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Old 03-26-23, 04:38 PM
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Really cold day today below zero in the morning. Warmed up to the mid 20's took a ride up to Alma on the bike path about 15 miles round trip. The path was somewhat clear still a snow and ice in a lot of places first time I was able to take this ride this year.








Some more bikes showed up in the bike graveyard since last time I was there.
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Originally Posted by zukahn1
Really cold day today below zero in the morning.




Some more bikes showed up in the bike graveyard since last time I was there.
What's that oddity in the back? I see cam brakes and a one piece crank.
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Originally Posted by curbtender
What's that oddity in the back? I see cam brakes and a one piece crank.
It is 80's Huffy with cheap Chi-Yang roller cam brakes and bunch of oddball parts.
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Second ride of the season, a 26 mile loop down through Woodstock to Zena then back north to West Saugerties and up to Manorville, then back to Woodstock.


We live at the foot of Overlook Mountain, about 2 miles from this location in Zena. There a rich history going deep into pre-colonial eras here and indigenous people believed the mountain to be sacred. I have no reason to doubt them.



A few miles north is a place called Opus 40, a 6.5 acre sculptural artwork build in a former quarry of native bluestone by a gentleman who taught art and theatre at Bard College across the Hudson River.

Pushing further north past small horse, cattle, goat and sheep farms at one point I was on a ridge with distant views of the Berkshire mountains of Massachusetts. Drivers here seem to be happy to give lots of space when passing. Folks tend to wave back when I greet them.


There’s water everywhere. Countless streams come down the mountains, one of them runs through the woods behind our property (below). They gather into larger tributaries like the Esopus, flow into the Hudson to the east, ending up in New York Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. Local wetlands are starting to come alive with peepers.



Today was a good day!
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Here in the southern hemisphere it's Autumn. Lovely mild days for riding and foraging..... I stopped to collect fallen walnuts mid ride, almost filled the Caradice saddle bag. My riding friends tease me about it: "you've got luggage strapped on your bike!" but I wouldn't be without it.


Part of the haul...
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Rode the High Ore Line Trail yesterday on the Le Tour De Ham Views and Brews ride. My High Sierra was the only C&V bike in our group.



Mural in downtown Fairfield, AL


Southern end of the High Ore Line Trail


When the High Ore Line was an active railroad it served several red ore mines along Red Mountain in Birmingham, AL.


The mining area is now Red Mountain Park. Historic mine sites with lots of hiking/biking trails.
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I managed to get 49 miles wandering around the Upper Snoqualmie Valley taking pictures of Mount Si (It’s the dominant landmark in our local area) from various viewpoints to share my part of the world with you guys.

I started out riding the trail up to Rattlesnake Lake. This is the view looking North:

Mt Si from various points in the Upper Valley by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

Continuing East on the Iron Horse Trail I ride to the Hull Creek Trestle. This is the view looking West. The top of the “Haystack” on Mt Si is the feature seen just to the right of the power line pole in the distance.

Mt Si from various points in the Upper Valley by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

Riding West back twords North Bend I stop at Boetzke Creek to snap this picture looking NW at Mt. Si.

Mt Si from various points in the Upper Valley by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

Riding through the area known as the Uplands I catch this view of Si just before I descend down into North Bend. Looking due North.

Mt Si from various points in the Upper Valley by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

I stop in downtown North Bend for a picture of Si looking NE. This scene may look familiar to some as this place was used during the filming of the “Twin Peaks” TV series.

Mt Si from various points in the Upper Valley by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

Riding West out of town I stop at Snoqualmie Falls. Mt. Si is seen in the background behind the roof of the Snoqualmie Falls Lodge.

Mt Si from various points in the Upper Valley by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

I ride NE, stopping to take a picture of Si from the Old Snoqualmie Millpond.

Mt Si from various points in the Upper Valley by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

I ride close twords the mountain now looming in the East in front of me.

Mt Si from various points in the Upper Valley by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

I turn and head North at the foot of Mt. Si. A few miles later the road pitches up. The pavement ends and I continue climbing until I reach a clear cut in the Snoqualmie Tree Farm area. This is where I turn around and begin to head back home. This is the view of Si looking South.

Mt Si from various points in the Upper Valley by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

As I head back home, I stop and take one last picture of Mount Si looking East from Moon Valley Road.

Mt Si from various points in the Upper Valley by Matthew Pendergast, on Flick

So that is the end of my little tour. I hope you didn’t find the pictures too repetitive…

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Originally Posted by northbend
I managed to get 49 miles wandering around the Upper Snoqualmie Valley taking pictures of Mount Si (It’s the dominant landmark in our local area) from various viewpoints to share my part of the world with you guys.

I started out riding the trail up to Rattlesnake Lake. This is the view looking North:

Mt Si from various points in the Upper Valley by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

Great!
Reminds me of Hokusai's "36 Views of Mt. Fuji."
Gives me ideas for a local photo series.
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What a gorgeous ride with all of those spring bloom in action. Japan is on my must-visit list for sure!
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I ride the same ride every day - local streets to the beach bike path; go north to El Porto, then turn when I reach "The Machine" and head back home. It isn't a commute, it is for exercise and recreation.

I don't think of photography as part of my bicycling, so I almost never have photos to post. If I did, they would be multiple aspects of the same ride.

The rain has stopped. The streets look to be drying quickly. I think I'll head out on a ride now and see what I can see.


P.S. - OMG, what a beautiful ride on such a beautiful day.

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Originally Posted by Bad Lag
I ride the same ride every day - local streets to the beach bike path; go north to El Porto, then turn when I reach "The Machine" and head back home. It isn't a commute, it is for exercise and recreation.

I don't think of photography as part of my bicycling, so I almost never have photos to post. If I did, they would be multiple aspects of the same ride.

The rain has stopped. The streets look to be drying quickly. I think I'll head out on a ride now and see what I can see.


P.S. - OMG, what a beautiful ride on such a beautiful day.
Ooooh, you bring back some memories of life near the beach when I lived in El Porto while working for the Chevron refinery.....in 1974. Lived at 4400 Ocean Drive.

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Just some of the clouds floating over Walnut Creek.

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Originally Posted by curbtender
Just some of the clouds floating over Walnut Creek.
Horses? Where are the horses? This scene needs some horses!
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Testing out the fenders on the Cross County Trail and surrounding lakes. Some bumpy gravel, some nice smooth paved paths...

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Horses? Where are the horses? This scene needs some horses!
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There usually are horses. Mt Diablo has a few stables. If you look center, right of the power pole, you'll see a herd of cattle grazing.
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My riding partner today. Slow but tons of fun listening to the views of an almost 4 year old.
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Rode out this morning (with a little help from light rail) to the Arizona Bicycle Summit in downtown Mesa. Seemed like a beautiful evening for the longer (as in about 30 mile) ride home, but unfortunately my rear tire had other ideas.


Should be able to thump thump thump my way home from the end of the line. And maybe grab dinner too.
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Just one photo from a commute home in the week. Horrible evening, lashing down with rain, strong winds, puddles almost up to the axles - standard British weather 😉

Took a shortcut, the graffiti on the underpass made me smile.

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Horrible evening, lashing down with rain, strong winds, puddles almost up to the axles - standard British weather 😉
So I’ve heard. My wife in currently in Ashurst, Hampshire. She reports the same weather. Especially since the weather here in Pennsylvania is so nice. “Spring has sprung, the grass has riz. I wonder where the flowers is?” I swapped the snowblower and grass mower on the tractor yesterday. Now it’s official.
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After rain this AM, skies cleared, suns out and temps showing up into the 70's. I jumped on the city bike to head over to the local branch library for the opening day of the much anticipated Friends of the Library semi-annual book sale, about 2/3 of the way there and mostly up the long hill when I remembered it has been moved to the near dead strip mall at the edge of town. I pressed on to stretch the legs, then went back home and reluctantly climbed into the car ...


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Weekend cherry blossom ride.

Mt. Fuji view point.
Cloud-covered Mt. Fuji, hahaha.





The driveway to Isogo Country Club golf course.
They welcome members and visitors with cherry blossom canopies.





Chosho-ji temple, founded 1574.
Rinzai-shu sect, Kencho-ji division.
Rinzai-shu means Zen sect.
There is the grave of Sanjuugo Naoki(1891~1934), a novelist.
After his death, Naoki Award was established.
Naoki Award is one of two major literature awards of Japan.

The main gate, beautifully aged wood and roof.





400m or a quarter miles from Chosho-ji, there is the site where Naoki's house was.
Horizontal stone slab is Naoki's literature monument, which says "Art is short, Poverty is long"
I've heard something like this before.
It made me smile.
The left road is short but extremely steep, again, hahaha.






There are houses like this one.
With a big and old, 50 or 70 years old without doubt, cherry tree.
When this family built the house, they must have planted a young and small cherry tree.
The family and the tree have grown old together.
It's a lovely history, isn't it?
Beautiful!





This isn't a Dutch canal, hahaha.
Oooka-gawa.
Now Cherry Blossom Festival.
Hasn't been held for 3 years.
We can't see vendors but there are candy apples and cotton candies, just same as all over the world.

Fallen petals on the water, they are called hana ikada, flower rafts.







Another cherry blossom beauty.
Fallen petals and falling petals.

Fallen petals cover the ground.
Beautiful!

When wind blows the petals off, it's a pinkish white shower.
Called hana hubuki, flower storm.
Beautiful, too!

When a car passes, the petals on the ground are whirled up.
Beautiful, too!

The most beautiful biodegradable trash in the world.
Nobody blames them, hahaha.






Another wink of spring beauty.
Violet and dandelion are full blossom too.
With sprinkles of cherry petals


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Originally Posted by curbtender
There usually are horses. Mt Diablo has a few stables. If you look center, right of the power pole, you'll see a herd of cattle grazing.
Sorry, just a weird moment waiting for my morning coffee...
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On Saturday I rode the 32 mile loop around the Ashokan. It’s a great route with fantastic views from quiet rolling roads and paths, the last 11 or so miles being a gravel rail trail.


I stopped at a prescribed time to light a candle in memorial of my stepsons’ uncle who passed a week ago. He was a musician and a boater. We enjoyed some time together hearing jazz pianist Brad Meldhau in a tiny club in Manhattan a few years back. It was a sad and sweet moment in a spot that I felt suited his spirit.


The last time I checked out the trail was 3 weeks ago and it was snowed over. Saturday it was about 70F and I was down to shorts and a short sleeve jersey.


At this trailhead I only had about 5 miles to go so I took a quick water break and pushed off but something was buzzing oddly. I suspected a fender but it was the wrong noise. I noticed the terminals for my dynamo hub were out of position so I corrected that and voilá.


I hadn’t gone but a mile or two and the going started to get tough. I attributed it to early season wimpiness and paused at a bench along the trail. When I got up and rolled my bike forward there was significant drag. Turns out that my rear wheel must have shifted when I started off after fiddling with the front hub and it was silently dragging on either the fender, chainstay, or both. Righted that and the last few miles were a breeze.

‘Twas a fine early season ride, and the first outing of the year for the Mk I.
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Rode out to Kakahu today, quiet roads and nothing strenuous....

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Wow!

20+ mph head winds today, gusting to over 40 mph, made for slow going while northbound. When I got to the bike path section of my ride, sand was blowing in wave after wave. You could see and feel and taste the airborne sand. I cut the ride short by a few miles, turned around and headed back because of that sand.

While southbound with a tailwind, I was going 20-25 mph (52X16 at ~90rpm). A woman sitting in her parked car decided to exit her vehicle just as I was passing. After I came alongside her car, the driver's door came flying open . I have not come so close in a very long time.

I was able to avoid a collision only because of the very quick, almost twitchy, handling of this bike. I had to spot the door, react and get the bike to move 3 feet to the left in a couple tenths of a second (0.2 sec => 7 ft).

So close! So very close!

I slowed to a crawl and looked back. She didn't give a crap and was just walking away. No wave, no "sorry!", nothing. I wonder if she even knows what she did.

BE SAFE OUT THERE PEOPLE.

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