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    Road Trip

    We left Illinois on Monday the 14th of May on our way to Sarasota, Florida to attend a wedding, one of our daughters was/got married in Siesta Beach (the wedding was today).

    We brought the tandem with us and so far it has been a great trip. We rode on the Natchez Trace Monday afternoon, on Wednesday morning we rode with Tim Preseley and the local Wednesday morning crew in Sylacauga, Al, had a great ride.

    On Friday and Saturday (today) we rode along the bike path on Longboat Key, great ride, although it is strange riding on a really flat road. Tomorrow we will ride on the Bradenton Beach bike path. Then on Monday we will ride Longboat key again.

    So far it has been a great trip with some really fun rides. The wedding was also very nice, she married a guy that we really like. We still have a little over a week left and plan to ride in the Daytona Beach area, in Jacksonville and in Savannah.

    Wayne

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    Quote Originally Posted by DubT View Post
    We left Illinois on Monday the 14th of May on our way to Sarasota, Florida to attend a wedding, one of our daughters was/got married in Siesta Beach (the wedding was today).

    ... although it is strange riding on a really flat road. Tomorrow we will ride on the Bradenton Beach bike path.
    Congrats to your daughter!

    You're from Illinois and this the first time you've ridden a "really flat road"? Ah, you need to come to New England and learn about hills.
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    I lived there for a little over a year 2000-01, and have been going there for long time.

    Siesta key is an awesome beach, one of many nice beaches out that way.

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    The trip has continued, we rode two more days on Longboat Key and had our fastest ride ever, since we started riding again right at two years ago. We rode 19 miles in 60 minutes. Sometimes flat is fun, the stoker was ready for some beach time and that was her incentive to pick up the pace.

    We were in Orlando for a day and a half but spent the time going to the Kennedy Space Center which we really enjoyed.

    We arrived in Daytona Beach this morning and rode the part of the Ormond Loop this afternoon, another good ride. We I tend to ride it again tomorrow morning and the do some sight seeing.

    We decided to spend two days here in Daytona Beach, we are staying right on the beach and it is very relaxing.

    Our next stop will be Savannah for three days, so far having the tandem with us has been great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DubT View Post
    We left Illinois on Monday the 14th of May on our way to Sarasota, Florida to attend a wedding, one of our daughters was/got married in Siesta Beach (the wedding was today).

    So far it has been a great trip with some really fun rides. The wedding was also very nice, she married a guy that we really like. We still have a little over a week left and plan to ride in the Daytona Beach area, in Jacksonville and in Savannah.
    While on a recent assignment for two weeks, I took my road bike and cycled every morning. This

    http://www.daytonabeach.com/theloop

    became part of my 35 mile ride, along with runs up A1A north of Daytona Beach.

    The Daytona / Ormond Beach area has few bike lanes but I had no problems with "post" rush hour traffic.

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    We rode 26 miles on the Ormond Loop today, we started at the State park and rode 13 miles clockwise and then turned around and went back to the Park. A really nice ride, the trees, undergrowth and wetlands are really incredible, a big change from the corn and bean fields of Illinois. We have had a great time but tomorrow we tell the ocean goodbye and head back north, my stoker says that she is ready to go home. We all know that the stoker is always right.

    It has been a great trip and we have been able to ride the tandem nearly everyday.

    Wayne

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    Quote Originally Posted by DubT View Post
    We left Illinois... on our way to Sarasota, Florida...
    Out of the flat fying pan and onto the flatter griddle!

    Come on out to Northern California and we will introduce you to some hills.

    You can put that Ultegra crank to the test!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ritterview View Post
    Out of the flat fying pan and onto the flatter griddle!

    Come on out to Northern California and we will introduce you to some hills.

    You can put that Ultegra crank to the test!
    I can tell you Illinois has plenty of rollers. Granted they are not big hills/mountains like we have here, but can hurt pretty good when trying to maintain speed over them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ritterview View Post
    Out of the flat fying pan and onto the flatter griddle!

    Come on out to Northern California and we will introduce you to some hills.

    You can put that Ultegra crank to the test!
    I to am from Illinois, western suburbs of Chicago. Several years ago I had couplers installed in my old single so I started bringing it back home when I went to visit. I went on line and found a local group and hooked up with them for thier 42 mile Sunday ride. I showed up suitablely atired in my Markleville Death Ride jersey to give them the advantage of knowing just what they were dealing with. I sized up the group and figured if that old guy in the ratty wool jersey could do the ride I should not expect any problems hanging with the group. After about 20 miles the old guy in the ratty jersey dropped off because he had some other commitments, thank God! because the pace dropped by about 2 mph the guy was a monster. The 40 plus mile ride average 24mph, it was all I could do to hang on. I did manage to win the KOM which was literally a railroad overpass but it took everything I had.

    I have gone out with these guys a few times now and have found that they ride differently because of the terrrain, they don't save themselves for the hills and they don't have 5 mile downhills to recover on. Dosn't make it harder or easier just different!
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    Glad to know you enjoyed Longboat Key. We live there, but were in GA during your visit. It's true the only hill, if you can call it that, is the Ringling Bridge over the ICW in Sarasota.

    I had my share of hills this morning on my solo bike riding with a group in Augusta, GA. My wife decided she didn't want to ride the tandem today. It's hot here. 93F forrecast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artmo View Post
    Glad to know you enjoyed Longboat Key. We live there, but were in GA during your visit. It's true the only hill, if you can call it that, is the Ringling Bridge over the ICW in Sarasota.
    We choose to not ride the bridge as we did not like the traffic before and after the bridge, maybe if you are local you know ways to avoid it. We ended up parking just as you get into Longboat Key and turning around at the end of the key before the next bridge, they are doing work on the bridge so we turned around there. The more we rode it the more we enjoyed it, it is entirely different from what we normally ride.

    We are home and rode our typical 20 mile ride this morning, I now remember what wind feels like. We do. Of have many hills but we nearly always have hills.

    I asked my stoker which she preferred, flat, hills or rolling with wind. Her comment: I like them all, they each provide a unique challenge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DubT View Post
    I asked my stoker which she preferred, flat, hills or rolling with wind. Her comment: I like them all, they each provide a unique challenge.
    Sounds like a very happy stoker!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
    Congrats to your daughter!

    You're from Illinois and this the first time you've ridden a "really flat road"? Ah, you need to come to New England and learn about hills.
    On our cross-country ride last summer we discovered some of the steepest hills were in Illinois - bluffs along the edge of the Mississippi. Not New England long, but steep like we'll not readily forget.

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