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Old 05-01-14, 09:04 AM   #26
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Good morning Addicts. "We ride at dawn". We being me & my magic bike.

Then we get a flat & miss our train to work. First flat tire in 4500 miles of cycling, though, I can't complain about that. Changed it 90% on my own, too, until a nice guy on a yellow Lemond stopped to help me finish.

But here's something I can complain about: can you guys believe I still don't have my carbon seat post?! This has been going on since March 8. BMC rep promised the seat post by the end of April, saying that he was only giving me that date because it was such an over-estimate, he didnt want be to be disappointed. Then I had to call him twice to even find out that he is now saying next week. He is very lucky this bike is magic or I wouldn't have too much positive to say about BMC.

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I spent the day on the company dime exploring an agricultural show proclaimed to be the biggest in Australia. I was a little underwhelmed with the lack of bargains to be had, and the general "city-fi-cation" of the whole deal... it is, after all, meant to be for the farming community.
...you shoulda been with me eating dinner in Williams last night. The conversation one table over centered on
the loss of three hydraulic units in rapid succession, the eventual diagnosis and repair of the problem, and assorted
other farm machinery discussion. The place was packed, which I found surprising on a Wednesday night in the middle
of nowhere, but then I realized that this was the nicest restaurant in the middle of nowhere, so it made sense.

As I pulled back out onto the interstate, the smell of the first cutting of someone's hay was everywhere.
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I'd offer to help out with that, however, the last time I posted here, there were a bunch of complaints about too many moderators, so now I won't post here anymore.
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BMC rep promised the seat post by the end of April, saying that he was only giving me that date because it was such an over-estimate, he didnt want be to be disappointed. Then I had to call him twice to even find out that he is now saying next week. He is very lucky this bike is magic or I wouldn't have too much positive to say about BMC.

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...if I had more ambition, I'd start a California travel blog. #Huell_Howser



Some wildflower shots on Hwy 20, going through Colusa and Lake counties.



I finally stopped to eat for the first time since breakfast in Williams, a very small, Central Valley, farm town
about an hour North of Sacramento..I had the filet medallions. It is a mistake to order seafood in a small,
Central Valley, farm town. The panorama is of Williams' main street from the one traffic control in town.

A lot of the ag towns have an entrance archway which was put up to celebrate something or other.

The one for Modesto says, "Water, Wealth, Contentment, Health". In Williams, it just says 'Williams".


I went up to see some bike tools being donated to our co-op and to bring them back. Quite the historical adventure, as they were from an old Schwinn shop.
Nice trip, @3alarmer.
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moderators are people too.
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Nice trip, @3alarmer.
...sadly, none of it done on a bicycle. The upside is I really love the Valley this time of year.

There's this new beginning, with the promise of bountiful harvests. Whatever agricultural disappointments
are going to ensue in the summer and fall still seem far in the future. It's also interesting to see which
orchards get ripped out, which get replanted, and with what. Much more grapes going in up there where
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In travelling the short stretch from Williams, through Lakeport, and on to Ukiah you get an interesting cross
section of California. Upscale farmers and the immigrants who work for them, the outlaw bikers and indian
casinos of lake county, and the food co-op Mendocino/original inhabitants conglomeration left over from the
timber and mill industries in Ukiah.

I know I should probably give everyone here a break, but I California.
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What is shocking to me is that this group of idiots can actually find their way to the new addiction each month..
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I'd offer to help out with that, however, the last time I posted here, there were a bunch of complaints about too many moderators, so now I won't post here anymore.
The ones here are tolerable, give it another shot!

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Sweet. My life's ambition is to be "tolerable". Hope I can live up to the high expectations!
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Photo, aren't you the one who battled through cancer?
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...sadly, none of it done on a bicycle. The upside is I really love the Valley this time of year.

There's this new beginning, with the promise of bountiful harvests. Whatever agricultural disappointments
are going to ensue in the summer and fall still seem far in the future. It's also interesting to see which
orchards get ripped out, which get replanted, and with what. Much more grapes going in up there where
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In travelling the short stretch from Williams, through Lakeport, and on to Ukiah you get an interesting cross
section of California. Upscale farmers and the immigrants who work for them, the outlaw bikers and indian
casinos of lake county, and the food co-op Mendocino/original inhabitants conglomeration left over from the
timber and mill industries in Ukiah.

I know I should probably give everyone here a break, but I California.
You *should* start a California travel blog, it would be great because you really love California and I know what you mean.

One time, Mr. H and I drove up into the Piute mountains to visit some land his family used to own when he was a kid. We had gotten and early start and it was mid-day when we got to the Piutes, I looked at the GPS, mis-read it and thought we were near Sequoia NP. So I suggested we drive to Sequoia and he agreed. Man, that drive from Mojave through the Sierra foothills was unbelievably beautiful- golden fields, winding roads, fat horses grazing at pasture. At the time we lived in Hollywood and I could not believe that we would get to someplace so quiet and different in such a short period of time. We made it to Sequoia by sunset, saw wild tarantulas crossing the road plus some very incredible trees and got home maybe at midnight, very tired but also so glad we'd made the trip.

Now, I'm not bringing up the Sierras for any reason in particular, don't read anything into that.

I know there's a lot of California haters out there, but make no apologies for loving this beautiful state. Its kind of like when I read those travel articles, "how to go abroad and not look like an American." Screw that, I AM an American and there's zero wrong with that. Not be obnoxious of course, just a regular nice person who is obviously American.

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You *should* start a California travel blog, it would be great because you really love California and I know what you mean.

One time, Mr. H and I drove up into the Piute mountains to visit some land his family used to own when he was a kid. We had gotten and early start and it was mid-day when we got to the Piutes, I looked at the GPS, mis-read it and thought we were near Sequoia NP. So I suggested we drive to Sequoia and he agreed. Man, that drive from Mojave through the Sierra foothills was unbelievably beautiful- golden fields, winding roads, fat horses grazing at pasture. At the time we lived in Hollywood and I could not believe that we would get to someplace so quiet and different in such a short period of time. We made it to Sequoia by sunset, saw wild tarantulas crossing the road plus some very incredible trees and got home maybe at midnight, very tired but also so glad we'd made the trip.

Now, I'm not bringing up the Sierras for any reason in particular, don't read anything into that.

I know there's a lot of California haters out there, but make no apologies for loving this beautiful state. Its kind of like when I read those travel articles, "how to go abroad and not look like an American." Screw that, I AM an American and there's zero wrong with that. Not be obnoxious of course, just a regular nice person who is obviously American.

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Awesome post and the highlighted part is even better. Nicely written, Heathpack.
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why do some americans pretend to be canadians when abroad?
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@Heathpack, got this issue? Things people invent.

We love biking in NYC. We love biking at the beach. We love wearing the latest fashions. We don’t love our skirts blowing up, scarves blowing off & pants getting greasy in the chain, so we developed the Tandem NY Skirtweight ~ an accessory that simply clips-on to the hemline of your skirt to keep it from flowing up while you’re riding on!

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...sadly, none of it done on a bicycle. The upside is I really love the Valley this time of year.

There's this new beginning, with the promise of bountiful harvests. Whatever agricultural disappointments
are going to ensue in the summer and fall still seem far in the future. It's also interesting to see which
orchards get ripped out, which get replanted, and with what. Much more grapes going in up there where
there used to be nuts and peaches.

In travelling the short stretch from Williams, through Lakeport, and on to Ukiah you get an interesting cross
section of California. Upscale farmers and the immigrants who work for them, the outlaw bikers and indian
casinos of lake county, and the food co-op Mendocino/original inhabitants conglomeration left over from the
timber and mill industries in Ukiah.

I know I should probably give everyone here a break, but I California.
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Because the world hates Merica and loves Canada.

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I know there's a lot of California haters out there, but make no apologies for loving this beautiful state. Its kind of like when I read those travel articles, "how to go abroad and not look like an American." Screw that, I AM an American and there's zero wrong with that. Not be obnoxious of course, just a regular nice person who is obviously American.

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I hope you aren't plopping me in the "California Hater" bucket, because I really don't. I am, however, a lover of New York State, and too often end up feeling like I have to defend it. There are large swatches of this state I have not visited, and am now looking at doing by bicycle, and I plan to regurgitate photos here as I do it.

I think you and @3alarmer post some beautiful photos of your state, and Moe @LesterOfPuppets has great shots of his area. We have seen beautiful Arizona shots, and Colorado shots. Nothing from Florida yet. Whooshie lives in beautiful country. I hate to sound sappy, but there are a lot of very good areas in this country to live, and I don't think anyone is superior to another.
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...I do it so that polite Europeans will go out of their way to find me some Canadian bacon for breakfast.
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I hope you aren't plopping me in the "California Hater" bucket, because I really don't. I am, however, a lover of New York State, and too often end up feeling like I have to defend it. There are large swatches of this state I have not visited, and am now looking at doing by bicycle, and I plan to regurgitate photos here as I do it.

I think you and @3alarmer post some beautiful photos of your state, and Moe @LesterOfPuppets has great shots of his area. We have seen beautiful Arizona shots, and Colorado shots. Nothing from Florida yet. Whooshie lives in beautiful country. I hate to sound sappy, but there are a lot of very good areas in this country to live, and I don't think anyone is superior to another.
Lol, no, not you, Roll.
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