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Old 09-05-07, 09:40 AM
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Pretty good commute in, but I think the cooler weather's gotten me a bit lax on the hydration. I got to an intersection and felt a bit unstready. I then realized I hadn't been sipping my water bottle. Corrected, and the rest of the ride was better.
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Old 09-05-07, 09:51 AM
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Good times this morning... no traffic issues, and I got to draft on the MUP for awhile. Another good thing is the lovely DC summertime humidity is finally dying off... can't wait for fall.
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This morning was a head wind everywhere I turned. Yesterday I had a Heron fly just over me, which was really cool. He was rather large... On the way home I also saw a Deer and her Fawn out in the river as I crossed the bridge. It was odd to see, considering we are in the desert with no real brush around except right around the river, not to mention that just a couple hundred feet from either side of the river is homes or roads. Its neat to see the things you never really would see if you were in a car.
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Old 09-05-07, 10:19 AM
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What happened to the sun? The sky here looks like that 50s sci-fi movie with Walter Pidgeon and the nuclear submarine.
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Old 09-05-07, 03:55 PM
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Had a nice commute back last night, despite the light rain.

Partly because it was my last commute for 5 weeks - I am going on holiday! Hurrah!

We're actually heading to the US, which is going to be fun - I've never been there before. Only bad news is probably no riding for 5 weeks, but never mind!
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Old 09-05-07, 05:57 PM
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Windy. So very windy.
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Old 09-06-07, 05:53 AM
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I had planned to ride to work every day this week but the poor air quality got the best of me. Yesterday was a Code Orange day, and the high ozone finally took its toll on me. I had really bad sinus headaches during the night and slept poorly, and I suspect it was due to riding in the high ozone yesterday. So I took the day off riding today. I had ridden 6 days straight, so my legs are due for a rest anyway.

I will be so glad when this summer is finally over. The heat, drought and poor air quality are just wearing me down. I can handle the cool weather -- just put on my clothes.
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Old 09-06-07, 06:45 AM
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Nice. A little bit damp, but not raining. I missed that part. Some thunder to the north. As I as leaving the house, the NW sky looked pretty dark and I muttered, "Spool up the FTL drive." (BSG fans will get that.)

Saw a couple of riders going the other way on the MUP.

I was waiting at a red light. Light turned green. I always monitor cross-traffic and don't jump on the pedals right away. This dude on a bike blew right around me, gets out of the saddle, and starts hammering up the hill. I thought, "No you didn't", and I just rode behind him until I needed to turn left, then shot up next to him, looked at him, and made my left. I'm terrible.
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Old 09-06-07, 07:26 AM
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Most area districts started up school today. More traffic, but no major issues today. I do have to alter my route now and unfortunately I have another stoplight I tend to get stuck at for at least a minute.

On the plus side, I saw a lot more bikes out and about!
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Old 09-06-07, 08:25 AM
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Definitely more traffic today, first ride in with the Arkel Tail Rider instead of panniers, which ended up a smart choice since I battled a head wind most of the way in. Otherwise, smooth and easy.
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Old 09-06-07, 09:05 AM
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Replaced broken spoke on newly converted SS last night, front tire was flat this morning, WTF? Ride touring bike to work instead. Notice the hood is open on the car beside me at a light, I tell driver and latch hood for her. Next see fawn feeding on the side of the road, cool. Get right hooked by JAM in SUV with MTB on tire rack, as I'm getting ready to make the same right turn. I hit the brakes and yell j@ck@ss as he's rolling away. No one hurt, but what an idiot, I guess he doesn't ride on the road. Need to put air horn back on bike.
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Great ride in today, big fun. Today, tomorrow, then 3-4 days on the road next week, 2+ more the week after.

Biking w/ 6 yr old to his 1st grade on 2 wheels completely different experience than last year on training wheels. Going like 5-6 mph now instead of 2-3. He's a very easygoing cruiser, I am impressed w/ how slow he can go w/o weaving.
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Old 09-06-07, 09:47 AM
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Flat tire on the way in today. :>( Had to walk the last mile......
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I had my first commute in a week today [time off]. It was a little brisk, but sunny and clear. A couple of JAMs, but nothing too scary. I'll be glad when I can get my disc SS built up - then I can hammer away with abandon.
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Originally Posted by Chuck G
but what an idiot, I guess he doesn't ride on the road.
Chuck, this was in Cary? If so, not only does he not ride on the road, he doesn't ride at all. He has the bike on the back as a status symbol.

Commute today was good, but my legs are just beat. I rode an extra 20 or so on Monday and played Ultimate, then added an extra couple of hilly miles to the commute Tuesday and Wednesday to visit my daughter at day care. The result is....I'm tired. I'm even using the middle ring on my triple--normally I ride the big ring all the time.
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ItsJustb,

This was in RTP not Cary. I was making a right turn onto Development Dr from Louis Stevens (between hwy 55 and Davis drive a bit north of the Cisco campus). There are only 3 businesses on Development Dr (Ericsson, Sony-Ericsson, and one other, figure less than 1000 employess total). Lots of people uses Dev Dr as a cut through between HWY55 and Davis Dr.
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Almost got hit by a cager turning right last night. As he went past me I saw a turn signal. I hit the brakes and he started his turn. He then realized just how fast I was going and hit the brakes angled in front of me. If I hadn't seen the signal I would have been toast.
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Old 09-06-07, 12:19 PM
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I was right-hooked by another bike commuter last night. He alerted me by saying 'passing on the left' and then immediately after he passed me, he slowed down for a right turn. Argh!
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Nice.Pretty cool ride,I had to do some extra km today.New road for me about 50 km
before lunch.In the way back two roadies passed me at a moderate pase so i could
ride behind them for a while and have a breack.sunny, sea side road almost flat cool.
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https://www.bikeforums.net/mountain-plains/340939-twilight-zone.html

I encountered the aftermath of a police chase and had to detour quite a bit.
Hopefully nothing happens on my way home.
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almost lost my head this morning. literally.

a painter's pickup truck pulled in front of me. i followed it for maybe a block, taking the full lane behind it before it came to a sharp stop at a crosswalk. i hit the brakes with plenty of space left, put my foot down, then looked up to see the end of an unflagged ladder about three inches from my nose.

so, just a reminder to the drivers out there: if you have something sticking out the back of your vehicle, put some red on the end!
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Most excellent. Besides the gnarly tailwind that had me cruising near 25MPH at one point, I had a chat with a commuter cyclist at a red light. He thanked me for riding and said he wished more people did. I said I agreed with him. We also griped about tomorrow's weather forecast. (90+F! )
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Good rides today, first since I had a break of 5 days. Felt fine. Got myself into a tight squeeze splitting lanes, but was able to back out before the two vehicles touched me - silly move by me (wanted to get ahead while they were still stationary on a green, gap was too small, they started moving, I decided to pullback and duck right rather than chance it vs. a car and truck).

Got my oregon scientific camera delivered today, so I used it tonight and did some tests. Needs some more testing for positioning, but once tweaked, I'll be youtub'ing one up there, and if I feel really bored, I'll edit it down, too!
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Well today I uped my average 2 MPH.. I added a rack and side bas made the ride a lot easier for me!
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Muggy this morning - gonna be a hot one today.

Added my front light setup last night. I'm sure everyone can see me now

Now to just get the rear light bracket installed and I'll be all set. I'll post pics when it's all done.
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