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Spring Training March 3-10 - the Usual Suspects descend on SoCal

Old 03-13-24, 07:07 PM
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Originally Posted by droppedandlost
Did you bring him home with you? I'm feeling his presence in the greater Seattle area
I believe they did. The Portland weathercreatures are predicting “freezing to fabulous” tomorrow and temperatures in the 70’s for this weekend’s bagel ride.
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Originally Posted by gugie
I Soliti Sospetti started the idea of Spring Training with a trip to Arizona in 2020, thinking this might be an annual thing.
Ahem: The Last Winter Tour of the Willamette Valley
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Originally Posted by nlerner
The Last Winter Tour of the Willamette Valley
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Originally Posted by gugie
The Last Winter Tour of the Willamette Valley
You don't expect my Spring Break to actually occur in the spring, do you?!
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What a happy morning read this has been!
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Thanks for sharing all the photos and stories. I found myself eagerly reading your posts with envy wishing I was one of the Usual Suspects.
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USS Midway

Fin.
Anybody else realize the superstructure has been seriously updated?
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Not much I can add to what's already been reported here by The Usual Suspects.
Many thanks to Gugie for his organizational skills and for fronting the $ for the accommodations, which have to be set up months in advance.
A greater group of compatible old guys would be difficult to find.
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Yes, those are seals swimming at the edge of the surf!
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Originally Posted by northbend
Thanks for sharing all the photos and stories. I found myself eagerly reading your posts with envy wishing I was one of the Usual Suspects.
Matt, you are a highly unusual suspect.
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...and my ride for the entire eight days, 300+ miles. Zero problems, what a companion!
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Originally Posted by rccardr
Not much I can add to what's already been reported here by The Usual Suspects.
Many thanks to Gugie for his organizational skills and for fronting the $ for the accommodations, which have to be set up months in advance.
A greater group of compatible old guys would be difficult to find.
Some random shots, including some of the many fine meals enjoyed:
IMG_9694 by Doc Mertes, on Flickr
IMG_9693 by Doc Mertes, on Flickr

Yes, those are seals swimming at the edge of the surf!
IMG_9676 by Doc Mertes, on Flickr
IMG_9675 by Doc Mertes, on Flickr
One of those bikes on the ferry is a Baylis!
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Originally Posted by rccardr
...and my ride for the entire eight days, 300+ miles. Zero problems, what a companion!
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Perfect sport touring bike

Does it fit 28mm + fenders?
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One of those bikes on the ferry is a Baylis!
Yep. Track bike with wood rims: https://www.facebook.com/share/p/Fih...ibextid=xfxF2i

There were some very nice bikes at both Sunday rides.
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Originally Posted by merziac
Anybody else realize the superstructure has been seriously updated?
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I noticed but never stopped to look closely. Environmental rules require covering over surfaces getting rehabbed on ships and further down the Bay the Navy ships in the yards are covered in white canvas (actually probably a plastic covering now). I figured it was something like this where they’re doing paint scraping, etc under the cover or maybe just a longer term covering to save money and not have to paint up there as often.

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One of those bikes on the ferry is a Baylis!
Yes it was a very nice fixed gear.
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs
I noticed but never stopped to look closely. Environmental rules require covering over surfaces getting rehabbed on ships and further down the Bay the Navy ships in the yards are covered in white canvas (actually probably a plastic covering now). I figured it was something like this where they’re doing paint scraping, etc under the cover or maybe just a longer term covering to save money and not have to paint up there as often.



Yes it was a very nice fixed gear.
We were there several years ago and the ships at the yard across the bay were wrapped in giant cling wrap for surveillance deterrent we were told.

There was a carrier there that was still wrapped up but was leaving, they left the wrap on until the night before they left at about 6 am.

This appears to be permanent, far bigger and taller to my eye.

Seems like it could be a target despite being decommissioned, one of our most important warships still sitting, docked across from a major base.

Seen from space it probably looks like its still in play, gets painted regularly, planes on deck, albeit ancient and regular crowds, activity.

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Originally Posted by merziac
Anybody else realize the superstructure has been seriously updated?
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs
Environmental rules require covering over surfaces getting rehabbed on ships and further down the Bay the Navy ships in the yards are covered in white canvas (actually probably a plastic covering now).
I wondered what that was about. When I was in Seattle a couple of years ago for some bike rides with @Dfrost we saw a ship in Bremerton that looked like they'd shrink wrapped the whole thing, and it wasn't a small ship.
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Where's DD when you really need him.
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Originally Posted by merziac
Where's DD when you really need him.
Lt. Commander @Spaghetti Legs outranks him.
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