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Old 05-03-17, 05:09 PM
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Banks-Vernonia Trail west of Portland on a sunny day! Well it got sunny by the end.


Paved for all 21 miles. I only made 15, so 30 for the out and back. Uphill out, an easy cruise back.
Plastic Trex(?) decking on the bridge - Oregon state taxes gain bennies, never in WA.


My legs needed some miles of continuous spinning without interruption. How nice on new tubulars.
I hope to be posting more often in this thread.


edit: oh yeah, final pic is Oregon's version of a chicken ranch = free range. When I lived in Las Vegas the term had a different meaning.


re-edit: looks like one of them escaped the free range ranch
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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude
I want to ride every one of the roads featured on this page (410). Damn, what beautiful views DD

Reminds me - gotta train up to ride the 410 road, east of Mt Rainier. I may not make all of the Summits but at least 2.
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Out again this afternoon after everything dried up. Got another 30 or so to Issaquah on the Sammamish River Trail and the Lake Sam Parkway. Just got out of the shower in fact.

Shorts and a short-sleeved jersey. It was just about 70 degrees here today. Perfect conditions, same basic body complaints at the end of the ride. I just need to keep piling on mile after mile - at some point the pain's either gonna go away or I'll just get used to it

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I headed out on bike to have a late lunch with my daughter at her uni. It's not far--about 12 miles each way--but kind of a recovery ride for me after doing a 100k-ride yesterday. I was on my @gugie-altered Raleigh Int'l. Beautiful day in the Boston area today with serious rain and cold temps forecast for the next couple of days. For the route heading home, I was hugging the Charles River most of the way.

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South from Champoeg, OR

In the interest of riding quiet roads I drove to some of the roads used on the CookieMonsterMetric.
Brief thundershower was not a problem, only about 3 miles of rain which was refreshing and the camera was kept dry. The route is flat, the roads were car-free today, and I was smilin for about 40 miles.
2nd pic is the Visitors Center, closed upon my return.
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Temperatures have been unseasonably high this week in central California. It was 100 degrees for tonight's Fast Old Guys Happy Hour Ride, at least 15 degrees hotter than Tuesday night and 25 hotter than last week. With no rain for a few weeks and higher temps, the grasses have quickly changed from spring green to summer brown.



Obligatory C & V pic.



After the ride we gathered at the FOG clubhouse for re-hydration. If you rode Eroica California this year you'll recognize the regional favorite that was served at the post-ride dinner.


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^ Those are some steep hills.
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Originally Posted by nlerner
^ Those are some steep hills.
I bet they are scary to go down too.

O' course we didn't do much riding in the northeast today. There be whales here. You'd need a boat, not a bike.
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Rainy day around Portland, but was out for a few miles.
Nothing particularly picturesque, so an obligatory shot of the bike.


edit: but better weather next 3 days and I have 2 wheelsets with new tubies just glued to try.
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Old 05-05-17, 09:51 PM
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I didn't make it out today with the rain here in the city and needing to research and place some orders for parts/tools. But yesterday, after work, my 3 1/2 year old (in the Thule RideAlong on the back of the undersized hybrid) and I headed over to the West Side Greenway of Manhattan, our usual route. It turns out it was completely blocked off, with hundreds of police officers manning barricades as far as the eye could see. The first 4 officers I spoke too had no idea why (or at least that's what they said, I'm sure they knew), but the 5th let me know this was all for Trump finally making a return visit to NYC. I asked about other paths to cross either further North or South, but he said the entire route was blocked. So we went cross town over to the East side, which took a good while in rush hour traffic. By the time we got there, it was getting late, so after letting my daughter play in an empty playground (it was cold an windy yesterday, but dry at least) for 5 minutes, we headed home.

I'm glad I stumbled on this thread. I like it. I'll try to remember to takes some pictures going forward. Here's one from a lame camera phone a couple of weeks ago, with a bit of the Hudson river in there.

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I rode up the Iron Horse Trail from my house on Thursday.


Passing by Rattlesnake Lake


I wanted to see if the snow had melted off the trail enough to reach Hyak tunnel


Nope, it hadn’t. I had to turn around at this point by the snowshed


I took my time rolling back home. enjoying the scenery




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Originally Posted by northbend
I rode up the Iron Horse Trail from my house on Thursday.
Damn, great pics! Still a bit of snow on the trail near the top? When did the tunnel open? Last time I was up there the lake was pretty low, nice to see it filled!
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I forgot my camera.
Didn't take a single tool, not even a pump.
I was fortunate enough to be riding with Mr. @gugie, and on new Veloflex tubies.
When I got 'home', I drank a Fat Tire, in his honor.

hahahahahahahahaha!!!
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Originally Posted by gugie
Damn, great pics! Still a bit of snow on the trail near the top? When did the tunnel open? Last time I was up there the lake was pretty low, nice to see it filled!
The Tunnel is not open yet and the snow on the road just past the snowshed on the west end is 1-2 ft deep with the occasional bare spot. Hiking thru the rotten snow with a bike is pretty wet business and not worthwhile in my opinion. I was probably a little over 3 miles from the west entrance where I turned around. A very pleasant ride and it was perfect as a shakedown ride for my Bruce Gordon. I mounted a rear rack, handlbar bag and swapped out the 32mm Compass tires for some 28mm Continental Gatorskins so my fender clearances would be better/safer. I plan on trying some touring on it this summer.

Rattlesnake Lake has an interesting history.

Flood waters slowly inundate Moncton, beginning in the spring of 1915. - HistoryLink.org

Used to be the lake was more of a pond that bordered the small logging town of Moncton. That was before the city of Seattle decided to build a Masonry Dam on the Cedar River a few miles east of town up higher in the Mountains. Evidently they didn't understand the geology of the area very well because as the waters rose behind the the newly contructed dam, the water from the lake flowed thru some fissures in the ground which then flowed into the pond down by Montauk, flooding the town.

Later, Seattle built a much larger dam just upstream from the Masonry Dam creating Chester Morse Lake. This is Seattle primary water supply now. The water level in Rattlesnake Lake fluctuates as water is managed by the Dams. Typically in Winter, the lake water level is at it's lowest - so low in fact that you can see the old fenceposts and walk around the foundations of some of the old homesites in the old town.
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50 miles Rosarito to Ensenada bike ride.

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Originally Posted by northbend
I rode up the Iron Horse Trail from my house on Thursday.


Passing by Rattlesnake Lake


I wanted to see if the snow had melted off the trail enough to reach Hyak tunnel


Nope, it hadnít. I had to turn around at this point by the snowshed


I took my time rolling back home. enjoying the scenery




Thanks for the recon/report, Matt. I'm getting in daily rides of at least 25 miles (added some climbing today), so I'll be looking forward to (and hopefully ready for) a ride up to Hyak next month

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Originally Posted by Wildwood
I forgot my camera.
Didn't take a single tool, not even a pump.
I was fortunate enough to be riding with Mr. @gugie, and on new Veloflex tubies.
When I got 'home', I drank a Fat Tire, in his honor.

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Originally Posted by northbend
The Tunnel is not open yet and the snow on the road just past the snowshed on the west end is 1-2 ft deep with the occasional bare spot. Hiking thru the rotten snow with a bike is pretty wet business and not worthwhile in my opinion. I was probably a little over 3 miles from the west entrance where I turned around. A very pleasant ride and it was perfect as a shakedown ride for my Bruce Gordon. I mounted a rear rack, handlbar bag and swapped out the 32mm Compass tires for some 28mm Continental Gatorskins so my fender clearances would be better/safer. I plan on trying some touring on it this summer.

Rattlesnake Lake has an interesting history.

Flood waters slowly inundate Moncton, beginning in the spring of 1915. - HistoryLink.org

Used to be the lake was more of a pond that bordered the small logging town of Moncton. That was before the city of Seattle decided to build a Masonry Dam on the Cedar River a few miles east of town up higher in the Mountains. Evidently they didn't understand the geology of the area very well because as the waters rose behind the the newly contructed dam, the water from the lake flowed thru some fissures in the ground which then flowed into the pond down by Montauk, flooding the town.

Later, Seattle built a much larger dam just upstream from the Masonry Dam creating Chester Morse Lake. This is Seattle primary water supply now. The water level in Rattlesnake Lake fluctuates as water is managed by the Dams. Typically in Winter, the lake water level is at it's lowest - so low in fact that you can see the old fenceposts and walk around the foundations of some of the old homesites in the old town.
Thanks for the history lesson!
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Marymoor Park Velodrome from today's ride:



I usually hit this up for a water bottle refill before continuing on to Issaquah. Today there was a fixed clinic in progress when I arrived - pretty cool. Unfortunately, they were just finishing up and I only saw them do the one lap.

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Here's one from @Lascauxcaveman's metric century ride today. I'm sure he'll post plenty of shots on that thread. A really fun day with lots of interesting riding and great biking buddies.

The water is Juan DeFuca Strait between Washington and Vancouver Island, Canada.


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Originally Posted by malcala622
50 miles Rosarito to Ensenada bike ride.

Oh man, does that bring back some memories... I did that ride in 1988 and `89 on a Diamondback Apex MTB with triathlon aerobars and slicks.

The post-race parties were EPIC! Gawd, was that almost thirty (30!) years ago already?

I think I'd better go lie down...


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The - rather windy - surroundings of my home town:



Art project coming up about "cows and the farm". Hmm.

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The - rather windy - surroundings of my home town:

Must have been vicious winds - someone was udderly gutted, just standing up to the gale.
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A buddy and I did about the climbing-est route you can do in the Boston area today, heading up to the observation tower on the top of Blue Hill in Milton, MA (at 684 feet). While not a towering height, it's quite a steep road up to the top, and we also covered several other nearby climbs, including the highest point in Boston on Bellevue Hill Road (330 feet!). Total climbing for a 33-mile ride was 2,000 feet, so it did add up.

I was on a relatively new one for me: a repainted '71 Raleigh Pro that I bought as a frameset from a BFer. I had it initially set up as a 650B bike with 38mm tires, which felt fine, but I thought I'd try it with 700c wheels, 30mm Grand Bois Cypres tires, and Weinmann centerpull brakes with a funky steel straddle:









My buddy was on his Specialized Sequoia 650B conversion--yes, we were both riding mustache bars:



At the top of Blue Hill:

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