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Old 05-25-14, 04:07 AM
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Looks like a beautiful ride Velo! You Northwest people have some sick scenery, thanks for sharing.
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I rode from the city today up through gorge road then tackled corkscrew road used in the tour down under.

The bottom of this shot shows Linear Park that runs all the way from coast to hills passing through the city.


Along the lower part of Corkscrew Road.


Most shots are on CS road because I had to rest a lot. I get stronger every week I ride though.


The road zig zags it's way up getting steeper as you go up.


I took this shot of Cadel Evans in about the same spot as the above shot. He gained 23 seconds on this hill alone to lead the tour.


Time for a rest and a quick snack at the church sitting a top.




Then a fast long down hill. Scary on a C&V mountain bike but that why it was also fun.


Another great days riding.
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Nice Aussie pics.


I did 40 miles up the coast today.



bridge buzz kill













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Today we did 37.3 on the tandem, tried some new roads, mostly residential. The weather turned out SPECTACULAR! Tomorrow we intend to do a ride with a new tandem group, 42 miles in a hilly area new to us. It should be fun.

Now that we're home I've managed to glue up the new sew-up wheels I built yesterday. Also drinking good beer. Getting lots done today.

Had a quick mini-picnic at Emerson Field, Concord. It's hard to believe that in about 6 weeks the stillness of this quiet, beautiful playground and the surrounding quiet, tree-lines streets will be shattered by the incessant pounding of banjo notes as our band plays for the annual July 4 festivities.

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I rode around Vashon Island for about 1 1/2 hours today before visiting my Dad over at his beach house. Just enough time to hit one of my all time favorite roads: Burma Road is this narrow winding route that is more akin to a roller coaster. The highlight is this one spot where the road straightens and drops into this steep ravine where you can accelerate to well over 45 mph in less than 100 yards then it pitches just as violently upwards on the other side and near the top goes 90 degrees to the left. If you don't know the road it's terrifying to zoom up without braking but you lose your momentum right before the turn. What a thrill. Anyways, hands were on the handlebars for that one. Here are some photos from the ride after going thru Burma Road.
Views from the Westside Highway


Robinwood Road

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The Island is full of small roads like these

My MXL is the perfect bike for this sort of ride
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@ Vonruden - thanks! I so enjoy seeing other parts of the country and other countries. I always recognize photos of the Pacific NW immediately since I've lived here all my life. I feel so fortunate to live in such a diverse land.
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Lovely views from down under, JCB!
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The maiden voyage of the Ironman - Dayton Ohio.
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jj, nice pics of the Ironman. (Have a few fountains in Dayton?) I built up a Miami Vice Ironman a year or so ago, really like it.
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It was so nice around here today that I finally got all 5 of the family out for a ride along the Perkiomen Trail. I don't think we made it 10 miles total but it was a very memorable ride for me because we just don't get to do it as much as we use to.

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Great family photo, KOBE!
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3 days of rides to share.
Saturday did an 84 mile favorite loop and finally got a photo of my new ride in one of my favorite photo spots

Sunday did 25 miles of mountain biking. Here's the view from Battle Creek Park in St Paul, down toward the Mississippi

Today took the Red River trail south from Menominee Wi, then the Chippewa trail over to Eau Claire for 70 miles of paved and gravel mix. The Red River trail is the most scenic part, and worth riding if you like an easy rail trail ride with constant scenery.


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Originally Posted by KOBE
It was so nice around here today that I finally got all 5 of the family out for a ride along the Perkiomen Trail. I don't think we made it 10 miles total but it was a very memorable ride for me because we just don't get to do it as much as we use to.

That's awesome! The rides may be shorter, however they will never forget the rides with Mom & Dad.
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Nice reports, nice pics, KOBE and CM. Very nice indeed.

We took the tandem out again, only 32 2/3 miles today. Got a late start due to weather, spent a little while riding through a light rain anyway, also hit some pretty good heat and humidity. Plus I'm tired from everything else from this past week!

My sweetie took this cell phone pic of some wildflowers in Great Meadows Natl Wildlife Sanctuary.



These critters were keeping a sharp eye out lest the Carlisle Cranberry Bog get too close. We've noticed we never see any of these near the bog. It's probably some sort of evolutionary thing.



One more stop in Great Brook Farm State Forest. It didn't work out so well.

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jbchybridrider,
I was in the area the week before.
The top of Corkscrew Rd is on the right at 2.56 and the road to the church is the little one heading up the hill.
Not on the retro bike, but the carbon fibre with brakes that work.
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@ KOBE - great photo. You all look so happy!

Chrome Molly - wow great photos of nature. Is that in Minnesota?

I just rode about 10 miles south of home and had a picnic. Trestle behind me over the Tualatin River.

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jbchybridrider,
I was in the area the week before.
The top of Corkscrew Rd is on the right at 2.56 and the road to the church is the little one heading up the hill.
Not on the retro bike, but the carbon fibre with brakes that work.
I took the 8th photo at 6.01 in your video Riding that flowing ridge line on Montacute Road is great, done that many times before my back op. And will do again.
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Originally Posted by Velocivixen
@ KOBE - great photo. You all look so happy!

Chrome Molly - wow great photos of nature. Is that in Minnesota?

I just rode about 10 miles south of home and had a picnic. Trestle behind me over the Tualatin River.

That's a nice shot on the bridge. Looks like everyone had delightful weather this long weekend.

Another good looking mtb you have there, 'Vixen. With the addition of the immaculate Rockhopper, I can understand the hesitation to acquiring the GT. Although IMHO, you can't have too many great rides.
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@WNG - thanks! This one was all original except tires & saddle from the original owner. I got to learn how to set up roller cam brakes!!! I like this ride a lot. I sort of get "set" on one particular bike and ride it to the exclusion of others, then decide I got to mix it up. I suspect I'm not the only with that "issue".

Got too late last night to see the GT. Guy works until 6:00 pm weeknights, so when I'm over in Portland later this week I'll try to connect with him if the bike is still around.
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Habs lost tonight but after a nice neighbourhood cruise I felt much better.

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Originally Posted by Velocivixen
@ KOBE - great photo. You all look so happy!

Chrome Molly - wow great photos of nature. Is that in Minnesota?

I just rode about 10 miles south of home and had a picnic. Trestle behind me over the Tualatin River.

Thanks. Most of the pictures were "across the river" in Wisconsin. Riders in the PNW have some spectacular scenery, ours is a little smaller scale but also nice to be out in.
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Habs lost tonight but after a nice neighbourhood cruise I felt much better.

That's really nice! Glad to see the Habs get knocked off though, being from New England and all...
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Rode up this stupid steep hill yesterday, trying to find the off road connecting trail between another nice hill road, but didn't see it. Only ranked the ninth or so climb in the valley, but the first part is a short WALL of a climb that gives me trouble. Only have pictures of the less steep parts, if I stopped I would have probably never made it on the serious business.





Then at the bottom did a quick little shady trip up this dirt and rock fire road





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A Fabulous Day So Far

It's sunny and 75 as I write this, with a very light breeze. The day started with winning an ebay auction for a Serotta Nova Special at 11:30 this morning. Then I took out my 1981 Schwinn Super Sport and headed off for a 30 minute ride to Belle Isle for free day at the Grand Prix. Took in the sites, saw Ryan Hunter-Reay and watched the Tudor GT endurance cars practice. Additional photos at this link. I should have brought the DSLR, but was too lazy, sorry; impossible to frame with an LCD screen.



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If you're not all getting tired of the PNW shots, here's some more. And it's not all about mountains all the time; some of us live on the edge of the water.

Went on a Costco run to the next town over (Sequim, WA) and had enough time left in the day for a couple hours riding around there. First chance I've had to put some miles on my new old Grandis I was crowing about a month ago.

Unlike my town, the area surrounding Sequim is mostly flat, and my GPS says I climbed a total of only 890 feet over more than 20 miles. Since I do a couple hundred more than that just on my 4 mile commute home, this kind of riding is completely foreign to me; I kind of dig it. First pic is the Olympic Discovery Trail just east of Sequim, sort of rolling through the farmlands. This shot is about 50 feet from Hiway 101 just to the left.


Like any good rails-to-trails route, this one has some pretty nifty repurposed railroad trellises along the way, this one with Johnson Creek burbling away merrily about 90 feet below the floorboards.


A quick descent down the hill and you're looking out over Sequim Bay, with some local buoy moorages...


And John Wayne Marina just west of there. It's named after some pretty generous Hollywood actor guy who hung out here in his boat a lot and donated a sizable chunk of land for the marina. I think he well known for making a cowboy movie or something?


Washington Harbor, which is not really a deep-water port, as you can see. Especially not at low tide, like in the picture.


At Port Williams, I spotted some local wildlife frolicking on the beach (lower left). I think that may be a harbor seal or something...


Of course, this is all just an excuse to show off my heroic-posing Grandis.


All kidding aside, this is an extremely pleasant place to kind of poke around and just go see where all these little side roads wind up in their eventual dead-ends along the Straight of Juan de Fuca. I was lucky to be born in this corner of the country and I'm glad I was smart enough to move back here when I got the chance.
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