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Solo century through the Hudson River Valley

Old 07-15-15, 01:01 PM
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Solo century through the Hudson River Valley

I took a 50-mile hilly organized ride in June (Ride The Ridge). I wasn't sure I would have the stamina for it, but I found it surprisingly easy.

So this past weekend, I decided to see how I would do on a solo century ride. It wasn't easy because of some medical problems in my back. But I had fun, and the scenery was excellent.

See my ride report here. It has pictures and my GPS tracking data.

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Very cool. What a beautiful part of the country; you are very fortunate to have such a great riding locale.
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Originally Posted by due ruote
Very cool. What a beautiful part of the country; you are very fortunate to have such a great riding locale.
True. And it's so close to NYC. We moved back to New York two years ago, and I still haven't gotten over it. Where are you?
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Great ride report; brings back a lot of memories. This is one of my favorite areas to ride in on both sides of the Hudson river. Let me know the next time you do the ride, and I'll make it out there, .
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Chicago area. Flat flat flat.
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Originally Posted by due ruote
Chicago area. Flat flat flat.
Sorry to hear that. I would much rather grunt and huff up hills than ride in headwinds. My daily commute is mostly flat and very windy. But it is also along the Hudson, my favorite river, so there's that.

I shot this from my commute. I'm crossing the Harlem River from Manhattan to the Bronx, and the Hudson is on the left.

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Yikes, what a time to break a derailleur cable. I don't think my ego would've let me stop at 96 miles. I would need the extra 4.
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Originally Posted by icepick_trotsky
Yikes, what a time to break a derailleur cable. I don't think my ego would've let me stop at 96 miles. I would need the extra 4.
My other century rides ran over the expected distance, and I wasn't happy about it. That killed my inclination to "round up" the distance. The average distance of my so-called century rides remains above 100 miles.
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Tom, I read through your ride report and enjoyed it. Great scenery. But nowhere nowhere do I see mention of the bike you rode. There's only the blurry photo of the cockpit and your hairy knee obstructing what little we can see of the blue lugged frame. What a terrible oversight. For shame!
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Originally Posted by gaucho777
Tom, I read through your ride report and enjoyed it. Great scenery. But nowhere nowhere do I see mention of the bike you rode. There's only the blurry photo of the cockpit and your hairy knee obstructing what little we can see of the blue lugged frame. What a terrible oversight. For shame!
It's not about the bike.

I wanna know what kind of juice he was on.
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I toured up the Hudson last August, great place to ride. What bike were you on?
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That better have been a C&V bike to make it worthwhile to have clicked on this thread!
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Well, I'm inspired (Let's see if it lasts). Very cool.
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That, Tom, looks to have been a GOOD DAY.
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Originally Posted by auldgeunquers
That, Tom, looks to have been a GOOD DAY.
He didn't even have to use his AK.
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Thanks, folks. I rode my 1982 McLean. I recently replaced the old Campagnolo drivetrain with a Shimano 3x9, and clearly I haven't got the kinks out yet.

My pictures of it never capture the deep purple color. One day, I hope.
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Great ride...great ride report...thank you for sharing it with us...
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Inspiring ride Tom!!

Thanks for sharing!!
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Nice ride Tom. And beautiful scenery. I figure my wife and I must've been awfully close to you over the weekend as we stayed at an idyllic 10 acre spread my sister's hubby rented to celebrate her 60th birthday. The place was on Hosner Mountain Road, on the outskirts of Hopewell Junction. A beautiful place. Congrats on a 96 miler.
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Nice ride Tom. And beautiful scenery. I figure my wife and I must've been awfully close to you over the weekend as we stayed at an idyllic 10 acre spread my sister's hubby rented to celebrate her 60th birthday. The place was on Hosner Mountain Road, on the outskirts of Hopewell Junction. A beautiful place. Congrats on a 96 miler.
Yes, that was the road that nearly killed me.
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Nice job, Tom. Are you doing something for your back? I have heard that acupuncture works well for some people.
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Nice job, Tom. Are you doing something for your back? I have heard that acupuncture works well for some people.
That's a thought. I'll look into it. But there are stretching and strengthening exercises I know I need to do and just don't do often enough. Now that I'm at the age where my health doesn't just fix itself, I'm taking it a little more seriously. I take glucosamine+chondroitin for my knees, so that's a step.

My dog now gets weekly acupuncture treatments! They help her a lot.
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Really impressive ride Tom. I did a good amount of riding on the Shawangunk Wine Trail last year starting at New Paltz. The Hudson Valley is truly a gem. Make sure you take care of your back.
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[MENTION=384048]greg3rd48[/MENTION], our house is on the Mohonk Ridge that the Shawangunk cliffs are on! It's really insane that we've had the house for three years and I have barely explored the Mohonk Preserve. We even have permits, and an entrance to one of the trails is a quarter-mile walk for us.

I have a book of bike routes, road and off-road, in Eastern New York State. Two or three of them go right by us. Our house is on Mossybrook Rd.
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