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Old 12-17-11, 01:20 PM
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What smells do you experience on your commute?

I start with garlic and beef from Lone Star, a good chance at a decaying oppossum or deer, diesel, chinese food, diesel smoke from the redneck as he blasts past (I laugh thinking of his inadequacies..), the sewer (two spots that share this lovely scent), pot, flowers in the spring time, cigarettes, brakes, sweat....
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There is this one stretch of trail has some type of flower growing on the side, and they smell wonderful. Then a few miles ahead you can smell the publix bakery and a pizza place, which also smell pretty good. Every now and then I ride past kids who smoke on the side of the trail and act like the people passing by can't smell it.
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Car exhaust, the apartment complex given over to Burmese immigrants, a couple mid-level local restaurants, and whatever is carried on the near-constant wind. It's a mixed blessing that my nose doesn't pick up too much anymore....
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My commute takes me past a riding stable. About a quarter mile down the road on the other side is a golf course. The two have gotten together in a green arrangement that solves both their problems to mutual advantage. It's a perfect example of sound environmental practice which makes perfect sense, so who could object.

Unfortunately for me, the golf course stores and composts the manure right along the steepest climb on my route, so holding my breath as I pass isn't an option.
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Old 12-17-11, 04:36 PM
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Combined-sewer 'odour control facility' twice a day. Really feel for the houses that are 20 feet away from it.

Originally Posted by City of Edmonton
From time to time, there have been minor complaints from nearby residents about the facility’s performance. The cause of the problems have been identified and rectified.
Sometimes I dodge vomit on the adjacent bridge and imagine that drunken hobos have been overwhelmed by the stench.
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Old 12-17-11, 04:43 PM
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My favorite was riding in Golden, CO. I'd smell hops as I was less than a mile from the Coor's Brewery.

Now a days, mostly car exhaust. If I take the Platte trail home to the Sand Creek trail, I get the lovely smell of an open air sewage treatment facility followed by an oil refinery.
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This is why I think its important to take nice long rides on the weekends.

When I commute in the morning, I love the peace. When I commute in the evening, the challange of traffic is interesting. And it is a good way to unwind from work.

When I ride on the weekend, I enjoy good company and I love the smells out in the farm area. Garlic, fruits, etc. Lovely!
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Old 12-17-11, 07:06 PM
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I miss the smell of sunscreen as I ride past the neighborhood pool on my way home during the summer...
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I ride past this foundry every day. It's pretty stinky.
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Diesel exhaust... usually from white vans, school buses, some buses and trucks.
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Smells I can remember from this past Friday.

That crisp smell of a cool morning in the country with smattering of fog.
The smell of a swamp on a damp cool morning.
The smell of a cattle farm.
The smell of burning wood from a pump wood site... accompanied with blinding choking smoke.
The smell of chemicals from a manufacturing plant.
Car exhaust from a car with a poorly adjusted fuel to air ratio.
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Exhaust fumes, and occasionally cigarettes on my normal commute route. If I head east from work, I smell the pig slaughterhouse. Ugh, but I do love pork chops.
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I start in the morning (and end in the evening) riding through a area that's planted with various seasonal vegies so sometimes it's fresh plowed dirt, onions, or whatever else is growing there. The rest of the ride is the usual suburban smells. Once in a while in the evening I'll catch a whiff of someone cooking something good on a grill.
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Originally Posted by Axiom View Post
Every now and then I ride past kids who smoke on the side of the trail and act like the people passing by can't smell it.
You just reminded me. Last week I was passed on the gravel portion of my commute home by a small pickup and I followed the smell of pot that wafted behind it for about half a mile. They didn't seem to be driving weird, but wow what a smell.
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Car farts, mostly.
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I ride to work 8 miles oneway. I will list as my commute to work. The taco and burrito truck at the 4 way stop. Cows to my right on a dairy farm and some bulls. Horses to my left about 10 minutes into my ride on a lovely ranch. Skunks under a channel the road crosses. Gas (pew) from the gas station to my right at the stoplight. Diesel or petrol at the railroad crossing from the Santa Fe railway. Lovely roses from the garden at the ranch style home to the right. Coffee and donuts at the donut shop at my second stop light. The freshly trimmed grass at the community park with the bike paths in the road. The pancakes from the pancake house across the road. The new tires at the tire center a block later. Last burgers from the fast food locations towards the end of my commute.
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Morning: car exhaust, occasional roadkill and drivers' assorted perfume. Seems like everyone showered in perfume before work. Emphasis on " 'fume".

Evening: car exhaust, occasional roadkill and various restaurant smells. Some good, some positively vile.

If I take an MUP on Friday evening I smell grilling from folks' backyards. Then I begin hallucinating about medium rare steak and glass of red wine.....

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In this order; fireplace smoke, diesel exhaust, epoxy smell from electrical maufacturer, occasional homeless fire, large bakery/bread cooking, then, sewer plant, asphalt plant, pallet builder fire, and finally dump. Oh, and if the bay has an algae blume...
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Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
My commute takes me past a riding stable. About a quarter mile down the road on the other side is a golf course. The two have gotten together in a green arrangement that solves both their problems to mutual advantage. It's a perfect example of sound environmental practice which makes perfect sense, so who could object.

Unfortunately for me, the golf course stores and composts the manure right along the steepest climb on my route, so holding my breath as I pass isn't an option.
Try breathing through your mouth for that particular climb.

The only smells I notice on my commute are vehicle exhaust and skunk once in a while. Other than those 2 it's pretty odor free.

Oh, yeah there's been a time or 2 at a traffic light I'll catch a wiff of perfume. Would imagine the smell would create a headache for me were I to be inside the car.
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Exhaust fumes, sewer gas when I ride over a manhole, and on a good morning a nearby bakery.
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My favorites are:

Beaverton Bakery (donuts)
Burgerville (bacon)
Franz Bakery (bread)
Tazo Tea (reminds me of Russian (Tang) Tea)


and the air after a morning rain.

(Damn... now I'm hungry)
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Originally Posted by eofelis View Post
Car farts, mostly.
Really awful this time of year. What do they eat for lunch?
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I start the morning with whatever Malt-o-Meal is cooking, often a strong vanilla or cookie smell. But then I progress to the countryside, and have to contend with turkey farms, pig farms, cattle farms, dead skunks or other wild animals that don't smell so bad until a few days after they're dead. None of those last ones are particularly pleasant.
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everytime I pass by road kill, I hold my breath. Everytime I pass by a bakery, I want to take in every freaking smell so I sloooow down my speed!
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