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Old 09-29-17, 09:47 AM
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Old 09-29-17, 06:58 PM
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Great pics and ride reports, everyone! Lovin' it!

Three of us had a nice ride today, Pastor Bob, Prowler (Todd), and myself, plus Todd's sister Sally for half of the ride. We rode the Northern Rail Trail from Boscawen to Andover and back, 44.75 miles by my GPS tracking, a bit less by Bob's, a bit more by Todd's thoroughly C&V magnet-based "computer". Not quite a half century but the longest I've ever ridden on gravel.

At the start:


On the trail headed north:


Sights on the way:









One hundred miles to Boston, except we are going the other way:



Todd and Bob:



Far enough into the woods that even the road crossings were dirt roads:



To be continued...
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Old 09-29-17, 07:13 PM
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Our destination for lunch was Bob and Ginger's cabin. Almost there but with wicked hill still in front of us:



Todd's Schwinn Voyager, my Peugeot UO-8:



Bob's beautiful Schwinn Paramount. The observant among you will observe that none of these pics is drive-side. So shoot me. Or don't, really.



Across the road, a lake and Mt. Kearsarge:



Pastor Bob and his wife Ginger:



Sally and Todd:



About ready to head back south:



Three bikes running 45+ miles on gravel through woods almost guarantees a problem. About 5 miles from the cars Todd picked up a tree trunk in his FW, stuck between two sprockets:



A few miles later my front tire went flat. Bummer. Well, just another story to tell and good reason to stop for few moments.

Finally the four of us back at the cars, Todd, Bob, and Sally. I'm the shadowy figure in the foreground.



Thanks to Bob and Todd for organizing this and inviting me along. It was a marvelous day.
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^ that's wonderful, jim! what a great day
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That loks like a great group and a nice day, good report and pics Jim, thanks much for sharing!
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I had held high expectations for this ride, as we sorted out the plans. The day exceeded all expectations!!! Perfect NH weather, beautiful trail a d NH woods, awesome hospitality ( and, unlike some folks, I rarely use the word "awesome" - reserved for really outstanding occasions) form Bob and Ginger, and VERY FINE companions to share it all with.

As to the tree trunk in my FW, I do carry some sort of stiff wire when I ride in the autumn. Not uncommon to get twigs or wet leaves jammed up between the cogs so the chain won't track. This twig was hard to dig out but I had that wire and dig I did then on we went. A small Allen key would also work.

Thanks Bob, Ginger, Jim and Sally.
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@jimmuller @Prowler That looks like a great ride shared with great people. This is the perfect time of year to be out there on a bike.

As for me I rode an unplanned century yesterday in NYC and Westchester Co. The weather could not have been better and I also met with @velofinds and we rode together for around 30 or so miles, he on his Colnago and I on my Cannondale Black Lightning. I had a great day riding and dodging urban traffic for good sections, the scenery was beautiful and the air clean and comfortable. I also stopped for a quick, filling, cheap and incredibly delicious lunch (slow cooked pork ribs in green chili sauce, rice and pinto beans) at a hole-in-the-wall spot in Red Hook. Riding through the city drives down overall speeds and drives up the overall time riding but it can be an equally delightful and sometimes hair-raising ride. I just took a few photos along the way.

Near City Island and Orchard Beach
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Brooklyn Heights Promenade
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A view of Lower Manhattan from Brooklyn
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We had a great experience on this ride! Because of all the work on our lake cottage, I'd not ridden in over 6 weeks, so this was a great excuse to put the projects on hold and enjoy the day!

Thanks to Todd for the inspiration to meet up and the PA Rhubarb Jam, Jim for logistical support, Southern Rail CDs and garden fresh cherry tomatoes, Sally for joining in on the fun, and Ginger for the great lunch!


Jim repairing flat on the trail. He was very expedient and efficient!


@Prowler (Todd) noticed my Brooks B5N in the dappled sunlight as Jim repaired the flat. Todd felt it would make a great picture.
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Old 09-30-17, 08:06 AM
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One thing I forgot and should not have. Actually two things. Thanks to Bob and Ginger for lunch! And thanks to Sally and Bill for their hospitality which enabled us to get a nice early start. Good days start early and have a great lunch break in the middle!
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Looks like a great ride @jimmuller

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@Vonruden The photo of the bike with that colorful backdrop is perfect.
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Old 09-30-17, 12:03 PM
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And that Luigino...mama mia!!!


Great pics and story from the PA/MA/NH crowd. Wish I could have been there!
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And now for the rest of the story.....

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. Great pics and story from the PA/MA/NH crowd. Wish I could have been there!
Twas a very fine day but just one of three. I arrived in NH on Wednesday evening so Sally and I rode and adventured on the Windham and Derry Rail Trails on Thursday. We enjoyed the excellent paved sections (about 8 miles each way) and also bushwhacked the undeveloped section just north of Derry - looking for that arctic passage to the Londerry trail. No luck and we bailed out early. Even with mountain bikes we would have struggled, even through the hobo camp set up under an overpass. Very weird but good fun.

And I got another early start this morning. Plans for riding the Minuteman trail were washed out so I headed southwest towards home. Stopped in Farmington, CT (just west of Hartford) and enjoyed the northern section of the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail. You folks in CT have some lovely trails. I hope you're using them a lot. Temps in the low 50's and overcast with a lot of dampness and wet leaves/pine needles on the trail but I enjoyed the ride north for 15 miles then turned back. Drier pavement on the way back. I'll say that the towns of Avon and Simsbury have done a great job with signage to keep folks on track as the route works its way thru town. And the Flower Bridge in Simsbury is pretty neat. Glad for that wrong turn. As with many rail trails, the wildness, the forests and, in this case the Farmington river along the sides of the trail were very pretty and relaxing, even when the Voyageur wanted to run 20mph.

So wazzat? 20 miles on Thursday, 50 on Friday and 30 more today. Pretty outstanding trip, eh? Time to plan another. Plenty of excellent weather coming up.
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50 mile Rosarito to Ensenada Fun Ride.



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Up through Oakland and along the Berkeley shore:



And this one just because I liked the shot of the Gran Premio:



I knew the cheapo tires were on their last legs, and I luckily discovered this after the ride:

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Just a quick 6¼ mile ride around the neighborhood side streets... Nothing special, but just wanted to get out and "test myself" after getting bitten by a tick on Sep 10th and have been down with a wicked fever, chills, taking antibiotics, etc... But this past week or so, the fever is gone and I'm slowly starting to feel better (knock on wood!). I don't wish this on anyone!

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Nice autumn gravel ride around Gaiole with a few kindred souls:

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^WOW!
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Today I went out for a short ride and stayed out for a long one.



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Took a short fall ride to Pike National park over Platte River RD. near Fairplay probably one of the last of the season for this route there will likely be snow on these road's later this week. I actually saw a bit of snow on the roadside in a few places.



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Wow, some really fantastic rides/pics lately! Thanks to all the contributors

@non-fixie: I certainly hope you have more pics and a story to share with us regarding your ride in particular

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@Vonruden The photo of the bike with that colorful backdrop is perfect.

Agreed.

That bike is gorgeous. The fork crown is soooo nice.
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Friday it was 86F. Yesterday 63F down by a Santiam River backwater. We may see a few more warm days, but Summer is definitely behind us. Don
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I'm currently in a hotel in Germany, on my way back home. I think I have a couple more pics. Will put them up in the L'Eroica thread tomorrow night.

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Wow, some really fantastic rides/pics lately! Thanks to all the contributors

@non-fixie: I certainly hope you have more pics and a story to share with us regarding your ride in particular

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Just scooting round the block

What a beautiful day it was. I only "rode around the block" as I refer to my 14 mile circuit thru the local neighborhoods. Around 3:00 in the afternoon there is hardly a car moving anywhere, alls quiet so I have those rolling hills to myself. Not epic but excellent so I'll post two snaps of my Nishiki. Lots of regard here for Nishiki but I never see any others just like my 1980 International. Dark brown with gold, brown and yellow accents (very autumn colors huh?) with a touch of chrome on the fork crown and wee fork socks. This bike rides really great - generally wants to do more and more miles. It loves going on adventures all over the Northeast.

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The carrots were for the horses. Think I'll take the Crescent out tomorrow for a long ride. Another perfect forecast.
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Been riding the trails a lot lately.


Station for Ivyland & New Hope RR. As a boy I attended the one-room schoolhouse in Ivyland.


This house is 201 years older than me.


Still pretty green here, but the crickets are singing their autumn song.


Had the PR10 out yesterday.


I've been trying to get myself to slow down lately, so naturally I would take the bike my friends and I call "Speedy." A reference to her Modolo Speedy brakes, of course.


Wonderful Speedy.

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