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Old 06-21-07, 11:46 PM
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My birthday ride

Skipped out of work early today to do my birthday ride (a couple of days late). It was a hot day, 95 as I started out and headed towards Grand Mesa. My goal was a little campground that sells terrific ice cream. About an hour into the ride, it clouded over, temps dropped 10 degrees and I even had a tailwind for the climb.

I was decked out in a new jersey, a gift from my wife, enjoying lively tunes on a new iPod Shuffle, a gift from my son. It was the first birthday ride for my Sirrus as well, a gift from myself.

The elevation change from my house to the campground is just over 2,000 so it was a good challenge. I stuck the backroads, with very little traffic. Lots of wildlife to see, and the lighting was rather dramatic.

Took 2 1/2 hours to climb the 28-mile route to the campground, where I enjoyed a dip of blueberry cheesecake. I was flying on the downhill, covering the 23 mile route in just over an hour! It was getting dark, and the wife was getting worried so I was pushing hard. Make a quick loop around the neighborhood to make sure the mileage was over 51 . . . so happy birthday to me.

Snapped a few pictures . . .
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Old 06-22-07, 12:22 AM
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Man I wish I had scenery like that! Sounds like a great ride. Happy, happy birthday!
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Old 06-22-07, 12:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Digital Gee


Man I wish I had scenery like that! Sounds like a great ride. Happy, happy birthday!
28 miles uphill and you found time to look at the scenery. Wish I had been with you.

Well done and what music on the I Pod?
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Old 06-22-07, 05:11 AM
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Happy Bday! What a wonderful way to celebrate. Glad you had a terrific ride.
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Old 06-22-07, 05:13 AM
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Happy Birthday! I wish mine was in the spring or Summer! Hard to get a B'Day ride in February in NY State!

LOL!
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Old 06-22-07, 05:19 AM
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Sounds like a great ride. Sure looks like a nice one.
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Old 06-22-07, 05:23 AM
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Old 06-22-07, 05:28 AM
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What a fantastic birthday ride.

I love the picture of the old gate with the baled hay in the background. I could smell the fresh cut hay
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Belated birthday greetings. Glad you were able to celebrate in such a pastoral setting. I've got to come visit that lovely state of yours one of these days.
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Old 06-22-07, 05:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Digital Gee


Man I wish I had scenery like that! Sounds like a great ride. Happy, happy birthday!
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Old 06-22-07, 06:25 AM
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Happy Birthday and thanks for sharing your ride with us.
Great Pics!!
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Old 06-22-07, 06:44 AM
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Happy birthday Mr. Penguin. Nice place you live in. They're haying around here right now too. Don't you love that smell? Are those big square bales or small? We hardly ever see anyone put up small square bales anymore. I wish we did, a barn full of hay is great critter habitat and a lot of fun to hunt with terriers when it is really really cold.
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Old 06-22-07, 07:04 AM
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Happy birthday, and thanks for sharing the scenery, and congradulations on your ride,
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Happy Birthday! Great Ride. Just got back from Utah and Colordao. Got to be one of the most beautiful places in the world!!

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What beautiful pictures! Sounds like a perfect way to celebrate a birthday. Hope you have many more!
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Niiiiice!!!!

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Happy bday, cp. Sounds like a great ride.
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Haying is in full swing around here -- they usually get three cuttings a season. On the ride I saw little bales (as pictured) big squares, and rounds. And yes, the smell is wonderful . . . helps mask that sweaty odor coming from the rider

I was talking to a visiting rider last week, who gushed over our rural setting. I've always lived in rural areas, so kind of take it for granted. Anyway, his comments prompted this ride's pics.

Another thing he commented on was the altitude effect. My home is at 4,900 ft., and this ride went up to 7,050 ft. at a fairly steady 4-5% grade from mile 15 to 27. I spend most of my riding time in the 5,000 to 6,000 elevation, so I really noticed the altitude effect on the last 5 miles of the climb. Stopped several times to take pictures (and catch my breath) before pressing on. Any thoughts on beating the altitude?

And thanks for all the birthday wishes!
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Originally Posted by stapfam
28 miles uphill and you found time to look at the scenery. Wish I had been with you.

Well done and what music on the I Pod?
Not nearly as challenging as your epic climb, stepfam!

My music is rather eclectic . . . ZZtop gets those legs pumping, a little Jimmy Buffett to ease things off a bit, a little country rock from Brookes & Dunn, Big & Rich, Trace Adkins and Kenny Chesney, some more leg pounding with Queen (I like those Fat Bottom Girls!), and I really like the rhythm of bluegrass -- a local band Sweet Sunny South has several tunes on my iPod. And I round out the mix with Smetana's "The Moldau" -- I like to toss in a little classical music in each mix.
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Originally Posted by Coloradopenguin
Haying is in full swing around here -- they usually get three cuttings a season. On the ride I saw little bales (as pictured) big squares, and rounds. And yes, the smell is wonderful . . . helps mask that sweaty odor coming from the rider
I spent may a summer on the back of a hay wagon stacking bales as they came off the baler. It makes for a pretty picture, but it is hot and hard work. Riding one’s bike past such a scene is much better than being intimately involved in creating the scene!
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Happy B'day and well done ride.
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Sounds perfect! Happy birthday!
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Happy Birthday Mr 'Cp' .... Super ride!!!!
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Great ride. Nice pictures.
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