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Old 01-06-05, 12:10 PM   #1
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Pics from today's commute

There were drifts more than a foot deep in some places, and I did a lot of stretches where the bottom bracket was under snow the whole time. I had to get off 2 or 3 times to push. It took twice as long (at least) as normal and I was sweaty as hell when I got to work. But, damn, it was fun!

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Old 01-06-05, 12:31 PM   #2
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Wow. Your one tough cookie.
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agreed.
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Nice. Looks like my to-be afternoon commute. (Snowing pretty hard now.)

Do they plow your trail? I'm going to see if I can get some plowing going. Doesn't even have to be side-to-side. Just swipe it once to keep it clear. No salt or sand.
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Old 01-06-05, 12:48 PM   #5
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Kick ass, dude. How far is the ride? I wish I had a commute like that now and again. Today was good but apparently some recent grousing has had the intended effect and the paths I was planning to take for getting on my urban offroading had actually been cleared.

Boo!
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Thanks. It was a little rough.

They are supposed to plow the trail, but I guess it doesn't always happen right away. I sent an email to our city's Pedestrian-Bicycle Coordinator, Arthur Ross, about it this morning. He said that they will try to get to it as soon as possible. Hopefully it'll be done for my trip home.

It's about 5.5 miles. I saw 2 other people biking on the way. People at work think I'm a little nuts.
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Old 01-06-05, 01:33 PM   #7
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Very nice pics! It looks like that nice light fluffy stuff the best kind snow to ride in.

Looks like I get some snow riding in tomorrow.
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What time of the day were the bike pics taken? It looks like you're getting there about 6am.
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Wow, 5.5 mi looks like a long ways out in the country. Our paths were looking like the first two photos this morning. Hopefully by now the nasty weather will have given me a little something nastier to work with. Come on, where's the challenge, this is winter!
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What time of the day were the bike pics taken? It looks like you're getting there about 6am.
It was about 7:30 or so. It's still pitch black at 6am. It's hard to tell time of day with snow pics, though, because the automatic exposure tends to make things less bright than the really seem.
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Wow, 5.5 mi looks like a long ways out in the country. Our paths were looking like the first two photos this morning. Hopefully by now the nasty weather will have given me a little something nastier to work with. Come on, where's the challenge, this is winter!
In the country? Most of it was in Madison city limits. Perhaps this pic makes it look country, but that's the lake I ride around.
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Nice pics. Country? That ain't out in the country. I was kicking myself for not bringing along the camera this morning. It was beautiful. Full Sun, 20 miles, 1hr 55 minutes, 5 F and ice and snow on everything. I saw so many things that i don't normally see. My ride takes me out in the COUNTRY. Just me and the cows, squirrels and pheasants.


The pics would have been great since it is rare to see everything covered in ice. Trees, grass, you name it. I passed a rural pond that looked like it was covered in shimmering diamonds. Barbwire fences looked to be covered in crystal. Obviously words can't describe it. Must bring camera.

One interesting thing is that i have never ridden 20 miles on gravel roads when it was so plush. The snow and ice and 20lbs of air in the studded MTB tires made for the most comfortable ride ever.

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Old 01-06-05, 04:16 PM   #13
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In the country? Most of it was in Madison city limits. Perhaps this pic makes it look country, but that's the lake I ride around.

Oops, sorry! 9 through 11 just look pretty rural.
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Yeah, I suppose they do. It's actually in an industrial park, I just got crazy cropping skills.
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Wow - great pics. We had about 10" of snow here in Iowa City. Funny thing - the bike paths here were plowed before many streets and were also much clearer. Lots of the slippery stuff on the road with the cars and buses.
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Wow, 5.5 mi looks like a long ways out in the country. Our paths were looking like the first two photos this morning. Hopefully by now the nasty weather will have given me a little something nastier to work with. Come on, where's the challenge, this is winter!

Did you ride today?

I was in your neighborhood today, it was very slushy, when I was there.
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ugh today was a crappy day for commute. School was dismissed early for me so i had to ride home on these unplowed roads for 4 miles . I dont like snow very much anymore
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Did you ride today?

I was in your neighborhood today, it was very slushy, when I was there.
For sure! I want some seriously bad weather! This is crap, where's WINTER?!

I did get some high speed "slush running" in on the way home. Crank up to speed and just float across the slush, spraying and sliding all over.
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For sure! I want some seriously bad weather! This is crap, where's WINTER?!

I did get some high speed "slush running" in on the way home. Crank up to speed and just float across the slush, spraying and sliding all over.
I'm Jealous, I didn't have my bike with me..
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I'm crying, oh how mean the gods are, there isn't a lick of decent snow, not a drift, an inch, nothing, nunca, zero, zilch,...
PLEASE DO NOT POST ANY MORE PICTURES OF YOUR SNOW RIDDEN COMMUTES. I can't take it.
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I commute on the same path some days. Do you work at one of the GEF buildings? I think I may have seen your bike parked outside.
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Old 01-07-05, 11:49 AM   #22
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I commute on the same path some days. Do you work at one of the GEF buildings? I think I may have seen your bike parked outside.
No, I commute the other way. I live on the isthmus, but work on the other side of Lake Monona.
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Mississippi has not seen that much snow in the last five years combined.
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The word is, that drive an hour any direction out of Minneapolis/St. Paul, and you'll be knee deep in snow. I mean Mississippi has more snow than we do. But it could be worse I could've been signed up for this year's Ididerod sled race and cancel, Alaska has the same problem we have, only they're still having balmy temps.
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