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Old 05-27-13, 06:11 PM   #1
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So what was your Memorial Day ride?

We headed out about 10 and did a nice 3 hour loop with a little 15 minute detour for the Lititz PA Memorial Day parade. Beautiful weather today in the high 60's low 70's.
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Our ride today, Memorial Day, was in the car home from Michigan's Old Mission Peninsula. We did a lovely full loop of the peninsula yesterday, and a nice 45 mi rolling ride on the Leelanau Peninsula on Saturday. Lots of nice slingshot rollers. Weather here has been problematic during the early season, so we are feeling behind schedule, but lovely riding all in all.
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Did a 46 mile recovery ride in the rain, average HR 111.

Sunday we did our first mountain pass ride of the season, 65 miles and 5000,' out and back but over 2 different passes. To climb the second pass, we had to lower the tandem down an 8' drop off an unfinished Forest Service bridge, which was kind of cool. Can't do that in a car. We were with a couple other bikes, which made it possible. We enjoyed a 21 mile aerobar descent off the first pass, gentle curves, very fun.
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2.85 miles down the local gravel path, double pinch flats. Both tubes destroyed beyond patching with our little patch kit. Only one spare tube. Walk home.

Note to self... Carry more spare tubes. Increase tire pressure a bit to minimize pinch flats.
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About 30 miles out and back toward Hensley Lake. It was a sort of "crosswind feels like headwind both ways" sort of day. That said, the wind cleaned up the air a bit to make for some great views of the Sierras. The route takes us through the 'hood to get there, and we were given thumbs ups and smiles from everyone from the homeless guys under the bridge to the kids on lowrider bikes to the sidewalk vegetable sellers. Seems that just about everybody enjoys seeing tandems
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2.85 miles down the local gravel path, double pinch flats. Both tubes destroyed beyond patching with our little patch kit. Only one spare tube. Walk home.

Note to self... Carry more spare tubes. Increase tire pressure a bit to minimize pinch flats.
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We did the Memorial Day Alto Velo 'T' Ride, 6 tandem teams strong.

Group rides are more fun, and group tandem rides are the greatest. This is a strong group, and we reveled in that we could keep up better than previously.

If you get a flat on a group ride, or even two flats, the rest of the group will provide succor, and you'll not walk home. Brad and Sandy got a blow out flat (probably a pinch flat), and the rest were there to aid them. Maybe not turn out so well if on your own.




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Linda is getting better at jumping the stoker end. no pinch flats.
  • Saturday: 36.5mi tandem. dead flat paved trail ride (Trail of "da Moose" Coeur d'Alenes). Linda gets ecstatic everytime she sees a moose.
  • Sunday: 41mi solo/single. self abuse sprint intervals, chasing cars and running down slow mopeds.
  • Memorial Day: 39mi tandem. wore Stars & Stripes kits. got a lot of blank stares while riding through CDA (what, no lounge chair & beer?) then north for some testy roller hills with too much heartrate alarm noise sounding off.
Score: 3 short rides, no calamity.
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Celebrated our 28th anniversary with our first ride of distance on our new Co-Motion Primera Tandem. Launched from Nimbus Fish Hatchery and rode down American River Bike Trail to Old Sacramento. Hung around for awhile there, had lunch, and rode back. About 50 miles for wheels and 100 miles for butts ;-) For very sore butts.

We think we need to get a jersey for the stoker that says "yes I am pedalling" and for the captain that says "I am not pedalling".
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We did a 40 mile loop with G.R.E.A.T.S (Greater Rochester Eating And Tandem Society), so of course we had to stop for lunch midway. We met a father/daughter tandem team at the cafe, so we had them join us, both for lunch and our club!
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47 miles with friends on their singles. He was doing a heart rate zone training ride, she was trying to hang on. Ultimately I told him to go and we rode with his wife. Somehow our shortened by just few mile out and back had everyone hook up again for the last 11 miles. He was at a lower zone and winding down so Jeanne and I did some interval type sprints for the several miles. A lot of this ride is with a veiw of the Atlantic Ocean. Temps were at least high 80's, winds were nice headed out pushing us along, coming South became a bit more effort. After the ride, stoker and I hit Annies Italion Ice shop, seems we are allowed per Dr Mirkin. It was good, fresh made, but probably not the best to have. Certainly brought our sunsceened and overheated bodies back within reasonable temps quickly.

Sundays ride was just under 20 miles of super tight woods off-road on the Ventana ECDM. It is our local trail but we don't ride it often. Went late to avoid the crowd, temps in the 90's and humid. Not riding hard, since the trail is faster if you ride it smooth and steady. We did attempt and ride across clean the "Twins", a set of two logovers spaced on single bike apart. The first one is over 2 feet high the second id less. It has been worn down and dumbed down from when I built it years ago, so it looked doable, and it was.

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We got our first of the season "hey she isn't pedaling" yesterday, my stoker asked why is it always men?
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We only went for a short ride on Memorial day, just 17 miles to finish our ride goal for the weekend. Goal was to ride 100 miles on our Ventana MTB tandem (it ended up being over 14,000 ft of vertical) over the weekend and that goal was accomplished. Seconary goal keeping "rubber side down" was also accomplished. There was some pavement connecting a few local trails, but in all the majority was dirt/singletrack. We did not have the good fortune of riding with other tandems, but it is always great to have your stoker/riding partner along on these long rides!
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Definitely a mixed weekend for us:

Saturday: 60 miles on the tandem towing around a 1/2 dozen friends on their singles. Beloved stoker is finally getting her fitness back where it was before her crash 3 years ago, so the big bike isn't such a brick to get uphill and we can be more aggressive elsewhere. Nice!

Sunday: Rolled out with beloved stoker on our singles to do a 37 mile ride, but I broke a spoke 6 miles in which immobilized my bike. She got to ride home and get the van. Bummer.

Monday: Beloved stoker went out on her single with friends to rack up more PR's while I did bike maintenance and ran that POS wheel into our LBS.
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My stoker and I rode the wonderful Hwy 28 from West El Paso to Old Mesilla, NM for coffee and breakfast at the local cyclists' favorite hangout The Bean. This is a popular cycling route that meanders through the agricultural area that surrounds the Rio Grand and is host to several local wineries.

The winds were uncharacteristically cooperative as there was no wind whatsoever for the ride up and a nice tail wind to push us home. We typically have headwinds both ways as the early morning NW wind changes to a SW wind as temperatures rise. The wind gods were merciful.

All in all a very nice 65-miles and a wonderful morning with my stoker.
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Two Cycle, would love to talk to you about rides in your area. We are thinking about driving to Coeur d'Alene in the early fall and bringing our tandem. Since you live there, you must know of several loop rides that are your favorites.
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Didn't you get any of the usual responses from kids? (Wow, look at that cool bike with two people on it.) Our favorite is, "be careful, she is following you really closely". You must have taken delivery of your Co-Motion from Rick at Gold Country Cyclery. Great guy.
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Saturday: Partial climb to South Lake out of Bishop, CA. It was getting into the evening so we just climbed to 8,000 ft (starting at 4,700 ft). The climb ultimately tops out close to 10,000 ft after 19 miles. Our ascent was ~3300 ft and 10.2 miles.


Sunday: White Mountain out of Big Pine, CA. Starts at 4,000 ft and tops out over 10,000 ft (climb is 19.5 miles long).




Monday: Onion Valley (touted as the toughest climb in CA). Starts at 4,000 ft and tops out at 9,200 ft (5,200 ft ascent in 12.5 miles, avg grade is 7.8%)
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Monday: Onion Valley (touted as the toughest climb in CA). Starts at 4,000 ft and tops out at 9,200 ft (5,200 ft ascent in 12.5 miles, avg grade is 7.8%)
Great. Everybody else goes on some little milquetoast ride, and then you post your epic Owen's Valley climb fest, to make the rest of feel inadequate. Thanks, Marco!

Are you two doing the Sequoia Century? We are, but merely the metric.

How did your times compare to Everest Challenge, in 2010?
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Great. Everybody else goes on some little milquetoast ride, and then you post your epic Owen's Valley climb fest, to make the rest of feel inadequate. Thanks, Marco!

Are you two doing the Sequoia Century? We are, but merely the metric.

How did your times compare to Everest Challenge, in 2010?
I'm not sure about Sequoia. I need to see if Ruth is scheduled to work.

Ah... Times were not important to us this time around. We stopped enjoyed the views, took pics, etc. It was nice being out there on our own. I think our average speed for Onion Valley and White Mountain was around 4 mph if you include the stopped time

Everest Challenge in 2009 was pre-GPS days for us. In 2011, we completed Stage 1, but bailed out early in Stage 2 due to knee pain.

We love the Eastern Sierra, and had not been back since Fall 2011. We usually go at least once per year.
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We did a 40 mile loop with G.R.E.A.T.S (Greater Rochester Eating And Tandem Society), so of course we had to stop for lunch midway. We met a father/daughter tandem team at the cafe, so we had them join us, both for lunch and our club!
Hey, that looks just like me and my daughter. ;-)

It was nice to meet everyone - what a gorgeous day for a ride!
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50 miles in Summit County.

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Hey, that looks just like me and my daughter. ;-)

It was nice to meet everyone - what a gorgeous day for a ride!
it was very nice running into you and your daughter at the cafe! I'm glad we were able to convince you to come over and hang with us, hopefully we will be able to ride with you soon.

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I confess, I did a solo ride, wedged in between a swim and a run. But I saw my stoker several times, and she was encouraging me all the way.

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