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    Wow.... Very cool picture.

    I need to buy a cheap digital camera that I can mount on my bike for taking quick pictures. Soooo many things I miss because there is NO way to get my phone out fast enough. Yeah that greenways trail office closed last summer I think. I was there a few weeks ago and even the bathrooms were locked up. It is still my favorite turn around area when I'm riding the road bike though. Great place to sit in the shade and take a break before heading back. And over by the picnic tables you can still get drinkable water. A few years ago I did ride/walk the Florida trail from SR20 over to SR19. The trail exits right across from the entrance to the greenways office. At the time they were logging part of the area and the trucks and machinery had made a mess of part of the trail NO way I could actually ride through some of it. I ended up riding the paved roads back home that day.... It kicked my butt but it was a fun experience.

    I forgot to mention that I came across a dead peacock today on the trail. Not sure where it came from or how it died, but it was kind of sad seeing it.
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    I did a 30 miler and felt probably the best I have all season. I love that feeling when you get to the top of the hill and you've still got enough power to accelerate. Today I felt like I could do a century no problem. Plus the weather here was perfect all day.

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    Well I got a short ride in a bit before noon (HOT!!), on the mountain bike..... Post office and then to a friends auto shop to work on their PC a bit. 9.87 miles total. HOT!! .. The heat didn't bother me too much until I stopped and then it just hit me.

    A short ride is better than no ride !!
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    Got another ride in on Sat, 14.67 miles... Yep.... still HOT!! Went to the post office and beyond.... Climbed 2 different hills 2 times each... for something to do. Did I mention it was HOT? lol .. Rode the mountain bike (one without the basket on the back)....

    A short ride is better than no ride..... I think ...
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    Took off on the road bike around 7:15 pm on Sunday... It was still pretty hot but at least not mid-day hot. Rode almost 8 miles into the wind (5-10mph) and then rode the 8 miles back. Actually ended up being 15.67 miles all together. Was a good ride seemed extra fast after riding the MTB for the past couple of weeks.

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    I rode 22.4 miles today. I have been averaging a little over 20 miles a day, 5-6 days a week for the last few weeks. Unfortunately, I haven't had time to visit the forums! It is really hot and humid, if I am not out by 8 am, I don't go! I got out around 7:30 this morning and that felt about as late as I wanted to go, it is really brutal right now.
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    Got out again Monday at about 7pm again. YEP still HOT ... lol ..... Rode about 9 miles out and then the 9 miles back, not really much wind to speak of on the ride. Not much to report other than its HOT ...
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    I got on my bike at about 3:30 Monday. I agree on the heat, it is pretty awful. I only saw one other guy riding on the trail. Although it is hot I still managed to get in about 20 miles. I too try to get in around 20 miles a day, 5-6 days a week. I will be going again this evening if the rain holds off.

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    Ugggg now i'm feeling the pressure to ride everyday...... because you guys are ..... Gonna try to get out for another ride this evening. Yesterday when i was about 2 miles from the house I did see one other rider going the other way on the other side of the road. I'm not sure where he was going but it was starting to get dark.
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    Got out for a ride today on the road bike again. Some clouds rolled in around 6pm and cooled it off from about 100 to 88 or so (something like that). I know the bank temp read 105 today when I went to the post office at about 4pm. I hopped on the bike at about 7pm and rode about 10 miles out and then the 10 back. Not much wind today... Didn't feel all that great on the bike, even with the temps a bit cooler. Was glad I got a ride in when I got back though.... 19.91 miles
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    I did not get to ride yesterday due to storms in our area, but however today I was able to get out. I went on a 21 mile ride. Today there were several others out on the trail. I don't know if it's because I went at an earlier time or if people were getting tired of setting at home. Also I saw a good bit of wildlife from squirrels and chipmunks to rabbits and birds. I would much rather see these kinds of animals and not the snake I saw 2 or 3 days ago.

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    It was a no go today..... (Wednesday) Storms (with lightning) rolled in this afternoon and didn't let up until about 8pm or so. I had been taking off for a ride around 7pm (to help beat a little of the heat anyway). The rain did cool it off nicely though.... <sigh> If not for the lightning I may have went for a ride in the rain, I haven't done that in a LONG TIME...
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    Got in a solid 22 miles today. Many others were out as well. It looked many times like it was about to rain, but somehow it skipped over me. The clouds blocking the sun and the cooler wind that came with it was nice for a change.

    On a differant note, why is this thread considered sticky?
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    I think it is sticky because every once in awhile you have to ride in some mud?? LOL

    I was all set to try another evening just before dark ride... and of course the storms rolled in. I had plans of taking off for a ride at about 6:30ish but the storms rolled in about 6 or so. Sooooo I decided to sit around in my gear just in case it cleared up... At about 5 mins after 7 the sun came out..... (but it was still raining a bit LOL) . So I hopped on the mountain bike and took off from the house (didn't feel like getting the road bike all dirty, have to take mom to the doc in the morning and gonna try to get a ride in then). Man the half mile in the mud to the pavement was tough, right out of the gate had my legs burning..... in a good way. Was going to try and get an hour ride in but.... about 30 mins into the ride storms started getting closer and closer (with lightning of course). Ended up riding 40 minutes... nice and cool soaking wet...... but fun....
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    Got in about 20 last night. Was going for 25 but the threatening storms chased us back in. Racer boys (& ladies) had me on the edge the entire ride, at least until I got dropped about 3/4 through.
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    If I rode with a group I would most likely get dropped before we started ....... LOL

    I got a morning rid in today (starting to thunder now as I'm typing this). Dropped mom off at the doc at about 9am and rode a bit over 17 miles. Not sure exactly because I didn't remember to reset the bike PC until about half way through the ride. Was a good ride but.... I have one spoke on the front wheel (on the road bike) that keeps loosening up for some reason. So after a couple of miles of ....creek, creek, creek.... Tightened it up and rode about 12 miles and had to tighten it again. I'm going to try a bit of loctite on it, if that doesn't work I guess I'll take it to the bike shop have them install a new spoke. Over all a good ride.... :-)
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    Rode in the heat today. Left home shortly after noon. Did 30 miles. The ride was great.
    Only saw a couple of other riders. Usually I see quite a few on Friday.
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    Yes... I guess it's been about 3 or more months but I got a ride in! Left around 5:30 this morning, did about 30 miles at a very relaxed, sight-seeing sort of pace (3hrs) and had to ride for a bit looking for someone that appeared to be awake so I could ask to have a plastic baggie because a t-storm front was about to pass over and I needed to keep my phone and camera dry. I saw evidence that someone was busy cleaning out their car and they were kind enough to give me a zipper baggie large enough for my phone, camera, and wallet, and I continued on my merry way. Shortly after I was lucky enough to ride several miles in a deluge, but at least it was straight down and not sideways. My butt got sore after about 20-25 miles.. guess I've gotten soft.

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    Well i missed posting yesterday, but I ended up getting 17 miles in. Today however I was unsure about being able to ride because when it was getting close to the time I was wanting to ride a storm was moving in. It was a very harsh storm with 60mph winds and very heavy rain. Luckily though the storm moved out fairly quickly and the sun cam back out. It was really nice too because it was a cool rain and it made it a very pleasant ride. Ended up getting 17 miles today as well. Lots of wildlife out today as well. Had a rabbit run right out in front of me, almost hit it.
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    Cool pictures Gavush ..... I need to take more pictures.....

    Got a ride in Sat. Friend and I decided to go check out the progress being made on the Palatka Lake Butler trail. They started the process of paving a 4 mile section from Grandin (SR315 & SR100) north towards Keystone Heights. I know we weren't supposed to be riding that section.... but it was a sat and no work going on. The first couple of miles going north all they had done was the black barrier stuff up. The last couple of miles they had it graded and even had the limestone base down for a bit (the last stage before paving I think). What I didn't know was that this 4 mile section is going to connect to the the already paved section coming out of Keystone Heights. It will be close to 10 miles of paved trail in about 4 months. Not only that but when you get to Keystone you can take another 6mile long paved trail up to Golds Head State Park. It will be a nice ride when I get in shape enough to do the whole thing (working on that now LOL). The trail head south of Keystone has bathrooms, drinking fountain, playground, tennis court & places to sit and take a load off for a bit... Can you tell I'm excited?? lol

    Anyway... We got to the trail at about 6pm .... Still really hot out but the clouds were moving in. The first couple of miles on the non paved part were really good riding with the rocky railroad base. But then we hit the section that they had started working on.... Packed or semi-packed sand, got my heart pumping lol. By the time we hit the paved Keystone section the temps must have dropped 15deg .... We rode to the north end of the trail to where the pavement stopped and turned back. We thought about cheating and riding SR100 back where the trail was all sandy.... but we didn't.. It started raining about 5 minutes from the end of the ride. Great ride.... 19.99 miles all together but it felt longer with the sand and trail riding. Took us almost exactly 2hrs.... (yep 10mph all together)..
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    Riding has taken a back seat during the month of May and early June. I had to put my wife in the hospital for an extended period during May so I have been learning how to be a nurse, grocery shop, run the vac and cook. Things are starting to return to normal now so the mileage should go up from here I hope.

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    Good to see you back Slo Spoke... Hope your wife is doing well. I was kind of wondering where you had went... The posts dried up a bit without you here ..... Might have been the heat drying the posts up though....

    Got out for a ride again today, on the road bike this time. Went the the flea market and walked around a bit and then drove the Hawthorne end of the Gainesville Hawthorne trail. Started riding a bit after noon (HOT). Went 10 miles out and then the 10 back for 20.1 miles. Started getting overheated midway through the ride so had to stop and sit for a bit. Felt good after the rest. Nice ride with quite a few people out in the mid day heat.
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    I did a solo metric century today. It was one of those days where I got to 20 and said "I can do 50"...then got to 25 and said "I can do 60"...and so on. I finally turned around at the 33-mile mark to make it a metric for the day. Unfortunately I only had enough energy to really do 50 miles, so the last 15 or so were pretty pathetic. But miles is miles (or kms is kms).

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    Quote Originally Posted by zzOtherlandzz View Post
    Good to see you back Slo Spoke... Hope your wife is doing well. I was kind of wondering where you had went... The posts dried up a bit without you here ..... Might have been the heat drying the posts up though....

    Got out for a ride again today, on the road bike this time. Went the the flea market and walked around a bit and then drove the Hawthorne end of the Gainesville Hawthorne trail. Started riding a bit after noon (HOT). Went 10 miles out and then the 10 back for 20.1 miles. Started getting overheated midway through the ride so had to stop and sit for a bit. Felt good after the rest. Nice ride with quite a few people out in the mid day heat.
    Thanks for the kind words. I am starting to get back to normal after a rough month of May.
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    yes, carrying a camera totally changes how you ride. (it did or me anyway) makes you constantly scan / appreciate your surroundings while trying to find that perfect shot vs chasing down the white line

    I did 28 miles yesterday... picked out a route looking at google maps, jotted down the turns I needed to make and headed out at about 5:30pm. It was a great ride, about 80% new roads but all in all within a 10mile radius of home. I live in a pretty small town and want to get to know all the back roads so I can make longer rides without going too far from home. After living here for almost 10 years you would think I would know them by now but there are only 2 or 3 roads I frequent and have never needed to go elsewhere...

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