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Old 07-29-13, 08:08 PM
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And I don't know if anybody else here plays video games, but damn, Drillium Dude is a dead ringer for Duke Nukem ;). No offense,DD :D
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HAH!!! I've thought that same thought!
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Lunch time, cruising on the Ogre.

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Just a couple 3.5 mile dashes last evening, PINK 87 Bridgestone, to and from our BSA (Boy Scouts...NOT motor cycle) just been so bloody hot in the daytime! This is Evening at our host church Holy Family Cath Church, N St Pete. Ride with all my lights and safety vest...hot as it is, have to show a good example for the boys.

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47 miles this afternoon on the Gitane. A beautiful sunny day, not too humid or hot at about 80. I rode in Scituate, Coventry and West Greenwich RI.



Waterman Tavern (1747, possibly earlier)





This building served as the meeting place for town council until 1835, when town hall was built down the road (since demolished). It was the unofficial political and governmental center of the town. Lafayette is said to have slept here and left a sword mark on one of the fireplace mantels.

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^Great stuff! Though the skidmarks in the first pic tell a tale of hazardous roads. btw Was 'Rock-Paper-Scissors' named after the French general Rochambeau?
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After 10 yrs of summer bliss in this area we've experienced three large wildfires in our area. The lates started last Sunday and is now over 59,000 acres (81 sq miles). The smoke started really settling in the valley on Monday afternoon but cleared yesterday afternoon so I could get a short ride in. Combine that with some of my primary "loop" roads having brand new chip seal I've been forced to find some new routes.

Heavy smoke on the horizon - Sunday night you could see the glow over the horizon from the fires. Last night the smoke was just too heavy for that.



As a kid I used to love exploring old, abandoned farm houses and bikes were the way I got there



Small, old barn - the horses just looked at me like "what the heck, you're taking a photo of that?"



Our local rodeo stock provider - he's had some great stock in our local rodeo over the years and travels all over the west coast.

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Old 07-31-13, 02:45 PM
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My lady and I just got home from riding in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. We had a great time (Yarmouth, Halifax, Summerside, Charlottetown, Shelburne) and, the scenery was beautiful.


















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YoKev, that looks just glorious!

I rode today. Off to work from the train station and back again. Rode the Miami Vice Centurion Ironman today. Nice bike. But the left crank arm has developed a squeak. I have to do something about it, somehow, some way or another. It's annoying. But the ride was great!
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We went to the city...

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50k in Rain, thunder and lightning. A lot of it spent hiding under cover.
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^ that is a great photo, aidanpringle!
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^ that is a great photo, aidanpringle!
Thanks, I was pretty happy with it. It looked really bad when I took it but I was pleasantly surprised when I uploaded it.
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I decided to ride my bike to work yesterday. Since I am a work-from-home employee (strong emphasis on "from"), it's a rare opportunity. Of course, I had to ride out of town so I could ride home!
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I went on a 42 mile ride early this morning. Beautiful and sunny, 65-70 degrees. The Gitane rode through Smithfield, Chepachet, West Glocester, East Putnam CT, East Killingly CT, Foster, Glocester, Greenville. Most of the roads in CT were new for me.

Apples ripening in Smithfield RI



Dam and stream at Cady pond in Putnam



Gitane at Cady Pond



turret shaped barn addition in Putnam CT

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Took a ride this morning through Whatcom Falls Park, along Lake Whatcom, then headed toward Deming. But I got just past Nugents Corner and realized I was getting in over my head endurance-wise, so I turned around.

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Little ride up to Gandy Bridge and across Tampa Bay, and back Saturday on my 87 Bridgestone 550

Sun Breaking over RIviera Bay

A break at the Gandy Park Boardwalk

The old Gandy Span...now closed. For a few years, it was a fishing pier, walking/jogging/cycle trail across Tampa Bay, but crumbling concrete forced it's closure a few year back. :-( Used to take the Boy Scouts there to do laps for Cycling Merit Badge miles.
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I've been wanting to try out my Cino Heroica PX10 now the build is complete and this weekend was my chance. We don't have a lot of gravel roads here that aren't in the mountains and beat up so I decided to head back to my parents and the area where I grew up riding since the county is littered with gravel and dirt roads. The original route was just shy of 46 miles but I had to change due to two days of heavy rain on Thursday and Friday of last week. The dirt roads get pretty greasy when they get wet so I knew I'd need to stay off them.

The bike itself was fantastic. It feels much more solid than the late-70's PX10 I had before with less bottom bracket flex on this one. I installed a French thread Velo Orange cartridge bb and it seems to be very solid. The 700X28c Pasela Tourguards handled the gravel, and even loose rock, without even a hint of losing grip. The roads were damp enough which mean no dust and better yet a cushy ride where I felt like I was on tubulars most of the time. I had the rear inflated to 100psi and the front at 95. Only three things to address on the bike - I've got a loose tab in the left Campagnolo brake lever that rattles something fierce. The right one had the same problem and a smidgen of glue fixed the problem on that lever. I appear to have a stiff chain link that only periodically crept up so I'll need to figure out which one it was. Different brake pads are needed - Kool Stops for sure. There was one very steep downhill with larger rocks and some deep washboard that I was "white knuckled" on.

I got out of the house about 5 am to head straight to the start. Would have liked to have spent Friday night at my parents but that's a different story. I was on the road by 8:30 because I knew in two miles I would tackle the steepest climb of the day. This area is wheat farming country known as the Palouse. Miles and miles of rolling hills which means I encountered a lot of them on the road. It seemed like it was a whole lot more than I remembered. The route encompassed close to 30 miles of gravel (and one muddy section)

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My old high school:



A view of the early rolling terrain:



The most common piece of farm equipment this time of year - the hillside combine equipped with leveling hydraulics:



Glenwood Rd on the way to crossing the north fork of the Palouse River and going up the first gravel climb of the day. It was up this climb that I encountered my biggest challenge of the entire day - a 150 pound Great Dane who wanted to take a large bite out of my body. I end up walking up the road with my bike between me and him until the owner came out of the house yelling for the dog and apologizing profusely.



A common site:



Steptoe Butte - named after an army colonel who was trounced in battle by Indians and forced to retreat to the Snake River.



Another view:



Grain elevators are another very common site:

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Set 2



The one dirt road I decided to ride. It was probably not smart but, oh well. The first part still had some gravel in it and when it got softer I was able to ride on the weeds for a little more solid footing. The last 1/4 mile, though, on a downhill had mud flying everywhere, the back tire slipping out sideways and accumulations of mud on places I didn't think I'd have to worry about.



The old McGrady place - when I was in high school and working for the farmer over the hill this house was still occupied by Mrs. McGrady who, at that time, was in her 90's and was very, very sweet.







Before dropping back down on the Palouse River again:



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Set 3:





The old covered bridge has seen better days. I remember when there was a fire in one of the railroad tunnels and my brother and I walked across that bridge and along the tracks to go see it even though the cops, had they caught us, would have had a field day.



Cresting the last hill and looking at town. Those last two little inclines were killers at 8% or more and my legs wanting to cramp up.





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Nice story and pics, scozim!
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Originally Posted by Shp4man
And I don't know if anybody else here plays video games, but damn, Drillium Dude is a dead ringer for Duke Nukem . No offense,DD
Where have I heard that one before?



No offense taken, of course!

Some really awesome pics recently; I could spend half my day commenting, easily! Suffice to say that I'm glad you walked away no worse for wear, Jim - and Scott, I miss those roads! Looking forward to joining you on those next year

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Originally Posted by YoKev
My lady and I just got home from riding in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. We had a great time (Yarmouth, Halifax, Summerside, Charlottetown, Shelburne) and, the scenery was beautiful.


Great shot of the lighthouse at Peggy's Cove, Yokev.

I was there in Spring of 2007. The coast was wonderful. During happier times.


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Great pictures scozim!
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Thanks for those great photos Scozim. I was born in Pullman a long, long time ago and am planning a visit next year. Looks like I should bring my bike.
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Thanks for those great photos Scozim. I was born in Pullman a long, long time ago and am planning a visit next year. Looks like I should bring my bike.
Definitely take a bike - there are some great roads and sites to ride and see in the area along with the Hiwawatha trail and Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes.
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