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Old 10-19-13, 02:31 PM
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I was down in Portland the other day and got out for nice ride heading towards Mt. hood. Ran out of time though, and had to turn back sooner than I'd hoped.




















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Roger, that looks like a very nice day! (That guy has been riding that motorcycle a bit too long though. )
We did 62.5 miles on the tandem today, it being my sweetie's birthday. She wanted a long ride so I gave her one. Bedford northwest to Pepperell, north to the NH state line. It was great!

Lunch at the Graniteville millpond. Graniteville is in the town of Westford. The road runs over the dam which once powered mills. You can see one old mill on the right, now occupied by a few business. The left bank of the dam also has a mill with a tall stack, but the building is in disrepair and vacant, part of the roof burned away.


At the crossing of rt11A and the NRRT in New Hampshire, just to prove we made it that far .
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Iffy weather today, couldn't decide what it wanted to do. So, I took the Croll out for a gravel ride of around 30 miles today, about 50/50 gravel and pavement. Photo taken before I got very wet.
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Originally Posted by Peugeotlover
Fishing boat to the left, chalet on the right hillside, tree color straight across.
Good pic there. I do about 90% of my riding on the Burke-Gilman trail, which borders Lake Washington for several miles. I always seem to take breaks on floating docks, when they're empty, because I like the element of risk, and that's exactly what your pic looks like. It was foggy as heck here this morning, so I never left the house till about 11:30. I hit the Chittendon Lockes in Ballard for clam chowda, which gave me the energy to go North, almost to Bothell.
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Today we did only 26.4 on the tandem, a recovery day. Traffic was heavy and slightly frenetic, maybe people burning off energy after last night's win by the Red Sox. Still, it was a lovely day for a ride.



Stopped at Heart Pond for lunch:


Watched some of the cranberry harvest at the bog in Carlisle:




On the return we passed by here:


I've wanted a pic of this since I first saw it. I suspect this road has been here since the farm was founded. It's narrow, winding through woods and fields, heavily patch (probably last paved during the Grant administration), and passes by one section of a wildlife sanctuary. Out of respect for the farm and for the other properties along this stretch I won't tell you where it is. It is off the beaten path, and you can't bike it very fast.
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We've had a temperature inversion this weekend in WesternWashington which means down low it's cool, foggy and the air is getting stagnant. If you can get above, say, 1500 feet elevation, the air is clean and clear as a bell. My wife says to me go outside and play today so I did. This morning, I drove to the Stevens Canyon Entrance to Mount Rainier National Park where I parked, got the bike out and rode the popular "RATROD" loop. Riding this loop for the 1st time, I did it clockwise, riding into the logging town of Packwood where you then head north and west out of town on this beautiful gem of a road called Skate Creek Road. It climbs up and over the western most flanks of the Tatoosh Mountain Range.

This quiet road follows the creek from which it was named, and the sounds of water are never far away. The Maple Trees lining the creek still hold a lot of their fall colors and It was very beautiful to see the water reflecting the golden colors in the quieter sections and ponds you pass by.

As you drop down on the otherside, you get your first full blown view of Rainier.

There were still a lot of miles to cover and a lot of climbing ahead. I entered the park via the Nisqually Entrance and began the long climb up to Paradise.

Eventually arriving and finding it not so "Zoo like" this late in the year. Very nice. The bike gets it's first taste of snow this fall.

I packed a light lunch and had it on the porch of the Paradise Lodge - closed for the season. RATROD is an acronym for "Ride Around Tatoosh Range One Day". This are the Tatoosh Mountains in the Background.

I set off to finish the loop. The Tatoosh watching over me.

The ride down Stevens Canyon to the car begins at the aptly named Reflection Lakes.

It is a fun descent, new pavement for long stretches made it even better. One last climb up Backbone Ridge and then a fast swoopy descent to the car. Great day!

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Old 10-20-13, 11:26 PM
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Nice pic's folks. Especially NB's from the mountains
It's been cold and wet weather at my place so no riding for me lately...
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northbend, my hat's off to ya. I couldn't possibly make that ride today (bad knees), but your post gives me some real inspiration.
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Beautiful Fall images everyone! Spectacular mountain vistas NB, Thanks!
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Great pictures Northbend! It's nice that you got up to NH this weekend Jim. I need to do that myself sometime soon.
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Thanks guys, glad you liked the photos
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Coming up on 27 years ago, on my second trip to Playa Del Carmen, I slung my hammock in this grove of coconut trees.
At the time the it was a sleepy fishing village that looked and felt like this:
Now it looks and feels like this:
and this:
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I spotted this nice Pug mixte on the street


My wife and i took a three day mini-vacation just to the south, and I rode in and around while she went to Xcaret.

Thanks to the red bike lane, I never had to enter the traffic lanes at all.

These last two picks won't go away, no matter what I try.

Still in the 90s and humid here, though we're expecting cooler, drier weather any day now.
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[QUOTE=Roger M;16174384]I was down in Portland the other day and got out for nice ride heading towards Mt. hood. Ran out of time though, and had to turn back sooner than I'd hoped.




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Just a short ride around Lake Padden yesterday.
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[QUOTE=seedsbelize;16178467]
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Marijuana?
I didn't smell any doo doo weed there, so I'll say no on that
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My usual 10 mile lap...urban mostly, a little along the water...did get passed by a herd of flying Elephants (NO, I was not dehydrated and hallucinating....it was a kiddies carnival ride from a fall festival) sorry, no pics. A little cooler this AM, so I set a new Avg speed for that lap at 18.14 on the Bridgestone.
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[QUOTE=Roger M;16180332]
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I didn't smell any doo doo weed there, so I'll say no on that
I see the mountain in the background now. Thought it might be of the medical type. Looks a lot like it.
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Dawes Galaxy first ride

I finished building my Dawes Galaxy this weekend and put some bar tape on it after work yesterday. I was too impatient to wait until sunday while I shellacked the tape over the next few days, so I put an H2O cage on and hit the road today with a few extra tools for any adjustments that might come up.

A beautiful day; 65 degrees and sunny.

Scituate reservoir Dam


Couldn't resist the urge to get some dirt in








Something about gravestones and delapidated barns, I can't stop taking pictures of them.


Clouded up a little on the way home


Dawes rode great. I want to get a brown Brooks swift for it and upgrade to a 6 speed freewheel. In addition, I would like to run some cyclocross tires. Those upgrades can wait for now. It felt pretty light weight with the current components. I made decent time too; over 45 miles in a little less than 3 hours.
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More miles than degrees today. 44 miles at 38 degrees (on average per the bank signs). Broke out some of the winter gear including the dorky but effective ski helmet, toe covers, and winter gloves. Enough layers and it was a steady but mostly comfortable ride. Tried to not overheat on the climbs, and enjoy these few hours on the road in late October. Nice late fall Minnesota scenery, but didn't take the camera along today.
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Took a brake, I mean break from work, 14.75 miles on the Raleigh.
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I don't envy you guys in the frozen north. But then, you're probably better mechanics than I am.
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I went out for my 51st Birthday ride a few days early because the weather as so nice. I did an extra mile on the ay out to make sure I got my 51 in. Wouldn't you know where I get a flat, mile 51 of course, about a mile from home. Not a good omen, but I was so close I just walked it home and fixed it there.
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Originally Posted by KOBE
I went out for my 51st Birthday ride a few days early because the weather as so nice. I did an extra mile on the ay out to make sure I got my 51 in. Wouldn't you know where I get a flat, mile 51 of course, about a mile from home. Not a good omen, but I was so close I just walked it home and fixed it there.
Happy 51st Birthday Kobe! I think that extra mile did you in.
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Happy 51st Birthday Kobe! I think that extra mile did you in.
Thanks WNG, I would have loved to have been able to limit my maximum for this ride at 49.
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35 miles in uneven 25mph winds today. A bit warmer than on Thursday, but still in the 30's for most of this morning's ride. A few pics; over the Mississippi, then over Raspberry Island in St Paul, and finally the annual snowman picture (given they're predicting some next week). The wind was from the northwest and really moving on the ride on the river dike wall up to St Paul. I took the Fuji touring 4 only because it doesn't have toe clips and I'm down to wearing some primaloft lightweight hiking boots to keep my toes warm on my hour plus rides now. The Fuji is a nice rider, nearly spotless original condition, and deserves more rides than it gets. Hope to keep riding outside up through Thanksgiving, but that depends on Mother Nature mostly.
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