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Old 07-30-17, 08:37 AM
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Morning cruise up to Asbury Park.




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Saturday afternoon ride to Indian Mounds Park, on the bluffs above the Mississippi River, east of Saint Paul.



There is one whopper of a hill to climb to get up to the Indian burial mounds, but the descent is a blast. Here's a shot of the destination:



Once on top of the hill, there is a nice park in a picturesque neighborhood; an excellent setting for photography:



I've made some upgrades to this bike I call "Boss Ross": new Grand Cru wheels from Velo Orange, Brooks Flyer saddle, and some M530 pedals. This is now, without a doubt, my favorite ride.



The view from atop the bluffs is spectacular. I only wish I had ridden up there closer to sunset:



The descent was a white-knuckle affair as I'd promised myself no brakes unless we had to avoid somebody. At the bottom of the hill, I came across this strange object, festooned with some oddly benign graffiti:



... and then under the railroad bridges on my way back home:



I hope to get out again later this evening for some proper sunset shots.




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Nice shots DQrider.

Always enjoyable.

Yes, that hill at Indian Mounds is a doozy.

The view is worth it though, right?
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Old 07-30-17, 10:12 AM
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Originally Posted by gomango
Nice shots DQrider.

Always enjoyable.

Yes, that hill at Indian Mounds is a doozy.

The view is worth it though, right?
Indeed! Of course, the best view of the city is from the parking lot at the top of the hill, but that always seems to be full of young gangsters. Not the kind of mob that I would turn my back on to shoot a photo from there. Just keep on pedaling and don't make eye contact...

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Old 07-30-17, 10:18 AM
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Looks lilke you've got the bike for this.
Oh the bike would do fine, I am really loving how the Passage turned out, the rider however is in no way ready for that kind of ride! Working on it as I have plenty of hills to practice on here in West Seattle but I'm not even close lol
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[MENTION=429363]DQRider[/MENTION], I picture the sun following you throughout your days.

My wife and I went through the hills in upstate New York, near the house. Then we separated and I did a couple of hill repeats.

Here's a little cutie we saw:





Can you see the mountain a few miles away, through the trees?



Taking a look around for our friend who's thinking of buying property in the area.



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More great pics, guys.

I took the Masi out for 57.9 miles today. I can't post a pic of a great skyline but I can do a light pole and an animal and a woods trail.







No, I did not ride that trail. I did get a pic of some seriously vintage (1689) stuff though, the sort that makes the Masi seem young indeed. That's where I saw that flock of whatever they were.

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Old 07-30-17, 04:12 PM
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Looking great. Is the MAP headlamp all hooked up?

Would love to have a "tour" of the MVWR gravel sometime.
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Great day yesterday!

Long rides through the Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge and the Mississippi river bottoms.

Miles and miles of gravel, with zero cars to deal with for hours on end.

Right in the middle of the metro area!

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Old 07-30-17, 07:07 PM
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Getting Dare ready. 51 w/hodgkins and ldmataya in the Dare's back yard, then 50 and 58 here in the low 100's and today, a mild 93. One more weekend to get ready, then travel to fun.
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Rode down to Pioneer Square to see my pal Jacob and a couple of his band mates do some music in the square. The city puts on a "featured busker" program encompassing spring and summer; I missed their set in south Seattle last night but got to sit and enjoy an hour of blues/jazz al fresco this afternoon.

Pushed hard both ways so am purty tired this evening. Think I'll be in bed by 9pm for a change.

Seattle icon:



SFD memorial:



Ivy covered buildings in Pioneer Square:



Smith Tower, Seattle's first "skyscraper":



Outdoor games in the Square:



Totem pole:



Jacob (on tuba) and his pals:



Waiting for the Fremont Bridge to close on the return leg:



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Old 07-30-17, 10:06 PM
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Today I rode Battle Road in Lexington/Concord MA. Tons of historical sites along the way and I rode right into a re-enactment in progress! It's not every day that a leisurely ride includes soldiers in Revolutionary War battle garb! Round trip was only about 10 miles but plenty of twists, turns and hills along the way compared to my usual longer rides that are primarily less challenging
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Old 07-30-17, 10:25 PM
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In between all of the usual to-do's I was able to squeeze in a couple hours on the MTB - always welcome.







Long Island Sound in the bakground:




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Very Jealous [MENTION=358081]Sir_Name[/MENTION] I gave up on the winds after 20, the haul looks worth it.
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Not a bad day indeed. I'd say a great day! Those pics shout "Come ride this way."
We could always make a ride this way happen, I'm central to quite a few folks.

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Old 07-31-17, 02:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Chrome Molly
Looking great. Is the MAP headlamp all hooked up?

Would love to have a "tour" of the MVWR gravel sometime.
Yes, Carl at Perennial did a great job.

We ended up with a SON tail light while he was at it.

The system works flawlessly!

As for gravel, I have many routes we can do with zero cars in sight.

Commercial jet noise is sometimes an issue, but no biggie.

Happy to figure out a ride for us.
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Old 07-31-17, 12:22 PM
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Bergens Super Value for cat food. Brought the dog.
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We've been getting soaked all summer in central New York, but this weekend was beautiful. Took advantage by going on nice 20mi. +/- ride through Syracuse, Manlius, Jamesville, and Dewitt. I took the '81 Ruegg out this time... It's murder on the hills, but so so smooth.


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What did the dog think of your purchase decision?
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Weld County, CO. Here visiting my mom. Riding is pretty flat, but plentiful and, once you get out in the farmland, few cars.
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I took a 42 mile round trip to Carrollton, MS early Sunday morning.

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And Now For Something Completely Different...

Apparently, Mad Max has moved-in just down the street from me. He's gettin' his ride ready for the coming `pocalypse!



Riding home at sunset, I seized the opportunity to shoot myself on the road... er, nope, that didn't come out right. Here's what I mean...



Not bad for a Monday.




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I rode up to one of my happy places today.
A visit to one of my happy places by NBend, on Flickr
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^Amazing!
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[MENTION=110545]qcpmsame[/MENTION] - the XL toe clips are a perfect fit, the bike really feels balanced now. Thanks again!

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Wanted to do some gravel riding on the 86 Miyata trail runner Monday but it wasn't quite ready so I used the C&V inspired 2009 Steel Handsome Devil with the 700x47c's instead. The bonus of climbing 10 km of 2% grade on the way out is you get fly back down with ease on the return.

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Lets rides some gravel Pilgrim

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Lovely shade on a warm day

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Great views

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Beautiful photographs, everyone. The quality of this thread just keeps getting better...

Here are my humble submissions for tonight. Another short jaunt across the river.

Just across the High Bridge, there is an old neighborhood that is being well looked-after. My Raysport "Light Roadster" looks right at home here:



West of downtown St. Paul, we find the old Schmidt's brewery, now a hive of hipster activity:



Well, good for them. There's a lot of art and craftsmanship happening there that wouldn't exist if they hadn't rehabbed the old landmark.

Heading back home, I stopped for this shot looking west from the High Bridge:






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Good stuff [MENTION=429363]DQRider[/MENTION], agreed 100% of the quality here.

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