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Old 10-10-09, 11:00 PM
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1:30 easy this AM and 55 minute run in PM. 3:30 ride scheduled for Sunday.
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Sunday 10/11/09... Took yesterday off again so I felt like I had to ride today. Got out early to try and beat the heat. The humidity was 92% when I left the house, and the feels like temp was 95 when I got back. Today was a good wildlife day.

3 Deer (1-6 point buck & 2 does)
1 Fox
2 Raccoons
1 Possum
1 Sand Hill Crane
1 Rabbit
countless squirrels

All is well in Slo Spoke Jim's world.


41.04 (s)miles
222.45 (s)miles this month
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6 ride days this month (Oct.)

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31 miles this morning, first ride of the month after a 2 week furlough. It was miserably cold with temp at 29 when I started and warmed up to 37 when I quit. Cycling days are numbered for me but as long as the snow and ice is not present, I can handle riding in the cold weather.
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Old 10-11-09, 11:03 AM
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I road a loop around Pleasent pond in Litchfield/Bowdin but the chill in the air is a harbinger of things to come./Kenneth
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Originally Posted by wrafl
31 miles this morning, first ride of the month after a 2 week furlough. It was miserably cold with temp at 29 when I started and warmed up to 37 when I quit. Cycling days are numbered for me but as long as the snow and ice is not present, I can handle riding in the cold weather.
My sentiment's as well Wrafl////Kenneth
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Old 10-11-09, 12:03 PM
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I got out this morning for a short 34 mile ride from town up to the BRP and then up the Parkway towards Waterrock Knob. It was a spectacular October day in the mid 60s to low 70s and I was able to once again ride in my summer kit. Amazing! I didn't feel great on the bike today but I did manage 34 miles with 3200' of climbing in 2:34.

I'm heading up to those peaks in the clouds.


Leaf Lookers! There was more traffic on the BRP today than I'm used to because of those guys.


Fall colors made for a beautiful ride.


View from 5000'.
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I did a 20 mlle ride today in beautiful autumn weather. I was quite enjoying it and even stopped to take some photos along the way. On the back half, I felt the bike lurch, and as a poster said on another thread yesterday, it felt like slow motion as the bike fell over. As the back of head hit the asphalt, I thought, 1.)"thank God for bike helmets" 2.) "Cripes, I hope I haven't crushed the camera in my pocket" and 3.) what happened here? I got up, and found a PINE CONE lodged firmly between my spokes! I finished the ride but was anxious to get home and check out my boo-boos. A bleeding abrasion on the top my shoulder (?!?) and a raised bruise so big at the side of my hip that, let's say any thoughts I may have entertained about a lingerie modeling career will have to be put on hold for a while!
I have heard the stories (and seen the photos) of the renegade squirrels. I, myself, once came within a presta valve of running over a groundhog with an attitude. Nevertheless, I have never been concerned about aggressive pine cones before today! Hmrrph!
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Originally Posted by miss kenton
I have heard the stories (and seen the photos) of the renegade squirrels. I, myself, once came within a presta valve of running over a groundhog with an attitude. Nevertheless, I have never been concerned about aggressive pine cones before today! Hmrrph!
D*mned pine cones! Glad your helmet did it's job.
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52 up and down miles today - Martinsville Fall Foliage Festival 50.
Ashamed to admit that I walked up most of The Wall, one of the hills on most lists of Most Challenging Climbs in Southern Indiana.
The pain was eased by hitting 37 and staying in the 30's for a while on a smoothly-paved downhill a bit later.
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Broke one of my old carbon skipoles yesterday while inlineskating. Had to take the train home. 10 miles without poles in traffic is no fun. Today I did my 2 hour forest route on the cx. Raining and temperatures just above freezing so the studs will have to go on fairly soon.
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Originally Posted by BikeWNC



View from 5000'.
Just having ridden the SNP skyline drive this picture makes me feel I was just in your picture. Very pretty
The road looks better than where I was too. Not by much as far a width but smoothness.

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Originally Posted by kjc9640
Sunday 10/11/09... Took yesterday off again so I felt like I had to ride today. Got out early to try and beat the heat. The humidity was 92% when I left the house, and the feels like temp was 95 when I got back. Today was a good wildlife day.

3 Deer (1-6 point buck & 2 does)
1 Fox
2 Raccoons
1 Possum
1 Sand Hill Crane
1 Rabbit
countless squirrels

All is well in Slo Spoke Jim's world.


41.04 (s)miles
222.45 (s)miles this month
5422.08 (s)miles this year
6 ride days this month (Oct.)

I like reading your wildlife count. I have never seen a raccoon alive( while riding) but have seen a few dead ones that didn't quite make it across the road.
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Originally Posted by kr32
Just having ridden the SNP skyline drive this picture makes me feel I was just in your picture. Very pretty
The road looks better than where I was too. Not by much as far a width but smoothness.
On this section of the BRP the pavement is very smooth. With the leaf peeper traffic right now it is kept quite clean of leaves, acorns or sticks. That will change once the traffic subsides and then I'll need to be a bit more vigilant on the descents. I hit 46 mph coasting back down the hill today.
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Gorgeous! I had no idea a knob could look that good. I rode today for an hour. I wouldn't have, but I wanted to drink and I knew I had to ride before I could drink and there I was, powering up a hill.

Nice thing about riding when the weather turns (about 40 F here) is that the few cyclists you meet, on the road greet you as brothers.
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Originally Posted by BikeWNC
On this section of the BRP the pavement is very smooth. With the leaf peeper traffic right now it is kept quite clean of leaves, acorns or sticks. That will change once the traffic subsides and then I'll need to be a bit more vigilant on the descents. I hit 46 mph coasting back down the hill today.
Friday I saw a lot of debris because of the winds and not too much traffic, I rode at 9am so it was early.
I bet 46 was a gas but but hope there were not too many switchbacks during that speed. I noticed when I was coming down my bike seemed a little twitchy but it could have been inexperence on my part too. I have not gone that fast for so long a period. I was keeping my knees on the toptube and that helped as well. I think I just needed to relax, @ie not a death grip on the bars. It was all sort of new to me so in time I will get better I am positive.
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Old 10-11-09, 04:33 PM
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I enjoy SLOW POK JIMS animal count as well I dont think I could keep as good a track as Jim does.I may add a wildlife incounter once a week./Kenneth
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Originally Posted by kr32
Friday I saw a lot of debris because of the winds and not too much traffic, I rode at 9am so it was early.
I bet 46 was a gas but but hope there were not too many switchbacks during that speed. I noticed when I was coming down my bike seemed a little twitchy but it could have been inexperence on my part too. I have not gone that fast for so long a period. I was keeping my knees on the toptube and that helped as well. I think I just needed to relax, @ie not a death grip on the bars. It was all sort of new to me so in time I will get better I am positive.
No turns that are very tight on this section. Still, leaning into a turn at 45mph requires some knowledge of where the road is going, at least for me it does! Learning to relax and looking up the road really helps though I always err on the side of caution unlike other cyclists that seem to descend with reckless abandon.
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Old 10-11-09, 05:38 PM
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It was drizzling when I got up this morning, so I skipped the ride I had planned with the rbent group. Yesterday, a friend joined me for 106 miles, starting from my house. It's a route I'm working on for a new RUSA permanent, and I liked the route we did yesterday a lot, so the finished permanent is likely to be pretty much what we rode. Here's the route on bikely.
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Originally Posted by kenkayak
My sentiment's as well Wrafl////Kenneth
Precisely Ken. Those of us who live in wintry weather season have to give up cycling for few months until spring arrive. I ususally get few miles during that period when no snow or ice on the road. Wish I could be like those folks in the South that never have to dealt with the kind of weather up here. I spent almost 2 weeks in sunny South Texas sweating like hell everytime I get out of the house and I firmly believe I could
handle riding in 90+ weather like Bud bent and kjc.
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I woke up to 28 degrees. Made it out at noon and enjoyed a brisk but sunny ride with temps in the 35 to 45f range. I took my favorite route along the lakefront to Lake Forest and returned on the North Branch MUP.

58 miles in 3 hours and 12 minutes. I was really tired at the end, but I'm glad I got out and did a longer ride.

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My youngest son came home from school yesterday so this morning while he went for a run I got in 23 miles on my Litespeed. Its funny how when I ride my Poprad a lot it is all I want to ride and then when I switch to my Litespeed I always think, Wow I really like this bike too.
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Miss Kenton, clean up those road rashes real good. A month ago I fell in a parking lot and took a chunk of skin off my elbow. 4 weeks later I was at the doctors getting treated for a staph infection.

Rode 36 chilly recovery miles today getting over yesterday's cyclo cross race's aches and pains. Temps were in the high 40's and my choice of clothing and gloves was not good. Stinging fingers the 2nd half of the ride made it hard to shift.
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95K today in Vancouver. It was chilly for these parts today, had to wear layers. I was a bit tired.
Doing triathlon training, so its six days a week, with some days 2-3 workouts.

I don't count squirrels,. I'm too focused on them not getting under my wheels or spokes. I do see skunks in downtown Vancouver quite often, though its usually very early in the morning. Now, those I give a wide berth.
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Originally Posted by Allegheny Jet
Miss Kenton, clean up those road rashes real good. A month ago I fell in a parking lot and took a chunk of skin off my elbow. 4 weeks later I was at the doctors getting treated for a staph infection.

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Thank you for the tip! I took care of that right away. I'm finding, several hours later, aside from my pride, the thing that hurts most is my derriere! Ouch! I can imagine getting back on my steed tomorrow.
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Rode my age+ today (b'day is next week, but the weather was perfect!). Average temp was 56, average speed 15.6 with >2500 ft of climbing. Solo ride on mostly country roads with spectacular views of Mt Baker and the Cascades, corn mazes and pumpkin patches.
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