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Old 10-27-20, 09:30 PM
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New bike day! Rode the '72 Torpado down to the park for a couple pics.


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Did 32 miles up north. Definitely the last "after work" ride of the season. Was dark by 5:45 - cold too (mid-40s)

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Originally planned to ride from Duvall to North Bend on the SRT after seeing Matt's recent pics, but that will have to wait another day or so as I got a late start (read: slept in). Instead, I got in about 45 on the road to Issaquah and back.

Finally got some fall color pics after all! Enjoy.





















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This past Saturday I made the drive up to Branford, CT to meet with Sir_Name and his pal for a scenic autumn ride through some coastal areas and rolling hills. Normally this month would have been our annual trek to J.P. Weigle's French Fender Day but alas in '20 twas not to be. The weather was mild albeit misty and cloudy for most of the day. The ride began with an unexpected and picturesque stretch of hike-a-bike then we were back on the roads, I on my Fuji Ace, Bob on his Woodrup and Eric on his Nishiki International. A really enjoyable 72ish mile ride as always and with luck next year we will return to FFD. Here are just a few photos of the day.









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Muchly the same roads and hardpack. E-bikes for the inactive is the fastest growing visuals I get on trails. Gets them out.





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Made my way over to Alki Beach and enjoyed the sun and watching a bit of volleyball. Beautiful day.


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In contrast to @SurferRosa's setting, we had our first snow fall of the season today, and I had to head over a couple of town's over for an appointment. I'm running the Shimano Arctic group.
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Originally Posted by nlerner
In contrast to @SurferRosa's setting, we had our first snow fall of the season today, and I had to head over a couple of town's over for an appointment. I'm running the Shimano Arctic group.
Wow, I'd hate to try and shift that.
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Old 10-30-20, 11:20 AM
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October was a great commuting month, 188 miles, 13,984 feet of climbing; great for me, at least. My old mountain bike has been a real champ.

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Originally Posted by curbtender
Wow, I'd hate to try and shift that.
It did shift, actually, not well, but it worked. If the temps had dropped, I think I might have had a bigger problem.
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It did shift, actually, not well, but it worked. If the temps had dropped, I think I might have had a bigger problem.
Yikes, we just had to deal with going from 80 to 60 degrees today.

Today I rode the scary clown gauntlet in Free Union






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Originally Posted by SurferRosa
Made my way over to Alki Beach and enjoyed the sun and watching a bit of volleyball. Beautiful day.


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In contrast to @SurferRosa's setting, we had our first snow fall of the season today, and I had to head over a couple of town's over for an appointment. I'm running the Shimano Arctic group.
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Wow, I'd hate to try and shift that.
Today’s word is...Juxtaposition...
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Along the Burke Gilman


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30 miles at 30°. Gotta get the corn shots while it lasts!
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I've said it before and I'll probably say it again, "This bike just CANNOT go slowly."

Also, as usual, I have no photos of the ride - a very foggy day down by the beach.

Like SurferRosa, above, I also got to watch some volleyball. Being Halloween, many players were in costumes. Wonder Woman was there, too. :-)

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Cracked off an 81-miler. Wanted to do some late fall exploring, so I rode up to Hawthorne Woods. Low 30s at the start, mid-50s and sun by the end. 25 miles of ripping headwinds coming home. Last Halloween, it snowed several inches, so I can't complain.

Some creepy crawlies on a Sheridan Road mansion.



Had to pass through Mundelein which seems stuck in the late 60s.



Fair Haven is an area in Mundelein and this is the bowling alley.



Still lots of good fall color, but the leaves are really coming down.



The gate to the Lake Forest Cemetery.



Saw tons of good Halloween decorations and lots of people had set out treats. I was severely tempted by this, which showed up around mile 57. I was running out of gas, but wanted to leave then for the kids.



Went by a business with 7-8 rotting BMW 2002 carcasses behind it. Hard to get photos, but they were all in similar condition. Too bad, they're a classic!



Happy Halloween y'all!

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Nice in PNW 1112020


JRA enjoying the silence and sounds of occasional stream crossing.

What they show on the roadside ^^^ What they mean if you pull off to see = vvv


And of course the reward is often at the end of the ride. On football Sunday. That’s a grilled brat, smothered in baked beans, a touch of cheese scalloped potatoes, cole slaw. Yum.
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Made a run to Beaverton to pick up some banh mi sandwiches. Swung by Universal Cycles to pick up some brake levers. Haven’t grown fond of the Carlton/Weinmanns.



Sort of a weird suburbia exploration, but it was fun. I’ve driven on 26 countless times without realizing that a great bike path runs right along side it!

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Every so often I get the urge to ride around Mount Tamalpais, at 2,572 feet the tallest landmark in the county where I live. There are a number of different routes around it, both on pavement and on dirt. This time I chose a combination: 21 miles of dirt and 36 miles of asphalt.

Getting an early start, I climbed out of the coastal fog in about 5 miles.




Thanks to the early start I had the mountain almost to myself for the first couple hours. In this photo looking south you can just make out the white dome on the west peak in the distance.




A fine view at my lunch spot on the other side of the mountain and a few hundred feet below the summit. San Francisco skyline in the far background.




Home in time for a second lunch! 5,200 feet of climbing is good for the appetite.



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Had a fun day out with Jacob and Matt on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail today. Matt rode out from North Bend to Duvall (where Jacob and I started from) to meet up, then we all rode together to North Bend. We actually had to make an emergency pit stop at Matt's place because my headset somehow loosened up; no problems two weekends ago on the substantially worse surface of the Iron Horse Trail. By the way, the SVT is a super trail. The trail surface seems more like chipseal or even smooth pavement along much of the route and I think I counted less than 10 potholes along the entire length. I must utilize this gem more often!

We rode and chatted and once the mechanical was seen to had lunch at the Riverbend Cafe. I didn't get a photo of my food, but did enjoy a superb French dip with a salad. Plenty of fuel to get me back home. Matt guided us back to the SVT at the Tokul Tunnel and from there on out it was about 1.5 hours back to the start in Duvall for me and Jacob. Just short of 50 miles for the day according to Jacob's Strava.

Pics? We gots pics! Some fog at the start:



L to R: Matt, Jacob:



Snoqualmie River:



L to R: Matt, Jacob, My Thigh:



Matt, looking snappy in his new rain jacket, getting a snap:



More Snoqualmie River:



Hub's-eye view on the way into North Bend:



These fat 25s love the smooth surface of the SVT:



The shadow/light play through the trees today was breathtaking - a perfect fall ride:



See you next time!



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^ Nice shots, Dude! None of the ones I took were any good, out of focus and somehow I had video switched on by accident on many of them. I blame the bulky winter gloves.
It was great to roll some miles with you and Jacob again.
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^ Nice shots, Dude! None of the ones I took were any good, out of focus and somehow I had video switched on by accident on many of them. I blame the bulky winter gloves.
It was great to roll some miles with you and Jacob again.
I feel you on the photos; I've had that happen to me once in awhile and it is frustrating, isn't it? No worries - I got plenty of pics for the three of us

Thanks again for joining us for a super-fun ride!

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starting to snow.


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It's supposed to begin raining and getting colder the next few days, so I took advantage of 60 degrees and dry to bang in a quick 25 miles this afternoon. Rare day out for the Colnago Mexico as I've been favoring the Casati and Bianchi this past year.

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Sammamish River Trail:



Newly-shorn head - I feel human again!



Marymoor Park:



Pick of the day - if not the litter:



I rescued this abandoned cat:



Mount Rainier:



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Another good day to ride.
Maple Valley to Newcastle via the low traffic route.

^^^^ Out the back road, past the outdoor building material storage.

^^^ Past the middle school - muchly empty. Long shadows at only 2:15.

Smooth pavement - soooo nice..

Equestrians for the horse trails. Gooood.

Kayak ‘grabs’ on one of the numerous Cedar River crossings

Nice picnic table along the trail

Local Fire Station

They say you have to win the jersey to wear it. Not a former Swiss National Champion, guess 10 years National Ski Patroller counts as a win.

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