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    How was your rec-ride today?

    Inspired by the ever-popular How Was The Commute thread, I thought it might be fun to report on our recreational rides and share our experiences.

    I had a great ride today. I went on the Wiouwash State Trail from Hortonville to Oshkosh and back. Apart from the usual fun of riding a rail-trail through a beautiful area, there were a WHOLE lot more people out than I've ever seen on a rural trail. Cyclists, hikers, dog-walkers, and horseback riders. (I enjoy solitary rides, but I often have wished that more people seemed to use the trails.)

    Probably the most memorable thing was when the Fox Valley Horse Driving Association came from the opposite way! I had to clear off the trail, but it was worth the sight...three wagons, the first drawn by big draft horses (Clydesdales, I think), the second by a pair of pintos, and the third by MULES! I don't think I've ever even seen a mule in person before.

    To add to the fun, a news helicopter or something was hovering low over the area the entire time.

    Anyway, it was a great ride. I think about 43 miles.
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    How was my rec ride today?

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    Originally posted by Inkwolf
    [B MULES! I don't think I've ever even seen a mule in person before. [/B]
    You hav'nt seen my boss .Seriouesly sounds like a great ride full of pleasant suprises, these things happen sometimes on a ride & they make you feel good all day
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    dont worry be happy ????

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    Well let's see....

    See if you can picture this: Riding through a mist shrouded rainforest, next to a bubbling creek watching the sun's rays gently peek through the trees. Then as you pass through those patches of sunlight, seeing the tiny droplets of the mist floating right in front of your eyes.

    Does that explain it?
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    Originally posted by Chris L
    Well let's see....

    See if you can picture this: Riding through a mist shrouded rainforest, next to a bubbling creek watching the sun's rays gently peek through the trees. Then as you pass through those patches of sunlight, seeing the tiny droplets of the mist floating right in front of your eyes.

    Does that explain it?
    An Ozy poet,I don't believe it ,you pinched that from some where Chris
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    Today I test road my newly assembled touring bike along the Red River from the north of the city of Winnipeg to the south side near the University of Manitoba. I crossed to the east side of the river and road back home. I stop for a beer and French fries in the city centre. So today it was 59 km in total.

    This is a great idea Inkwolf.

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    You know Inky now I am really teed off on my ride to day I had this great inspiration to come back here and start a "How was your ride today" thread from the inspiration that I receive on the commuter site. So take all the glory I don't care just for that I am not going to telly you all about my ride

    Well okay twist my arm. I took pics of my ride today but since I am not digital some will be ready in a couple of days the others will have to wait until I finish the roll. Because my bro has decided to come north and ride in the Seattle to Portland ride this year I had to hit the road for some serious millage this weekend today I grabbed my camera and set out form my house in Everett to ride one of my favorite rides to Monroe and back again. I rode this a lot last year to get ready for the STP I thought it was 40 miles but my computer logged it in at 48 what pleased me the most was how strong I rode it so I have been keeping up on my riding. The coolest thing was since I had my camera I made some side trips and saw things on this run that I would not of normally checked out like the HUGE wildlife preserve I had been riding by thinking it was just another boat launch on the river. There I met John, Sally and family hiking through the park then I went down by the river talked to a couple of fisherman waved at a bunch across the river (today was opening day) then I continued my peddle when I got to the other side of the river I decided to check out the fisherman I had waved to, turns out I couldn't hear them yelling at me from across the way but they recognized me, they were co workers sat with them for a while turned down an offer of a good beer (boy did that hurt) then went on my merry way a ride that normally took around 3 1/2 hours took almost 6 today but I feel good and had a most excellent day in the process. I will post a link to the pics I took later this week. All I can say really Inky is that great minds think a like now it is to the back yourd withg a bottle of good local IPA and a soak in the hot tub.

    P.S. it was your pics you posted that inspired me to grab my camera this morning thanks!
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    Originally posted by ngateguy
    You know Inky now I am really teed off on my ride to day I had this great inspiration to come back here and start a "How was your ride today" thread from the inspiration that I receive on the commuter site. So take all the glory I don't care just for that I am not going to telly you all about my ride




    All I can say really Inky is that great minds think a like
    Funny, I was just about to say that....

    P.S. it was your pics you posted that inspired me to grab my camera this morning thanks!
    Thank you! I look forward to seeing them...just wish I had taken mine yesterday.
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    Originally posted by Chris L
    Well let's see....

    See if you can picture this: Riding through a mist shrouded rainforest, next to a bubbling creek watching the sun's rays gently peek through the trees. Then as you pass through those patches of sunlight, seeing the tiny droplets of the mist floating right in front of your eyes.

    Does that explain it?
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    A quick pre-dawn 42km this morning. Nothing really special to say about it - except that it was WARM! Isn't it supposed to be "winter" out here?
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    90km/56miles of hills today from my home in Norton to Hinckly and back south through Doylestown and over to Norton.
    Lots of freshly plowed fields and pungent smells.

    Man I am thankful for that granny.

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    Finally some sun yesterday (6/2/3). My daughter had a softball game right after work. After dropping my family off at the ball field I was able to get a nice ride in. Everything is so green and the farm fields look beautiful with the low sun accenting the rolling hill sides. I felt great (maybe because I'm eating smarter) and rode hard. My body felt wonderful after the ride.

    The only problem was that my daughter's game ended early and my family had to stand outside the locked car for 20 minutes until I got back from my ride. OOPS!
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    Great fun and motivation to read about your wonderful rides. I am so eager to take my bike and ride some new trails. I'm still doing my daily ride in Goldhead State Park near my home and trying to prepare myself for longer rides. It really is warm here. 94 yesterday.
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    These are the first of the pics from last weeks ride This is taken about a mile form my house from the Hewitt Ave Trestle (Hwy 2) looking SSE across Ebby Island ( on the Snohomish River)
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    This is from the same spot looking back at beautiful down town Everett
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    Exiting the trail on to Ebby Island is that a pretty site one straight and flat road and you have a ramp down of the trail to launch yourslef. it's one of my favorite stretches I like it so much I forgot to stop and take the picture of the flood levels some one had hung on a telephone pole they had one so bad back in the 70's it was as high as the second story of a house and with the area being as flat as it is it must of been huge! I don't remember it but I was in Cleveland at that time.
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    This is coming off Ebby Island and heading out the Valley toward Monroe.
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    Here is a picture of the Snohomish River from the same bridge.
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    This is another shot of the river. I took this picture because the road I return on is on that side. I remember thinking I'll stop and take another shot in a couple of hours when I am over there it turned out to be more like 4 hours and I didn't stop I was expected back in Everett so I had to scoot
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    Main Street USA, well actually 1st Ave in Snohomish Washington once a quiet little river town, in the last 10 years it has become a popular place to live so there has been a lot of development and increased traffic but they have managed to hold on to there small town charm in the original town. This street is has a nice collection of Antique stores, Restaurants, and Taverns. It is a very popular spot for both motor and non motorized 2 wheeled vehicles.
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    This is where I stopped for juice and a muffin It is one of the local Espresso stores (it is the second bld from the corner) and the third building is a nice little tavern that has good micros and food. Now that is the PNW for you Brew and Brews (okay I know it stinks) right next door to each other.
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    This is the last shot of this installment it is an antique store on the other end of Snohomish just before you turn to head toward Monroe. Last time I went buy he had about 8 antique bikes out front but he was closed today. You cant see the date but that building is celebrating it's centennial. This is where I put my camera away until I got through Monroe those pics are another roll of film I turned in yesterday so I should be posting more next week. Today I have to work around the house so no real ride today thats tomorrow when it is supposed to be cooler anyway.
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    Cool pics, ngateguy! Thanks for sharing your ride! I like the old antique shop.
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    Notice I included our beautiful grey skies remember the song from Here come the brides about the bluest skies you've ever seen are in Seattle, Hollywood propaganda I tell you )
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    ngateguy, I could have run into you today! My bikeshop owner friend and I went right through Snohomish around 10AM this morning on our way from Mill Creek where he lives to hook up to the Centennial Trail so we could take it to Lake Stevens. 'Course speaking of running into people. My friend who has lately been dabbling with buying up HUD property, fixing them up and selling them got enamored by a particular house he could see from the trail and drifted into me while we were riding side-by-side at around 20MPH. We locked handlebars momentarily and then he slid back and wiped out my rear wheel sending us both down. I think I might have been able to stay up if he hadn't touched my rear wheel and actually I was beginning to recover until I had drifted far enough over and caught the gravel shoulder. We both ended up in the ditch... me slightly ahead of him. No damage other than some scraped elbows and knees although I did lose a handlebar plug which was replaced for free when I stopped in at his shop on my way home.
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