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Riding with the D-Dude on San Juan Island

Old 09-25-12, 04:58 AM
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Great Pictures, Looks like you guys had a great time. I've never rode in hilly country like that, I wonder what it would be like.
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Thanks for the vicarious ride along, refreshes my memory of life and landscapes out that way from when I lived in the region.

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You adapt, you sweat, you cry, you smile, you grimace, you groan, you cheer, you get happy, you get sad, you think you're going to die at times, you couldn't feel more alive at other times. Just like the ups and downs in life. But uphill into a headwind is killer though.

You should check out the Chilly Hilly ride and plan a vacation for it.
https://shop.cascade.org/content/events/chilly-hilly

Or just go in the summertime when the more sane folks are out riding and leave the winter rides to the acclimated locals.
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Great pictures and reports from both of you, enjoyed the scenery and narratives y'all provided. Sounds like a great day was had by both of you.

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Old 09-25-12, 07:21 AM
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Jeff, I am glad you liked the ride as much as I did.

Originally Posted by treebound
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I've never rode in hilly country like that, I wonder what it would be like.
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You adapt, you sweat, you cry, you smile, you grimace, you groan, you cheer, you get happy, you get sad, you think you're going to die at times, you couldn't feel more alive at other times. Just like the ups and downs in life.
I like your sentiments treebound. There is something about riding a bike that ties together the physical, intellectual and emotional in a way no other sport does for me.

This coming Sunday, weather forecasts are looking promising and it may be another good day for an Island Ride. I am thinking Vashon. Anyone want to join me? There's one road in particular there that is not to be missed. Burma Road. Like bungy jumping on a bike. Hillier than San Juan. Bring good legs or appropriate gears
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Originally Posted by treebound
You adapt, you sweat, you cry, you smile, you grimace, you groan, you cheer, you get happy, you get sad, you think you're going to die at times, you couldn't feel more alive at other times. Just like the ups and downs in life. But uphill into a headwind is killer though.
This exactly

That's why I ended up feeling such a sense of accomplishment on more than one occasion that day: I didn't give up the ship, though I felt like it once or twice. That pic of me climbing out of Roche Harbor, where it looks like I'm grinning? That ain't a grin, folks

I'm off for Portland for a few days come Thursday or I'd hit up Vashon Island - with the Davidson and its lower gearing. But I have decided that I will not punk out and will be doing the Manastash Metric Century in October!

I'm glad everyone enjoyed the writeups and photos - but most of all am glad I was a part of the experience.

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Originally Posted by northbend
This coming Sunday, weather forecasts are looking promising and it may be another good day for an Island Ride. I am thinking Vashon. Anyone want to join me? There's one road in particular there that is not to be missed. Burma Road. Like bungy jumping on a bike. Hillier than San Juan. Bring good legs or appropriate gears
My parents have a beach house on the west side of Vashon just south of Burma rd. That one is a killer! Any chance you can/want to do this Saturday? I've got speed skate practice on Sunday at 3:00 in Puyallup and would have to leave the island by noon. raincheck?

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Edit - Want to do it again after DD gets back?
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I don't think riding with DD would be fair cause he'd always be faster than you due to those speed holes he puts on his bikes...
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Originally Posted by mapleleafs-13
I don't think riding with DD would be fair cause he'd always be faster than you due to those speed holes he puts on his bikes...
Ah-hah - that's it! It wasn't my hip-flexors holding me back, but the lack of drillium on the Colnago!



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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude
Ah-hah - that's it! It wasn't my hip-flexors holding me back, but the lack of drillium on the Colnago!



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