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Old 04-17-21, 11:29 PM
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Man, it's good to see you out on the bike again [MENTION=135635]scozim[/MENTION].
Happy Birthday [MENTION=45088]nlerner[/MENTION]!

I've been riding nearly every day but haven't been taking pictures because, well, most of the time it's just the same old routes.
Been wanting for a change of venue.
I got a bit of that locally this week thanks to the beautiful stretch of weather we've had.
On Tuesday I found myself riding new gravel roads over to Hobart as a part of a loop from my home in North Bend.
Hobart Loop 1 by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr
The best part was riding those new logging roads for hours without seeing another person although I did have a bear for company at one point.
Rattlesnake Mtn Rd by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr
This area feels very remote in spite of the evidence of logging activity everywhere around, none of it appeared recent.
The bridge over the Raging River by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr
The climbs were at times nasty steep on loose gravel and I walked some of the pitches - probably a cumulative distance of a mile but I didn't mind it at all. It was part of the adventure.
About 4 miles from Hobart I came to an access gate that marked the end to the isolation and turned onto a numbered street that eventually turn into pavement.
More gravel goodness by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr
On the way to Issaquah I took the Tiger Mountain Road for a bit more climbing and a respite from the afternoon traffic on the main road into town.
While riding this road I passed by the yellow access gate to the logging roads on Tiger Mountain and that gave me an idea to come back another time to find the road to Poo Poo Point.
Poo Poo Point is popular view point above Issaquah that is used as a launch site by Paraglider's these days.
I had gotten a late start and now I was pressed for time to get home by supper. It would have to wait for another time.

I got to that opportunity yesterday when I drove out to Maple Valley and rode out to Tiger Mountain starting from the Cedar River Trail.
Poo Poo Point 1 by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr
Riding back up Tiger Mountain Road, I crossed the access gate and began the strenuous climb up the logging roads.
Poo Poo Point 5 by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr
As like the other day, some pitches were too steep and loose to pedal so I walked. Eventually, I passed through a clear cut and was rewarded with some amazing views that just got better the higher I climbed.
Poo Poo Point 6 by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr
Passing through a band of trees, the road ends and I am on Poo Poo Point, looking down at Issaquah.
Poo Poo Point 8 by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr
I had a nice picnic lunch then rode back to the car. Going down was tricky. It was hard to keep my eyes on the road and my speed in check with all the visual distractions.
Poo Poo Point 10 by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr
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Old 04-18-21, 08:43 AM
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Maybe I need to get out a mountain bike and explore my bigger backyard.

The bears aren't a problem (as you know), other species can be.

I'm afraid all these summer days in April guarantees June Gloom.
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Old 04-18-21, 11:20 AM
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Today the weather was far nicer than yesterday, and spring is blooming throughout the greater Boston area. Seemed seasonably appropriate to ride my pink bike, which I recently fitted with its original fork instead of the black carbon fork I had been running. What I’ve sacrificed in additional weight, I make up for on aesthetics!



Anyone see a bike in this pic?

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Old 04-18-21, 11:25 AM
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Amstel Gold Race today, so mrs non-fixie and I elected to go for a ride that would take us along the Amstel river. (The race is called after the beer brand, of course, which in turn is called after the river.)

The Amstel, as it looks most of the way:




Passing through the town of Nes on the Amstel:



A short stop in Amstelveen, before heading back to see the Amstel Gold Race finish on TV (worth it ):



Heading back home on one of the most intriguing roads I know of in my area. Where to walk or ride here? Everywhere!

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County Road 44 Between Halstad Bay and Priest's Bay.

Lake Minnetonka, Mound, MN. It's a nice 5 mile ride out to Highway 7 and back. Sunny day, low winds and the trees just coming out in green. First lap on the 2018 Bianchi Orso. Then a faster lap on the 2009 Bianchi Pista Steel. 3rd lap on the 1985 Ross 294s and a final lap on the 1972 Frejus Tour de France

Smooth ride. Love these bikes. Drivers are reasonably good about not pushing the fog line. Easy 20 miles.

Happy "Bike Day" tomorrow! On that day in 1943, Dr. Hofmann took his infamous bike ride. I'm glad the bikes are still with me but the trips are all taken and in the rear view mirror of life...

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Old 04-18-21, 12:57 PM
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For the first time in 8 years knowing my LBS owner/mechanic we went on a bike ride up north to Azusa, CA. Small group with his brothers and children. I took my Basso which I rode with a loaned front derailleur spacer from my Gios.

Total 37 miles and change. No chance for pictures since we had to be back in time for him to open shop.

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Sunday spin through Manhattan and The Bronx on my Pro. I love the long wheelbase, smooth ride, fenders and bad on my Raleigh Pro, but my Mercian Pro rewards sporty riding with amazing feedback and handling.


Randalls Island, looking across the Harlem River to Manhattan


Orchard Beach in Eastern Bronx on Pelham Bay in Long Island Sound.

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Did my local Presidential route today, riding past Monticello (Jefferson) and Ash Lawn (Monroe). Posted pics of that before, so here’s the stretch of gravel connecting this with the homeward bound route. The gravel, in addition to providing some nice countryside, allows me to skip some heavy car traffic.


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One of the things I love about this thread is how I get to experience diverse parts of the world in adjacent posts, especially places I will likely never get to experience in person.

Today we took the tandem out for a spin through rural-ish/suburb-ish towns northwest of the city, inotherwords our usual bike haunts from the old days. 25.8 miles. Had some great conversations with other cyclists at Fern's in Carlisle and in Concord Center. Lots of cyclists out today. Saw several other tandems. Rode through Great Brook State Farm, a.k.a. the State Farm in Carlisle, where they sell great ice cream (which we never consume, alas). From the general scent in the air and this being spring season, several thoughts come to mind. Cows are machines for converting plant matter into one of the raw ingredients of ice cream. The aforementioned plant matter has its own requirements for biochemical ingredients which are generally produced by cows, transported to the fields by tractors pulling trailers from cow places to plant matter places, then distributed to the fields. A rider's nose knows these this things instinctively. Or perhaps I should say in-stink-tively.

A prepared field ready to produce raw materials for ice cream


Investigating a side trail through the woods, walking, not riding
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Nice to see you guys and that tandem again, jimmuller

Reminds me to get our tandem back out on the road.
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Investigating a side trail through the woods, walking, not riding
So Sharon gets to push the tandem while you walk alongside taking pics, then?
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Tug pushing the Marinoni...awesome day! Took a couple of new riders out to the bay bridge and stopped at the busy Emeryville Marketplace for lunch.
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I got out with my son to break in the two 'new' bikes today. Never thought it could be 77 degrees in April here in the PNW. It was a nice afternoon with Thomas.



and the first tulips that we've grown. Ever.

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Just to the end of the County Road


and it was fun.
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
From the general scent in the air and this being spring season, several thoughts come to mind. Cows are machines for converting plant matter into one of the raw ingredients of ice cream. The aforementioned plant matter has its own requirements for biochemical ingredients which are generally produced by cows, transported to the fields by tractors pulling trailers from cow places to plant matter places, then distributed to the fields. A rider's nose knows these this things instinctively. Or perhaps I should say in-stink-tively.
Since I'm dairy farm raied, I call that smell "home".
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Originally Posted by gugie
Since I'm dairy farm raied, I call that smell "home".
Same here, but pig farms are another story.
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New stem day on my 650b'd track bike




Just a short little spin on the bike path this morning before a long day with family and friends.
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Since I'm dairy farm raied, I call that smell "home".
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Same here, but pig farms are another story.
This riding area also has a number of horse farms. Their scent is also distinkly different.
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I met my pseudo-niece at the bike race track in summer 2014. We became friends. My spouse and I later became friends with E's identical twin sister M. Both twins visited us in Manhattan and at our weekend home. I told them that we've adopted them as our nieces. M even lived with us for nine months as a roommate.

They wanted to come visit to celebrate their birthday this weekend and this time they brought M's husband and also E and M's youngest sister and their parents. Most of us are vaccinated plus two weeks, and we acted cautiously with respect to the virus, and we had a grand old time eating together and sleeping with 8 people and one dog under one roof. Six of us took a ride yesterday in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. We rode up a steep gravel carriage road to Lake Awosting and then rode the very rough trail around the lake. The youngest sister, 18 years old, is an inexperienced cyclist and needed a nap after the ride.

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Great story, Tom! Thank you for sharing it.

I think I would like a pseudo-niece.
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Mrs non-fixie and I decided to go for a quick twenty-mile ride after work and before dinner. "Ups & downs" would be a accurate description of the event.

It started out allright, with empty roads (the Dutch traditionally dine early). The winding roads on both sides of the Kromme Mijdrecht river are always a treat:



Approaching the town of Wilnis:



Flatted the rear tire there. Luckily someone had put up a bike repair fence:


The Challenge Strada Bianca tires have become really loose with use, which makes a roadside repair light work. I can actually take them off the rims without tools.

On the way home we ran into a fresh generation of cows, who were still interested in our bikes:



And who hadn't tasted me yet:



I like cows.
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Been out for 30 - 70 miles every day since my baby passed on the 14th; a couple pics from the ride to Fall City on Saturday:





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The rides have been somewhat therapeutic - but I still miss her like crazy. I may go on, but I'm not ever going to get over this.

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DD, sorry to hear it. Certainly very tough. Been there. Glad to see you getting out amid this. Wish you the best.

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So sorry to hear, DD...
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