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Old 02-06-22, 07:11 PM
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Sunny, high 40s (8*C), calm.



Time to Saddle Up!

Blue sky, nice ride. Life is Good
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Finally the sub-zero temps and snow have gone and the left over muck on the roads and trails is slowly going away! We got in a 16 mile ride we stopped at the Sacred Grounds Café for some hot green tea to have worth our brown bag lunch. The café is a climb as it's along the North Cheyenne Canyon her in Co. Springs Colorado. Headed back to pick up the Pikes Peak Greenway to downtown then the Shoocks Run Trail north back to the apartment. 50 F sunny but the breeze was chilly.🚴👍😁
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39-spot. 77 degrees. 4k+ el gain. it was slow going but challenging and scenic.
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Mid40*s this morning. Thin overcast. Calm.
20 miles on the road. One close pass (~2ft) by large minivan.
Getting a good many shorter (10-20mi) rides on these dry days.


oh, mid-ride break at a favored playground by the grandkids.
edit: Why do little, little kids just love to run themselves to near exhaustion in a big open field?
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Originally Posted by Wildwood
edit: Why do little, little kids just love to run themselves to near exhaustion in a big open field?
hehe funny how we forget stuff like that as we get older. maybe it's because they're so controlled all the time.as-in sit here, don't move, line up, be quiet etc etc. by time we get older we are so trained. when was the last we rolled down a grassy hill? I think falling off my bike is the closest I've come in many decades
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15 miles, sunny and 72 degrees!!!!
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
hehe .... maybe it's because they're so controlled all the time.as-in sit here, don't move, line up, be quiet etc etc.
this 3yo (soon) girl hasn't been controlled or directed, 'cepting for safety needs. What she has is a mother who believes "What you may learn on the playground of Life is best learned early". They drive to playgrounds within about 10miles to experience languages, colors, cultures, bark / foam, climbs / falls, take your turn, etc. Sometimes masked, sometimes not.
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Originally Posted by Wildwood
this 3yo (soon) girl hasn't been controlled or directed, 'cepting for safety needs. What she has is a mother who believes "What you may learn on the playground of Life is best learned early". They drive to playgrounds within about 10miles to experience languages, colors, cultures, bark / foam, climbs / falls, take your turn, etc. Sometimes masked, sometimes not.
ah ok, well tuning in fields is kinda fun on it's own
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After 3 years off due to plantar fasciitis and a bad back, decided to give it a try and ran (I mean jogged) 3.5 miles with my dog. After gardening for 3 hours cleaning up overgrown plants and trimming back the dead stuff, went on a leisurely 19 mile ride. It will be interesting to see how stiff I will be tomorrow morning.



This is a dog

Not a dog on my ride
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18-mile ride using 4 different urban/rail-trails then meeting my wife Jo, downtown to get ourselves a "No Buns", lettuce wrap western BBQ cheeseburger for our Valentine's Day Lunch! She had a AM doctor's appointment and walked to downtown to meet me, had the burger with baked green pea crisps and unsweet iced tea. She took the direct home, I wandered over to Shooks Run Trail then headed home. Sunny, warmish 51 F, easter egg blue skies no clouds! Photo taken at the Sky Bridge Overlook, Olympic and Paralympic Museum Co. Springs, CO.
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Thanks to our ... "enlightened" ... Guv'ner's roughly 2 year 3 week 4 days and counting Assisted Living (and other) facilities Covids lockdown, I haven't been able to ride.
Unless for an scheduled doctor appointment or emergency hospital visit, if I get caught putting one foot ... actually, not even a full foot ... off the facility property, I get quarantined a minimum of seven days, plus however long it takes for the Covid test results to come in.
With the increased number of new state cases of all the different variations of Covid-19 being reported every week, vaccinated or not, I don't see him (or his replacement if he is not reelected this upcoming election) lifting the 🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬😡😡🤬🤬 lockdown in 2022 ... maybe not until after whoever the next president is sworn in, in January 2025 ... or possibly after the winner of the 2028 election is sworn in, in January, 2029.

If this bloody blasted lockdown is ever lifted during whatever time I have remaining, It is going to take time until a 60~70 mile ride on my traditional Miami Sun trike, is "a short ride" again.
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Yup, did a quick ride today with a nice view of Mailbox Peak in the Cascade range.

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50 miler today in 50 degree temperatures. Only the 4-5 ride this year. Just haven’t found a reason to ride…
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Yup, rode again and have to say, STEEL IS REAL - SLOW. Can’t wait to get back to carbon.


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Yen indeed, I had an enjoyable ride of 43 miles in Sunny and 80 degree weather.

I rode "red" today!
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Day - 2sDay

Date - 2/22/22

Time - 2:22am

Ride - 22.22 miles

https://www.strava.com/activities/6720167715
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Yup, rode again and have to say, STEEL IS REAL - SLOW. Can’t wait to get back to carbon.


Great looking Bianchi!!
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Always thankful to post this thread

40* when I left 46 by the end, but sunny. 2 hours out and about.

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Did a quick five-miler with a stop at the skatepark for a few laps and jumps on my mtb-bmx conversion. I'm 57.
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41 miles with 3100’ of climbing on the gravel bike. Slowest time ever on that loop but I did have a good lunch. Used a lot of easy gears!!

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Got about 30mi, starting earlier than usual. Kinda bonked (I think) on the final climb, as I ate too little breakfast and carried nothing but a hydrating water bottle. All’s well that ends well.



The Rams were friendly - behind the fence

An old one taken down

The local fire+emergency services new building
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We had a run cancelled Thursday night due to ice and a 5k called off today for the same reason. It did warm up enough I was able to get in a short 6 mile spin through the neighborhood dodging patches of ice this afternoon though. It was a needed break from watching the news today.

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Replaced my Phenom saddle with a Brooks C17 Cambium and never looked back.
Second move was to replace tires with Schwalbe Marathon Plus, resulted in a firmer ride and
less concern about flats.
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My 74 yo friend and I (I'm 64) rode an overnight tour from Tucson to Arivaca over the weekend. We took a detour on the way back, around Mission Rd from Green Valley through the San Xavier del Bac reservation. 152 miles in two days, a bit over 3000' of rolling hills with the stunning Baboquivari Peak as a backdrop. We spent the night in guest rooms at the Arivaca Action Center, and used the kitchen there to cook food we'd packed.
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