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Old 07-19-16, 07:15 PM
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
He! Yesterday while passing through Lexington on our way home we stopped by an eyeglasses shop to take care of somethingorother-mumble and I'm pretty sure we were the first for them.

Yesterday's ride was just a pleasant ramble around Metro-northwest, Waltham to Carlisle and back. Today we went out with a purpose, to pick up veggies at Hutchins Organic Farm in Concord. We ended up 40.8 miles and 37.8 pounds of veggies!

Even better, we stopped here Welcome - The Robbins House for a bite of lunch and were treated to a lovely and unexpected cello concert.



Hutchins Farm:



Irrigation in progress, most certainly using water from the Concord River just beyond the far trees. I suspect the windmill to the left of the field hasn't been use much lately.



And the obligatory loading of the bike:



The stuff you might miss when you run your errands in a car!
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Old 07-20-16, 03:46 PM
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I was laid off from work last month. Strangely, despite the extra time, both my riding and wrenching have dropped off dramatically. On top of the lack of commuting miles, I feel a responsibility to stay at home and work on my job search rather than spend my hours riding. Not to mention it saves explaining to the wife that I went for a long ride rather than sending out resumes. Well, today the wife suggested that I get out of the house for a mental health day and go for a long ride. Though I could feel my lack of conditioning, it felt great to clear my head a bit in the east bay hills.

View from near the summit of Tunnel Rd. overlooking the SF Bay.



Backroads, descent of Pinehurst Rd. into some beautiful redwoods.







A quaint little post office nestled in the trees. Not much else nearby.



View along the ascent of Redwood Road overlooking one of the fingers of the San Leandro Resevoir.



View coming down a small byway known as Butters Rd.



Finally a little window shopping at Jitensha Studio in Berkeley, importer of Ebisu frames.





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Old 07-20-16, 05:02 PM
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Originally Posted by gaucho777
I was laid off from work last month.
Very sorry to hear about this, but I was in the same spot 21 years ago.

Please take the time for yourself and your family.

So, so hard to get through, but you have your family and that's the most important thing to take care of. imho

As for rides, give yourself two hours a day to work on your engine.

It'll keep you fritzy fresh in your search.

All the best.
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Good luck with the job search. Your wife is a keeper.

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I did my 15 mile each way commute today. This mornings ride was probably the best of the season. Full moon setting on my left, sun beginning to rise on my right, temps in the mid 50's (after a string of 90 plus days). Didn't want to get to work. Heat is returning tomorrow.
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@gomango @northbend Thanks for the kind words. I'd been at this company for 15+ years and never been in this situation before. On the positive side, I have a 2nd interview on Monday for a great new job, so fingers crossed...
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Good luck with that interview, @gaucho777!
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Good luck gaucho777.
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Old 07-20-16, 07:03 PM
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Good luck gaucho777.


I did my 8.5 mile loop again, a little faster, this time. Caught up to some other old geezer, who then sucked my wheel for the next mile or two, up hill and down. Front derailleur cable pulled out of the pinch bolt; joys of shake-down rides. Nice guy, wished me a nice day when I turned off on to my street.
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Good luck on the interview gaucho777 and hope you budget time for riding.

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Old 07-22-16, 06:15 AM
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5:00 am. and already 30C with the humidex, so I went for a ride and caught the sunrise at the waterfront.
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Old 07-22-16, 02:11 PM
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Nice ride out to Easton and back with friends on the towpath this morning, then a tasty lunch at Nellie Rae's Cafe.
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Old 07-22-16, 09:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman
Dang, buddy, look at you pushing that old clunker 65 miles! I recognize that bike, BTW. I'm glad it's back where it's fully appreciated. Now that you're stretching things out a bit, maybe you and DD should make an overnighter out here to do the ride below. We'd have a jolly old time, I'm sure.
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It was about 63 miles on my new old clunker the other day; Forks to Port Angeles, mostly on the Olympic discovery trail and Hwy 101. The bike is my entry in the $100 Clunker Challenge, a freebie 1980 Univega SportTour on which I spent a whopping $0 on to refurbish, and a strenuous 5 minutes to get into riding shape. (I filled the 30-year-old tires and squirted some WD-40 on the greasy bits). We'll see how the judges on that thread feel about the minimalist approach

Section of the Olympic Discovery Trail I've never been on before, off Mary Clark Rd south of Sappho. Brand new paved rail-trail section that seems almost a miracle since it's so far out in the middle of nowhere. Shows the dedication and foresight of the people making the Olympic Discovery Trail a reality. I was the only trail user in sight that day - not a single other biker or hiker there. Almost eerie.


It dumps out onto a well-paved Forest Service Road number something-or-other on its way back to a short stretch of Hwy 101. You can see where the loggers laid off clearcutting for the day, one day a couple years ago.


This part of the ODT roughly parallels HWY 101 a mile or two south of the highway through Forest Service lands, the detour from the highway adds an additional 3 or 4 miles, but is so much more pleasant than riding with the fast, loud traffic. There's a bit more twisty-turny stuff, and it only crosses the Sol Duc River once, unlike the highway.


Of course the prettiest part is going around Lake Crescent, where a couple miles of the trail is still very primitive. But the rough section is so short now, with recent improvements, I haven't ridden my MTB out this way in a couple years.


Mud.


Obligatory shot on the Lyre River bridge, NW end of Lake Crescent. Almost too pretty.
Nice ride caveman. You went from the Legnapollo to the untunivega. Quite the range of clunker prowess you've got there.
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Old 07-23-16, 08:34 AM
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Calling for 98 degrees at the Jersey Shore, got in an early ride up to Asbury.






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Old 07-23-16, 11:28 AM
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Very nice pics as usual. Iconic is what I'd call 'em!

They were calling for temps about 98 today so I took the Masi out for spin this morning. Left the house at 7:45, got in 53.04 miles. Waltham west to Maynard, northeast to Concord, north to Carlisle, east to Bedford to Arlington, south back home.

As I was passing one intersection out in the hinterlands I came upon a woman rummaging around. As I rode by she said it was dry. (We are waaay down on rain so far this year.) I stopped and commented on a cornfield I'd ridden past. It turns out she was tending the flowers in the island at this isolated little intersection. She seemed to enjoy the conversation so we spoke for 5 minutes and I snapped a pic.



The way back from Maynard to Concord was along rt62. If I counted right I crossed over the Assabet River five times. At the last crossing I stopped to eat something and snap another pic.



By the time I got home the air was a bit warmer than merely warm.
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I't's been pretty steamy the past few days - I've been trying to stick to the shade as much as possible.





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Took a ride down to the lake, haven't ridden a lot this summer, felt good.

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I love this thread. The scenic photos from other parts of the country and world always give me even more desire to ride!
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Around the 'hood this morning:





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No pictures, I finally received my Giro Republic shoes yesterday, so I took the Medici for my daily ride. I got in 20 miles at mid-day, heat index was dead on 100°F, but there was a nice south breeze to moderate things somewhat. Did manage to get into a shower as the afternoon thunderstorms began forming up, to the NW of where I was at.

The Medici felt great, the entire bike has come out really nice, the chain rings are the correct Super Record, as are the brake levers, finally. I need to find a Record back hub, front is inbound already. I plan to build up the correct wheels after collecting all of the parts. Thanks to everyone here that has helped me get things together.

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Had to get in one last mountain ride before tomorrow's RAMROD, so I rode up from Diablo Lake to Rainy Pass(& back) on Saturday afternoon. It was a little windy, but a nice climb anyhow. 56 Miles/6'231' of pedaling uphill.





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Just got back from a nice 17.30 mile bicycle ride along River Road, here in the western suburbs of Richmond, Virginia. I rode along River Road all the way out to Patterson Ave (Route 6), turned around and rode the same way all the way back home. A nice, smooth, 17.30 mi "out 'n back" ride.

Maybe someone could explain something for me... You know that I had a recent bout with sciatica and trouble with my lower back at L5/S1. I was told by a neurologist to take it easy, do exercises, don't do this, don't do that, etc... and very slowly and carefully work my way back to where I was. I did that 17.30 mile ride in 1hr 8min and 30sec, for about a 15mph speed (avg). I took it nice and easy and was cautious about going up onto the 52t chainring. But anyway, whenever my lower back would start to "feel funny", I would reach down to the lower handlebars, straighten my back, and it seemed like there was no pressure on L5/S1 and my back muscles, tendons, etc... were getting stretched out while maintaining a straight spine. Is that right? Using the lower handlebars can help with back troubles?

Here is a view of the 288 expressway, looking south from River Road. Way way in the distance, is the James River and the 288 bridge crossing (don't know if you can see it though).

My beautiful C&V 1985 Fuji Del Rey, 12 speed, road bike on the bridge overpass (balanced by the handlebar against the steel railing).



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