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Old 11-01-13, 07:06 AM
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Not much daylight for rides after work anymore. My last one was on Tuesday. A short loop around my valley.





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You live in a beautiful place! Great photos as usual!
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You live in a beautiful place!
Thanks JJS so do you! I'd love to ride in your neck of the woods someday.
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I did some pass hunting in Odai-cho, Mie Japan. I road Fujisaka Toge (藤坂峠) over and back. The road was on a lonely rindo (forestry road). In three hours of cycling, I saw two cars, one motorcyclist, another cyclist and about eight big monkeys. At one point, I was surrounded by monkeys. I had a big monkey in front of me, two on each side of me, and a couple in the trees above me. I thought I was going to be mugged, I had two bananas in my bicycle bag.
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Old 11-02-13, 09:37 AM
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Possibly the last ride of the year.

The corcscrew again, this time in autumn colors














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Just a quick blast around the Yorkshire Dales before the fore-casted foul weather kicked in.

Must take my camera on rides more........!
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Around and about Lake Redman Reservoir and Seven Valleys, S.E. PA

This is the peak week around here, for Fall Color.
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Did a 40 miler with my lady from Copake, NY, into Massachusetts, down to Salsbury, CT, and back to NY. Quite a nice loop with around 3500 feet of climbing. To both of our surprises, the route ended up being at least 60% off paved roads. Some knarly, some not so bad.

Mount Washington Road after climbing up Mt. Riga Road from Salsbury:



Being the land surveyor that I am, I had to stop at the state line:



View from Bash Bish State Forest, looking West:

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EBH, PL, YK, nice pics!

Frenchosa, remind me not to carry bananas!

Today was a great day for a ride. We rode with BF member otg today, did 65 miles, Bedford, MA to New Hampshire and back. Avg spd 12.5, above our usual. Max speed 28.5. I shouldn't have hit the brakes so much, I guess.

Taking a break for lunch on a grassy triangle somewhere in the middle of nowhere:



Our destination:



We took a break by the Graniteville millpond on the return:



Across the road Halloween lingers on in Graniteville:



And just downstream the old Graniteville mills, a combination of different eras:



Tired at the end:

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A big November wind today, so decided to stay "urban" and hug the river as a wind break. 55 miles, including the last 12 that were a wicked combo of wind eating and climbing. A good workout at any rate. Took cell phone pics of some sites along the Minneapolis/St Paul trail systems including:

Late season river traffic
The point where the Minnesota river meets the Mississippi
Fort Snelling
Minnehaha falls
Lakes Harriet and Calhoun
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Originally Posted by Chrome Molly
A big November wind today, so decided to stay "urban" and hug the river as a wind break. 55 miles, including the last 12 that were a wicked combo of wind eating and climbing. A good workout at any rate. Took cell phone pics of some sites along the Minneapolis/St Paul trail systems including:

Late season river traffic
The point where the Minnesota river meets the Mississippi
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Lakes Harriet and Calhoun

Minnehaha Falls is about 5 minutes from the Gomangos!

...and yes the wind was beastly today.

Nice pics.
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I'm constantly amazed by the nature available to enjoy right in our metro area.

From our rides yesterday and today.










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i am always amazed at the beauty you guys get to enjoy while riding. not much to look at here. surrounded my flat land full of corn and soybeans.
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Originally Posted by sloar
i am always amazed at the beauty you guys get to enjoy while riding. not much to look at here. surrounded my flat land full of corn and soybeans.
Oh, I don't know, sloar. A spread of corn can be really beautiful when surrounded by turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, home-grown tomatoes, pumpkin pie.
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Jim, nice picture yourself as well

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i am always amazed at the beauty you guys get to enjoy while riding. not much to look at here. surrounded my flat land full of corn and soybeans.
Hey, don't cut yourself short! I have never been to the mid-west. I'm sure many others haven't been either. It's always interesting to see photos of some new scenery. Maybe take photos during times of interesting light, that'll spice things up a bit
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it would have to be some amazing light to make a plowed field look interesting. what makes it worse, i have ridden all over the country and many places over seas. so i know what im missing.
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Originally Posted by gomango
I'm constantly amazed by the nature available to enjoy right in our metro area.
Yep, we're quite lucky. I expect to be skiing at Battle Creek in the next month or so. I've heard it's actually the longest mountain biking park in any metro area.
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it would have to be some amazing light to make a plowed field look interesting. what makes it worse, i have ridden all over the country and many places over seas. so i know what im missing.
I guess you haven't ridden here then.
I did a quick 50 km tuneup ride on the newly refurbished 92 Paramount--now full 105. At the end, I was far more tired than I should have been. It's been a long, hot summer and I've fallen out of shape. Today it barely broke 80 with much lower humidity.

A brick bread oven I'd like to copy some day when we again have our own place in the country.


Due to a detour at a bridge that I detoured around when I last rode here over a year ago--still working on it--I got shuttled onto the wrong side of the airport. The whole wall was grafitti. This one was across the street from where I stopped for snacks. Ray.

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Yep, we're quite lucky. I expect to be skiing at Battle Creek in the next month or so. I've heard it's actually the longest mountain biking park in any metro area.
FinnSisu cross country ski school/shop was out there today.

I think the kids were ready to give me cpr after some of those hills and valleys.

90 minutes of trails gives me a much better workout than a 60 mile country ride at this point.

I ski as well, but just traditional.

My wife is a skater though and loves their lit trails.

I am very tempted to buy a used skate package this fall and give it a go.

Talk about a workout.
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I upgraded my Dawes drive train from a five speed Suntour perfect 888 (14-23) to a six speed suntour winner pro (13-24) this week. I bought the freewheel used and installed it a few days ago with a new chrome z chain. It worked fine on the around the neighborhood test ride, but I need to test it on a real hill.

Today I could only go out for a short ride, so I did a short little loop, 16.86 miles. I wore street clothes, not my usual lycra attire.





Well, the 24 skips under extreme pressure. Almost doesn't, but it does. I'm going to have to replace that cog, or buy a new freewheel. For now I guess I'll put the Perfect 5 speed back on.

It was cold today at around 45 degrees with a chilly breeze.

After I took this picture my pant leg brushed the pump and knocked it off the frame, when I turned my head back I saw a minivan run the pump over. I was not happy.
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I got in a pretty nice ride (for me) yesterday, with the SunTour Superbe Pro RD installed, along with a XC Pro FD & crank. The only real problem is, once your gearing is pretty good, you almost never have to shift on a paved trail, so I didn't really get to test it that much. But I did see that mobile goat herd again, this time right near the Eastlake Bridge. What they do is, they set up temporary fencing, around an area that badly needs landscaped, & they put a herd of goats in, to eat all the plants (& who knows what else). I counted about 25-30, then just guesstimated the herd to be 50. I'm gonna start taking my camera on rides too. Some things just can't be properly described.
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I went exploring the dirt roads and trails this weekend again. I wanted to see how far a northerly road went. There was some steep short sections that tested my legs and tires. The surface was the worst I've encountered so far in the past two weeks out here. Talent, equipment, and luck ran out on me when 100 feet further, I hit loose ground and the front wheel sunk and stopped, I couldn't unclip in time and fell on my left side. Hurts! My palm, elbow, and lower leg took the brunt of it. The left hand began to bother me. I hope it's not fractured.
I cut the ride short to 19 miles.


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That terrain looks like it wouldn't be all THAT safe, even on a MTB. I thought I broke my toe a week or 2 ago, trying to ride downhill in gravel, on skinny tires, but it was probably just a heck of a bruise. But it's still pretty black & blue, so it's hard to say for sure. Good luck with your booboo.
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Giro D'Vino Lodi Ca. 14 Tasting stops over 50 mi of country roads. Well organized benefit ride.

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^^What a beautiful Motobecane!
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