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Old 07-02-02, 01:03 PM
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I commuted today for the sixth time since I started my job last Tuesday(I haven't used a car yet, yay!!!). Today I did 25 miles with one good hill and 2 miles of motorpacing on the way, with no wind to speak of and no verbal abuse/close encounters from cars. I don't know what the ride home has in store
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I'm at work now, but it's quiet at the library, so I think I'll post now, since I had such a good ride in.

It's still in the 90's, but the humidity feels like it's gone way down, and that awful haze is gone, leaving the scenery looking fresh and clear. I took the Camelbak and decided to take the long road to work and enjoy the trafficless country back roads.

A bright red deer crossed the road a way ahead of me--the first one I've seen from the bike! It kept turning to look my way, like it wasn't sure what I was. When I came up to the pond where it had crossed, it was standing by the side of the road watching me, and showed no sign of fear, even when I looked it right in the eye from 10 feet away. In my rear-view mirror I saw it cross back behind me.

Once I got to town, I didn't want to get off the bike yet, so I pedalled up to the post office to check my PO box. Just at the post office driveway, there was an open fire hydrant spewing water across the street. If I had been feeling mature I would have stopped and walked the bike behind it, but I decided to risk the far end of the flow. As soon as the water hit my tires, it splashed up and splattered me from head to foot with icy water! Felt good, on a hot day.

The ride home will probably not be nearly so much fun.
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Old 07-02-02, 09:22 PM
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Well, this morning was just too damn weird! It was only 7 degrees C this morning (in itself a rarity), but felt like summer in every other respect. I was sure I could almost smell summer toward the end of it. That could be very ominous for September onwards.
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This morning is a hot and heavy day, I took the long way in and did some of the best rose smelling I've ever done. It was a peaceful ride with very little traffic, I just rolled through the hill side and enjoyed the sum as it came up.
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Great ride in this morning. Only did 10 or so miles, but rode hard the whole way. It was cool and clear this morning, a nice break from the hot humid norm.
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Wet! But great otherwise. Not much traffic.
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yesterday was interesting - got an early start before the heat kicked in but my path was blocked by a fallen tree

on the way home, the heat and humidity were oppressive - by the time I got home I felt awful - I also had my first jogger collision - I'm always careful to holler on your left before I get to them but this woman moved right into my path as I was about to pass her - there was no time to react but I managed to 'only' hit her on the arm/side - thankfully she was ok
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Today's ride in was cool, fast (tailwind), and generally uneventful.

Last night's ride home was unusual in one respect. For whatever reason I wasn't "into" riding. Nothing physical. Not an attitude thing. No mind-wandering or anything like that. Just an odd feeling that maybe I shouldn't be "out here". A feeling that maybe I'm getting a little too old for this. Where normally I couldn't care less what people think and view cars merely as objects to track with precision, I started wondering what people in those cars thought of a non-teenager dodging traffic on downtown streets.

With this unsettling feeling came a reduction of the edge we bike-commuters maintain -- the aggressive-yet-safe riding, the level of confidence you require to stare down buses, take lanes, and such. Again, I wasn't riding in an unsafe manner and I was focused on the task, although not as much as normal perhaps, but it was unsettling.

I get this feeling every so often. But today I had no trace of it.
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Old 07-03-02, 11:31 AM
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Yesterday's ride home was great. I was a bit concerned due to the heat and all, but pre-hydrated well and set off.

It was much more pleasant that the same ride in the same "heat index" last week, and there can only be one reason: much less traffic. A lot of people have headed down to the shore for vacation this week, I guess.

There was also a nice fresh southwesterly breeze. Never mind that that's a headwind on my homeward leg; felt nice anyway. So despite the 100+ heat index, I felt downright invigorated when I got home. (Of course, I had to stand on newspapers in the kitchen until I got done pouring sweat!)

This morning was great, too. A little thick and hazy (the air, not me... well, me, too, actually). No wind. Been wearing my new sleeveless Zoic jerseys the last couple of days, which is really pleasant. Combined with cycling shorts and SPD sandals, it's about as "not there" as clothing can be.

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Quite hot today in Washington, DC -- 97 F / 36 C. This is about the warmest it has felt all year. Still, it was quite enjoyable -- I could see the 4 of July preparations, along with the Silk Road at the Folklife Festival. The real heat stress came when I entered the parking garage beneath the building -- maybe 110 F of humid, moisture.

Brennser brought up a good point about joggers/pedestrians. I have yet to encounter one who correctly understood "on your left" or "on your right". Their usual response it to jump abruptly in the wrong direction.

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Left work a bit early. Stopped by the LBS to pick up my long awaited NiteRider rear blinkers. Now I have flashing strobe in the front in addition to a new powerful blinker in the back.

Went to visit some friends. Then went home. Total of 28 miles.

Weather: mild, low 80s. Mostly tailwind but some cross as I stairstepped across Santa Clara to my friend's house.
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Finally got a decent headwind tonight! :thumbup:

I just wish it would bloody rain occasionally.
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I DROVE today!

Does that count as, "junk miles?"

We have a questionnaire that pops up on our computer screens at work when we sign on to CICS that asks, "How did you get to work today?" Option #5 is "Bike."

Today I avoided the questionnaire. Couldn't bring myself to select Option #1--"Drove to work alone."

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Originally posted by LittleBigMan
... We have a questionnaire that pops up on our computer screens at work when we sign on to CICS that asks, "How did you get to work today?" Option #5 is "Bike."
First, was there an option #6?
Second, at least you had an option labelled "Bike".
Third, I didn't know CICS was still in use!!!

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Old 07-09-02, 12:15 PM
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I really want to use a bike to commute to work, but my wife won't let me.

SHE SAYS I HAVE TO WALK!!!

It is over 25 feet from the bedroom to my office, and it is all upstairs, in the same house and it does get black marks on the carpet, so I guess that I will just have to keep walking to work.
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It rained today but because it's summer it wasn't cold.

So because it was mild ,I didn't put on any rain gear and cycled to work as if dressed for a fine day. Whilst as expected I got soaked it made a refreshing change.

And because I work in a Textile Factory I managed to have my clothes tumble dried before I put them on to go home.
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Ahhh, what a ride today!
I took one of my favorite little detours to kinda stretch the fun out a little longer, and my trusty old Paramount was doing it's usual job of transporting me from here to there in comfort and speed (hey, those are relative terms, you know!) Half way into my ride, and who should I meet but none other than the local A rider who had ridden with me on my first ride 15 months ago. He was at the end of his out and back route, so he turned, and joined up with me.....sorta! In the past, we have enjoyed rather liesurely rides together, but this time, he passed me! So, I spun up ol' Blue, and soon we were riding along side this rider and his mount. I was having to work pretty hard to keep up this time, and I noticed that my speed was about 2 mph higher than it normally would have been for this stretch of road! And, he showed no signs of letting up, so I did my best to keep up with him. Six miles later, as I was huffing and puffing and he was still breathing normally, he happened to mention that he was training for a bi-athalon!! No wonder we had kicked things up a notch or two!!
Still, it was a really great ride with one of the several A riders I respect and admire, so it was a great way to start the day! As I am writing this, I have been home for 2 hours, and the temp has cooled down to 104 degrees (No kidding, 104!) so you know this old man took it really easy on the way home, but it was another wonderful commute on my bike!
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Originally posted by nebill
...I have been home for 2 hours, and the temp has cooled down to 104 degrees (No kidding, 104!) so you know this old man took it really easy on the way home, but it was another wonderful commute on my bike!
I hope the northern part of Iowa is a bit cooler later this month!

We're out of school for the summer, but we still get out for the 30 milers as often as possible. Today was hot and humid. But after a week of GRABAAWR we're in fine shape and took all the hills along the way in our stride (slow, but easy). That pavement really can radiate heat when we're climbing at 5 mph! Whew!

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It was cooler today, after yesterday's rain. Today was my first time back on the bike since my odyssey last Friday. Felt good!

The county fair is going on now, though it wasn't dark enough to get the full effects of the lights as I pedalled past, going home.

I had a couple people honk at me--people coming from the opposite direction--and I didn't realize until I nearly got home that my headlight was almost totally dimmed out!

One other weird thing....something scuttled across the road in front of me that I couldn't identify in the dim light. It looked two or three inches long, with a sort of tail, and moved fast, like a spider. If it's a bug, I have no idea what kind. It looked like it could possibly have been a small lizard, but as far as I know we don't have lizards around here...weird.
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Wonder if it was a field mouse? I see them all the time in my early morning/late evening rides.

Yeah, Gus, hope things are a bit cooler for our little Iowa adventure! I'm not too worried, tho...my average speed last year was only about 13 mph! I loved riding slow and chatting with the other riders! The first day last year was dominated by headwinds and hills, but I managed to survive it. On the second day, I was blasting along, and came across a little girl on her 20 inch single speed bike! I slowed down to chat with her...looking all cool astride my Roubaix, with my spandex and jersey, and the conversation went something like this:
Me: Hi! Having any fun?
Her: Yup!
Me: You getting along okay?
Her: Yup!
Me: You ride yesterday?
Her: Yup!
Me: The whole thing?
Her: Yup!
I pulled away from her one humbled roadie! What a little athlete! But,such are some of the interesting individuals you meet on the roads in Iowa!
Well, time to get ready for another day of fun at work...well, at least getting there will be fun!!
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Good today, warm enough for a T shirt and cycling shorts. And there was a cruise liner going under the rail bridge as I crossed the Forth (which was like a millpond)

As usual, the wind has now picked up but it's muggy so should be an ok ride home.
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Originally posted by nebill
Wonder if it was a field mouse? I see them all the time in my early morning/late evening rides.
Nope, it was flattish in the front and high in the back....like a grasshopper (except the way it moved smoothly) or a big scorpion (except there are none in WI) and it seemed to have legs to the side, and went through a few of those weirdly sudden, mechanical, instant direction changes as I whizzed by in front of it. (Unlike mammals, who tend to pause, look where they're going, change speed, etc....or freeze and be squashed.)

Re your day--it's those serious conversations with fellow cyclists that bring joy and camaraderie to the trails.
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Heyup commuters,

I'm fairly new to the forum (I posted an introduction if you are really bored) but this thread caught my eye because most of my milage is commuting to work. I don't own a car, and the nearest bus service is hopeless. The journey is about 8 miles each way and I ride all year round. It is never too cold for shorts, but gloves are essential in the winter.

I keep two (road) bikes, and would not be without either of them. Moreover, when mechanical trouble strikes* this usually means that I can still get to work and leave repairs until there is time to do them properly.

Todays ride? Very pleasent with a slight tailwind that got me to work in a shade over 27 minutes (18.5 mph average). Never used to worry about this until I discovered bike computers.... Much nicer than yesterday, when it pored with rain the whole way in. Still, you can only get so wet before it does not matter any more, and that only takes about 2 minutes.

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Commuted in yesterday. Beautious.

Commuted in today. Double beautious. Actaully left home at 10am for a variety of reasons. Nice to have the sun shining brightly on way in. Hot. Going to be 100+ today.

Can't wait for the ride home !!!!
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Temperature drop!!! It was in the 60's today! Felt great, and it's nice not having to take my Camelbak to work.

I left too late to take the long way. More traffic today because of the fair. On the way home I had a glowing sunset to ride off into. As I crossed the second highway, someone on the corner blew off the rest of their Fourth of July rockets. It was great--they were going off right overhead, some of the sparks were dripping down on the road in front of me.

There almost always is something special about every day's ride.
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