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Old 10-25-20, 06:25 PM
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Greetings from Buenos Aires. This week I resumed doing 10 - 20 milers after lower back pain treatment. So glad I am back riding again!
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Old 10-27-20, 10:16 PM
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Rode one of my usual routes from home to the Township of Lacombe. 56km return. It was relatively nice out today (10C) compared to the unseasonably snowy cold snap that was thrown our way a week ago. Images of frozen bodies of water and remnants of snow are subtle precursors of what's to come.






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Old 10-30-20, 04:48 PM
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15.8 miles on the trainer and 23.15 outdoors.
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Old 10-31-20, 02:00 PM
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62 miles...42 with a group plus 20 riding over and back to the start.
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Old 10-31-20, 09:56 PM
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Took a spin around the city this morning and stopped by a few local attractions including this Tromp L'oeil mural on the side of our local museum. I bundled up a bit as the mercury dipped to -3C.


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Old 11-01-20, 08:09 AM
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26.7 miles. Hopefully there will be a few more before winter sets in.
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Old 11-01-20, 08:21 PM
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56 miles........32 miles with a group of 13 averaging around 20 mph with a number of hills......plus 10 miles to the start and 10 miles back.
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Old 11-01-20, 08:26 PM
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37 km of mostly gravel, 541 m. Not super warm (4C). Pretty barren scenery these days, no leaves left on the trees. Yesterday would have been a superb day but I spent it converting my tractor from a mower to a snowblower. It's an old tractor, not very well designed, so it was a 3 hour job. Very timely. Glad I did it, and glad I managed to squeeze in a ride today, because tomorrow's forecast is up to 15 cm of snow!

So from this:



I'll soon be going to more of this:


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Old 11-03-20, 03:20 PM
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43 miles solo with about 1700' of hills. Gorgeous day. 65 degrees, no clouds and marginal wind. Stopped at a new to me soda shoppe for a hot dog and coke. It's about 10 miles from the house so it might be good spot to use in the future on the way back from longer rides.

I Walked 18 holes this morning (like every morning M-F) with my buddies-34 degrees and heavy frost on the ground at the start but the greens were okay to play on. Didn't play well on the front 9 but shot a 1 under 35 on the back birdieing 17 & 18. Retirement ain't all that bad!!
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Old 11-03-20, 05:04 PM
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22 miles on a short rails to trails. It was only going to be a shorter opportunity ride so I didn't dress well for as warm as it turned out. But I loved the trail. Some friends have often invited me to ride about half of it with them where they stop for breakfast before turning around. Some Saturday when I'm not running, I'm going to take them up on it and take my old steel bike.


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Old 11-03-20, 07:39 PM
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70 miles today. 70 degrees today. Last week, snow and cold. Crazy weather in Minneapolis!

https://www.strava.com/activities/4282449383
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Old 11-03-20, 09:50 PM
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58km on Sunday, 25km yesterday, and 57km today. Temp was 17C today and winds were calm. Won't be long now before the cold and snow are upon us. This pic was taken on the 1st at around 4pm MST. With DST in effect, the days are definitely getting shorter.



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Old 11-04-20, 02:36 PM
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12.5 miles yesterday, windy, sunny and high 60s. After being off the bike for 4 weeks (too cold and windy for me), I took off later than I planned and had to fight sun in my eyes for half the ride. Too windy today, but the next several days look good for riding - sunny, 60s, and wind under 15 mph.
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Old 11-05-20, 09:57 AM
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Whole battery charge ride

Actually, I started at 70% on my Vado 4 SL. Rode 40 miles yesterday. From Ashburn to Purcellville on the W&OD. I’d ridden about 25 miles to get down to 70. When I reached Purcellville I wast down to 27% which did not bode well for having assist on the way back.

Thus, it was now time to test the assertion that I could easily ride the Vado SL without assist. Fortunately, Purcellville to Ashburn is mostly downhill or at least downish. I rode the first 8 miles without assist except for a segment which rides through a traffic circle where I wanted the assist “just in case”. The Vado has a button to go to Turbo. So I kept the power on but at zero assist and hit the turbo button when I needed it. This really helped when crossing roads in the circle. I only consumed 1% of the charge during this stretch. So I rode the rest of the way in Eco with an occasional burst. By the last five miles I was pretty exhausted. My legs were numb and my feet kept falling off the pedals. Exhausted.

When I reached my driveway, the power indicator on the bike was flashing red. According to Mission Control there was only 3% charge left. I’d finally done it. Used the whole battery riding. Extrapolating, my guess is that my range with the standard battery, riding mostly in Sport (level 2) is 50 to 60 miles.

In the meantime, the range for my 72 year old body is about 40 miles.

Guess I need two range extenders. One for the bike. One for me.

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Old 11-05-20, 05:10 PM
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Got a ride in this morning before some Winter-type weather moves in tomorrow through the weekend. It was nice and mild today!
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Old 11-05-20, 09:54 PM
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Originally Posted by ultrarider7 View Post

26.7 miles. Hopefully there will be a few more before winter sets in.
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Old 11-07-20, 05:02 PM
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Great day to be out on the bike! 110 miles with 5500’ of hills. Concord-Harrisburg-Unionville-Burnsville-Cottonville-Aquadale—Oakboro-Stanfield-Locust then back home.

Enjoyed seeing our Charlotte leading Cycling advocate showing a local group cycling paradise in Union and Anson Counties. Roads out there are superb for riding but it takes a little effort to get there as they are a couple counties away.



Leaf colors are starting to change in Piedmont NC.

Crossing the Rocky River.... did that lots today

Lunch at 70 miles

A closed bridge but was able to navigate around the barriers. 18% hill from a standing start on the other side!

Today’s ride. Another Rocky River crossing!

Calm waters today.

Lots of pipes!

1934 Ford pickup. I tried trading my bike for it!

Lots of mature cotton fields on today’s route.


It was fun exploring some new to me roads. Only a couple surprises. A closed bridge and another road I was supposed to take turned out to be a gravel driveway ********** Just part of the adventure.
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Old 11-07-20, 05:35 PM
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23.4.miles chasing my shadow on a beautiful weather day in November!
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67 windy miles today.
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Old 11-07-20, 06:00 PM
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A short 22 mi today. Got coal-rolled by a pickup flying a Trump/Pence flag. Beautiful day/ride besides that.
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Old 11-07-20, 08:06 PM
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These were images of my ride yesterday. It was a chilly 0 C outside and managed 32km on the local trails.




My ride was briefly halted when I encountered a cow moose and her twin calves. Nothing worse than confronting an overly cautious mother. Took a few shots and quietly slipped away.


It was snowing today and hasn’t stopped at the time of this post. I’ve officially switched over to winter mode which includes bike, gear and clothing and will likely be out again tomorrow after a round of snow shoveling.
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Old 11-08-20, 08:08 PM
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1.5 hours today. First ride in more than a month. Felt really good, though I was really slow.
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Old 11-08-20, 10:11 PM
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Just a 17 mile ride today, but under unusual circumstances. As my ride wrapped up, my area went under a tropical storm watch. On my ride I had 20+ mph crosswinds with gusts to 30 mph. My route is a flat but winding two lane road on the west side of a long, mile-wide lagoon, That hard and gusting wind from the east blowing over the water made for an interesting ride. Serious whitecaps on the lagoon and only a handful of riders -- I saw about 7-8 riders. On a normal Sunday I'd see 30+...

Amazing how much energy is required to keep the bike stable in those crosswinds, so at the end I was tired and my hands were sore from gripping the handlebars so tightly. But despite the winds it really was a good ride, and fortunately it was warm. Not a fast ride today, but one to be happy about for overcoming the elements.
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Old 11-09-20, 08:38 AM
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With Eta providing some gusts of 40mph+ and liquid spritzing down from above I got out at 1:24AM for a wet-n-windy 23.23 miles on my 2002, $100.00, 7spd Target Magna hybrid. Music playing, bunny rabbits darting along side and across the road within a few feet of my front wheel, it was simply fabulous. Rain should be stopping soon so might just get out again.
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Old 11-10-20, 06:45 PM
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Rode 11/9, but only 6 miles. Doesn't seem like much, but on a 30lb. hardtail, 26" wheels, over rocks, roots, stream crossings, and a good bit of it climbing, sure seems like more! Especially since I hadn't had the mtn.bike out a lot this year. Had a blast, didn't know how much I missed the trails, as most of my riding this season has been on a road bike. Not that many I ride with ride off-road, but I guess some of it has to do with most of us being seniors-tho I do meet a few seniors on the trails, we're always outnumbered!
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