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had another nice 12 miler w/Wifey the next day, on the same trail, but a different section. almost no one was wearing a mask


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[QUOTE=rumrunn6;21451531]Bruce Freeman Rail Trail
point A: 1 Central Square, Chelmsford, MA 01824 (there was one unlocked port-o-john in the corner of the lot)
got off the trail at route 225
point B: 157 Carlisle Rd, Westford, MA 01886

virtually no elevation change. 5.3 x 2 = 10.6 miles, more actually cuz that's where the gravel road & trails started, 12 maybe? & I'd bet a good 60 min of saddle time

wired computer only working intermittently probably a bad wire?

nuts/bolts for the left mini clip are loose

never did like the stock saddle. now that Iím riding this bike again & not selling it, I shud put the Schwinn ergo saddle back on

45mm tires were fine on the pavement cuz I had no objective other than shaking out the cranky right knee & having some time outside. been increasingly mopey lately

riding with the trimmed down Saitag brand sport collar worked better than I expected. even to the point that when I detoured off the trail, away from ppl, I kept it on & when I did take it off, I felt exposed! didn't feel too stupid looking, the dark visor & the white mask seemed like an aceptable looking combo. these days the ppl w/o masks are the ones who look stupid

Saitag Sun UV Dust Protection Breathable Elastic Face Scarf Mask for Hot Summer Cycling Hiking Fishing

it's about 4 times longer than it needs to be so I just cut the top 5 inches off & used that

at or near 70 degrees but very breezy. it felt more like 60. it was a day for a single sport t-shirt, shorts & sandals

needed a little drive w the sunroof open to make me happy. so for a change, drove to Chelmsford & rode south, to Butter Brook Golf Course in Westford. got lucky cuz the golf course was closed, but open. used the gravel road outside the property & a little of the interior roads & trails but never on the course trails

the knee gave me no trouble. in fact, I even did a little climbing out of the saddle, on the steep rolling edge trails

lots of tributaries to Nashoba Brook & since I was off the paved trail, it was easy to take a pit stop

the BFRT was quite populated but still considerably less than I imagine the Minuteman thu Lexington would have been today

Wifey wants to ride tomorrow. sounds good to me, if the knee doesnít flare up overnight













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swapped the saddle on the hybrid & got the computer working. had a surprisingly interesting ride after work hours today

15.47 miles
23.9 mph max
9.2 mph avrg
1:40 saddle time

rode from home near Pompositticut Rd, Stowish, hit the Assabet Trail to South Acton train station, came back & explored Rockland Ave (gravel rd) & then a trail in the Durant Pond Conservation Land, got dumped out on Durant Ave, Summer St then back on the Assabet in the other direction toward the National Wildlife refuge, discovered a foot trail, left off the trail up a steep climb (knees felt that) & circled down back to the entrance rd & then to the dirt rd along the river, crossed Sudbury rd & followed the narrow trail to the bridge out. pulled a u-turn all the way back to White Pond Rd, met Wifey walking, then left her to ride back home using Great Rd / route 117 & Pompositticut Rd!












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Awesome.... I visited New England back in 2011 from upstate NY through Vermont and New Hampshire then to Maine to see Acadia NP. Yes New England has rednecks without the accent . Seriously though it was a great trip and very beautiful. We skirted Boston on 495 and I regret not cruising through the heart of Boston and New York City. In Maine I see how Stephen King got the material to write those twisted novels. I resided in Pennsylvania and Ohio as a youth and when returning to Texas I was in culture shock took me about 3 years to adapt. Anyway the photos you add to you’re blog goes along with the ride and the video is awesome.
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the photos you add to youíre blog goes along with the ride and the video is awesome.
awww thank you, how kind of you to say so. thank you. you're doing a great job w/ yours too! impressed w/ your miles
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Concord to Middlesex Community College, using the Reformatory Branch Trail then the Narrow Gauge Trail on the FX w/ 40mm Nanos




18.9 miles
21.7 mph max
10.6 mph avrg
1:47 saddle time

it was a quiet late afternoon on the dirt trails. good choice



kinda like a toy train size



lovely neighborhood trail



pumped up the rear to 65 psi & burped 5 out, left the front wherever it was



there's supposed to be a Park & Pedal lot here



used the sleeve face covering again for when I was around ppl. off & on & off again


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5-8-20 59 degrees
rode the Minuteman, Bedford Depot to Spy Pond. I think the new wheel/hub made a quantifiable difference!

2pm @ Spy Pond
9.29 miles
22.6 mph max
15.1 mph avrg (wow, where did that come from?)
37 min saddle time (usually takes 38 min to get to the Kickstand Cafe, so taking less time, to go further, is not insignificant)

3pm back at the car at the Depot
18.63 miles
27.4 mph max (wow, haven't seen anything over 26 mph on this trail in a cpl years)
14.0 mph avrg
1:19 saddle time

I'll be looking at past #s on this route




new sign on the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway



wondering if it's good or bad that I'm getting used to this



rare quiet day on the trail. must have been the overcast sky


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after work ride BFRT Acton to Chelmsford 55 degrees

1/2 way
9.67 miles
26.9 mph max
15.3 mph avrg
38 min in the saddle

back at car
19.32 miles
28.7 mph max (briefly)
15.1 mph avrg
1:17 saddle time





found a little spot to have my raisins & nuts. wow this bag looks enormous when opened up. now that it's spring & summer is coming, I can start using a smaller bag, I think



glad I brought my spray sanitizer, cuz this port-o-John was open for business. inside was not bad at all



at full throttle this face covering is not cutting it, for me, for airflow. & super annoying trying to have it on, then off, then on, then off again. but definitely worth it while it's off to get my air! wonder if I have "the covid"


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had enough of riding w/ a face covering so I took to the roads to Natick. right when I was about to enjoy this new rear wheel again my computer when on the fritz. so I only have my return stats. since it's mostly uphill & I didn't bring my raisins, the hills were cruel. either I have the covid, or man I'm getting old. & probably been riding too many flat rail trails



one of the mall parking lots seemed to have some available parking spaces


nice tribute to the local HS


saw some old tracks, maybe a future extension to the Cochituate Rail Trail?


trimmed my junk down to the smallest trunk I have


Natick to home (my old commute)
13.01 miles
26.3 mph max
11.2 mph avrg
1:09 in the saddle

it's much faster going down, too bad the computer freaked out

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scratched my head & decided to try a ride to the Park & Pedal at Middlesex Community College (orange rectangle) approx. 1/2 way to my office in Tewksbury. when I stopped to rest & turn around (red oval) I didn’t know it was just a little further (but on a somewhat parallel course). if I use the lot I would be driving there & biking to Tewksbury, then reversing on the way home. maybe that's what I should try, actually use the car, then bike to the office, & reverse it



anyway turned out to be a ride about the same distance as my last ride, but the elevation gain/loss was much easier, as opposed to Natick which is mostly downhill going & uphill coming home

1st half
2:27pm Renzo Salon, Bedford
13.79 miles
31.8 mph max (sweet little down grade near home)
15.2 mph avrg
54 min saddle time

whole ride
3:45pm home
27.62 miles
31.8 mph max
14.1 mph avrg
1:57 in the saddle

this is the little Park & Pedal sign on Route 62 Bedford where the Reformatory Branch Trail crosses


it was a toasty 77 - 79 degrees! shorts & t-shirt! 1st time putting ice in the bottle this year! yay! I've missed it!


wasted 1 raisin to treat the ants

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5/17/20 59 degrees home to office using Park & Pedal @ VA Med lot near Middlesex Comm. College. gets me to the office with 13 miles less riding & saves about 30 min door to door. it cuts out the pleasant 1/2 of the trip, leaving me to ride a more intense, stressful section

1st half (VA lot to office)
9.19 miles
33 mph max (Andover Hill Rd feathering the brakes & taking the lane in some parts)
14.4 mph avrg
38 min saddle time

whole ride (round trip to office from VA lot)
18.42 miles
33 mph max
13.2 mph avrg
1:23 saddle time
3 hrs away from home, itís a 30 min drive to & from the lot




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this working from home thing is enabling me to get out more often. maybe not a lot of miles, but my ride count is growing nicely. been taking vids on every ride but I'm too busy or tired or bored to edit anything together. but today I got some interesting stuff so maybe tomorrow, I'll get to the editor

can't remember the last time I rode my mountain bike, but it still had the bar mitts on! was fun to ride around the woods this afternoon

using my tiny bag & 3 things have to ride on top, pump, tripod & camera stick


always happy to find some trails w/no ppl & no masks!






67 degrees
8.38 miles
16.4 mph max
8.4 mph avrg
59 min in the saddle

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this working from home thing is enabling me to get out more often. maybe not a lot of miles, but my ride count is growing nicely. been taking vids on every ride but I'm too busy or tired or bored to edit anything together. but today I got some interesting stuff so maybe tomorrow, I'll get to the editor

can't remember the last time I rode my mountain bike, but it still had the bar mitts on! was fun to ride around the woods this afternoon

using my tiny bag & 3 things have to ride on top, pump, tripod & camera stick


always happy to find some trails w/no ppl & no masks!






67 degrees
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16.4 mph max
8.4 mph avrg
59 min in the saddle
I love the photo of the tire in the water.

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I love the photo of the tire in the water.
thanks, it looks better small on my phone, the lack of quality shows up less. my right shoe is still drying out from a deeper crossing nearby
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got a new clip of one of my favorite hills


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had another easy MTB roll around the neighborhood after work

66 degrees
8.99 miles
18.7 mph max
7.9 mph avrg
1:08 in the saddle

gave the mudflap a workout. video frame grabs:





happily kept my feet dry!



I like this one. this was nice & shallow, w/ hard pack dirt & gravel under. funny that Wifey & neighbors have been walking thru this w/ their sneakers on. just take your shoes off! now they have wet dirty shoes to deal with! cam on time lapse:


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had another easy MTB roll around the neighborhood after work. getting super annoyed with the sqeaky fork, ordered a new one ... yikes

79 degrees
10.47 miles
17.7 mph max
9.6 mph avrg
1:05 in the saddle



Wifey has been keeping an eye on a single swan Mom w/ chicks that ride her back, I've found a pair showing the same behavior but haven't gotten close



since riding the MTB againI pumped up the tires but am slowly deflating them until I get the pressure right





wound up leaving the Assabet area & into the Marlboro / Sudbury State Forest yesterday



leather palmed gloves are waaay better at rotating the smooth metal of the collapsable cam stick



been taking video but runningout of time to create any edits

some dust from a passing car, I was glad to have a mouth/nose covering




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got out on the BFRT, Acton to Carlisle, I think, & stopped at the the Ebenezer Wood Pencil factory remains on the Nashoba Brook in Acton w/ Wifey & Daughter. lots of ppl out having fun but it wasn't too bad at all. lovely temperature!





10.52 miles
16.9 mph max
10.0 mph avrg
1:03 in the saddle
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