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Old 03-20-24, 03:10 PM
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"Mansard Roof" ride on the 1971 Raleigh Sports

Just got back from a short Edward Hopper "Mansard Roof" ride


The house made famous by Edward Hopper

Shorted ride this afternoon ... rain was approaching
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Old 03-20-24, 04:37 PM
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Originally Posted by bharrisonb
Just got back from a short Edward Hopper "Mansard Roof" ride
Shorted ride this afternoon ... rain was approaching
Your bike looks right at home there.
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Old 03-21-24, 08:53 AM
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My ride yesterday was unremarkable, rode around our suburban area but the wind was persistently +15mph. And of course, it seemed the entire time I was riding into it. Anyway, I like to take a dirt path around a small lake. I stopped to take a picture of my bike, but a blue heron flew into view and settled into the water about 20 ft ahead of me. I steathily moved up and just watched. After standing still for maybe 2 minutes, the heron started hunting; one leg very slowly raised and moved forward, eased into the water, wait, next leg. It then shot its head and a large part of its body into the water, and came up with a fish. Then it stood there for maybe 90 seconds as the fish squirmed in its beak, finally swallowing the fish. The heron then fluffed up its feathers, spread its wings, and resumed the hunting pose. I really should have used video, but for me - this was quite the sight regardless and I was maybe 8 ft away from it.

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Old 03-21-24, 02:54 PM
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Rode the Tucson Loop today, 56 mostly flat miles, in freshening wind which helped on the last leg. A geezer group I meet on Tuesdays and Fridays is talking about riding that again tomorrow. If so, I'll do it again, but sucking a wheel at the back of the pack.
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Old 03-25-24, 02:18 PM
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Blustery (40 deg F / 26 mph gusts) in Gloucester this afternoon ... don't let that stop you ...

Along the Back Shore...
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Old 03-29-24, 06:57 PM
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Haven’t been able to get out for the past week and a half due to wind and cold. Sunny and 48 today and thought I’d give it a go. After eight miles I shut it down. The 15mph wind with 25mph gusts got old. The wind has been brutal lately. It’s got such a cold bite to it. Better weather around the corner I’m sure.

Cheers,

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Old 03-29-24, 07:31 PM
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I grabbed the 730 Multitrack that I just built up and rode just shy of 10 miles on the Ohio To Erie Trail. Other than a bit more wind than I expected, the sunny and 60 was great. I would have gone further but the saddle I have on the bike is not working for me.

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Old 03-31-24, 08:09 PM
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Rode the electric bike, 20 miles according to my watch. Only burned 1200 cal! Not fair. Was able to ride far without draining all of my energy.
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Old 04-01-24, 02:33 AM
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16 miles into a crazy headwind to go see the Padres beat the Giants!

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Old 04-01-24, 03:45 AM
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Got up this morning earlier than usual. Siri said it was 65, Alexa said it was 70 and I said it was good enough for a spin through the neighborhood.
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Old 04-02-24, 12:15 AM
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80km across Tokyo, out to the river. 20km to get to the river, 40km along the river, then 20km to get home. I had a strong headwind the entire way along the river, or I wouldn’t feel as tired as I do right now, I stopped at McDonald’s and treated myself to a double cheeseburger combo with a large cola. I wanted to get in a long ride today as it looks like it will rain from tomorrow through Saturday.

I hope to be in shape to get in a ride to the mountains in Nagano, another ride to a seaside hot spring resort in Izu, and, god willing, a ride across Hokkaido in late July.

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Old 04-03-24, 07:43 PM
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Nice loop today on Cape Ann in 40 degF temps on the Raleigh Sports (1971) ...



Find this at 42į38'40.1"N 70į38'41.8"W



Coffee at the Annisquam Bridge, Lobster Cove. Spotted a Common Loon diving for fish
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Old 04-04-24, 03:19 PM
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Finally....10.5 miles today. Prettiest day of the spring so far.
Crazy weather keeping me off the bike lately. Plus needing to saw up blown down trees in my woods. Ugh.....
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Old 04-04-24, 03:58 PM
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It was cruddy weather this morning so I hit the climbs on Zwift; Epic then Alpe du Zwift.
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Old 04-05-24, 07:39 AM
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I met my old friend Dave from Phoenix yesterday for a ride through Tucson. Dave is 77, and can still ride a multi-day tour from Phoenix to Patagonia AZ. He's staying in motels. I rode 20+ miles across town to meet him at his motel in the morning, rode about 20 miles south through Tucson with him, with a couple of bakery stops, then finished a loop home for 55 flat miles.

Dave's one of the most effective people I've ever met. After Vietnam-era Army service (MP in Germany), he made a career in public housing with the City of Phoenix, marked with several important milestones. Then he volunteered to help build the Arizona Trail, became executive director, and presided over completion of the trail in 2012. I met him then as a new trail volunteer, ten years his junior. We connected at one of the final work events one weekend in Flagstaff, which I cycled 110 miles to from my house in Prescott. We started cycling together, and I helped him run a bicycle recycling program at the large St Vincent de Paul operation in Phoenix (800+ bikes/year). Pretty much everything he's done has improved the world. I can't think of a better role model.
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Old 04-07-24, 02:02 PM
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Paddled along a flat route in Watopia while watching Paris Roubaix. Mathieu VDP is in some kind of form right now. Amazing.
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Old 04-07-24, 05:18 PM
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Two miles on gravel with son and 5 YO grandson - the little guy is really fast.

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Got around the neighborhood for 16 miles. Beautiful day but wind, wind, wind. Hoping to get outside the neighborhood soon and take some interesting pics.

Cheers,

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Old 04-07-24, 10:10 PM
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Go Padres!
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Got out this afternoon after the eclipse to ride around a local lake. Itís only about 6 miles per loop so I did 2 laps- one in each direction.
I didnít buy my new kit for this but I liked wearing my new Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon bibs and jersey after a total eclipse.
Itís been windy lately now that itís warmed up. 15-20mph I can deal with but gusts over 30 or 40mph are a big nope!
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Old 04-09-24, 03:11 PM
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over 70 degrees

The temperature went over seventy today so how could I not get out to ride. With all the rain and wind over the past couple weeks it was nice to be on the Trek AL 5 instead of my 1997 Trek 1220 on the trainer. I don't think I shocked anyone with my white arms and legs, but made sure to put on my sunscreen, even though it is only April. Since it has been a few weeks since I have been outside I picked a route with only one short hill and ended up doing twenty one miles. Rest of the week is rain again so back on the trainer for my next ride.
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Old 04-09-24, 06:19 PM
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I was able to get out and ride today for 19 miles. My ride started at 8:45 AM with good weather, clear skies and some wind. Finally able to get back out there riding!
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Old 04-09-24, 06:25 PM
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Nearly 80F today in NJ. Finally feels like Spring. Took the Cinelli Hobootleg out for my standard 20 miler.

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Old 04-09-24, 10:26 PM
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Regular 8 mile round trip commute on the fixie. Felt good, recovered from Saturday's rainy 200km brevet.

Sometimes riding a bike is just really sweet. Today was like that.
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