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Old 05-08-14, 06:05 PM
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Just 18 mi around town, light rain; also, did some pedaling at the gym.
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Old 05-08-14, 06:13 PM
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39 miles, heavy headwinds and 1400 feet elevation gain @ 13.9 mph average..
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Old 05-08-14, 07:39 PM
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Another good, solid 25.5 mile afternoon ride, beautiful day but a bit of gusty wind from the ESE. I needed to shake off the blues from our unsuccessful bid today, just a small weight room and locker facilities for the county, but we need some work, badly.

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Old 05-08-14, 11:19 PM
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A couple days ago The Washington State Dept. of Transportation announced that they were opening up the North Cascades HWY to motor vehicles on thursday(today). There is a 40 miles section of that highway that is closed during the winter months due to heavy snow/avalanche conditions. The DOT spends about six weeks clearing the snow there every spring before they open it up. During that time folks can ride there bikes on the closed section as far as the crews have cleared.

Yesterday I was fortunate enough to get out and ride it while it was still closed to cars. Northbend has been up and over this road a few times and posted pictures here. It was my first time and it really is an awesome ride. I started out in little town/community of Newhalem, and from there it's a 14 mile climb to the gate.







I ran into these three guys at the gate, and rode with em for a few miles.





The first of two passes is Rainy Pass at about 4800 feet.



I had lunch there and encountered another rider who I rode with for a few miles



This was my turnaround point






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Old 05-09-14, 01:10 AM
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^Beeeyoutiful!

Did 50 miles on the bike path yesterday. It was an out and back. I kept thinking it was time to turn around and go home, but I kept going and going... the weather was too supremely perfect to stop. 80, low humidity, low wind.

Please sir, I want some more.
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Old 05-09-14, 10:21 AM
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Another 35 windy miles. Almost a repeat of yesterday except today's winds were crosswinds vs yesterday's headwinds.
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Old 05-09-14, 05:04 PM
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I rode today but I should have stayed home.. Monster / mega headwind = Put a beat down on me!

41 miles, 1300 feet of elevation gain @ 13.1 mph
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Old 05-09-14, 07:09 PM
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Did my commute today, rode the UO8 because it has lights and the weather was threatening showers. The old workhorse did just fine. A slightly longer route made it about 32 miles.
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Old 05-09-14, 07:16 PM
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Did not ride this afternoon, started raining while I was dressing for a ride, supposed to be a high flood danger here, after everything last week its risky because it saturated and the creeks, streams, rivers and ponds/lakes are high still. I frankly needed a day off, been around 40 days since I had a rest.

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Old 05-09-14, 08:20 PM
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Did 21 mi in the local park and area, light rain & very humid. Also, did a spinning class in the morning.
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Old 05-10-14, 06:48 AM
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30 miles for first ride since GASP century last Saturday. Starting to feel like a 50 YO bike rider again. Less stopping, more time in big ring and higher speeds. Changes since coming off BP med have been fantastic.
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Old 05-10-14, 02:37 PM
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did 65 on my fixed gear. I started building miles for a century in June. tired and a case of the sore butt
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Old 05-10-14, 04:07 PM
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Rode a 100K (65 mi) organized ride today, the I Care Classic. Relatively easy 100K with only 2400' of climbing, but there was a pretty good wind. I did better than expected coming off a 3 week layoff while waiting for my new frame to come in. Assembly using my old parts (by my LBS) was flawless; love the in-frame cables.
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Old 05-10-14, 04:37 PM
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Rode 25.5 miles this afternoon, the rains went to the northwest of our area so there was no additional flooding, thankfully.

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Old 05-10-14, 05:45 PM
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78 miles with 6800 ft of climbing. I could tell that I'd done a time trial Wednesday night.
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Old 05-10-14, 05:59 PM
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The wife and I did 15 miles together today. That's the longest ride for both of us since starting riding this year. It feels great to be out together riding and enjoying a beautiful day together.
I hope someday we can do a century ride together.


For now 15% of a century feels like a big win for both of us!
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Old 05-10-14, 06:16 PM
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Winds today were brutal. Constant head and crosswinds for the entire 44 mile ride. Great ride!
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Old 05-10-14, 08:44 PM
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40 miles on a club ride this morning. Pretty danged flat. Not complaining.
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Old 05-11-14, 01:52 AM
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I did the Capital to Capital ride, that goes from Williamsburg to Richmond and back (or vice versa if you prefer.) Nice flat ride, so I pushed the pace more than I usually do. I ended up with a PR time of 5 hrs, 20 mins for the 100.3 miles. About half of that was riding in a pack, and half was solo.
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Old 05-11-14, 06:33 AM
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43 miles - temps moving up - may need camel back soon.
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Old 05-11-14, 09:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Roger M View Post
A couple days ago The Washington State Dept. of Transportation announced that they were opening up the North Cascades HWY to motor vehicles on thursday(today). There is a 40 miles section of that highway that is closed during the winter months due to heavy snow/avalanche conditions. The DOT spends about six weeks clearing the snow there every spring before they open it up. During that time folks can ride there bikes on the closed section as far as the crews have cleared.

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Roger, what an awesome ride, and the bike ain't bad either!

My Saturday was spent building a fence, but managed to get a short ride in after the work was done. 16.3 kms 321m elev. Got home just as the rain began to fall. Lucky
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Old 05-11-14, 11:44 AM
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25 miles yesterday and 35 today on the GNV-Hawthorne trail. Nice rides ans no pain.

I injured my back (compressed t5 vertebrae) 30 years ago and it has been acting up recently more sothannusual, so I've dexided to take it slow for a bit. I don't think biking is bad for it, but I don't want to make it worse......
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Old 05-11-14, 12:34 PM
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68 miles with 4000 ft of climbing at a very comfortable pace. Great day to ride in the Carolinas but you could tell that seasonal humidity is coming quickly.
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Old 05-11-14, 02:06 PM
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^ After jppe's post above, makes my ride to the local Starbucks seem a little like an underachievement. Approx 0.75 miles and 5 feet elevation gain.
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Old 05-11-14, 03:11 PM
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25 mile tandem ride this afternoon, before the forecast rain. It's raining now.
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