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Old 10-09-12, 08:09 PM
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To and from work today: 20 miles. Cool this morning but right about 60 with sun in the afternoon.
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My new light arrived - a 1000 lumen Magic Shine - and so I went out on a night-time club ride. 30 low-key miles on trails around some lakes in Minneapolis. We started at 6, when it was still light, but it was quite dark by the end. The Magic Shine is, um, brilliant. I was very happy with it. Temperatures in the mid-40s with a pretty serious (15 MPH) wind, but with the right clothes, I was pretty happy. Except my feet were cold. Next item on the acquire list is shoe covers.
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42 miles this morning.
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Fall maintenance day for the Schwinn , no riding but lots of bike oriented activities
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Old 10-11-12, 04:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Gravity Aided
Fall maintenance day for the Schwinn , no riding but lots of bike oriented activities
Does that count? I had no idea.
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Old 10-11-12, 07:26 AM
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Needed to take the wife into work and woke up late...only had time to do a 32 mile ride early AM before taking her to the school--she teaches 2nd grade.
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Old 10-11-12, 04:37 PM
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easy 15 miles today. I have a big ride planed for this saturday-turning 60 this weekend and my present to myself is to ride 60 miles. I'll be doing this on the Lehigh Gorge rail trail between Jim thorpe to Whitehaven and back. My wife will be taking a shuttle from JT to Whitehaven and ride the return trip with me.Looking forward to a great weekend!
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Old 10-11-12, 06:25 PM
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22 miles on the Badger/Jane Addams trail. Windy, overcast and spitting a little rain.
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Twenty miles to and from work today. A little cool this morning but above freezing is always ok. Very nice this afternoon - around 60.
Planning to work from home tomorrow so zero commute miles but increases the odds of an evening ride.
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Today no, this past weekend, yes finally after a month off the bike, where surfing generally got the upper hand.


It started off as fine a day for dog-walking as I can remember in a long time.
And, I thought, as fine a day for cycling.
Well, maybe not; tell the truth, it was kind of windy.

Which means as a windsurfer, I should have been windsurfing.

But sometimes the call of the road bike is just too strong to ignore.

And the bikes; they had been slacking off during September when the water sports took over with a string of good surf days.

Today, I was in dire need of some cardio mixed with that unfakeable road glide sensation. One that you just can't get any other way but riding... or skiiing, or surfing, or snowboarding, or ...

But after a week at a conference. The body was asking for a workout, and a good hour of climbing and descending is sometimes the best recipe.
The road bike was getting a wee bit dusty too. The call was so loud in my ears I didn't hear the story the wind was telling. So, I missed a great early fall no-gloves-needed windsurf day. Hopefully there will be more before the cold sets in, but a great ride was had nonetheless.

At decision time when you either load up the boards and drive or do something else a profound pause in the wind told me it was probably going to fade to calm.

Wrong.

By the time I got the bike on the road, the wind was fairly blasting across Middleneck Rd. A crosswind; perhaps SW shifting West.

Whatever the wind, the month away from the bike was not an issue. The legs felt strong, just a little off; not nearly as much as I had expected.

The road, however, was primed for squirrelcide. Chestnuts and acorns everywhere, twigs and leaves and busy furry-tailed rodents dicing with death as they collected their treasures between passing cars, and bikes. ...

By the time I got to Hoffstot, the approaching cold front was cranking. Great spot for a N wind there. It accelerates as it wraps around the point, (the offshore areas may require more sail area to power up.) But there's no sailing here because there's no parking allowed. anywhere. here. You'd need to boat launch.

But once back in time, before the last beach was walled off by a $gazillion mansion, we found a way to guerilla sail. And this is what it looked like.



An old friend getting in some quality reading time, while
the boys sailed a light noreast.

A little further round the point, the wind was wailing from behind now, NW or W by NW.

more w/ picx

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Old 10-11-12, 10:18 PM
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Just my commute. Round trip about 25 miles, all more or less road riding with a few miles on a bikeway.
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Old 10-12-12, 05:01 AM
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26 miles this early AM.
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Old 10-12-12, 05:42 PM
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33 miles tonight with my riding friend. Bob has a new-to-him 1992 Merckx Century in like new condition. Yes, I was jealous.

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Old 10-13-12, 09:14 AM
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I will be in about an hour. Probably the last 70 degree day in Central Ohio toll next spring.

Will stay out 3 hours or so.
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Old 10-13-12, 01:00 PM
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I wnet out today. 19 miles to Cambridge, and then about ten miles on my way back the road gores through a ford. "I'm all right; I've got mudguards" I thought, but I had forgotten I also have thin slick tyres andthe bike laid itself down on the algae covered concrete slabs, soaking and bruising me and bending the right-hand barke/shift levers quite badly. They still worked, though, and so did I so, I got out of the wettest clothes, stuffed them in my bag and cycled the rest of the way home in lycra underwear.
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Old 10-13-12, 01:29 PM
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I wnet out today. 19 miles to Cambridge, and then about ten miles on my way back the road gores through a ford. "I'm all right; I've got mudguards" I thought, but I had forgotten I also have thin slick tyres andthe bike laid itself down on the algae covered concrete slabs, soaking and bruising me and bending the right-hand barke/shift levers quite badly. They still worked, though, and so did I so, I got out of the wettest clothes, stuffed them in my bag and cycled the rest of the way home in lycra underwear.
Sounds like a fun ride.
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Seven miles yesterday evening and then 24 miles (medium option of a club ride) this morning on the Screamer w/Stoker. Very flat rural roads. Passed by a llama farm - not a traditional Hoosier agricultural product. Leaves are starting to color up a little. Cornfields look pretty awful this year.

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Rode in the Tour de Pig. My slowest time ever but warranted considering my extra weight and tender bike. 61+ plus miles at just under 20 mph.
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30 miles on the tandem. Beautiful day, probably 55 at the start, near 70 at finish.
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Lovely pic, JanMM!

We aren't that advanced color-wise but the Chinese pistache trees are turning, as are a few ash trees.

We should peak in about 3-4 weeks.
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Old 10-13-12, 07:12 PM
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A modest ride today. Cool at the start but only needed a base layer and wool socks. The walnut harvest is in full swing, so there was much waving and cheering along the orchard parts of my route.
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Old 10-14-12, 07:04 AM
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32 miles this early am.
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32 miles this early am.
Early Bird gets in the miles..

What time do you go the bed?
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Old 10-14-12, 08:01 AM
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Early Bird gets in the miles..

What time do you go the bed?
I usually go to bed between 21:00 and 22:00(9 and 10 PM). Usually I'm up between 04:00 to 04:30 and out the door between 04:30 to 05:00. Last night I probably got to sleep around 21:30 but was lazy and didn't get up until 05:30 and got out the door around 06:00. Since I didn't want my morning meds to be too far off, I only did 32 miles(plus I just didn't seem to have more in me anyway). I generally ride 6 days a week 30 to 40 or so miles per day--this is one of the reasons I try to start so early.
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WowZee....keep it up.
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