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Old 05-16-21, 02:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude View Post
Nice - I see you still have the old school Bike Forums sticker on the top tube. Btw, what is that strange pattern I'm seeing on the stem riser? Looks like some sort of engraving?

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The BF stickers were made by speedevil just before the logo changed to the current one I believe. The weird stem pattern is just reflective tape to hide the black coloring of a quill stem extender. That frame is just a tad small for me.
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Took a break from today’s ride to tame a wild steed:

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I went for a ride on Bald Peak yesterday with @gugie. No pics from the ride (which is too bad, because it's a beautiful route). I did want to share a new addition to the place where I usually park when I visit the Atelier in front of the shed known as the Dr. Suess House.



A closer look at the thing that is new....



Please note: the bike in the first picture is the product of Gugificazione (gotta earn that parking spot. )
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I was asked by some local riders if I could check on progress of a new section of bay trail. It's been fenced off and recently a chain link gate was chained closed by the park district that people had been using as a bypass. I figured the chain would be cut but the fence to the new path had been snipped open. It's going to make riding there a lot easier.

Then I got this shot that could be used in a few other threads.

Bike near water, with graffiti, see stuff on your ride...
Then there is the therapy ponies!
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Old 05-17-21, 06:16 PM
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Between some condos and a now defunct Elks Lodge, there's a little path that leads to a small, private beach called Point Shilshole.


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That's a neat picture @SurferRosa. My sister lives nearby and we've walked down to that beach a few times. Seattle has some neat little nooks and crannies doesn't it?
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48 mile ride to Mason Neck with a couple of friends. Gorgeous day, putting some miles in before Thunder Ridge this weekend:



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Again, Strabrechtse Heide, near Eindhoven.



















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I rode to work. Glad to be back to commuting again.

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Todays short ride.



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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
...private beach called Point Shilshole.
..
"I read that wrong initially."

[crowd groans]

"Aw, come on!"
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Originally Posted by curbtender View Post
I was asked by some local riders if I could check on progress of a new section of bay trail. It's been fenced off and recently a chain link gate was chained closed by the park district that people had been using as a bypass. I figured the chain would be cut but the fence to the new path had been snipped open. It's going to make riding there a lot easier.

Then I got this shot that could be used in a few other threads.

Bike near water, with graffiti, see stuff on your ride...
Then there is the therapy ponies!
Gorgeous... Is this up by Benecia, or thereabouts? I thought I read something recently about more Bay Trail being completed up there.
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Originally Posted by gaucho777 View Post
I rode to work. Glad to be back to commuting again.

pretty broad set of subjects on the board. Nice.
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pretty broad set of subjects on the board. Nice.
I thought so too - lots to learn off that board!

Today I did a tough 38 miler, 4000 ft climbing, riding from the community center in Greenwood, Virginia and working my way up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. My route took me up to the community of Afton and through the Blue Ridge Tunnel. I felt like I was climbing most of the day and I robbed myself of a big descent reward by choosing to get home on Jarman Gap road which is a very steep (long stretches 12-15%) on very dodgy freshly laid gravel.

This is Dick Woods Rd, looking up toward Rockfish Gap (little notch to the right of the tree. Elevation about 750 ft and 1850 ft up there, although once up there I chose to ride a parallel road along the Parkway, at cost of an extra 500 feet of climbing, to avoid an out and back loop.



Entrance to the tunnel. Hot day today. so this was a nice cool off, not to mention a nice stretch of flat road.



Inside tunnel, still backlit from the entrance. You an see the exit in the distance, just under 1 mile.



Dark and spooky now



Picnic spot, Swannanoa Rd, runs parallel to the Blue Ridge Parkway, just on the other side of those trees.



Parkway overlook of Rockfish Valley, looking back down toward where the first pic was taken.



Worlds Collide! Getting on Jarman Gap road requires a short bit of riding on hiking trail off Skyline Drive. This intersects with the AT.



Dusty and tired but looking good!

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Originally Posted by noobinsf View Post
Gorgeous... Is this up by Benecia, or thereabouts? I thought I read something recently about more Bay Trail being completed up there.
This is between Hercules and Rodeo. The path is completed in Rodeo to a point and then puts you out to San Pablo Ave. Because of the refinery, I can't see it following the bay again until at least the hamlet of Tormey.
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Today would have been Sacha's 18th birthday. We took a leisurely 25-mile ride along the Sammamish River in street clothes to celebrate. The weather cooperated and stayed dry and warm-ish after a few days of rain and cooler temperatures.









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Put some more miles on the Peugeot PXR80 today. This bike handles great mostly unloaded, but I can already tell that it will shine with a full load.


Went over the river...


...and through the woods. Note: did not end up at grandmother's house.


Waited out a spring shower under some trees here
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Today I rode my "Lazy Little Local Loops," a 12 mile mix of pavement and dirt. The hills are turning brown here, but still some good wild flowers.






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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs View Post
I thought so too - lots to learn off that board!

Today I did a tough 38 miler, 4000 ft climbing, riding from the community center in Greenwood, Virginia and working my way up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. My route took me up to the community of Afton and through the Blue Ridge Tunnel. I felt like I was climbing most of the day and I robbed myself of a big descent reward by choosing to get home on Jarman Gap road which is a very steep (long stretches 12-15%) on very dodgy freshly laid gravel.

This is Dick Woods Rd, looking up toward Rockfish Gap (little notch to the right of the tree. Elevation about 750 ft and 1850 ft up there, although once up there I chose to ride a parallel road along the Parkway, at cost of an extra 500 feet of climbing, to avoid an out and back loop.



Entrance to the tunnel. Hot day today. so this was a nice cool off, not to mention a nice stretch of flat road.



Inside tunnel, still backlit from the entrance. You an see the exit in the distance, just under 1 mile.



Dark and spooky now



Picnic spot, Swannanoa Rd, runs parallel to the Blue Ridge Parkway, just on the other side of those trees.



Parkway overlook of Rockfish Valley, looking back down toward where the first pic was taken.



Worlds Collide! Getting on Jarman Gap road requires a short bit of riding on hiking trail off Skyline Drive. This intersects with the AT.



Dusty and tired but looking good!
Good to see the Cycliq's in use, I was an early adopter and have had pretty good luck with them, just bought the new one's, still waiting on the tailight. Not overly impressed but they do work so...
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Originally Posted by squirtdad View Post
pretty broad set of subjects on the board. Nice.
That's what I was thinking. Also, the apple next to Newton's Laws appears to be a Red Delicious, whereas everyone knows the fictional apple which was said to have fallen on Newton's head was a Flower of Kent.
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I took a long lunch today for a ride through a couple of local MUPs, the Fanno Creek Trail and the Westside Regional Trail. There's a theory that these are going to be connected someday, but not yet.

The Fanno Creek Trail is part of the infamous Neal Lerner Invitational route. A lot of PNW BF members, and a few lucky others, have probably ridden it before. It's a pleasant route that I've probably ridden 100 times, but I don't think I've properly documented it with pictures before.

I started out taking Fifth Avenue across Beaverton, a typical suburban street with the beautiful Oregon sky in the background.


Fifth Avenue ends abruptly like this:


That leads to my favorite piece of bike infrastructure in Oregon. As you enter the apartment complex parking lot seen above, you discover a 100 yard paved path that connects central Beaverton to the Fanno Creek trail via Raleigh West neighborhood.




Finally, into the wild (or as close to "wild" as the western suburbs of Portland get).


Take in the beauty of the suburban water features.


A break in the trail provides what may be the most Portland picture ever taken. Bikes? Check. Recycling? Check. Weed dispensary? Check. Dang it! No coffee!


Back on the trail, if you want to park the bike and walk a bit, THPRD has you covered.


As you might expect, the Fanno Creek Trail features a lot of bridges.


Only one pic left before the forum makes me split this post, I better get in a shot of the bike.
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Continuing my tour of Fanno Creek...


At the southern end of this section of trail, the park planners have an ongoing property dispute with some beavers, and the beavers are winning.


Now, transitioning along Scholls Ferry Road, there wasn't much to see so I stopped to take another pic of my bike in some ivy.


Finally, on to the Westside Regional Trail. This used to be known as Powerline Park, but when they finished a couple new sections of trail, they renamed it for the grand opening, maybe thinking people wouldn't notice the powerlines if it wasn't in the name? It's hard not to notice.


Apart from the powerlines, this is actually a really scenic path.




The entire trail runs parallel to Murray Boulevard, which is basically just one fairly gentle climb. Somehow, the trail, just half a mile or so away, manages to dip down into every crevice in the topography.






Back in my own neighborhood, my second favorite piece of bike infrastructure is a 100 yard dirt path connecting a cul de sac to a neighborhood park and eliminating half of the climb up the hill to my house.
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