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Old 04-26-21, 10:16 AM
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My wife and I celebrated my 38th birthday. Rain shortened the ride, but we still managed to ride to the ice cream stop.



Thanks. It was a great one!
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After today's ride.
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Today we had more sunshine than yesterday, but also more wind, which killed our average speed in the open plains we call polders since they are below sea level. It looked nice, though.



Today's route took us through the town of Alphen aan den Rijn, in which I wasted most of my youth. Not many left of the buildings I knew, but 19th century monster that once hosted my kindergarten has apparently been renovated:



On the other side of town we passed café De Heul:



The same place in the 1950's:



Leaving town, along the Heimanswetering, a canal that has been dug out of the peat soil in 1200 AD:



Back into the open polders, where our speed dropped to below 10 mph, because of the wind:




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Glad as always to be posting this thread

Morning was filled, which spilled into the afternoon. But longer days mean late afternoon rambles are possible. No towns, but I found Spring-gy pics, maybe a new lane. Temps high 50s when I left, so long sleeve wool and knickers. Knee socks helped, too.
The cycle was not vintage but the jersey harkens.....
(coincidental that USA’s Natl Ski Patrol emblem matches Swiss Natl Champ, which I’m not - Swiss... or champ. )

Garden color from holly bush, daffodils & white rhodie

The green tree droppings after a rain. Calming to ride

At times the sky was threatening

But it didn’t get me wet.

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We're somewhat farther south and therefore a little bit ahead of you, spring-wise.
Day started off chilly but warmed up nicely in the afternoon. Next couple of days supposed to be in the 80's. Go figure.



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You are all champs to me.

Anyway, today is King's Day in Holland, a national holiday. The weather was fine, and with the country still mostly locked down, there weren't too many options. So everyone with a boat, a bicycle, a convertible or a motorcycle was out today.

As were we. For a longer ride, so our most comfy bikes came along: the Méral and the Roy Thame:



Always fun, a DIY ferry. You have to winch yourself across:



Restaurants are still closed, so we had to bring our own lunch. Smoked chicken and mayonnaise rolls, a hard-boiled egg and a piece of Camembert. And since it is the King's birthday, a toast was in order, with a glass of rather excellent German Sekt:



Next up, bicycle bridge across the Amsterdam-Rhine canal, the major waterway connecting the Rhine with the IJsselmeer:




No small boats in this canal (you can, but you'll probably only try that once), but on the smaller rivers and canals they were out in force:



Which meant long waiting times at some of the bridges. And yes, there's a similar crowd with cars and bikes waiting on the other side:



No festivities this year because of COVID, but a flag is a must:



A grand day was had by all:

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Originally Posted by non-fixie View Post
You are all champs to me.

Anyway, today is King's Day in Holland, a national holiday. The weather was fine, and with the country still mostly locked down, there weren't too many options. So everyone with a boat, a bicycle, a convertible or a motorcycle was out today.

As were we. For a longer ride, so our most comfy bikes came along: the Méral and the Roy Thame:



Always fun, a DIY ferry. You have to winch yourself across:



Restaurants are still closed, so we had to bring our own lunch. Smoked chicken and mayonnaise rolls, a hard-boiled egg and a piece of Camembert. And since it is the King's birthday, a toast was in order, with a glass of rather excellent German Sekt:



Next up, bicycle bridge across the Amsterdam-Rhine canal, the major waterway connecting the Rhine with the IJsselmeer:




No small boats in this canal (you can, but you'll probably only try that once), but on the smaller rivers and canals they were out in force:


Which meant long waiting times at some of the bridges. And yes, there's a similar crowd with cars and bikes waiting on the other side:



No festivities this year because of COVID, but a flag is a must:

A grand day was had by all:
Totally love the pics, reminds me of days gone by when I lived in Germany for a couple of years and used to ride for miles along the Rhine. Loved the biking infrastructure there even in the 80's. Spent more time using the bike than my car it was so practical and well supported.
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Kind of a mill ride.

Merselo

with a cycling shop.

Gazelle Champion Mondial in the window

Detour in Venray, second mill

Take-away bicycles, for free

Horst-Meterik

Kronenberg

And Griendtsveen, almost home.
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Originally Posted by fabiofarelli View Post
Kind of a mill ride.

Never mind the mills, or the free bikes. You have a Sirocco! Now that is a brand that deserves more exposure. Made by Peter van der Klundert?

There was nice thread about these back in '14, by SvenMN : Frame builder confirmed hakima cycles frame Sirocco Peter van de Klundert
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Take-away bicycles, for free

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Well dang, I just paid good money to have Azor build me one of those and look at those free beauties just needing a home.
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fabiofarelli, non-fixie, your pictures are fantastic! And non-fixie, you are making me hungry.

I took today off work and went for a ride. Only about 30 miles through the towns west of Boston, mostly a mix of suburbs, farms, and conservation land woods. You'd be surprised at how much wooded acreage there is in an area with such a high population density. We can thank the towns which had the foresight to set aside land for conservation. No, I didn't ride the woods. This bike is strictly a road runner.





Most riders take pics of the other side of this little bridge. Today this view spoke to me.



A popular stop for cyclists on the weekend. Today there was just one lonely bike. Presumably the rider was inside eating something tasty.


A peanut butter and jelly sandwich, commonly known as a PBJ. Alas, it just can't compete with smoked chicken and mayonnaise rolls, a hard-boiled egg and a piece of Camembert. But it got me home.
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Originally Posted by non-fixie View Post
Never mind the mills, or the free bikes. You have a Sirocco! Now that is a brand that deserves more exposure. Made by Peter van der Klundert?

There was nice thread about these back in '14, by SvenMN : Frame builder confirmed hakima cycles frame Sirocco Peter van de Klundert
Yes, I already found this one. I'll post more pictures. The lugs are very special.
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Non-fixie, you win today! What a festive ride and lunch! I had a banana, trail mix, and potato chips with a lemon San Pellegrino for my mid ride lunch today. I rode 65 miles on the Heron today through southern Albemarle county with a dip of the toe into Nelson County. Today was the first hot day of the year with temps in the upper 80’s; get ready rccardr, the heat is coming! I struggled today with a combination of the heat and drained legs from yesterday’s ride and a challenging weekend at work.

First rest stop on Secretary Sand Rd. Old cemetery, but there wasn’t a gate so I didn’t look closer.


Further along the same road, after it turns to pavement. Some trepidation here as my return route goes over and along the ridge in the distance. I started to feel the heat here as the forest here has been logged, so mostly scrub trees and replanted pine, so very much sun exposed for many miles.



Rockfish River, the apex of my ride today. A lot of my pics in this thread overlook the Rockfish Valley 10-20 miles upstream from here. This is probably just a few miles from its empty into the James River.




Most of my pics are a landscape, so here’s an old house (barn?)



Home is about 10 miles on the other side of that ridge! Took this from the parking lot of Red Hill School. Nice place to get some learning!

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I rode into town today to pick up a bag from Swift Industries. This would be my longest ride on the big Expedition, at fifty five miles. It's a comfortable bike and 38 Gravelkings are a nice change from 25 Veloflex tires...

It is a portly beast, and dropping 4-5 pounds of stuff in the front bag added some to the front load. Also, I found a new favorite in friction shifters. 7402 Dura Ace set in friction mode might surpass Simplex, as my new go to.



Found a steel frame bigger than this bike...
That is one tall frame! 68 cm? I have a Schwinn Voyageur 11.8 that has been powder coated if you have an interest. Too tall for me!
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That is one tall frame! 68 cm? I have a Schwinn Voyageur 11.8 that has been powder coated if you have an interest. Too tall for me!
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Today was the first hot day of the year with temps in the upper 80’s; get ready rccardr, the heat is coming!
HA! We live just outside of DC, so we LAUGH at your ‘heat’!

Mrs Doc and I spent today frolicking among the hills of Skyline Drive, where it was a reported chilly 89 degrees. Needed an extra sweater!

But I pity the poor Oregonians and Bostonians who are about to step to step into our heated cauldron. MUUHHHMUHAAAA!!!!!
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No grand ride report nor extraordinary photos nor historic bike, but heck - sometimes I turn the original pedals just to get a couple of smilies out of it.



Glad, as always, to post this thread.
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Did the usual "47" after work. Temp was 85 when I left the house! 15 minutes later the temp dropped into the low 50s. A cold front came out of nowhere. Couldn't feel my hands at one point during the ride. Spring in Chicago...

Came across an "explosive situation" at the Open Lands preserve. The preserve is located on what used to be Fort Sheridan. Someone found an old grenade while hiking and then the police found more stuff. Not surprising given the history of the area. They used to dump all kinds of trash from the base into the ravines.



They've set up a snow fence around the perimeter to keep people out until the all clear is given (TBD). Thankfully, the road is still open, as it is a key connector for the ride.

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HA! We live just outside of DC, so we LAUGH at your ‘heat’!

Mrs Doc and I spent today frolicking among the hills of Skyline Drive, where it was a reported chilly 89 degrees. Needed an extra sweater!

But I pity the poor Oregonians and Bostonians who are about to step to step into our heated cauldron. MUUHHHMUHAAAA!!!!!
Skyline Drive.....one of the few things that makes me homesick for Va. I do miss being able to enjoy the beauty up there.
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No pics, but the 40°F drop in temperature between yesterday and today was rather remarkable. (Eisentraut yesterday, Schwinn three-speed today).
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Did the D&R canal and stopped in Colonial Park. Mid 80's on a beautiful April day. Nice and warm.






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Picture from Monday's 90 miler out near Tokul, near the base of the Cascade Range

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After yesterday's ride.
That looks very tasty!
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