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Old 07-31-20, 03:14 PM
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"Mule" because it gets fully loaded for trips like this and it takes a bit to relearn the handling. Yee and haw.

It looked like a very nice window of fine weather so I headed up into northern Pennsylvania to ride the Pine Creek Trail. This trail is the former road of the heavy freight trains that hauled all of the timber out of the Pine Creek gorge around the turn of the 20th century. The operators and the loggers and the mills clear cut the primeval forests up there and hauled em away* to support the industrial revolution. Now. 100 years later, a beautifully prepared and maintained multi use trail through the woods. The Mule and I travelled 55 miles from Jersey Shore, PA to Asonia. Topped off my water bottles and sent an "OK" text to my wife then turned south again. No cell service thru most of the gorge - aka The Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. 10 miles back to the Tiadoghton campground (No, I cannot pronounce it either). Pitched the tent just in time for the first wave of rain. Then dry enough to have dinner, then waves of rain until the early morning hours.

The rain was finished by dawn when I rose early, as usual, packed and was rolling by 7a. 45 miles back to the car. Mixed feelings here. Nice trip all along the creek but those heavy freight trains, with 40' cars meant the tracks had to have long straight aways and long gentle curves. Not interesting scenery. And, down at creek level, it all just looked like a July low water creek and forest. I prefer winding funky trails - more interesting. But we got it done and I stayed awake all the way home (3.5 hour drive). I'm glad I "ticked this one off the list". I would probably not do it again.

* recall John Prine's song Paradise



From Thunder Road: You ain't a beauty but, hey, you're alright. Oh and that's alright with me.



Tiadaghton Campground. Just me and two hikers for the night. Pretty wet stay though. Lovely spot and right alongside the creek. Spotted a Bald Eagle the next morning, lusting after my granola breakfast.
Awesome Voyageur. Love the 86-88 Voyageurs and have an 86 on the way to me. What size tires are you running? 23" bike?
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Old 07-31-20, 06:08 PM
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Love the 86-88 Voyageurs and have an 86 on the way to me. What size tires are you running? 23" bike?
Thanks. I'm right pleased with it. I'm a sparky so don't know nuttin bout inches. This'n is 57cm square, c-c. For normal local jolly rides the Mule wears Paselas which inflate out to 32mm. For this type ride I install his hiking boots: Continental Ride Tours. They also grow to 32mm at the 70psi I use. I pay a weight penalty for them - about a pound more for the pair but I don't think much about them flatting. I also used these for my GAP trip last summer, again 90% unpaved trail. So this pair has pert-near 400 miles on them. Solid. The Paselas will go back on now. No more tour plans for this season.
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Originally Posted by Prowler View Post
Thanks. I'm right pleased with it. I'm a sparky so don't know nuttin bout inches. This'n is 57cm square, c-c. For normal local jolly rides the Mule wears Paselas which inflate out to 32mm. For this type ride I install his hiking boots: Continental Ride Tours. They also grow to 32mm at the 70psi I use. I pay a weight penalty for them - about a pound more for the pair but I don't think much about them flatting. I also used these for my GAP trip last summer, again 90% unpaved trail. So this pair has pert-near 400 miles on them. Solid. The Paselas will go back on now. No more tour plans for this season.
Gotcha. Schwinn listed their bikes in inches in the late 80s catalogs. If 57cm c-c then its probably 58cm c-t, so the 23" frame. Thanks for the tire info, they looked bigger than 32mm to me!
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Originally Posted by Prowler View Post
Thanks. I'm right pleased with it. I'm a sparky so don't know nuttin bout inches. This'n is 57cm square, c-c. For normal local jolly rides the Mule wears Paselas which inflate out to 32mm. For this type ride I install his hiking boots: Continental Ride Tours. They also grow to 32mm at the 70psi I use. I pay a weight penalty for them - about a pound more for the pair but I don't think much about them flatting. I also used these for my GAP trip last summer, again 90% unpaved trail. So this pair has pert-near 400 miles on them. Solid. The Paselas will go back on now. No more tour plans for this season.
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Old 08-01-20, 09:36 AM
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"Early Morning Riding"?

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Old 08-01-20, 07:54 PM
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"Early Morning Riding"?

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Electromagnetic Radiation, there's a Bonneville Power substation across the road in that photo
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Old 08-01-20, 09:15 PM
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The weather here in the PNW has been fantastic. Here are some pictures of riding done this week:

Monday: A solo ride in Mt rainier National Park
76F3D21C-0AF8-47E4-9F02-4BE1FFE6A945_1_201_a by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

AE4F49A8-E43A-425E-8BF8-D89A468BD7E3 by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

39E609EC-A1AD-42F5-A851-F7770C62A34B by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

Tuesday: Middle Fork Road and Uplands hill climb with some friends here in the upper Snoqualmie Valley.
D56A1E64-BB5F-4542-9399-488EE60326C7 by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

B981F3F1-0B38-4C28-AADC-78FD4FA66283 by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

9B53B43A-613C-4C8A-BC88-044BD047D5EA_1_201_a by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

Wednesday: I rode by myself up to Snoqualmie Pass.
Lunch up at Alpental by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

It was in the 90’s that afternoon but I had planned for that by packing a swimsuit and taking a swim in Rattlesnake Lake before heading the final few miles home. Man that felt so good!
well over 90 when I got down off the pass I cooled off in Rattlesnake Lake by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr
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Old 08-01-20, 09:21 PM
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Thursday: I met up with the same crew but this time down by Mt. Rainier for a ride around the Tatoosh Range. Start and Finish in Longmire.

We start the climb to Paradise by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

Bob and Lynn by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

Goodbye Paradise by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

Steve with the Tatoosh in the background by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

Rainier from Stevens Canyon by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

Rainier from Longmire Campground by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

On Friday, I did a mellow spin on some local MUP’s from Issaquah to Woodinville. No pictures

This morning, I led a friend on an easy spin around the upper valley.
Bruce B by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

Tomorrow, I will take it easy. I have a few happy bikes to clean that look like this :-)
Happy Bike by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr
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Old 08-01-20, 09:22 PM
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Electromagnetic Radiation, there's a Bonneville Power substation across the road in that photo
I admit, it took me a second to figure out your original EMR comment, and I will admit I like Jeff’s version of EMR better.

My own EMR started a bit before seven AM in Colville, Wa, where my first-cousin-in-law (once removed) got married today.



Fresh hay, cut and rolled on Spanish Prairie Road. The smell was strong and sublime in the dewy morning hour. Nothing quite like it.

Climbing up Gold Creek Loop. Only gained about 900 feet, but that was enough to burn off excess rehearsal dinner cheesecake and beer from the night before.

Afternoon riding took me down Auto View Road. I had to see what that was about; it was about a drive-in movie place. No sign of life (or “Now Showing” info). The entry sign looks like it was hung last Tuesday, but I don’t think they’ve had the Lights on for awhile 😕

Meyer’s Falls on the Colville River, shortly before it empties into Roosevelt Lake (the Columbia River, basically). If you squint, you can see a young mom and daughter having a photo-op down there on the rocks.

And here’s the reason I’m in town; to witness the nuptials of young Megan and Garrett...

... and to drink as much as I can hold of the lovely West Coast Amber they have on tap For it

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Old 08-02-20, 10:29 AM
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I thought I had a photo of my 61 Allegro but apparently I missed the shutter button, so ERA shot and the route


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Old 08-02-20, 12:30 PM
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Yesterday was the longest time I've spent on my SLT since I bought it. I was a little beat up after 50 miles of really rough roads but overall I'm loving this bike with modern wheels and the 8s Ergopower levers. It's getting an 11 speed 5800 shift group pretty soon, which will really turn this into a great bike.

I ended up riding to the highest glaciated point in the state of Illinois:

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The bike path on the beach was an absolute mob scene, a disaster waiting to happen.

Riding on the streets with the cars is safer than being mobbed by pedestrians and children on a bike path. The funny thing is, there is a pedestrian path immediately adjacent to the bike path, yet it was empty and the bike path was clogged with pedestrians.

Maybe someday I will take and post some pics.
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Old 08-02-20, 04:48 PM
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Early morning ride over the Bay Bridge today — left before the kids were awake...





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Took a trip through the Oakland hills to Castro Valley. Went offroad a couple of times to check out old haunts. The Big Beezer, Redwood, hill climb is back to its natural state(no pic)

. Quite a few memorials along the way, but this one takes the cake. No wonder. I was buzzed all day by motorcycles and sports cars.
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I passed an abandoned drive-in
With ivy growin' over the screen
It was like I caught Hollywood sleepin'
Sleep without the dreams

- "Albemarle Station," David Berman
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Got a nice vintage white Specialiazed branded saddle off a salvage bike yesterday been looking for one on the cheap for a while for the 89 Hardrock looks and feels great n the bike. So I took it for a ride over Thompson par k on CR-18. Really nice riding almost no traffic on the county road and no one on the park trails.




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Started my part time part-time gig. About 20 mi. each way. Backpack just holds the change of clothes and bicycle repairing essentials.

i have more than 1 route, so better pics in the future.

edit: Today's roads were also the shortest automobile route, against the main flow of commuters - or it would be unbearable. One of my few morning rides, and amazed at the low volume of traffic in my direction.


Rode the 78 Batavus, sporting Campa9 triple.

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. I have more than 1 route, so better pics in the future.


Empty streets at 8:30A

Street intersection slower downers - why aren’t they in my neighborhood?

Merckx by the river.

What a nice day - again.
Thank you.


Onto the gravel.

And a nice resting place until the return trip late in the afternoon. N95 on th saddle.

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About 30 miles of Maine coastal peninsula riding. Ten degrees cooler than it’s been, a great day on rolling hills.



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43 miler through Virginia hunt country on the Richard Sachs with a few friends. Gorgeous day, not too hot after the storm came through the night before.



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^ ^ By golly that is some beautiful riding country you got there, Doc!
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