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Old 09-21-13, 09:09 PM
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Great pictures southpawboston! It looks like an idyllic place to ride. All those roads in the vicinity of your loop are 'hollow" roads. Those often make for fun roads; up and down!
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Jealous of my fellow Minnesotans that got out for long rides today. I only did 10 miles on my fatbike. It's almost time to put the roadies away for the season, I should be taking advantage of nice days like today!
We are leaving in an hour for Hastings on the border with Wisconsin.

Trying for a hundo today, with a nice 50/50 mix of gravel and country roads.

Should be a great ride!
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I took my Twenty through city streets to choral rehearsal. My gigantic bell is great for alerting people, but it rattles constantly, sending rings along constantly. They're not as loud as when I ring manually. I'm not sure if this is a feature or a bug. Maybe I shouldn't look into fixing it.

I got a flat half mile from home on the way back, so I walked it home. Gotta put a tool kit together for this bike.

The bike picture is from New Jersey, a few months ago. The parking lot picture is from a couple of days ago.



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Yesterdays ride took me to another nearby seaside town







From top of a bridge where you can see my office building. I also used to work in that shipyard

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I'd wonder just how much work I'd get done in that place with that view distracting me. Very nice EBH
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Thank you Northbend. You do get used to it though
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I managed to squeeze in a short 26 mile ride on the Gitane late this afternoon. High 60s and sunny this afternoon.



Pawtuxet River


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Old 09-22-13, 05:35 PM
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Nice pics. EBH, a compliment coming from northbend is worth something because to judge by his ride pics he lives in a spectacular part of the world.

JJS, is that a monarch butterfly? (The colors seem just a bit faded but that could be a trick of the pic.) Monarchs have been scarce in New England this summer. Possible causes include development along their migration path destroying native milkweed, and introduction of pesticides.
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It is a monarch Jim. The faded color is from the lighting. I rode by this little guy and went back to take its picture. It was in the road and I (very gently) moved it to the side of the road. I tried several times to capture the brightness of its wings but the wind, lighting and the bug were not cooperating. Now that you mention it, I haven't seen very many this year.

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Riding the levee road ... near the confluence of the Hirose and Natori rivers in Sendai. Market gardeners use the flood plain.

This is the last bridge but one before the sea and mouth of the Natori River. The adjacent area was not very nice after the 2011 tsunami.
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Heading back into Sendai. Angry clouds scudding about, but I came back with a nice tailwind

Almost home. I was unwell during the summer, so I am slowly working my way back to riding.
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Cut work on Tuesday to enjoy the beautiful start of Fall, took the Mrs. to the Duke Farm Estate in Hillsborough



Coasted around the grounds and discovered some hidden treasures



After a picnic lunch, we headed over to the Conservatory



And enjoyed the Orchid Display





And found a proper spot for a bicycle photo



The Estate is open to the public everyday except Wednesday, it's free, has about 12 miles of flawlessly paved bicycle paths and a rather nice collection of well preserved turn of the century buildings and garden-scapes...NJ's answer to our neighbors Central Park
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No pics today. Just a brief report. Been doing the commute thing, 27mi round trip, so far every day this week. Cool weather, pleasant riding.
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Eastern CT Metric Part I Windham Center

I had the day off and had a great time riding in CT. 68.75 miles on the Gitane, with 2454' elevation gain. I rode in Sterling-Plainfield-Canterbury-Scotland-Windham-Willimantic-Lebanon-Franklin-Yantic-Norwich-Preston City-Voluntown; All in CT.

Windham green had some really cool buildings.

Dr Chester Hunt Office (1790)




Greek revivial bank turned into library (1832)


beautiful dentils and triglyphs
This is the smallest freestanding library in CT.

Cave Canem

Samuel Gray House (1790 with Greek revival additions 1835)

Windham Inn (1783)


note the buckling of the brick


Frog Battle memorial


In 1754 the inhabitants of Windham thought they were being attacked by Indians. It turned out that the scary noises they heard in the night were not man made war cries, but an amphibious assault. That's my abbreviated version. More here:

https://www.mansfieldnumismaticsociety.org/frogs.htm


Frogs in Willimantic


Llamas on the move
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Eastern CT Metric Part II Lebanon Green

I made a last minute decision to change my route and add a stop to Lebanon, where I had never been and I was glad I did! Lebanon had the largest village green I have seen in New England. It is over a mile long and has a dirt path snaking through it in a big oval.



I think they plant crops in the middle.

Governor Jonathan Trumbull's house



He entertained Washington, Rochambeau and Duc de Lauzun here.



This stable was adjacent to Governor Jonathan Trumbull's house. It looks almost palatial.




War HQ for the Northern army in the Revolutionary War.


A humble start; looks like a barn. Rome had a similar rustic origin.

I brake for cemeteries







I liked the way these two were leaning towards each other

see if you are able to read the inscription on this one

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Eastern CT Metric Part III Norwich etc

Agricultural processing?


Thames River in Norwich


Town Hall Norwich


Cows in Preston City


Bookend pond pictures near the end of the ride



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Bookend pond pictures near the end of the ride
Wow, I was in awe of the reflections I caught on this morning's 20 mile sunrise ride, but they didn't compare to your photos JJ. Nice overall report and makes it hard to not to want to find my way to CT for a weekend ride.

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From today's midday ride



The concorde basking in the autumn sun


Ploughing sticks up and ready for the winter




An old county border stone
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I really wanted to go for a ride yesterday, but ended up working. I wanted to go for a ride early, but work didn't cooperate again. Finally around 3 PM, I managed to roll out the door for a leisurely 34 mile ride. Climbed around 2050 feet over the distance. It was a great day for a ride and I would have loved to gone for a longer ride, but lack of daylight and family obligations kept the ride short.

Can you guess which bike I rode?

Gravel Grind Away - 1 by Sallad Rialb, on Flickr


Gravel Grind Away - 4 by Sallad Rialb, on Flickr


I think this swimming hole might be worth exploring next year.

Gravel Grind Away - 5 by Sallad Rialb, on Flickr


Gravel Grind Away - 6 by Sallad Rialb, on Flickr


Gravel Grind Away - 8 by Sallad Rialb, on Flickr

I got a kick out of this, needless to say.

Gravel Grind Away - 10 by Sallad Rialb, on Flickr





Gravel Grind Away - 12 by Sallad Rialb, on Flickr
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Took a few of my fellow Chiefs out for a 25 mile ride to Donkey Gate and back. Afterwards we had a pancake brunch

60s postcard-look of me next to the runway on the outward leg:



The group on the way out:



Freddie - he's actually riding on a set of Spidel pedals I passed along to him (which I got from C&Ver 4Rings6Stars):



Gregg:



Scott and Fern (Fern's bike is an 80's Nishiki):



Southern end of the lagoon:



Helmet-hair



Apres-ride pancake brunch; L to R Gregg, Fern, me, Scott and Freddie:



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I am in love with this thread! Seeing all the great pictures and the stories that accompany them inspire me to ride. That is what this thread is about, correct?
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DD, nice pics! Those are some big, strong dudes you hang out with!
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Me too, photogravity.

Last night, my wife and I rode to Brooklyn to attend an old timey and bluegrass jamboree. The music was most excellent, but I didn't take pictures there. I took one shot in Brooklyn. Here, the city cleared out a parking spot to create bike parking. I saw a few of these spaces.

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My Daughter visited for 2 weeks prior to her senior year @ SPU in Seattle. She was thoughtful enough to bring her riding gear and I provided a jersey that was too small for me and to big for her. Anyway, this is on the Mt Vernon MUP from DC to guess where!
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My daily commute is on the right. This was the first time I rode the 'Nago in over a year. New on it are the pedals and seat post from DD as well as a Rigina CX/CXS 7spd which shifted very well. I typically use a Brooks but this is Italian after all.

We also visited Ft Hunt along the way:
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Dallas: I always look forward to the regular contributors' photos here, and you're one of the most prolific - so stand up and take a bow

Jim: Very true - some of the guys in the CPO Mess can give me a run for my money; Gregg in particular can be pretty fast on that passed-down klunker MTB (his assessment, not mine)! And Fern on his old (and huge) Nishiki the same.

Patrick: Nice to see the Superissimo (it certainly is that) completely period correct now. It looks fantastic! And great that you got to ride with your daughter while she visited. She should have no problems finding riding groups up in WA - talk about a cycling-friendly town

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