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Old 10-22-17, 06:54 PM
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Beautiful day, temps in the mid '60's, light breeze, and gravel. Rolled up just over 40miles for the day.
Southeast Nebraska isn't completely flat.


Even tried out this sparsely maintained little gem.


A few hundred miles and the GravelKings are doing just fine.
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What? A Mission! Roger that...

Originally Posted by Chrome Molly
I'd really like to see the photos when you get as far as the new bridge. Hint, hint...
So I took the hint. Saddled up Boss Ross this morning and hit the trails, starting with the Vento out of Saint Paul. Turned right on the Gateway, and took the right fork at Brown's Creek Trail.

Here's a shot taken enroute, during ingress to the target:



Once I got to Stillwater, the sun hid behind the clouds and everything went all dreary for a bit. But the scenery just begged for a black-and-white shot, so here I am in Venice:



... er, with the new Stillwater Bridge on the horizon. What just happened? Must be some kinda new enemy PsyOps

Never mind, on to the objective! Here we are, close enough for a positive ID:



It's a bridge, south of Stillwater, and it looks pretty new. I'm goin' in...

And here's the money shot:



Mission Accomplished!

I'll post the rest of my photos in and around Stillwater later in the week. It was an epic ride...




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@DQRider, been reading the newest issues of Marine Corps Gazette and Leatherneck have we?

Oh well, once a Marine, always a Marine

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The '17 Tour de Bronx was yesterday and the weather was just incredible with sunny skies, a nice breeze and a high in the low 70s. Over 7,000 riders attended so it is NOT a race but instead a great cycling event. We arrived late so we were stuck in the log jam of riders and had to navigate through the mass for the first 10 miles until we reached the first rest stop. After that the roads open up for those who wish to ride faster. 50 miles of fun and I did spy a fair amount of lovely C&V there. A rider on a nice Woodrup commented on my Raleigh as I rode past him and we then chatted for a few minutes about C&V. The only mechanical issue was when one of the nuts on my front fender loosened causing a rattling sound. Easy fix.

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Perfect weather here this weekend; sunny in the mid 70s.


Center Bridge.


Uhlerstown Bridge.


Swamp Creek Bridge.


New Jersey farm across the Delaware.
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Shenandoah Fall Bike Festival, Sunday near Middlebrook VA
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When I do that, my water bottles leak all over the bike.
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@palincss Twas only a couple of minutes but the seals on those bottles proved themselves.
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Oh yeah DQ! I was just waiting to see your take on all the Stillwater scenery.

As for my riding lately, just daylight shortened club rides. Had a great pub crawl ride last Friday afternoon though. Found a couple new favorite local brews.
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^Good stuff. Hot one today, no way it's late October...



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Originally Posted by palincss
When I do that, my water bottles leak all over the bike.
Try the Camelback bottles, those look like mine and they won't be dripping on you even if they are set in the open position. You have to draw on them before fluid is flowing. I use both the Big Chill and their Podium models.

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In and Around Stillwater, MN - Fall Colors Ride

As I may have said before, it looks like as soon as our colors reached their peak here, the wind went to work scattering them all over the ground. Still, there were sections of the trail that were slightly sheltered from the wind, and in those places the colors were brilliant:



On Brown's Creek Trail I found an art installation that I've never seen before - all these wheels were slowly spinning, and the effect was almost mesmerizing.
I tried to fit my bike into the visual sequence...



Arriving in Stillwater under cloudy skies, the first thing I noticed was how high the water level was:



Normally these chains form a barrier along a sidewalk next to the river:



So of course I had to take this shot:



The sun didn't come out until I rode up to the new bridge south of town, but these gloomy shots along the river have their own kind of charm:



The bridge was so crowded on Sunday that I waited at least ten minutes for this shot, clear of other people:



And that's it. By the time I rode back to town from the new bridge, both vehicle and pedestrian traffic were too heavy for me to stay. So I fled to the safety and relative solitude of the trail and made my way home:







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Last Saturday, I rode in the Foxy's Fall Century out of Davis, California. My Schwinn Tempo was my steed for the 100 km ride. Here's an image from a Putah Creek Road section in Solano County.



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The blustery wind and rain helped the trees rid themselves of some of their weaker branches during the day.

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Originally Posted by DQRider
[SIZE=3][FONT=Century Gothic]As I may have said before, it looks like as soon as our colors reached their peak here, the wind went to work scattering them all over the ground. Still, there were sections of the trail that were slightly sheltered from the wind, and in those places the colors were brilliant:

Great pics DQRider. Also your Ross looks terrific.
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Originally Posted by nesteel

Looks like Captain Obvious is a member of the Nebraska DOT Road Signage Team

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Originally Posted by cooperryder
Great pics DQRider. Also your Ross looks terrific.
Ditto on both of those. DQ always make a great picture of whatever there is there to shoot.

Meanwhile, yesterday way out here in the PNW, the last perfect day of autumn? Maybe.

Decided to to hie me out to the Spruce Railroad Trail, Lake Crescent, WA. I've shot probably 8 or 10 bikes along this path, which has been getting some serious infrastructure upgrades in the last two years. Here's the reopened tunnel (one of the eventual three), originally built over 100 years ago for logging trains hauling local old-growth Sitka Spruce - hence the name - for the construction of warplanes in WWI. The war ended before the rails were actually laid, but they finished the project anyway for general logging purposes and used the railway for 30 years or so.



The first mile and half from the trailhead is the extra-wide, smoothed and leveled trail you see above. After that, it's single track again for about 3 or 4 miles - at least for another year or two.

Here are two of my favorite views along that unimproved section, with Mt Storm King in the background of each:



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And we see once again where the Great PNW comes from.
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Originally Posted by cooperryder
Great pics DQRider. Also your Ross looks terrific.
Thanks, cooperryder. Stillwater is one of our most photogenic towns. If I could get rid of the crowds for a day, I could really show you something. I've got to get up to Duluth next season - that's the best scenery I can think of in Minnesota.

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Ditto on both of those. DQ always make a great picture of whatever there is there to shoot.
Lascauxcaveman, you hit the nail on the head! It's all about emphasis on a location's strengths. We have plenty of beauty and grandeur here, but sometimes you have to kind of dig to find it. The PNW, however... man, you cannot escape mind-blowing scenery out there! That's another place I want to visit next year, if I can ever get enough time away from work. Thanks for the motivation!
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Took a nice fall mountain ride from Fairlplay CO to Mosquito Gulch by the bike path then took the back way back to Fairplay over road 698 12,000 or so about 20 miles had walk a mile or so because of snow but it was nice.






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10-26-2017

Oaks are just starting to turn color, maples are at the peak of their Fall color change.
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No pics from todays adventure but I did something rather 'nutty'. Rode the 1966 Schwine fixed gear on a variety of terrain and challenges. The best though was gravel grinding on falling leaves covered trails... hiding those tennis ball sized nuts. Like I mentioned -nutty. Then decided to get into the medium level atb single track trails, tree roots, wash-outs, obstacles that no can do bunny hop on a fixie...lol. Managed to get through it all, hair raising but what the heck?! 700 x 28c Panaracer T-serve are good enough too.

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Planning for Sat. am group ride and showing up with this POS + try out my new Garmin on it- hehe
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As usual, spectacular pics. Makes me wish I was there riding with you all.

It's been some months since we took the tandem out, thanks to a minor injury my sweetie had to deal with. So today we took the tandem out for 19 miles just to see the leaves. It was a beeyouutiful day.

Beeyouutiful blithe, beeyouutiful wife, beeyouutiful bikes...beeyouutiful life.
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Shakedown ride after work today. cool 65 in northeast Ohio.
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