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Old 06-13-21, 07:05 PM
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I met up with @davester and a couple of others for a fun 40 miles or so around the Berkeley/Oakland Hills. We headed south up into the hills and along the ridgeline before connecting to some unpaved trails, and then looped back to Grizzley Peak via Pinehurst Rd.. Who needs a mountain bike when you've got a De Rosa? I'm grateful to Dave for taking me on this route. I never would have explored this trail on my own.

View of the bay from Redwood Road
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A nice shot of Dave getting in some Eroica training
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Nice Jersey, with a touch of grey...
Ha! More than a touch under that helmet.
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Originally Posted by gaucho777
I got in really pleasant almost 30 miles into the Berkeley/Oakland hills. It was a gorgeous day--sunny, light breeze, not too hot. This is one of my regular rides, but I haven't been riding regularly beyond my commute. So far, I've ridden every day this summer break. Okay, so it's two day in, but it's a start! Heading out of town, I stopped for a little Mondrian-on-Mondrian art appreciation.



Then I headed up into the hills. This is the view near the summit on Tunnel Rd., a gradual ~4.5 mile/1,000' climb from the Claremont Hotel.

Untitled by gaucho777, on Flickr

Then I headed along the ridgeline (Skyline Rd.) into Oakland, and down the fun but narrow Butters Rd. descent.



Stopped by Temescal Park. I don't know when swim season is, but apparently it's not this part of June.

Untitled by gaucho777, on Flickr

Then I made my way through campus on the way back home.



A little bit of the Campanile in the distance.

Awesome bike! Keep on painting!
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I got out for about 35 miles, starting up the Tunnel Rd. climb mentioned a few posts above. Then I headed down Pinehurst Rd. toward Moraga before looping back to Berkeley via Wildcat Canyon. Pinehurst is a fun but steep and technical descent. Road condition is starting to get choppy and there was some dirt on the road, so I took it easy. I stopped at this switchback for a photo. Look close and you'll see the turkey doing hill repeats.



At the bottom of the descent, the road winds through a beautiful, lush canyon road that is lined by a stream and redwoods. One of my favorite local stretches of road. Today, there were lots of ladybugs in the air as well.





Took a short dirt bypass trail in Moraga.



Unfortunately, I broke my chain about 6 miles from home. I've been thinking this chain may be due for replacement. It's a sweet hollow-pin Regina superleggero chain. I've had it mounted on my LOOK since 2008--and it wasn't new when I installed it either. I tried to fix it on the road, but no luck. Although I was still about 6 miles from home, almost all of it was downhill, so I only had to walk a few hundred meters here and there between coasting.



Time to wash the hands.


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Originally Posted by gaucho777
I got out for about 35 miles, starting up the Tunnel Rd. climb mentioned a few posts above. Then I headed down Pinehurst Rd. toward Moraga before looping back to Berkeley via Wildcat Canyon. Pinehurst is a fun but steep and technical descent. Road condition is starting to get choppy and there was some dirt on the road, so I took it easy. I stopped at this switchback for a photo. Look close and you'll see the turkey doing hill repeats.

I was riding up that section in the 70's and watched as a helicopter lifted and placed an array of ditched and wrecked cars alongside the road. That downhill is an E ride...
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Deadfall Road near Clem Road, 6:30-ish today.

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Tour de `Hood

...on my `49 Raleigh Clubman. I found an alley where the light at sunset is absolutely perfect - I've posted shots from here before.

Anyway, this was last night:







It's nice to be back in the saddle.

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I've been off BF for a while, busy then away on vacation for two weeks. Today I rode instead of working. No grand and glorious vistas, but a nice bucolic ride, 44.78 miles through rural and rural-ish residential roads.

Today's adventure was on the French sweetie, my PF10, nee FPN10, i.e. with sewups instead of the original clinchers. That's my longest ride so far this year.

Lunch at Heart Pond, Chelmsford, a non-drive-side shot just to be ornery:


Here a DS shot on a bridge in Great Brook Farm State Park, Carlisle:


I stopped for a breather in Concord on the way back to the car.


See that rotary (called a circle in some parts of the country)? I saw a near collision involving a stooopid driver with California plates on his car

See the Rotary sign, the one with the arrows in a circle and which says "Keep Right"? Despite this sign, a No Left Turn (not visible to the right of that picture), and the obvious layout of the pavement, the California driver who apparently wasn't reading or was so overwhelmed by the historic-ness of the place, tried to turn left to enter the rotary traffic in a clockwise direction just as a car was coming around the rotary. Horns got honked. No one was injured in the making of this story, and no cars were harmed. A few feathers were ruffled however. Despite the 20mph speed limit here it is a dangerous intersection!
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See that rotary (called a circle in some parts of the country)? I saw a near collision involving a stooopid driver with California plates on his car.

See the Rotary sign, the one with the arrows in a circle and which says "Keep Right"? Despite this sign, a No Left Turn (not visible to the right of that picture), and the obvious layout of the pavement, the California driver who apparently wasn't reading or was so overwhelmed by the historic-ness of the place, tried to turn left to enter the rotary traffic in a clockwise direction just as a car was coming around the rotary. Horns got honked. No one was injured in the making of this story, and no cars were harmed. A few feathers were ruffled however. Despite the 20mph speed limit here it is a dangerous intersection!
Ahhh, nothing endears folks in other states to California drivers more than said California drivers carrying on like idiots in our states. Saw two of them today DWI (Driving While Idiots) and one very dangerous one yesterday, in a Porsche 911, doing about 75 mph in a 35 mph zone, who almost rear-ended me because I changed lanes (I know, how rude of me!), and he zoomed up behind me, also changing lanes.

They need to re-institute the Oregon Border Patrol, to keep them crazies at bay...

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Someone went to a tremendous amount of trouble to try to transplant Olde-with-an-E Europe to lil ol' Greenwood, SC - they get an E for effort, anyway ...


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Fan-dang-tastic weather today with low 70's and clear blue skies. Took the Supercorsa on one of my regular routes through southern Albemarle County.

gaucho777 - your pic of the sweeping view of the Bay reminds me of days past. I was in the Navy, lived in SF. When my ship was in Concord and I had been aboard her a few days, heading back home, I'd come out of the tunnel on 24, round a curve and see that view and it never failed to elicit a "yeehaw!" from me.
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Downtown to farmers market to shake down the 520 before it goes to cl. Picked up poke and dropped down to the waterfont to eat. Then a leisurely 2 mile, 350ft climb home.

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My son had the day off and invited me for a ride to a new location for doughnuts.
At 0500 it was 80º and 85% humidity. We left at 0630 to beat the heat.
Luc rode his single speed. That helps with the 66/30 age thing.

Doughnuts were good. The company was the best.


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I took the new-to-me Liberia out for a 30 mile shakedown ride from Salem to Independence and back. Upon my return, I promptly ditched the ass-hatchet it came with for my beat-up but very comfortable Ideale 42.



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Today I took the Tommasini out for a spin. As before, no grand and glorious vistas, but lots of bucolicity, or bucolicness, or something. A shade under 48 miles. It would have been more if I'd ridden further, but I didn't. About 820 ft of climbing, which isn't all that much but proves that the roads around here aren't flat. Top speed 28.4 mph, coming down a hill of course.



I've seen very few turtles that weren't slow so this sign seems overly redundant.


However one must assume that these turtles are fast.


The corn crop is looking good.


A stop for lunch at Heart Pond.
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Had a pretty good turnout (10 riders!) for a ride up Sunrise Road at Mt. Rainier N.P. on Saturday.

The Sunrise Road is one of the classic climbs in Washington State. It’s really a special ride in late spring when the road is still closed to car traffic. So many riders out there enjoying the mountain, it felt like an “off leash dog park” for bike riders!

The traditional start is just outside of the park by Crystal Mountain Blvd.

Some of us started there

Sunrise 3 by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

while the others elected to drive into the park to start on the Sunrise Road proper by the Ranger Station. They got a 30 minute, 6 mile and a nearly 1000 foot elevation jump on us starting there but Ty, Lynn and I were able to catch up with them at Sunrise Point a few miles from the Visitors Center at Sunrise.

Sunrise 18 (Bob Freeman photo) by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

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Sunrise 13 by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

We sat in the warm sun at the Visitors Center and had fun people watching as we waited for the rest of our group to arrive.

Sunrise 17 by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

Sunrise 25 (Bob Freeman photo) by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

Sunrise 19 by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

All good things must come to an end and so it was when the Lenticular Cloud covering the top of Rainier started to collapse and spread down the mountain towards us. We left while the sun was still out and enjoyed a fast 10 mile descent down to the White River campground. From there, we had to share the road with cars but there weren’t many and soon we were back at our cars outside the park. 40 miles and 4500 feet of climbing for the day..

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It wasn't easy but I won another Lantern La Rouge today!! Wasn't really feeling like doing anything but made myself get out and schlepp around a bit and felt much better. My app is messed up again not showing my milage just time. I turned in an OK 14 mile ride.





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Wow, great stuff here, great riding. @northbend, wonderful ride! Bianchigirll that is a fascinating Cornelo. How do you carry that lantern on that bike?

We took the tandem out for 33 miles today. After yesterday's ride on the Tommasini the tandem sure feels different! Why is that, do you suppose? They are both bikes.

We got out early to beat the heat. Stopped for a snack at Fern's Country Store in Carlisle. Fern's is under new ownership and is still the friendly and popular cyclists' destination. LOTS of bikes out today.



Some miles later we stopped for lunch at the Robbins House in Concord.



The Robbins House is across the road from the North Bridge where some bit of fuss occurred on April 19, 1775. It's a less well-known bit of history which deserves to be known more.





This bench is one of our favorite lunch stops.

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Schuylkill River Trail on the passage west of Norristown. Not a very picturesque section as we travel under the active power lines. But I carry an aptelliptic transesiance induction coil in my hat. It traps the electrical field around the lines and provides me a bit of extra power. Enough, after 30 miles, to give this old man the strength to do what needs to be done. Nice day.




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Swing Bridge on the Mississippi, So. St. Paul, MN


Ol' Blue on the bridge.

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For Father's Day, I indulged myself in a 50-mile ride from my sister's house, where I've been vacationing, to the Eastern Continental Divide, mostly along the Great Allegheny Passage.

A relatively recent addition to the local scene -- railbikes! I'm not sure they grasp the significance of the "bi" in "bike" but everyone riding them seemed to be having a great time. I guess railsurrey wouldn't have the same ring.



This section of the GAP has a couple of fantastic views. These pictures don't quite do them justice.






(My zero bike isn't vintage.)

This is an unwrapped 360-degree panoramic shot from one of my favorite spots.



There's a nice display at the Mason-Dixon line.



Here's the entrance to the Big Savage Tunnel.



Fun fact: the Big Savage Tunnel is longer (3294 feet) than Big Savage Mountain is high (2982 feet).

Glamour shot



I like how the elevation profile makes this climb look heroic coming from the Cumberland side. (In fact, it's quite gentle, steadily gaining about 1800 feet over 25 miles.)



While this is technically a "rail trail" the railway is still in limited use from Cumberland to Frostburg. I got a close look at the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad train on my way back down.

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My son was home for a few days and a ride along the the waterfront resulted some nice photos of local wildlife, including a couple of (non-Raleigh) herons.




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I rode 20 miles Saturday morning passing through the Army Corps of Engineers flood control lake area. Total climbing was a bit over 700ft.
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Nice temps with a light breeze took a a easy ride up to Alama and back by dirt roads about 20 miles round trip on the old Hardrock. Still bit hazy from forest fire smoke but a lot better than the last week or so.





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