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Old 10-19-18, 03:09 PM
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Yesterday I decided to make it two Fujis in two days so I rode a quick 20 miles to Orchard Beach on the '78 Newest beauty Queen.


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What a beautiful trip. Thanks so much for sharing.
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Nice reports, nice pics, everyone.

We've been a bit busy lately but managed to take the tandem out today, two laps of the Nashua River Rail Trail. Great autumn air, nearly empty trail, lots of leaves on the ground.

We both had to take pics of each other



Clock in Pepperell. I love these vintage-style decorative clocks, though this one isn't really vintage.


The northern end in Massachusetts, though the trail goes further for a short distance


The trail (almost) ends there for a reason.


The old stone boundary marker beneath that boundary sign
This side, D (Dunstable), Massachusetts


The other side, N (Nashua), New Hampshire


Just one of the many water crossings


Exactly what was the name of that brook anyway?


Another of today's sights

A great day, 46.5 miles.
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
Another of today's sights


A great day, 46.5 miles.
What kind of snake is that? It seems to have a triangular cross-section, thus leading me to believe it to be something a little more rare/perhaps venomous? than a garter snake.

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What kind of snake is that? It seems to have a triangular cross-section, thus leading me to believe it to be something a little more rare/perhaps venomous? than a garter snake.
I'm not a wildlife expert (have little experience with wild life) but we think it is a common eastern garter snake. Not venomous, doesn't match any of the four venomous snakes in the US (rattlesnake, cottonmouth, coral snake, or copperhead). It did appear that its body was flattened against the ground. Sharon guessed that it was attempting to absorb heat. Today's high temp was about 60F. But that's just a guess. We actually saw three of them today.
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That is most certainly an eastern garter snake. Good guess Jim!
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Clark's Creek Greenway

Short ride on Clark's Creek Greenway - Concord, NC. It's starting to get a little chilly in the mornings now. Brakes started squealing for the first time in a long time - maybe the cold? Might have to sand them down.

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Rode the PA Randonneurs 154K Populaire on Saturday with @rhm and this is the only photo I took.


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Wrong Jersey

Why aren't they wearing their polka dot kit?
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As you folks slide into cold weather, we slide into cooler, unhumid weather. The kind that wants to be ridden all day. It is just great to be out on the open roads again! I've been confined to the same out and back for the past 6 months. Today I went out on a tried and true route, and added a previously unknown road into the mix. I accidentally found a way through, from one main road to another, that I had tried for last winter, and given it up as not possible. Granted, it is a considerably more roundabout route than I would have suspected. Again, there are no pics, because I cannot make myself dismount from a beautiful ride for such a trivial reason. I rode the same Trek as last week. I don't know if I will ever again ride a different bike. Pure magic.
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Joined the i-BOBs on their annual ride north along the Croton Aqueduct path from Yonkers to the reservoirs.
For me it was about 40 miles, mostly unpaved trail. Some extra getting to and from the train from home.

One of the more open parts of the path.




Wondering about the rumors surrounding the Untermeyer Gardens





Brief pause at a scarecrow field, sorry no pics of that.




Spillways at the Dam




Atop the Dam




Rainbow at the spillway

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Wow, WOW, WOW!!! ^^^

Excellent photography! These are the kinds of images that I dream of making, but don't have the subject matter locally to exhibit.

Thanks for sharing that. Now I have to make travel plans...

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Originally Posted by DQRider
Excellent photography! These are the kinds of images that I dream of making, but don't have the subject matter locally to exhibit.
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It certainly isn't for lack of skill, I've seen your photos. But agreeing with you, there are some really nice images here.
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Thanks, very kind of you. This thread is inspiring!
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Great pics ascherer!

I especially liked the the dam and falls.
Cool to get a rainbow included.
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After 10 days or more of lots of rain I finally got in a bit over 50 miles over the weekend in nice riding temps of 60's and low 70's.

A friend and I made it to the last day of the Texas State Fair via bikes.

Hopefully we burned some of those fried food calories riding.



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Great pics ascherer!

I especially liked the the dam and falls.
Cool to get a rainbow included.
Thanks, @cooperryder!
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A local pumpkin got 2nd place at the Fall York Fair.
334 pounds.
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Wow! That’s a lot of pie!!

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A local pumpkin got 2nd place at the Fall York Fair.
334 pounds.
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A Weekend of Headwinds

Okay, here is my humble submission, on the cusp of another Minnesota winter.

On Saturday, I brought La Bête (French for "The Beast") out for the first time since our big crash. I have trued her wheels, changed the rubber to lighter weight-and-hued "Retro Ride" tires, touched up some paint and tuned her up a bit. She now rides better than ever.



Since our smashup happened on the rocks along the river, I rode her down there just to face the demon and banish it from my mind.



Easy to do during daylight - and it was a beautiful sunny day.



So that was Saturday. I rode around the city a bit, but there was traffic everywhere, both pedestrian and car, and I didn't feel comfortable setting up a shot in such chaotic surroundings. You can tell we Minnesotans are getting restless. This is the season to suck every last drop of joy out of our world before it goes all Dark and Cold.

Sunday dawned with a brisk wind out of the West. I'd been planning to visit the Sakatah Singing Hills trail again this Summer, but the situation with Dad took up all my spare time. So once I took care of the little honey-do chores, I was on the road headed South, to Faribault.

The bike I chose for Sunday's adventure was my easy-riding Super Course 5-speed roadster conversion.



This bike is going to do the Lake Pepin Tour with me in 2019; and I'm going to have to learn how to pack lighter than ever. (Along with utilizing the Support Lorry for anything I don't want to carry.)



Here's a bit of monochromatic art, showing the brisk headwinds' effect on the lake in the background.



The trail is brilliant, covered in a carpet of fallen leaves.



The tree-tunnels blocked much of the wind, and I was grateful for that.



Another art-pic along the lake-shore drive that runs adjacent to the SSH Trail.

My plan Sunday morning was a bit ambitious; I intended to do the entire 60-miles out-and-back, By mile 15 the headwinds had worn me out. With a 5-speed hub where cruising gear is 4th, I had to ride in 3rd to keep any kind of pace against the wind. Of course, on the way back, we sailed along in 5th. Still, it was a beautiful ride and I'll remember it well when I'm shoveling snow out of my driveway in another month or two.

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Okay, here is my humble submission, on the cusp of another Minnesota winter.

On Saturday, I brought La Bête (French for "The Beast") out for the first time since our big crash. I have trued her wheels, changed the rubber to lighter weight-and-hued "Retro Ride" tires, touched up some paint and tuned her up a bit. She now rides better than ever.



Since our smashup happened on the rocks along the river, I rode her down there just to face the demon and banish it from my mind.



Easy to do during daylight - and it was a beautiful sunny day.



So that was Saturday. I rode around the city a bit, but there was traffic everywhere, both pedestrian and car, and I didn't feel comfortable setting up a shot in such chaotic surroundings. You can tell we Minnesotans are getting restless. This is the season to suck every last drop of joy out of our world before it goes all Dark and Cold.

Sunday dawned with a brisk wind out of the West. I'd been planning to visit the Sakatah Singing Hills trail again this Summer, but the situation with Dad took up all my spare time. So once I took care of the little honey-do chores, I was on the road headed South, to Faribault.

The bike I chose for Sunday's adventure was my easy-riding Super Course 5-speed roadster conversion.



This bike is going to do the Lake Pepin Tour with me in 2019; and I'm going to have to learn how to pack lighter than ever. (Along with utilizing the Support Lorry for anything I don't want to carry.)



Here's a bit of monochromatic art, showing the brisk headwinds' effect on the lake in the background.



The trail is brilliant, covered in a carpet of fallen leaves.



The tree-tunnels blocked much of the wind, and I was grateful for that.



Another art-pic along the lake-shore drive that runs adjacent to the SSH Trail.

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Glad to see you and the teufel hunde are back in shape again. What pressure do you run those tires at?*
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Glad to see you and the teufel hunde are back in shape again. What pressure do you run those tires at?*
Is that a BSNYC "What pressure you runnin'?", or do you really want to know? Frankly, I don't really measure with a gauge. I just squeeze them with my uncalibrated hand before riding, and if they feel soft I give `em a few pumps before setting off.

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Straight Up

I spent many years driving off road in 4WD vehicles and in my experience wide tires and gravel don"t mix. A narrow tire can get more bite thru the loose surface whilst a wide tire tended to float across the loose gravel and maintaining control required lots of power and wheel spin.
So my guess is a soft (wider) tire on a bicycle, especially on the front, might pose staying upright problems.
I have no idea what a BSNYC is but I'll thank you in advance to be sure.
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I really like your SC conversion, @DQRider.
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