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Old 02-27-19, 04:59 PM
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3-2-19 Bedford Depot to Alewife in Cambridge
this is what I was waiting for, a ride in a snow storm! started early before it got too bad

6:45 am started from Bedford 29 F degrees
9:40 am back at car 30 F degrees
21.7 miles
17.8 mph max
10 avrg
2 hrs 10 min in the saddle but away from the car approx 3 hrs

pumped up the mountain bike tires & got out early before the snow started. timed it just right to be done w just a cpl or 3 inches on the ground. had a little fun by taking a detour on a trail into the great meadows.

wish the boardwalk was a little wider. took it real slow. didn't ride off. but was planning how I might fall. almost did at the end

rode longer than usual from Bedford Depot to Alewife Station in Cambridge on the Minuteman. only saw two other guys on bikes

took a little look at Spy Pond

something about our storms, when heading back West the precip is usually in my eyes. by time I rode the last leg I had switched to a Showers Pass rain cover, cheap Bolle goggles with the air filter foam removed & a cheap open faced Carhartt balaclava

started w just a knit had & usual Basecamp Helmet, it was 29 degrees not too cold & not snowing yet

it was obvious the trail had been plowed from the last storm, but only narrowly, meaning not the entire width. at least not on the western end closer to Bedford

coming back, since it was snowing I wanted to cover my jaw so switched to a balaclava

Basecamp helmet shield worked great & that hot honey water was a great treat & just what I needed on a cpl stops

but toward the end of the ride the shield kept fogging (not sure why) so I flipped it up & put the rain cover on w the shield flipped up. but that wasn't enough protection for my eyes, so strapped on the goggles. worked great w the air filters removed




filter foam removed was the key to no fogging despite sweating



gotta remember this combo for snow storms. don't really want to look this goofy otherwise



the visor has been good this winter & it's fun to put the sportcam up by my ear to capture the split view. started the ride w bare pavement & I was wondering how awful I looked geared up for snow, but w/o snow. was fun when it finally started covering the paved trail



boots & fenders working out even tho the mudflap gets pulled off sometimes


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Old 03-03-19, 04:07 AM
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mouse pad mudflap still handy



mudflap came loose crossing a stream (wonder why) so I took it off. that's when the grunge guard kicked in



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this was quite peaceful



audio sounds like I'm walking but actually riding real slowly



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a little wrenching last night

- replaced the screw that was holding the bar mounted computer base. added a little glue to keep it from getting loose again
- swapped the homemade fender stay clamps for new clamps made just for suspension forks w/o eyelets. had to re-position the computer sensor & magnet
- discovered some new fork rust. wiped it with some teflon bike lube but I would like to do more for them







ugh, bad me, didn't pre-lube or wipe down after the ride


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cleaned up the fork stations w Rem Oil & 0000 steel wool. gotta remember to be more diligent caring for them, especially when transporting on the back of the car where lots of road salt gets sprayed up

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3/9/19 temps were consistently 39-40 degrees & sunny. tried out Myles Standish State Forest but that was not suitable for riding yet & I wound up on the Cape looking for bare ground or light snow cover

in Carver/Plymouth the gravel power line trails covered w snow that was too deep. even tho the snowmobiles compacted it, it was softening & was un-rideable. some of the roads that are not plowed would have been interesting to ride but there was no legal parking nearby to access them


got back in the car & drove further south. Considered the Cape Cod Canal trail but I'm guessing it gets plowed & was clear so I skipped over it


then thought about the CCRT which hopefully would have only some traces of winter. there was very little snow cover on the ground in South Dennis so I was hopeful! turned out that the trail had approx 3" of snow & ice that was melting but had a lot of frozen footprints & difficult to ride on. some sections were plowed & some sections in the sun were bare. but other sections had a hard layer of ice. total ride stats not great but at least I salvaged an hour of active & strenuous cycling. rode mostly on the center of the trail but did try riding the edge a cpl times


a side trail was fun for a while


it was also interesting exploring Flax Pond at Dupont Ave. maybe good for a summer dip after doing the up & back to Wellfleet?


had a really disorganized start. didnít plan ahead where to ride, busy the night before w Wifeyís birthday dinner. when checking the bike in the basement, realized I had a small wobble on the back wheel, checked the spokes & one had snapped. ran down to the LBS but it was too early & closed. got ready & left the house later & our town's mech was generous & gracious as usual. soon he will be very busy & I won't be able to sit & wait for stuff like this. then as I was heading to the highway realized I forgot my cameras charging & had to back track to the house to get those

7.46 miles
19.5 max
7.5 avrg
60 min active cycling
80 min away from car (2:40-4pm)
6:30pm back home

not a stellar biking day but got a wheel fixed & got some riding in. also got my 1st suntan of the season thru my carís sunroof!


met other riders, two separate road bike guys who were equally not happy w the conditions & a pair of young men on 29ers who were happy to be out, but only got as far as I did. & there was a very happy woman cycling in Myles Standish on the roads who was quite happy. not sure I would enjoy those roads w cars cuz they art so narrow & winding

gave the fork stanchions a wipe-down when I got home. looking OK





but the rough ride & dumping the bike on the ice will require a small fix to one of the rack stays


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Old 03-15-19, 07:38 PM
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after some head scratching & scrounging used an old DIY bracket to re-attached the broken rack stay. the seat post rack doesn't really need the stays but I like having them there anyway









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CCRT Southern Origins 3-16-19

Found the dirt lot at 307 Higgens Crowell Rd Yarmouth That’s my next ride cuz it launches easy trails for the MTB. Was going to park there & ride the road to the CCRT southern terminus but I clocked it at .7 miles, traffic seemed busy & speedy & I found closer parking for just a cpl cars in a lot for a business (closed Saturdays). Saw another person parking to walk her dog. while most of the spaces had big obvious signs over them, there were approx 4 in a corner that looked like a bit of generosity by the owner. Came back later no ticket, no tow. Yay for rural Massachusetts & Cape Cod & Islands Association of Realtors Convention Center 22 Mid-Tech Dr, West Yarmouth, MA 02673 (near 520 Higgins Crowell Rd)

West of the road is a single track trail covered w leaves. Since the leaves were flattened all winter they didn’t get sucked up by the studs. It paralleled a modest telephone or power line trail, then intersected with a maze of more single tracks. I aired down (measured later as 20 psi front 26 psi rear)

This all looked like fun but A) didn’t want to get lost & B) wanted to connect up with the “official CCRT”

Tried to record places, locations & mileage

Eventually met up with the section I ended at in snow last weekend. See “CCRT not ready for prime time”

Got as far as Brewster (Ferretti’s Market) where I pumped up the rear w a Co2 to 55psi. & left the front at 20 psi. Stone marker had a 8 on it, which, according to this map, is from Dennis not new start in Yarmouth?

Heading back & closer to my car, I lucked into Dennis Cycle Center (sales rentals repairs) where a very helpful gent with a great in-line gauge, who gave me 65 psi rear 55 psi front. Honestly tho, the bike never felt fast all day. Make no mistake the CCRT is a drop bar road bike trail (if you want to do the whole thing in an up-&-back)


The day started mild but turned cloudy & windy. I almost tuffed it out to Orleans but I opted for a conservative turn-around

Wound up w a surprising # of miles & had a nice amount of time out & about, away from the car

Would I do the whole trail, sure. Will I always be attached to the original terminus in Dennis? Absolutely.

There is also a small lot at the very entrance of the golf course

9:30 am (approx) left house
12 pm started ride after parking (sunny, little wind forecast high 40s-low 50s) Cape Cod & Islands Association of Realtors Convention Center 22 Mid-Tech Dr, West Yarmouth, MA 02673 (near 520 Higgins Crowell Rd for GPS)
1.5 miles after short loop exploring single tracks near parking
1 pm 5.7 miles Flax Pond & Dupont St
1:13 pm 7.8 miles Dennis Lot (so that’s another 6 miles of trail one can include in a full ride)
2 pm 16.3 miles TURN-AROUND Brewster stone marker (8 miles from Dennis lot) & Ferretti’s Market (501 Underpass Rd, Brewster, MA 02631) (13.8 miles per google maps via the CCRT from where I parked)
Measured the tires 26 psi rear / 20 psi front! Pumped the rear up to 55 psi w a Co2, left the front at 20 psi! ((these tires don’t deform much when low & don’t feel much faster w higher pressure, bit I think they look taller))
2:30 pm headed back
4 pm 30.79 miles back at car 53 degrees
3 hrs saddle time
4 hrs away from car
6:30 pm home

Parked at Cape Cod & Islands Association of Realtors Convention Center 22 Mid-Tech Dr, West Yarmouth, MA 02673 (aka 520 Higgins Crowell Rd)

2 miles between these two places

A better? place to park to ride the whole thing is Old Town House Road Park 144 Old Town House Rd, South Yarmouth, MA 02664 (seasonal restrooms)

Had a good time & a great work out. Not entirely sure why, after reaching Dennis, that I kept going on the winter studded MTB. I guess because I was there. knowing what I know now, I’ll either ride the paved part w the road bike or use the MTB to explore from the dirt lot at 307 Higgens Crowell Rd Yarmouth

Bar mitts still helpful considering the wind. Studs weren’t useful anywhere. The tires were just fine on the single track trails. But had to air down even more for the more sandy phone/power line trail

Maybe it’s time to shelve the studs for the Riddlers & get the road bike ready? Surprised I didn’t use the road bike once this winter. Maybe I should check out Assabet one night this week? If there’s any ice hiding anywhere , it would be there

It was interesting that the end of the CCRT rides thru the Bayberry Hills Golf Club 635 W Yarmouth Rd, West Yarmouth, MA 02673

Took the inserts out of the helmet vents
Some of the cranberry bogs were flooded, or maybe the they were the retention ponds? Would be interesting to learn more about that kind of farming

Also interesting to see remnant rail road tracks & old cars. Wonder when the last time they rolled was

So what is it like at the end of the CCRT?










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traditional official CCRT parking
near Barb's Bike Shop 3454, 430 MA-134, South Dennis, MA 02660
exit 9 off route 6

to get more miles (4?~5? one way) park here
Old Town House Road Park 144 Old Town House Rd, South Yarmouth, MA 02664
(seasonal restrooms)

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