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Trying commuting 35mi each way for the week from Northern Westchester to the southern tip of Manhattan. It's paved bike path most of the way but there's a couple of miles of muddy track going through the Bronx which means I have to commute in on my gravel bike. Tomorrow's gonna be too hot so taking a break until Friday.



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Originally Posted by dieselrover
Trying commuting 35mi each way for the week from Northern Westchester to the southern tip of Manhattan. It's paved bike path most of the way but there's a couple of miles of muddy track going through the Bronx which means I have to commute in on my gravel bike. Tomorrow's gonna be too hot so taking a break until Friday
looks lovely. summer is a good time to try for personal records, huh?
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
looks lovely. summer is a good time to try for personal records, huh?
Particularly when it's been a year since you rode the same segments. On the order of 50 PRs both days.
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Originally Posted by HTupolev
Then came the challenging part of the ride: the descent on the far side, north into the Suiattle River valley.

The opposite side of White Chuck:



And here's an interesting concrete non-bridge. I knew I'd brought fenders for a reason!



The road surface on the north side wasn't much different than the south:



Eventually, NF-27 ended and I made my way onto NF-25, which continues heading north until getting to that bridge over the Suiattle River:



From there on, things were all paved, as I went west and then south back to Darrington.
So that circumnavigation was how far? Color me green with envy.
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Originally Posted by CV-6
So that circumnavigation was how far? Color me green with envy.
45 miles. 19 miles gravel, the rest paved, around 4000 feet of elevation gain.
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Ventured further on the Delaware Canal Towpath yesterday and logged 44 miles.











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Originally Posted by TimothyH
Illinois Prairie Path?

I was there near Wheaton. Went for a run when I was in Chicago on business and training for a marathon.

There was a Lincoln Field or something like that? I couldn't figure how to get out of the place and kept running around in circles. LOL.

Was very memorable. Very pretty, wildflowers growing all over and such.


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Sorry to get back so late. Yes, that's the Illinois Prairie Path. You must have been at the Lincoln Marsh and nature trail along the Prairie Path in Wheaton. It has winding trails easily to get lost in. And yes, very nice prairie grasses and flowers there. I wonder where you're originally from since you mentioned you were visiting the area. But glad you took a look at the paths the area has. The Illinois Prairie Path is probably the best and most well known in Illinois.
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Originally Posted by Richard8655
Sorry to get back so late. Yes, that's the Illinois Prairie Path. You must have been at the Lincoln Marsh and nature trail along the Prairie Path in Wheaton. It has winding trails easily to get lost in. And yes, very nice prairie grasses and flowers there. I wonder where you're originally from since you mentioned you were visiting the area. But glad you took a look at the paths the area has. The Illinois Prairie Path is probably the best and most well known in Illinois.

Yes, Lincoln Marsh. That was the name. Trails twist all around and loop back.

I was living on Long Island at the time and attending a training class.

Had a great time in Chicago and the surrounding area. The Prairie Path was memorable enough that I recognized it almost immediately.


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Yeah, it seems to be zero degrees.

It's the original stem from a 1991 Bridgestone RB-T, which according to the catalog is an SR MTS-301.
Ah, an original. Too good to be true, i was hoping you had a new one. Nitto dynamic2 is the only current 0degree quil stem i know of, wasnt sure if another had hit the market.

Its a really nice looking quill- that Grant may have bucked 1(or 5) too many trends when spec'ing Bstone bikes, but he also got a whole lot right. That stem being one.
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Saturday morning Niner RLT 9 RDO shenanigans



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Originally Posted by JamesB722
Ventured further on the Delaware Canal Towpath yesterday and logged 44 miles.










James, I also use the tow path about once a week to break away from traffic. Usually i start around Millstone and turn back past Princeton, what area were you in, those pics don't look familiar, perhaps further south?
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Originally Posted by gilpi
James, I also use the tow path about once a week to break away from traffic. Usually i start around Millstone and turn back past Princeton, what area were you in, those pics don't look familiar, perhaps further south?
Yes, I'm further south. I start at Morrisville (across the bridge from Trenton) and take the trail north.
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I posted these in a separate thread, but I'll put them here too for the company.







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Originally Posted by JamesB722
Yes, I'm further south. I start at Morrisville (across the bridge from Trenton) and take the trail north.
That's where I grew up! I would start at the Calhoun St. bridge in Morrisville , ride north along the canal path to New Hope , then cross over to NJ and ride south again back to Trenton and cross back on the bridge..Nice gravel ride before it was called gravel riding...John
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Originally Posted by TimothyH
Saturday morning Niner RLT 9 RDO shenanigans
nice variety of terrain, actually interesting to watch. too bad you had to return to civilization
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
nice variety of terrain, actually interesting to watch. too bad you had to return to civilization
Thanks.

It is nice to find new trails which link together interesting paved sectors.

Tried to capture what the bike is capable of. People ask "Can it do singletrack?" or "How is it on the road?" and that video was my answer.

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I'm having tech issues with my phone, most of the photos I took are on a phone that stopped working at the end of the day... But here's one pic from my 140-mile birthday-gravel-ride from Minnetonka to Le Sueur and back (following the 2017 Westside Dirty Benjamin route)

Water stop at mile 70
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Footnote - I had to bail on the race day back in June, I hadn't totally recovered from the flu and we were battling massive heat/humidity and fierce head/cross winds - I was 40 miles into the course, 70 miles into the day when I through in the towel. So this was my redemption ride.
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Originally Posted by TimothyH
Thanks.

It is nice to find new trails which link together interesting paved sectors.

Tried to capture what the bike is capable of. People ask "Can it do singletrack?" or "How is it on the road?" and that video was my answer.
I don't usually watch videos. Still photos resonate with me, videos rarely do. Plus videos take more time and attention, when I have time for them I'd usually rather be in the garden or riding.

But this has me intrigued. I'm going to watch it tonight.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest
I don't usually watch videos. Still photos resonate with me, videos rarely do. Plus videos take more time and attention, when I have time for them I'd usually rather be in the garden or riding.

But this has me intrigued. I'm going to watch it tonight.

The truth is that most video's of other people riding their bike are boring. I get that. No one wants to watch 27 minutes of some guy pedaling down the MUP and it is difficult to tell a story other than, "Yeah, I rode my bike and this is kinda what it looked like."

Even if no one watches, it is fun for me to look at and I told my kids to play them on a laptop at the funeral home after I die. My mom thinks they are cool. Love ya mom!

Maybe we need a gravel "Action Jackson" video thread?

Here is another video of a mixed surface ride I did on skinny tire road bike a while back, if anyone is interested. This is North Georgia in January, one of my favorite routes.



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The air is a little hazy to the S and E because the Diamond Creek Fire is burning out of control.



I've always been a sucker for a nice glacial valley like this one:



Jack, Crater, Snowfield, Colonial ... all the way to Baker!



Love a good burn zone.



Teeming with life:

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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest
Jack, Crater, Snowfield, Colonial ... all the way to Baker!
Wow.

I did a group ride out of Darrington on Saturday. We went west on the Whitehorse Trail until Swede Heaven, then climbed NF-18 (which became NF-17, then Finney Creek road, before dropping into Rockport). After getting over the ridge on NF-18, there are a few good views of Baker... much closer than yours, but nowhere near as majestic.

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Originally Posted by HTupolev
Wow.

I did a group ride out of Darrington on Saturday. We went west on the Whitehorse Trail until Swede Heaven, then climbed NF-18 (which became NF-17, then Finney Creek road, before dropping into Rockport). After getting over the ridge on NF-18, there are a few good views of Baker... much closer than yours, but nowhere near as majestic.
What's it like in there? I've been meaning to explore Swede Heaven for a while now and never made it.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest
What's it like in there? I've been meaning to explore Swede Heaven for a while now and never made it.
I'm not familiar with what else there is to do from Swede Heaven, but NF-18 was lots of fun.

The ascent is 12 miles long and about 3000' of climbing. Good surface, and the grades don't get super crazy. The views of the Stilly valley, Darrington, and especially Whitehorse Mountain are fantastic. Here's a shot taken by our ride organizer Craig as we regrouped and hung out at one of the overlooks:



Once over the top, it's a prolonged descent of around 20 miles, leveling out and sometimes slightly rising on occasion, meandering through the clump of mountains all the way to Rockport. We passed a few logging operations along the way. Decent surface, eventually becoming alternating gravel and rough pavement, and eventually becoming quality pavement. Not tons of super-long-distance views since you're on the interior of a clump of mountains, but the interior is pretty. There's a good view of the Skagit valley on the final drop into Rockport; Finney Creek Road is around 500' above the water when it comes alongside the river.

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