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Old 10-11-17, 09:36 AM
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Harbingers of Autumn

I discovered some new trails around downtown Hastings on Sunday evening, so I actually have some fresh backgrounds. Autumn is now in full effect here, as evidenced by the riot of colors in the trees:



Even the local shrubbery gets into the act:



But the biggest harbinger of all is the eruption of inflatable Chinese plastic Halloween ornaments in yards along the Trick-or-Treat trail:





I also visited some familiar landmarks during this ride:









Can't go to Hastings without featuring The Bridge at some point...




Topped off my ~20 mile ride with dinner at El Mexican - Street Tacos Al Pastor. I didn't photograph my dinner when it came, however, I was too hungry!


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DQR, nice pics.
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Got in a couple of rides even with first snow on the ground around Fairplay on the 8th and today. actually came across a couple of spots of hard pack or ice on the road so likely only a couple of rides left this season.



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About 30 miles west of the fires in Santa Rosa. Still hazy but the air was good enough for a ride. This is in the Jenner Headlands. Russian River to the left flowing to the Pacific. Soon to be a state park with cycling routes.


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All that bright blue sky prompts me to post something just a bit different. Gray skies.

A bunch of us C&V'ers rode the Cape Cod Rail Trail today with a side run over to the Atlantic, total of 46.17 miles, most of the second half being in the rain. Even so, it was great fun.

At the start, noglider's wife (Carol), noglider (Tom), spiker (who answers to Spiker), myself, otg (Dave), Top506 (Mark):


Mark's PX10:


Two Peugeots, my PFN10 and Mark's PX10:


Add in Dave's Trek and you have to wonder which one is the turkey:


Prepping Carol's bike at the start, with plenty of spectator help:


Spiker's rain bike, a Univega with fenders:


Stop at Nickerson State Forest, five of six bikes, plus Carol and Tom:


The other bike:


A brief stop in Orleans:


To be continued...
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Continued...our destinations...

Carry, don't roll, the bikes across the sand:


Dave, Mark, Spiker, Carol, Tom, and the Atlantic Ocean:


Caution. No lifeguard, and danger from sharks, seals, and jellyfish. Don't forget the etc either.
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^Wish I could have joined!

I did manage to squeeze in a very damp ride starting around daybreak today - East along the coast then N into the hills and SW back home early afternoon.









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Great to be back in the saddle after losing a month of precious ride time to a broken toe.

Yesterday we did the Grand Round in Minneapolis, which is 54 miles of beautiful Minneapolis trails.

Then we hopped the Northstar commuter and rode up to Big Lake, MN.

We added another 47 miles and had a great lunch, while stopping at a friend's place on the lake.

The weather was a little dicey, but we still had a blast.

Just some random lo-fi shots...

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Originally Posted by gomango
Great to be back in the saddle after losing a month of precious ride time to a broken toe.

Yesterday we did the Grand Round in Minneapolis, which is 54 miles of beautiful Minneapolis trails.

Then we hopped the Northstar commuter and rode up to Big Lake, MN.

We added another 47 miles and had a great lunch, while stopping at a friend's place on the lake
Glad you are back at it. North Star rail does serve up some new route options for us in the twin cities. Need to eye up a map... I got my October metric in yesterday but part of it was trying to stay on the wheel of my bud that's a serious mountain bike racer. A humbling experience losing a wheel upwind at 26 with the lungs and legs maxed. Still feeling it today.
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Very glad to see gomango out in the wind. Mangos are good.

Danville River Ride, Oct 7, Danville VA. With a chance of rain, I went vintage carbon to avoid rust on steel. I also remembered to take water, a change for me....

I did see a steel bike, a tourer, but it was a Rivendale Rambouillet, and he was drinking $8 coffee, so I avoided the awkwardness.

A couple of older C'dales were evident, Doc Cannondale fanboys, no doubt.

Anyhow.....

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FINALLY -- a chance to get out on my classic '85 Fuji road bike and go for a nice bicycle ride, after being laid up for a few weeks from a tick bite. All the meds and antibiotics and stuff worked, and I feel like I'm back to my normal self (knock on wood!) I rode out along River Rd all the way Patterson (Route 6), past the 288 expressway and back. Nice ride, felt great to get out on my bicycle. I discovered that it is a lot easier on me than running. Hmmmm.... 17 miles... and I'm not really that tired! I remember jogging 3 miles a last week and I was really winded and worn out. Maybe it's true after all that bicycle riding is less damaging to the body than running!

The 17.30 mile route....



Stopped at River Rd Presbyterian Church, seeking some "Divine Guidance" to watch over me while on my bicycle ride along River Rd.



Stopped at River Rd & Patterson Ave at the big abandoned cow pasture and wooden fenceline, turned around, and rode all the way back.
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Took out the PDG Paramount today for a tad under 25 miles. The valley is in it's ugly phase between the fall colors and the winter snows...

















Today's mode of travel.

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Took out the PDG Paramount today for a tad under 25 miles. The valley is in it's ugly phase between the fall colors and the winter snows...




If that's what you call ugly you must be spoiled by some very fine scenery! It's beautiful to me.
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The Raleigh has landed in Northampton, MA

Haven't posted in roughly a month making the move from the Houston area to western Massachusetts. I was able to get out for a 30-miler today and take in some of the scenic vistas this area has to offer. Quite impressive.

One thing's for sure, the "hills" are a challenge and the 12-25 cassette ain't gonna cut it. I'm hoping a couple of additional teeth in the rear will be all I need. I really don't want to start messing with a compact yet.

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If that's what you call ugly you must be spoiled by some very fine scenery! It's beautiful to me.
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Well, normally it looks more like this in mid October.



And this, in the summer.






The road in the background of this shot is part of my base daily route. So I see this scene pretty much every day.

So yeah, I'm spoiled, LOL!
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Originally Posted by plonz
Haven't posted in roughly a month making the move from the Houston area to western Massachusetts. I was able to get out for a 30-miler today and take in some of the scenic vistas this area has to offer. Quite impressive.

One thing's for sure, the "hills" are a challenge and the 12-25 cassette ain't gonna cut it. I'm hoping a couple of additional teeth in the rear will be all I need. I really don't want to start messing with a compact yet.

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Hey, I know that place. I'm in Easthampton, ride the hills of Northampton a lot. But, at 70, I use a 34/32 to work the hills. KB.
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Twenty-six miles Saturday on the Madison County trails in Illinois. Jan de Reus got the call.

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Had a good ride on the Gran Tourisme yesterday.







This bike feels very nimble for a tourer. The fat tires make for easy bumping over branches and tree roots. No rattles. I don't ride it as much as the others, but I really enjoyed the ride yesterday. Only downsides were: saddle started to feel a little too wide for me by the end of the ride. Bike is relatively slow - it's geared lowest of all my bikes, and is heavy with fenders, lights, racks, and a dynamo hub. At one point I had to pass a couple of other riders - they were ahead of me, on the highway paralleling the trail, and riding modern bikes, so I had to pass them while on the trail. I was spinning as fast as I could in top gear, but Strava says I was only making 23mph. So now I feel slow.
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Had to drop my car at the shop. Saw a couple of C&V items while I was there. Ride was back home.

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This 55 Studebaker has stayed in the same family.

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Originally Posted by CV-6
Twenty-six miles Saturday on the Madison County trails in Illinois. Jan de Reus got the call.
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Lucked into some rare October sunshine in Vancouver, so I made another stab at riding through the Lower Seymour Conservation Area on Sunday. There's a really nicely paved stretch of MUP that stretches for 10km through the woods and climbs towards our watershed.
First I had to start the day off with some proper riding fuel...

I took my time with a coffee as well, soaking in the bright morning and enjoying the neighbourhood's public art:

bikes on bikes:

The leaves are really starting to turn

Though in making my way towards the mountains, I was heading for decidedly more evergreen territory:


I wasn't alone in taking advantage of the good weather


Got to take a quick look at our drinking water source through the chain link fence that protects it before turning back towards town:

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Thanks guys.

Gonna pile the miles on before the snow flies.
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+1. Can't decide if I like the B&W, or the bridge, with the nicely symmetrical placement of the bike.
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A Homecoming...

Autumn is now upon us. The trees are screaming with color, and their discarded leaves carpet our wheel-tracks as soon as we pass by.

This past weekend, my family had a wedding. My son Sean, a third generation Marine, came home from the "Theatre of Arts" in Hollywood, where he is attending on the GI Bill. This is the place where people named Norma Jean Baker and Gregory Peck went to learn their craft. He's pursuing his dreams, and of course I couldn't be happier for him.

But I took Monday off of work so the two of us could ride the Gateway Trail together. Out and back from North Saint Paul, some 24 miles, and it was the best ride of my life. Here's what the trail looks like now:



He rode the tall Peugeot I just built, and I rode my old faithful "Boss Ross". Here are the two bikes together with Sean:



Living out in L.A., he doesn't see the change of seasons - so this was a nice break for him from the tedious monotony of life on the West Coast...

I experimented with action shots, trying to get both him and the bike in the frame:



...but as you can see, that didn't work so well:



Close, but not quite. So I rode ahead and set up an ambush on the side of the trail. This shot was the result:



There we go. Does this make me a pre-paparazzi? (He's not famous... yet.)

I couldn't find anyone to take our photo together, so I had to settle for the bridge rail and a 10-second timer. That bridge takes terrible pictures...



He's back in L.A. now, but I'm still feeling the afterglow of his visit. Sorry, Marines aren't supposed to be so sentimental...



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I couldn't find anyone to take our photo together, so I had to settle for the bridge rail and a 10-second timer. That bridge takes terrible pictures...
Well, it certainly did a better job than Mr Nobody would have. It's good you got to spend a bit of time with him, and even better, ride with him.
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