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Old 10-24-07, 08:20 AM   #1
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Maria's GMR Ride Sat. Oct. 27th 8:00 AM

Hi Bikeforumites!

Since the OCW Fall Metric has been moved to Nov. 3rd, Maria has decided to do a GMR ride this Sat. Oct. 27th (the original OCW Fall Metric date), and you're all invited .

You can read all the details here: http://www.ocrebels.com/special.htm

Or . . . just show up a Boulder Springs for 8:00 AM departure to The Village and back over Glendora Mountain Road and Glendora Ridge Road. There will be an "Extra Credit" climb to the Ski Lifts for anyone who feels so inspired . Or maybe it should be "motivated?"

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How's the air expected to be there?
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By Sat. the air should be good! At least, I expect it will be . . .

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There were ashes floating around in the air her yesterday afternoon. I'm looking out this morning and see nothing but a bee and two flies. The sunlight beams thru the window were orange yesterday. But seem to be somewhat clear today. The sunlight on a white surface yesterday seemed to give the surface a red glow. Today the surface looks white agin. So I think it's better even now.

We live about 5 miles form Baldy Rd. I haven't seen this section f fthe mtns look polluted at all, even during the height of it all. Besides while climbing GMR, you look back down to see the layer of pollution below. I would bet you'll be climbing above the smoke layer if any!
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There were ashes floating around in the air her yesterday afternoon. I'm looking out this morning and see nothing but a bee and two flies. The sunlight beams thru the window were orange yesterday. But seem to be somewhat clear today. The sunlight on a white surface yesterday seemed to give the surface a red glow. Today the surface looks white agin. So I think it's better even now.

We live about 5 miles form Baldy Rd. I haven't seen this section f fthe mtns look polluted at all, even during the height of it all. Besides while climbing GMR, you look back down to see the layer of pollution below. I would bet you'll be climbing above the smoke layer if any!
Come on Mr B......you can tow us both up!
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Are you going Herb? ...I'm not so sure I can tow myself up right now!
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Are you going Herb? ...I'm not so sure I can tow myself up right now!
I am seriously considering it....I need to ride Sat..and think everything over here will be too smokey...
Since its from the base of GMR, I have a better chance to reach the village...but of course I will be slower than most...
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Since its from the base of GMR, I have a better chance to reach the village...but of course I will be slower than most...

Have you never made it to the village Herb? You've seemed to have gotten stronger since I've known you. I know you can do it. It's easier than riding up 39/Lil GMR first. You're a much better climber than Gina and she's done 16 of the 21 on a very hot day. If we had rested a bit I think she would have made it but I got stung on the neck by a bee so we headed back. I think she was happy though!

But at the 16 mile mark is where it gets tough again for about 2 miles. It's about the same grade as the lower 8 except that you're already tired. Relax to get you through that section, then it almost seems dh and flat to the village. You can do it no problem!
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I am seriously considering it....I need to ride Sat..and think everything over here will be too smokey...
Since its from the base of GMR, I have a better chance to reach the village...but of course I will be slower than most...
Come on Herb. If the air looks decent, I'll keep you company. Beans can shout encouragement from the side of the road while he waits for us.
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Have you never made it to the village Herb? You've seemed to have gotten stronger since I've known you. I know you can do it. It's easier than riding up 39/Lil GMR first. You're a much better climber than Gina and she's done 16 of the 21 on a very hot day. If we had rested a bit I think she would have made it but I got stung on the neck by a bee so we headed back. I think she was happy though!

But at the 16 mile mark is where it gets tough again for about 2 miles. It's about the same grade as the lower 8 except that you're already tired. Relax to get you through that section, then it almost seems dh and flat to the village. You can do it no problem!
I have made it once, starting from this same location...and that was on an OCRR ride last year with Jackie...
Didn't make it from Encanto...and no way when I go up 39...

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If the air is decent..I am in...
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Didn't make it from Encanto...and no way when I go up 39...
come on out and ride!!
From Encanto up 39 I can see cause it's tough. But if you mean 'from Encanto' via Sierra Madre? You must have had a bad day. I think that only makes it easier after a warm up.

Starting from Boulder, I suffer the first 4 miles cause I'm a slow starter.
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Just got an email from Maria and we'll have a look at the air quality as the week progresses, but from what we're seeing on the Internet, plus what Mr. Beanz has observed, we should be good to go by Sat. Morn.

Herb, if you're going up GMR I'll have a better chance of getting Jackie to ride it! Pls. advise!

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I am seriously considering it....I need to ride Sat..and think everything over here will be too smokey...
Since its from the base of GMR, I have a better chance to reach the village...but of course I will be slower than most...

Hey Herb,

From riding with you at the Lighthouse, you can definitly make it...even up 39...East Fork..GRR. I think this way is more difficult and prefer the GMR...GRR direction (of course I have not been to GMR since it opened to cars so my feeling may change on it).

Wish I could go.......going to a weddinig in Redondo Beach instead Friend of my wifes from work
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Hey Dave....hows the knee??
Thanks....
Its more I really dont like going up 39..and especially lil GMR...

Rick..If the air is good I am in for GMR...I am going with the plan to make it to the village...
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Its more I really dont like going up 39..and especially lil GMR...

Rick..If the air is good I am in for GMR...I am going with the plan to make it to the village...
The bone is still tender, but no pain when riding. I smacked it really hard on that bed frame for it to still be hurting. Must just be a deep bone bruise.

Good news is the IT Band issue I've had since May seems to be gone too. Rode 58 miles last Friday without a hint of pain...even rerouted myself to the hilly direction(s) as a test.

Agree on 39 and little GMR(is little GMR East Fork?). Seems a lot harder from that direction.
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Rick..If the air is good I am in for GMR...I am going with the plan to make it to the village...
Hi Herb,

The air should be "good" even if its not great, and I agree with Beanz that the smoke probably won't be an issue at altitude.

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The bone is still tender, but no pain when riding. I smacked it really hard on that bed frame for it to still be hurting. Must just be a deep bone bruise.

Good news is the IT Band issue I've had since May seems to be gone too. Rode 58 miles last Friday without a hint of pain...even rerouted myself to the hilly direction(s) as a test.

Agree on 39 and little GMR(is little GMR East Fork?). Seems a lot harder from that direction.
Wow...that was some smack for it to still be sore....

Well maybe you should come and ride GMR with us!!!
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The air should be "good" even if its not great, and I agree with Beanz that the smoke probably won't be an issue at altitude.

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I'm sure Maria will be pleased to hear that Herb!

And I'll be sure to mention it to Jackie!

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Wow...that was some smack for it to still be sore....

Well maybe you should come and ride GMR with us!!!
I wish, but the better half insists on me attending that wedding.

Although we have been married 14 years, she still want's my company. I thought after 10 years or so, married couples move into that mode of "have fun, see you when you return" mode. Must be the wedding!

Next time.
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I wish, but the better half insists on me attending that wedding.

Although we have been married 14 years, she still want's my company. I thought after 10 years or so, married couples move into that mode of "have fun, see you when you return" mode. Must be the wedding!

Next time.
I totally understand!!!
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I just rode up Euclid avenue. It's near the base of Baldy Rd. Mountains looked clear, no smoke, no ashes. I looked back down when I was up there, didn't look too bad. I couldn't smell any smoke in the air either. Felt a bit dry but maybe cause it was HOT!
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I wish, but the better half insists on me attending that wedding.

Although we have been married 14 years, she still want's my company. I thought after 10 years or so, married couples move into that mode of "have fun, see you when you return" mode. Must be the wedding!

Next time.
Raiderdave,

This is totally off topic but were you on the 57 freeway Northbound between the 60 and the 10 a few weeks ago at about 4:00 PM? The car had a license plate that read R8RDAVE. I saw it and thought of this forum.
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I went for a short ride here in the east valley tonight and the air wasn't bad. I felt O.K. and might want to do this ride Saturday because I'll be wanting to take it easy. Gonna try and speak to the doc tomorrow, so we'll see.
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