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Old 10-15-09, 07:28 PM   #151
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You're welcome, but I'm sure pictures of your ride into town would be much nicer to look at. Congratulations for getting away from here. Do the locals lock there bikes? Maybe it's not necessary. I would never leave a bike unlocked, but locking the rear wheel to the frame might be enough where you are.
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gmsdc15,

I've certainly explored the forest more this year since adding electric assist to my bike. (Most of the roads here are hilly, but then it's mountainous and to be expected.) Quite a few people ride bikes here. Some lock their bikes some don't. I'm just not trusting enough to leave mine unlocked (lived in a city all my life until I moved here).

Here are a few pictures of the forest and one of the very small town that I live near, all taken while out biking (I carry my camera with me on the bike, along with my GPS unit since it's easy to get disoriented and lost deep in the forest).











Truthfully, the forest starts looking the same after a while. The frustrating thing about climbing the hills here is that it's hard to get a good photo--the forest canopy is so thick. The forest takes up 90 percent of this county--it's 2.2 million acres.
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Beautiful country out there. I've been to Whitefish for the skiing many years ago. 1994 to be exact, I was there when local boy Tommy Moe won Olympic gold in the Downhill at Lillehammer, Norway.
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You probably wouldn't recognize Whitefish--the towns near Glacier, including Kalispell, have all started growing and now sport the ubiquitous signs of gentrification, like big box stores. Whitefish has a high-end development that's now in the hands of Aspen developers, I believe. They're basically expensive vacation homes for out-of-state wealthy who like to ski. (You hear complaints that skiing at Big Mountain is becoming unaffordable for the locals.)
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I stayed on the mountain, didn't see much of the town. $535 season pass (pre-season rate) is pretty reasonable. The frequent skier card looks like a good deal, too.
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I think the locals near Whitefish remember when it was dirt cheap to ski Big Mountain and the mountain was not as crowded. Some of the good in-state skiing that hasn't been widely discovered is still run as volunteer ops and is a little less expensive--yearly passes at $390 (or sub-$300 for kids and "senior citizens") and day passes at $25 or $30. You have to travel by car to get to these areas and they aren't near "pretty" resort towns. There's one such mountain near me, the drop in vertical feet isn't the steepest at just over 2100 ft, but it attracts a fair number of skiers, some from abroad, which always surprises me.
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so far today just took the Huffy beach cruiser (has baskets) to the office, then on an errand for the boss, a yard sale (it was on the way), bank, grocery store, and back to the office.
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Season pass for $390, open three days/week. More expensive than Whitefish on a strict dollar/day analysis.
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54x40 flat. St. Thomas ruin.

I'm very sorry to say this site was a lot less ruined before bike messengers hung out here for a brief period during the last century. I was not among those that damaged this holy place but I did witness some one climbing on it and and breaking off some it off. Since then, the fence was added and the messengers have moved on.

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You probably wouldn't recognize Whitefish--the towns near Glacier, including Kalispell, have all started growing and now sport the ubiquitous signs of gentrification, like big box stores. Whitefish has a high-end development that's now in the hands of Aspen developers, I believe. They're basically expensive vacation homes for out-of-state wealthy who like to ski. (You hear complaints that skiing at Big Mountain is becoming unaffordable for the locals.)
As long as the bier stube (I think that was the name....some killed brain cells) is still there all is ok.... it's been 20+ years since I skied big mountain (it was an epic road trip....ski Alpine in Ca, drive and ski vail, go to denver and work for a week, drive to sun valley ski (road a lift with a very young us ski team member Hillary Lindh), home to Chinook Mt, drive to Big Mountain and ski 2 days,,,,then back to San Jose)
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Chocolate, between two and three cubic feet of Hershey Milk Chocolate in 1.55 oz. bars. I'm eating the one that fell off the truck now.

I love the epic ski trip report, I'm in if the thread drifts to stories about Big Mountain. Did I ever tell you about the snowcat tour I took? $35 plus lift ticket, the best deal in skiing at the time.

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Chocolate, between two and three cubic feet of Hershey Milk Chocolate in 1.55 oz. bars. I'm eating the one that fell off the truck now.
Somebody expecting a lot of trick-or-treaters?
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They put out chocolate in a glass bowl in their lobby every friday, the best free chocolate you will find in DC, better than Hershey to be honest. I guess the candy I carried had something to do with Halloween, I don't know.
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Haha. I really only mentioned the chocolate because of an incident last summer, which I posted a lengthy rant about in this thread, when I was denied the opportunity to transport some really fancy chocolate on a hot day because I probably would have ruined it.

Why am I making this post? I just like to spam this thread with pictures of my work horse. Here's the blurriest picture I've dared to post so far, the last drop of the day, to a building on the waterfront in Georgetown. There's a half dozen laptops and a small printer and a lot of other stuff in this load.

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Why am I making this post? I just like to spam this thread with pictures of my work horse. Here's the blurriest picture I've dared to post so far, the last drop of the day, to a building on the waterfront in Georgetown. There's a half dozen laptops and a small printer and a lot of other stuff in this load.
Since you can't bring all of that into the building in one trip, do you worry about some lowlife grabbing stuff off the trailer?
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It's all in the building, I rode right up to the elevator!

There is a shopping cart that is kept just outside this glass lobby that I managed to pile everything into/onto for the elevator ride. Because it was after five, the door to the glass lobby was locked, a fact I discovered after I had the shopping cart loaded. I left it there and rode back up the ramp to find no way to buzz the guy who opened the garage door to let me in. I had to wait for a car with a remote to get out.

Then I entered the building through the front door to retrieve the boxes and take them up to the client's office.

You can't leave unattended packages on the streets of DC. The National Guard would be called out. Haha

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A client requested me for a double rush roundtrip filing. Three boxes and four large envelopes to the Department of Commerce with stamped copies coming back. It's unusual that a client will ask for the guy with the trailer, usually I hear "I asked for a car..." delivered in an icy tone. Double rush roundtrip car jobs pay well. Rainy all day, so that job late in the day picked up my spirits.

Stopped for groceries on the way home. It was dark and raining harder when I left the store, it was nice to get home.
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We did our first "official car-free errands" this morning (apart from the usual 12 mi. rt to the P.O, that is). 22.7 miles, 3 stops in the east side of Palmdale - Eye doc's, PetSmart (cat food & treat for our passenger!) then to SuperTarget for a short list for dinner tonite. My wife loved it, she can't wait for us to make the additional 10 mile ride (rt) to the west side of town.
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That's great. So who was the passenger?

Been a while since I posted here! 39x48 foam board poster. A double rush, shouldn't have stopped for pictures, but made the 5pm deadline no problem with seconds to spare. 4:58 in Chinatown.

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The only time I used my bike today was to zoom over to my therapy appointment. I wanted to cycle to my client appointments, but I didn't schedule enough time, so I drove my car.

A couple of weeks ago, with my new toddler trailer, I hauled 50 pounds of dog and cat food home from the pet shop. I live up a fairly steep hill, and I was riding a crappy bike, so it was a challenge. No regrets, though. I hope to haul a lot more cargo with this trailer.
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Forgetting it was Vet's Day (and I'm a friggin Vet,LOL),I rode to the Post Office to mail out some stuff...at least I could access my PO Box,LOL!
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The lady at the grocer asked how I was gonna carry all those groceries on my bike... I guess my helmet was a giveaway.



The bags were filled and a few boxes were strapped to the deck.

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I rode to visit a client today. She lives on the top of a huge hill. This is the route I took. I don't know how many feet I climbed, but there were some very steep climbs. No one ever rides on that hill. I had fun.

Coming home, I hit some insane speeds. The wind made my eyes tear, so I was nearly blind, which was doubly foolhardy. I'm going to start wearing goggles to prevent that.
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You probably wouldn't recognize Whitefish--the towns near Glacier, including Kalispell, have all started growing and now sport the ubiquitous signs of gentrification, like big box stores. Whitefish has a high-end development that's now in the hands of Aspen developers, I believe. They're basically expensive vacation homes for out-of-state wealthy who like to ski. (You hear complaints that skiing at Big Mountain is becoming unaffordable for the locals.)
I went skiing at Big Mountain for a week in 2002, so I contributed a little bit to the gentrification - I apologize. But I had a terrific time, much closer and more affordable than some of the slopes in BC. (I'm from Sask.) Unfortunately that happens to ski towns - everybody wants to live close to the hill once they get their hands on some money. BC is even worse, flooded by Albertans buying land and plonking down RVs and houses everywhere. I'd like to go back to Whitefish some day, but Mr Coffeecake needs to get a passport now. Please don't hurt me - I promise not to frequent the big box stores.

Oh, uh, I'm planning to go out on the xtracycle later today and do errands. I've joined your ranks recently; picked up the completed conversion on Thursday! My friend really wants to ride on the back so I'd better go humour her. Will post pictures later. I think there are only three xtracycles, including ours, in my city so I get some funny looks when I'm out on it.

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I am seeing more and more extra cycles here... my friend is in the process of building one up as well.

He gave me an electric assist unit and I might get this installed on Monday night...
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