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Old 08-24-03, 11:29 AM
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On Friday, 22-Aug-03, I rode to work, then to a doctors appointment. I decided to take a little detour on the way back to work. This detour turned out to be 15 miles out of the way. It was a nice ride, but I was pretty beat and sweaty as I ran out of water and it was over 90 F with high humidity. I ended the day with 40 miles under my belt. It was a good present to myself for my 43rd birthday.
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Cool morning, it's starting to feel like fall, I had a nice quiet ride in this morning under heavy cloud cover.
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First day of school for the kids around here so the traffic was
heavier this morning. I might have to start leaving a few minutes
earlier to avoid some of the traffic.

The ride in this morning was fast. Temperature was cool but not
cold. I like the morning rides becuase I can push harder in the
cool morning.

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This morning I drove in a few miles, parked, and took my bike from there. I was running late because I stayed home to see my only child get on the bus for his first day of kindergarten. Needless to say, it was a beautiful ride in and I was smiling all the way. Still am!
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This morning, I rode past my office and on to my daughter's future kindergarten to drop off some regestration materials. In about a week, my commute to work will start with a walk to the school bus stop.

Anyhow, the ride was great -- not to hot, beautiful sunshine, pleasant sights. One motorist rolld down his window to ask directions, and I was glad to help.

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Old 08-25-03, 09:49 AM
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Friday night after work I made a big loop of the eastern part of the county. Got about 45 miles racing away from, then toward, the setting sun. I pulled into the driveway just before dark. Summer's slipping away fast....

This morning's ride was uneventful. Took care to avoid the very dangerous school zones.
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As others have stated, fall is in the air. Was cool (60 F'ish) and cloudy when I headed out this morning. Temps are still struggling to break 65F. Two more days and school will be in session, which means for crowded roads on part of my route as I pass three schools.
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Hey PaulH, I had a Fella' pull up alongside of me the other day to ask directions as well. It's cool to help people out. I wish more folks would view us (Cyclists) as approachable in stead of "In the way". I had the day off and took my son in his In-Step trailer to two local bike shops. Just a social visit and a BB wrench to get. Had a blast but the little one scraped his knee on the sidewalk. Some liquid skin and a Kiss from Daddy and he was good as new. A happy 2 1/2 year old. He really likes his homemade camel back. I took an extra bite valve and tube and taped it to the lid of a rubbermaid bottle then put it in a Nalgene koozie. He loves it! It's "like daddies". All in all, a very nice ride. Fourteen miles, 12.4 mph avg. speed.
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Great weather, and one of the last rides before school buses and traffic get added to the picture. It is also the 3rd birthday of "lil' Pony", my Terry Flora. I was looking forward to watching the computer roll 5000 miles this week, but mid-way home the computer went on strike. Oh well, I guess next week will do just as well.
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Drove into work today, I have to work late at the shop tonight. Had a great experiance with niterider, I have a fairly old system and the charging unit failed, when I called to see if they were still available I was told to send the old one to them and it would be replaced under warranty. I'll say, my next system will be a niterider.
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I rode into work yesterday morning, but the bike and I got a ride home, since I was going to a "going away" party after work. Rode in today again though. Chilly out this morning (8 degrees celcius)! Kinda refreshing for a change, although my arms and hands were a bit colder. If I had have been smarter, I would have worn long sleeves... but.. no harm done - the hot shower at work warmed me up Looking forward to another nice ride home tonite.
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Old 08-28-03, 08:25 AM
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Heavier traffic than usual today. Road construction's been a bigger factor in my delays lately, even by Atlanta standards. But all in all it was a pleasant ride in. Much better than a lunch errand ride I took up Peachtree into Buckhead yesterday. Yesterday afternoon it was hot, humid, high pollution index, and unusually congested traffic which had me sweltering in lines of traffic.

But this morning's commute was ok.
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Old 08-28-03, 10:12 AM
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Couldn't squeeze in the ride home yesterday but the ride in today on the shorter route was nice. I dropped my daughters off at school and rode the 13 miles in from there. I'll do the reverse tonight. This route is actually nice in that I pass through Willow Glen on the way.
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Old 08-28-03, 10:55 AM
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Good rides lately,

Weather has been dry and perfect temperature. I have also been doing some rides after work with a colleague. Haven't done much riding with others before and it is great to get that extra motivation. Last time we managed 17 miles at over 20 mph average!

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Old 08-28-03, 01:47 PM
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A little warmer today and supposed to be a bit warmer tomorrow. The temp was right at that boundary of short sleeve/long sleeve this morning. Nice ride, I have to say, a bit of wind, kind of humid but nice. Fall is def. coming, and I love that feel of change in the air. I'm thinking I'll hit REI over the Labor Day weekend for the sale, and stock up on stuff for the fall and winter. This year I aim to commute through the winter.

I'm certainly ready for the decline in trail that the fall will bring. Are there any sweater words in the English language than "Back to School"
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It was very cold today here to. I had to wear a fleece on the way in to work, aroung six, for the first time in months. By the time I left work at twoish for school it had warmed up enough for short sleeves. By the time my classes ended at about 5:15 I had developed a killer head ache and I sat around school untill about six before I left for home. Despite the head ache, it was a nice ride. I met all the usual people that I see on the commute, very rare to run in to so many of them on the same commute. I almost got run over by a bus and saw a couple of toilets on the side of the road with a big sign on top of them that said "Free-Fine English China-They really work". Me and the next commuter I passed had a good laugh at that. The ride home took me 40 minutes, about 5-10 longer then it should have.
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Today is the first day this year I had to wear a light jacket and long fingered gloves on the ride in to work. I guess summer is just about over. Tis morning was a clear, cool, still morning, my ride along the river was about as good as it gets, the ducks were swimming and the fallen leaves were drifting along ever so peacefully. It's almost time for the wind fron tightswinter shoes and studded tires.
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My last ride! Today is my last day at work before I head back to school (after a week off of course!) I had an excellent ride in this morning, although it was very hot and humid.

I have to thank everyone here for their motivation when I was just thinking about starting to commute - you helped a lot, and I've had a wonderful 4 months logging more miles than I ever have before. I'll be biking to school next term, although I've always done that. It's about 3 or 4 km's one way, but sometimes I do it 3 times a day. We'll see what happens...

Thanks again, and best of luck to all of you!
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Darren, Best wishes at school! I look forward to seeing your posts again.
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Only commuting home today. Heavy rains combined with not bringing rain gear coaxed me onto the bus yesterday afternoon, and I left my bike locked in a storage room here. I did cycle up to Intown Bikes during lunch, only to discover I"d left my wallet in my desk. Oh, well. Maybe the commute home will be spectacular to compensate for the flakiness of the past two days.
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Last night I pulled another Clark Kent trick. I biked to my daughter's school for an event and changed in my wife's van. People I saw at the event had no idea I had just commuted -- fast -- for 13 miles.

I had an early a.m. meeting today that prevented my commuting in. Actually I could make it but I'm on thin ice: I have no spare CO2 cartridges, my commuter has a flat, and I'm using my rodie which is prone to flats. Couldn't risk it.

Turned out the customer was late anyway, dang it.

I'll restock my supplies this weekend.
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Originally posted by LarryJ
Only commuting home today. Heavy rains combined with not bringing rain gear coaxed me onto the bus yesterday afternoon, and I left my bike locked in a storage room here. I did cycle up to Intown Bikes during lunch, only to discover I"d left my wallet in my desk. Oh, well. Maybe the commute home will be spectacular to compensate for the flakiness of the past two days.
Hah. There have been many times when I (or more likely my wife) wished I'd forgotten my wallet when I've gone to the LBS.

No commute for me today, mostly due to bad planning, but I hope to make it up with some serious holiday mileage. Labor Day weekend is here in the States so the motorists' BAC and yahoo factors will be high. Stay safe everyone!
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This morning was magic.
It was a damp cool 14 C day with thundershowers earlier
that were so bad that the sky looked like it was late evening
at 9 in the morning. I waited until 10:30 so that the worst
of it was over and the rain had stopped and packed my
pannier with extra clothes and wore water resistant clothes.

I had found a beautiful route along the Ottawa river parkway
that takes me by the historic locks and behind our parliament
buildings and hosts of other landmarks, but it was the misty
air and feeling of looming autumn that really made me feel
great. My fenders installed two weeks ago finally got a chance
to do their work, keeping the rain off of my back and legs -
everything felt like it was just working great, wished it was
a longer ride...

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Well, I wasn't expecting to even have a commute today, with it being a holiday, but I decided to try out some new electronic gadgetry (primarily a heart monitor) and so I took the commute in to work today for no particular work-related reason. It was very nice, good weather, and lots of Labor Day activity in the parks I rerouted my commute to hit. Oddly enough no one but me was on the floor of my workplace. Go figure ... :-)
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Hi Folks,
Good ride this morning, but a bit stiff from playing football yesterday - for the first time in ages. Its amazing just how many different muscles one uses compared to cycling....

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