ride on Dudley Road's scabby asphalt. And, of course, rode past the "haunted convent", which is really nun of the above...

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Concord into Ayer and back on the tandem, about 36.3 miles. Heavy, frenetic traffic all day. Don't know if it was from last night's full moon or people prep'ing for Easter tomorrow. Between the traffic and the cold and the wind today was more stressful than usual. Still good though. We explored some new areas.
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Jim, what route did you take?

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Concord into Ayer and back on the tandem, about 36.3 miles. Heavy, frenetic traffic all day. Don't know if it was from last night's full moon or people prep'ing for Easter tomorrow. Between the traffic and the cold and the wind today was more stressful than usual. Still good though. We explored some new areas.
Congrats on new areas.
I've taken the Concord train (with bike) to Ayer then rail trailed it to NH and mucked our way up to Nashua. Nice ride. We hung out late and bummed a pickup truck ride back. Taking the bike on the train opens up new territory.
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Jim, what route did you take?
I wanted to check out the route to the Boston Minuteman Campground, so I worked out a route of recommended roads from the Rubel Bike Map for eastern Mass. From Concord - Barret's Mill Rd, Strawberry Hill, Pope Rd to 119, about 1/4mi west on 119 to Concord Rd, picked up Newtown Rd (called Newton on the map). This became Fort Pond Rd in Littleton (not Fort Pond Rd in Acton which you pass). This takes a right onto another Newtown, a much bigger busier road. You can turn L on Tahattawan over to Harwood or continue on a go L on Harwood. We did Harwood. Run it to the end, jog left to cross the RR tracks (we ate lunch at the Harwood Post Office), immediate right onto Harvard, right onto Bruce over to 2A and the campground just to the left. From there we crossed 2A onto Willow, left on Sandy Pond over to the Ayer 2A rotary, around the rotary for 2A east, back to Bruce and the return. We made a side run over to the 2 rotary in Concord to go to West Concord, but decided against finishing it.

We saw bunch of other cyclists. However be advised that those roads, especially Harwood and the second Newtown are very very hilly. Bruce has new pavement but Harwood is in only so-so shape. Crossing 119 back to Pope was a chore, and Pope northbound has a long steep hill. By that time we were wiped out for various reasons.

It's a route I wouldn't mind doing again on a solo bike but it's not a route I'd choose again on the tandem for pure riding pleasure.
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