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Old 01-25-15, 07:43 PM
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Metrowest Boston, who's riding Tuesday?

the plows will be out in force!
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Looks to be interesting for you folks up there. Be careful.
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me!

we're expecting accumulation even:

Britons warned to take care as more wintry weather is forecast | UK news | The Guardian
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Metrowest Boston, who's riding Tuesday?

I replied on the Fifty Plus Forum to this thread, ”Snow…Ugh’

Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
Just filled my moto racing gas can and got the generator started just to make sure it's good to go. Also checked out the three gas fireplaces to make sure their set. Now I'm getting set for being snowed in. Probably spend tomorrow drinking Bushmill's and having sex. Well, unless we lose power and I can't get on the porno sites.

Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post


I'll be staying home tomorrow too, and it will be one of the nicest days off (in downtown Boston) since the blizzzard of '78, but without power will be a nightmare.

Family duties will keep me off the bike.
Even though I’m mostly Metrocentral, I did get out during the 4+ inch snowfall on that obliterated the Jamaica Pond Bike Path on Saturday, and iced up the Riverway Path on Sunday.



My recollection of the Blizzard of '78 was that it was also preceded by a fair snowstorm that left a significant base layer to build on.
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I'd like to see pictures if any of you do get out then. We got plenty of notice here several years ago with a slightly smaller snowstorm that closed the area for a day or so, and it was kind of nice riding the storm out inside with the fridge stocked, the heat and lights on. Much nicer than digging out after it stopped snowing.
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well done Jim

new Mass Governor just issued a travel ban, so some companies will be closed
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Should be a nice easy ride getting out of downtown tonight, given a nice (northeast) tailwind. Just hope the sanding and plow truck drivers are wide awake since it's only the beginning of the storm.

As usual, the Southwest Corridor bike path was better plowed today than some of the bike lanes on the downtown streets. Thanks DCR!

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Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
I'll be staying home tomorrow too, and it will be one of the nicest days off (in downtown Boston) since the blizzzard of '78, but without power will be a nightmare.

Family duties will keep me off the bike.

Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
I'd like to see pictures if any of you do get out then. …
Monday, about 9:00 PM



Tuesday, about 4:00 PM



Went for a walk in Kenmore Square with the iconic Citgo Sign in the background (can be seen during Red Sox broadcasts). Traffic ban was in effect and Public Transit was shut down. Went to an Irish pub in the Lenox Hotel about 1.5 miles away, and my son commented this was his ideal of an Irish pub, "Warmth and hospitality on a cold winter night."

Tuesday, about 8:30 PM



Walked back home to Kenmore. Appropos of cycling, my family forbade me to ride Tuesday or Wednesday, but my winter cycling gear served me well on our walk. In particular I wore my cycling goggles with the right and left Take-a-Look eyeglass mounted mirrors to watch for upcoming snowplows; and the threadbare balaclava.

When we got home, we watched the History Channel special, "The Sons of Liberty", which focused on Boston's role as the "miscreants" who started off the American Revolution.

Wednesday, about 6:00 AM

Same street was down to salted, wet bare pavement. Subway ran fine, and my train left on time and arrived only about 10 minutes later than usual.
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Old 01-28-15, 09:15 AM
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ready for the next one ...
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ready for the next one ...
Really? Where's all that new snow going to go when they're trying to move it out of the way? We had over 3 feet of snow here last winter and it took a long time for it all to finally melt. And that was with some of the snow being taken away in trucks.
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yeah too much of a good thing. just got back from dropping my son at Emerson. saw a couple guys out riding. was jealous. with traffic though and those big mounds making blind spots everywhere, it's too much of a good thing. just heard Thursday could be 6-12 w enough prolonged wind to make a blizzard.
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yeah too much of a good thing. …saw a couple guys out riding. was jealous. with traffic though and those big mounds making blind spots everywhere, it's too much of a good thing. just heard Thursday could be 6-12 w enough prolonged wind to make a blizzard.
Yesterday I posted to a Fifty-Plus thread about a planned organized ride this October:

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… Right now Boston is in the midst of a two-day snowfall, adding another one to two to feet to our recent two-three feet last week, and below freezing temperatures so it just piles up. I’ve encountered outright hostility when people ask the usually good-natured question, “You didn’t ride your bike today, did you?.” (I didn't.)

So forgive me if I’m obsessively posting about nice-weather riding.

Accumulation as of 4 PM and 6PM 2/9/15, since Tuesday 2/3:



The snow doesn't get dirty on the road, because it is coninuously covered by new snow, and nobody is driving. Light snow is predicted until 4 AM tomorrow, and more snow predicted for Thursday. The subways and Commuter Rail are closed until probably Wednesday, 2/11.
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Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
Monday, about 9:00 PM



Tuesday, about 4:00 PM



Went for a walk in Kenmore Square with the iconic Citgo Sign in the background (can be seen during Red Sox broadcasts). Traffic ban was in effect and Public Transit was shut down. Went to an Irish pub in the Lenox Hotel about 1.5 miles away, and my son commented this was his ideal of an Irish pub, "Warmth and hospitality on a cold winter night."

Tuesday, about 8:30 PM



Walked back home to Kenmore. Appropos of cycling, my family forbade me to ride Tuesday or Wednesday, but my winter cycling gear served me well on our walk. In particular I wore my cycling goggles with the right and left Take-a-Look eyeglass mounted mirrors to watch for upcoming snowplows; and the threadbare balaclava.

When we got home, we watched the History Channel special, "The Sons of Liberty", which focused on Boston's role as the "miscreants" who started off the American Revolution.

Wednesday, about 6:00 AM

Same street was down to salted, wet bare pavement. Subway ran fine, and my train left on time and arrived only about 10 minutes later than usual.
You are making me miss Boston Big-Time! (I moved away from Boston to the mid-west in 2006)
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They could send the snow south in open top railcars.... would melt pretty quickly i'd imagine....

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if they can get the trains running!
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had to get my kid back to school last night and rove to Boston. you can barely see this guy on his bike at the left side of the screen but indeed there were 2 guys out last light. the 2nd clip shows the rd conditions on the main roads Comm Ave and Boylston

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_x-...ature=youtu.be

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You are making me miss Boston Big-Time! (I moved away from Boston to the mid-west in 2006)
Hi 12strings (of Madison, IN),

Did you happen to see a post I wrote about cycling through Madison, IN? No reply necessary; just FYA (with an edit).

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…Now, it just so happens (to the best of my recollection) that my wife and I [strike](to the best of my recollection)[/strike] have cycled in Madison. We were on our cross-country honeymoon in 1977 from Los Angeles to Washington DC, and I'm pretty sure we arrived in Madison on a Saturday, and stayed over in a Motel on the Ohio River that had a wide Southern plantation style porch with high columns (? The Madison Inn). Maybe it had a large sign overlooking the River. We arrived just before a thunderstorm and enjoyed watching it from the porch.

On the Indiana segment of the ride, I believe we entered from Mt Carmel, Ill, and I think we stayed over an extra rest day in Huntingburg because they had a motel with a pool (we camped and moteled). I recall on that Friday we stopped in a little town with "English" in the name to pick up some traveler's checks with money wired to us there.

On Sunday we left Madison, and on one of our longest days, we rode across Kentucky to Maysville, a picturesque town also on the Ohio River. My recollections about the Ohio River was the sense of early 19th century history, riverboats and such, and architecture so different than the West of the later 19th century that we had previously passed through.
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I've been out riding to my studio (Boston area - live in Medford, work in Somerville) every day, snow and all, even during the travel ban (which applied only to motorized vehicles). It's been sloppy, and often slow and a lot of work to ride through, and there's not much to lock up to if I stop for coffee, but otherwise it's really not been too bad. At least during a snow storm there's no traffic. There are plows, but it's easier to stay out of the way of a handful of plows than it is to dodge normal rush hour traffic. What with parking bans, the difficulties the transit system is having, etc, a bike is by far the most convenient way to go if you live close enough to where you're going for it to be practical.
What really sucks is how bad the sidewalks are. People and businesses aren't always equally good about clearing them, or cutting pathways to the street at the corner, or at keeping those pathways open when plows go by. And any sidewalk that abuts public land like parks, or bridges over T tracks, or various other sidewalks that don't have houses or businesses, often don't get cleared at all. I'm amazed that more pedestrians don't get hit, since they have to walk in the street and as soon as the pavement is mostly clear people go back to driving as fast as ever.

But anyway, if you want pics of snow, and biking in the snow, check out my instagram feed: Instagram
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Yes, I did, sorry I didn't respond. It is a nice place to live, though riding a bike from downtown to uptown is not so fun unless you really like going uphill.

I know a life-long Madisonian in his 60's who has ridden accross the country himself, and had a daughter go to MIT. He often hosts cross-country cyclists in his home...but you said you stayed in a motel, and he would have only been around 30 in 1977.
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Hi 12strings (of Madison, IN),

Did you happen to see a post I wrote about cycling through Madison, IN? No reply necessary; just FYA ….

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Yes, I did, sorry I didn't respond. It is a nice place to live, though riding a bike from downtown to uptown is not so fun unless you really like going uphill…
Now that you mention it, I do seem to recall a fast downhill run apparently into the Ohio River Valley.

Immediately prior to reading your reply, I noted this zombie thread from 2012 that was reawakened just today,”1976 bike touring”, to which I had replied describing our cross-country tour:

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The trip was back in May to June of 1977 on our honeymoon as we were moving from Michigan to Boston and managed a two-month hiatus from work. ….

Through Kansas we paralleled US 50, and crossed the Missisippi in St Louis (on a Sunday). We crossed the Ohio River three times at Madison, Ind, (?) Mt Carmel, Ill, and Maysville Ky, all charming towns….We did at least one century day, in Kentucky, to find a nice place (Maysville).

… Every year beginning on our anniversary on April 30 for the next eight weeks I frequently try to recall where we were at that particular time on that date back in 1977.
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Honestly, biking has been the only thing that kept me sane throughout this commute nightmare. Delays and gridlocks everywhere. I was moving at ~6 mph on mass ave yesterday, and I was probably the fastest moving object.
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Still doing my daily commute from Newton into downtown Boston. No more bike path, too bad because I could avoid cars entirely if the path were plowed consistently. Instead it's a streets route as I make my way along all the stopped cars virtually the whole way. I don't know how the drivers can stand it. They are travelling at roughly walking speed for miles.
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As much as the snow is a drag sometimes and is messy, nothing makes me count my lucky stars that I can get around by bike and don't own a car like snow does.
Things like watching the neighbor across the street having difficulty maneuvering a tiny Fiat out of the driveway because there's so little space with all the snow banks. Or all those times when I might be managing only 6mph through the traffic, but I'm still going 6mph faster than the cars.
And then there's the disaster that the MBTA has been. I have one friend who usually gets to work on the commuter rail followed by the subway, and it usually takes her two hours. There was one day it took her *seven* hours; the commuter rail was delayed, then the subway was delayed, so she took a bus instead to a different spot where her company had provided a shuttle bus, and then the shuttle bus got stuck in traffic for an hour and a half, trying to go a distance that most of the passengers could have walked in less time.

I'm also fortunate to live close to things and to have a lot of control over my schedule. But it seems like the only people I know who have reliable transportation and who are able to mostly go about their business as usual, are the ones who bike.
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