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Old 03-09-20, 06:05 AM
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Alas, we are unable to attend this year. We have music commitments in Maine that weekend. Bummer but not unexpected. Y'all have fun, ya' hear? Post a report!
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I'd love to connect with either this ride or the fall ride, but timing is everything. My wife and I will be there a month earlier during the last week of March. You never know, though...
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there's a chance this year the weather will be nice, but Wifey got her cousins' Vineyard house for 4 nites, for free, so ... have a nice time!
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consider joining us? ( please save me from being the only female on this ride...)
I'll have a woman with me hopefully!

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Quite leisurely. A veteran tandem team is usually off the front.

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I'll have a woman with me hopefully!

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Make it happen!

I need a companion.
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Is this trail fully rideable now? I am looking for somewhere to go this weekend to ride and was originally just going to go to Hampton NH. I havenít been to the cape in years.
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Some context: In my limited experience I've found the following, though without "adult supervision" who knows. I see that our only two adults will be wasting their weekend playing bluegrass music. Just us kids this spring. NO, Scott is not an adult!

A no drop ride. Not very fast and we watch out for each other. If someone has trouble someone or everyone helps. On the other hand if someone "throws in the towel" they tell the rest before they turn.

Dennis trail head to the Wellfleet trail head is 22.5 miles. There are 2 or 3 normal stop, regroup points. Nickerson State Park at 10 mi and Orleans village at ~ 14 miles. We stop at Orleans because the people watching is good and that water fountain works so we top up the carboys. We drop the kick stands again at the Wellfleet trail head and sit on the sunny stone benches for lunch. Several folks pack lunch, others stop at a cafe about a mile back to purchase takeout - grinders, pizza or other sandwiches or some deep fried, greasy slop that settles like a brick and they BMC about from 6 miles back, all the way to the cars.

Sometimes, folks will then ride another couple of miles to a sand dune overlook to see the North Atlantic Ocean. Or seals or killer sharks or the Loch Ness beastie or whatever I've not actually ever seen - just dogs running on the sand. Then back to Dennis with, again, stops at Orleans and Nickerson. 45 miles RT unless you explore the "new" section, as I usually so, which adds another 12 miles RT.

Lovely trail, paved all the way, easy road crossings, courteous drivers, nice people, head wind in both directions (no explaination for that). Excellent trail heads and plenty of good parking.

i hope we "have the weather glass".
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Old 03-11-20, 07:57 AM
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NO, Scott is not an adult!
Well duh!

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Is this trail fully rideable now? I am looking for somewhere to go this weekend to ride and was originally just going to go to Hampton NH. I havenít been to the cape in years.
They had light snow over the weekend but that's all melted. Worse case scenario this time of year is some run off freezing on the trail in the early mornings. This weekend looks like it won't even be below freezing tho.

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head wind in both directions (no explaination for that).
What if you ride the whole thing backwards?
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fwiw - I've shied away from April CCRT group rides due to weather & not knowing how I could deal with that distance, at a group's pace. June can be tricky due to blizzards of pollen making me gag the whole day. maybe I need to take a sick day, on a moderate day, in May ...
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head wind in both directions (no explaination for that).
The price we pay for living on the east coast.

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They had light snow over the weekend but that's all melted. Worse case scenario this time of year is some run off freezing on the trail in the early mornings. This weekend looks like it won't even be below freezing tho.

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The weather is looking great for Saturday. Will be my first road bike ride outside this year.
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That veteran tandem team usually includes Sharon providing all the real power. Their pace is generally diminished, though, by the load of excellent gluten free cookies in the panniers, along with a picnic lunch that would please a Parisian. Not unusual for other gals to join too.
I thank you (and others) for the implied compliments in the phrase "veteran tandem team". For everyone else, the fact is we aren't really all that fast, especially on the return! None of you will have any trouble "keeping up". The real fact is that Top can outrun all of us! But he chooses not to, as do everyone else. We all do a lot of checking up on the rest of the crew and waiting for anyone who disappears for too long in the rear view mirror.


Unfortunately we cannot make the trip for two reasons. First, we have music commitments in Maine. Second (which I haven't mentioned to many folks here yet), Sharon has her wings clipped right now and won't be riding much for a while. We took a low-speed fall on Sunday, blown over by the wind I think, and she broke her arm. So you are all going to have to enjoy the day for us and (as Winston Churchill would say) report back to us that it has been done.
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Yikes, Jim! Best wishes to Sharon for a speedy recovery.

I don’t anticipate being available for this ride as I’m planning to do the western Kentucky/bourbon and tobacco ride that weekend. Of course, flying might be prohibited by then, which would change my status. I’ve also wanted to join you all by riding from home and heading on to P-town to catch the ferry back to a Boston though it would mean heading out really, really early.
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Sharon she broke her arm.
oh darn! wutz the prognosis?
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oh darn! wutz the prognosis?
Thanks for asking. Through the magic of medical grade screws and the chemistry of pain killers she is doing well! Now it just a matter of time, some number of weeks that will certainly be more than she'd prefer. The problem is keeping her sane until then.

We are currently examining the possibility of postponing or canceling our shows for the next month or two. We've had some good practice and chosen material which will make an interesting show with her singing but not playing. So by itself that's not why we'd cancel shows. However avoiding the spread of covid-19 seems like a good idea, especially given that much of our fan base is getting up in years. (So are we, when you get right down to it, as I turned 71 last November.) If both Maine shows for that weekend are canceled I may be able to make the ride solo.

It's still up in the air, so to speak. This has been a tough winter in so many ways.
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Through the magic of medical grade screws
oh surgery ... wish her well from me, even tho we never met, "formally" but we've crossed paths, I think while going around Bedford Depot. (a yr or so ago) I recognized you both & may have made "a face" but was too shy to say anything ...
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........I recognized you both & may have made "a face" but was too shy to say anything ...
Its ok. I have same issue when I encounter A list celebrities. I was born shy.

Hope to see you soon. I figure that camping out, pee'n in the shrubbery and cycling in the open air I should be safe enough to from this "thing". Day by day though.
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I figure that camping out, pee'n in the shrubbery and cycling in the open air I should be safe enough to from this "thing". Day by day though.
Iíve never been this clean in my life
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A month out and playing it by ear. If we call it I'll give at least a weeks warning.

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pretty sure my Vineyard trip is gonna be canceled ...
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State of MA is on a "stay at home advisory" until May 4th. Non essential businesses closed as well. Plus there's a petition on Change.org to close the canal bridges to out of staters. Not that it will happen.

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Ok, I'm calling it.
POSTPONED!!
Tentative date 16 May. Stay safe 'til then.

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Ok, I'm calling it.
POSTPONED!!
Tentative date 16 May. Stay safe 'til then.

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Capers thinking the bridges will be closed so hopefully opened up in time for our ride!
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