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Old 06-06-12, 07:22 PM   #1926
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10 miles on the Minuteman after work, cool, bright, calm; vivid sunset colors in the mirror during the last few minutes. Some of the sunset regulars were out: the woman who reads while walking at a stately pace, the one-armed roadie going like a bat out of Hell. Birdsong and a few bugs warming up for the Night Chorus. Great Meadows was greener than I've seen it this year.

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Old 06-06-12, 08:12 PM   #1927
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Hill ride today. Started on Concord Ave across from the police station in Belmont, then Trapelo out to Bedford Rd., back to Decordova and Walden Pond to Concord. Did the Carlisle loop then came back Page Rd., then up Park Ave to the water tower.
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Old 06-06-12, 10:05 PM   #1928
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Did my commute today on the Bianchi. On the way in I hit a pothole that flatted my front tire. Fortunately it was only 1/3 mile from the office, so I just walked it. Went to fix the tire and discovered I didn't have my tire irons. Gatorskins aren't the easiest tires to remove by hand. I ended up borrowing two screwdrivers from the machine shop to remove the tire, stuck in a new tube, and with help managed to get the tire on the rim just by hand.

On the ride back to the station i did not get rained on, but the roads were wet from a passing storm. Both I and the bike ended up wet and dirty. Yuck. Will have to spend an hour cleaning the bike.
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Old 06-07-12, 06:18 PM   #1929
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Quick in and out from Belmont to Concord. Managed to get in before the rain.
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Old 06-08-12, 09:09 PM   #1930
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46 miles today. Rode out to Concord to meet a friend, and we rode Page Rd. to Lexington to check out the Ride Studio and Cafe. Ogled some titanium Sevens, had a double espresso, then rode back to Concord. Weather was gorgeous! My friend had to ride back to Chelmsford, and the sky was pretty dark in that direction. I high-tailed it back to Belmont because I had to get to work, and made it back before the rain. My friend wasn't so lucky. He got caught in a downpour out by Great Brook Farm.

It was great to see so many people out riding today!
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Old 06-10-12, 01:18 PM   #1931
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54 miles Saturday, on a route that mixed the familiar and the new through Arlington, Lexington, Waltham, Lincoln, Wayland, Sudbury, Maynard, Stow, and Concord, playing tag with the Sudbury and Assabet rivers along the way. The trip out routed me up Concord Ave, Lexington, past the little neighborhood of Bauhaus-inspired houses on Barberry Road, and over to Trapelo Road and into Lincoln (with a pit stop at the Lincoln Library that appeared to annoy the Librarian), then out Lincoln Road. Nipped a corner of Wayland, pausing to take a picture of the Toaster House on Waltham Road.

While it's arguable that I might have more profitably toasted the pixels on Barberry Road, there's no use crying over spilled beer.

Crossed the Sudbury River on Stearns Bridge Road, noting that the wooden planking on the bridge has been repaired, and no longer resembles the hull of a glass-bottom boat.

Continued on to the Sudbury section of the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, on Water Row. Found myself in the Kingdom of Bullfrogs; enjoyed the music, took a picture, and kept riding before they asked me to join the choir.

Cut over to the Sudbury village center on Plympton Road, observing a bunch of dead people as I rolled into town. No zombies yet.

The zombies were all on Hudson Road, a strip whose principal virtue was that it took me where I was going (some roads are like that). Some zombies were driving cars, others were living in houses. No pictures of this. Things improved after a bit, and I reached the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge. This is a lovely spot, on the borders of Maynard, Stow, Hudson, and Sudbury, that was taken by eminent domain by the War Department in 1942 for use as an ammo dump (far enough from the coast to be safe from naval gunfire, near the railroad), used for various Cold War purposes for several decades, then converted to a wildlife refuge around the turn of the millenium. Stopped at the nicely-appointed visitor's center on Winterberry Way to ask about trail conditions, then rode up an abandoned military road called "Harry's Way" that cuts diagonally through the Refuge. Aside from wildlife, this route also sported several old ammunition bunkers.

Aside from being interesting 20th-Century historical artifacts, they were eerily reminiscent of the Toaster House. Continued to the end of this particular line, noting that about a quarter of the Refuge is still off limits to visitors.

At the N.E. corner of the Refuge, connected with the Stow segment of the Assabet River Rail Trail. I hadn't quite known what to expect from this, but found it to be a well-maintained, graded dirt road with a nice view of the river for most of its extent. This is a pleasant ride, a few mud holes, but nothing that couldn't be easily ridden around.

At the end of Trail, hooked around the S edge of the Refuge on Sudbury Road (Stow), passing the Massachusets Fire Academy,

then returned via Hudson Road, Fairbanks Road, Marlboro Road, etc., eventually ending up in Concord, riding across the Sudbury River at the South Boat House. And from there, home by well-known roads and trails.

One of the things that struck me on this trip was the visible way that various historical epochs leave their residue in the present. That's as true of the humdrum post-war suburban development along the zombified stretch of Hudson Road as it was of the beautiful interval of Marlboro Road which makes an S-curve to pass between an 18th-Century manor house and its barn. And I suppose it's also true of what's encountered running ON the roads, in this case, a classic hot rod circa 1950, a 1970s muscle car with an air scoop that a Saint Bernard could call home, and a quad bicycle ridden by a family in Concord.

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Old 06-10-12, 03:33 PM   #1932
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Nice report, Rod. I makes me have to ask for specific route details! As for the refuge still having an off-limits section, two words, Mr. President: Plausible deniability.

We managed only 29 miles on the tandem today. Played a wedding Friday in Stowe, VT and a a real show at the 1794 Meeting House in New Salem, MA last night. So we were running on not enough sleep. Still, they were nice miles.

Near the end in Bedford as were rounding the curves past the school (McMahon St to Railroad Ave) we saw another tandem stopped and taking a break, so we stopped too and chatted. I noticed them first when the woman riding stoker called out "The guy in front isn't working hard enough!" Thanks. I get in trouble as captain easily enough as it is, I don't need more help!
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Old 06-10-12, 06:57 PM   #1933
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Nice report, Rod. I makes me have to ask for specific route details!
The Google My Tracks app crashed about 2/3 of the way into the ride, so there are a few gaps. But the interesting bits are there. https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=...6f34ba9855d1b3.

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Old 06-10-12, 09:20 PM   #1934
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Thanks for sharing that route Rod, I've been looking for some new places to explore.

No ride yesterday or today, busy playing gigs. Did a 50th wedding anniversary in Gorham Maine yesterday. Will have to bring the bike up there, looks like some nice riding!
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We managed only 29 miles on the tandem today. Played a wedding Friday in Stowe, VT and a a real show at the 1794 Meeting House in New Salem, MA last night. So we were running on not enough sleep. Still, they were nice miles.
Jim, what instrument do you play?
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On stage, acoustic guitar and vocals. See http://www.SouthernRail.com
Off stage a bunch of stuff. Since your icon is a bass cleff you must play either bass or cello(?) or tuba or baritone(?) or a bunch of other possibilities. Or you sing.

We took the tandem out today for about 16.8mi, home to Lexington, some on the Minuteman. Sharon made us stop at Wilson Farm on the way home to buy strawberries (and plums and apricots, etc.) Somehow her quick stops always grow. Good thing we always have space in the panniers.
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On stage, acoustic guitar and vocals. See http://www.SouthernRail.com
Off stage a bunch of stuff. Since your icon is a bass cleff you must play either bass or cello(?) or tuba or baritone(?) or a bunch of other possibilities. Or you sing.
Jim, I play upright and electric bass. I also teach.

Man, I gotta say your band sounds great!
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Yesterday I rode from Belmont up to Chelmsford.

Today was a quick blast out to Concord this morning.
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Soggy commute in this morning. With rain moving off-shore, it looks like I might be vindicated and offered a dry ride home (with an extra loop thrown in for good measure).
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10 mile ride to Lexington Center after work, ostensibly for mental health. However the first 10 minutes in East Arlington and Arlinton Center featured a variety of irritants, to wit: 1) a student driver on Broadway whose instructor appeared to be teaching a unit on Right Hook; 2) a demented cyclist riding the wrong way down Mass. Ave.; 3) a driver playing pass, slow down, and squeze, apparently trying to avoid encroaching on the empty left lane; 4) the low Sun, blinding me and the drivers behind me. Once I hopped on the Minuteman, these troubles were behind me, and a few hundred other trail users were before me. Nice ride, though, beautiful day for it. Saw a cute bunny, and a noteworthy amount of decolletage. Hurrah!

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Man, I gotta say your band sounds great!
Thank you! You playing out? What style?

I took the Masi out to Lexington today. Traffic not too bad. The MM was wonderful.
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Thank you! You playing out? What style?
Jim, thanks for asking. I play primarily jazz, but I play other styles as well. Play anywhere between 4 an 8 gigs a week. Anything from clubs and restaurants to corporate gigs and functions. Occasionally get to do gigs with acts coming to town from Las Vegas, or people Such as Kay Starr, Mickey Rooney, etc. That and teaching keep me fairly busy, and working nights gives me time to ride most days.

Please tell Sharon that I dig her bass playing. She is ROCK SOLID!


Great day to ride today! Did a quick in and out from Belmont to Concord and Back.
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Sunset ride on the Minuteman. Small herds of migrating teenagers benign as sheep, and as much in the way. A pastoral scene.

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50 miler yesterday. Concord Ave./Trapelo route to Concord, then Strawberry Hill/Great Brook loop.
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20 miles at the end of the day to Depot Park and back, cool and gloomy to start, but brightening as the clouds dispersed. Pleasant ride, with one scene worthy of Ovid's "Metamorphoses": a bearded young man came jogging down the in-bound lane of the Minuteman intermittently shreiking "Feh!" in a (to my ear) woman's voice, Tiresias meets Gilles de Tourette meets Lenny Bruce's aunt.

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10 miles on the Minuteman today, escorting my consort on her first ride of the season. Bradycycling: slow, social, attentive. Varieties of the "On your left" experience from passing riders, lots of drama with that, you could hear the adrenaline squirting out the ducts; a nice opportunity to reflect on how human vocal production encodes affect in the first formant; pure gold for a speech researcher, the On Your Left corpus. One young woman on a hybrid had such an operatic delivery that I responded "No sh*t?" in spite of myself. Father's Day was observed on the Minuteman with absolutely charming displays of active fathering, Dad and kids out for a ride together, eliciting fond memories of my own turn at that, and my own kids' early forays on two wheels. Didn't hit any. The Minuteman continues to uphold its status as one of our vital civic meeting places.

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We did about 35 miles today on the tandem. Sharon had wanted to go for our first tandem metric century, but after yesterday's Minuteman C&V ride it wasn't going to happen. We got a late start and were both tired! What a glorious day it was.
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Great day to ride! 65 miles today.Drove up to a friends place in North Chemsford. Did the hills into Westford Center, then an out and back up to Milford NH.
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I managed to sneak in an hour today as a late lunch, home to Lexington. The Lexington farmers' market (or whatever they call it) was in progress. I would have loved to have stayed and bought something baked to eat. But I looked at my watch and realized I had only half an hour to get home for a phone conference. Yow! Hammerfest on the way home...
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67 miles today. Man was it hot! Met a couple on bikes, she on a touring bike with loaded panniers, He on a mountain bike towing a trailer full of gear. Said they were headed to Vermont. Could not help but think "Now that is bad@$$!"
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