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Old 06-15-18, 02:30 PM
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I got a late start today, which put me out during the mid-day heat, humidity, high heat index, and air quality alerts.
It's no wonder I started getting a headache and feeling ill. So I wrapped up a short 70 minute ride and headed home.
For the rest of the day I am staying in air conditioning and drinking lots of fluids.
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Old 06-15-18, 09:41 PM
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50 Miles, another day, another strong headwind. But it wasn't as strong as two days ago and it was on flat ground, not climbing a mountain. Beautiful day, warm and blue skies. Stopped at my usual place to eat 1/2 an energy bar, I was overcome by the beauty and truly felt so very lucky to be alive and able to experience such beauty and exceptional weather.

This is my view 2-3 times a week when I stop to eat 1/2 an energy bar. View is the same to the left, up stream. That's the Dashutes river about 400' below.

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Old 06-16-18, 09:23 AM
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Early morning ride twice around Jekyll Island (40 miles), almost no one out at 7:00, so I pretty much had the entire island to myself. There’s a small historic district where JP Morgan and his buddies used to come to unwind. Interestingly, America’s involvement in a World War II put an end to it, and now it’s a beautifully kept museum of sorts.
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Old 06-16-18, 12:11 PM
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10.1 miles (16.3k). The weather turned cool again. I don't think summer likes us anymore.

2018: 1,496m (2,408k) —Total:22,479m (36,177k)
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Old 06-16-18, 02:18 PM
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After a day of rejuvenating and hydrating, I got out early to beat the high heat index. Got in 2.0 hours.
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Old 06-16-18, 03:28 PM
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30 miles today, mostly on a Forest Service road called the Natural Turnpike - most of it deserted. Went partway up the Lincoln Gap Road, which supposedly has a stretch billed as “the steepest paved mile in America”. Hope to try it one day this summer when no one’s around to see me tank.
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Old 06-16-18, 05:09 PM
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80 miles on familiar local roads from the house. I was racing the clock as my wife wanted me back by noon.
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Old 06-16-18, 05:17 PM
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Did the B ride with my son this morning. I don't think he needs me to herd him around anymore,
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Old 06-16-18, 07:29 PM
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This morning: 28 mile club ride with favorite stoker on the Screamer.






This afternoon: 5 mile Fathers Day ride with My Two Sons.

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Old 06-17-18, 11:39 AM
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Got up early today.
Got out for an early ride.
Got in 2 hrs and 2 min.
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Woke up yesterday morning and had a bit of a twinge behind the knee so I opted to play it safe and not ride. This morning, everything felt great and I was set for a nice 60 mile solo ride. After the first 25 miles, I realized it was just to hot to so 60 so I settled for one of my usual 40 mile rides.
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Old 06-17-18, 12:15 PM
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This afternoon: 95 degrees, feels like 104 degrees. So, out for a 22 mile, one-and-a-half hours, two bottles of water ride. A/C back at home feels great.
Forgot to mention warnings of high ozone levels in Indy today. I think it's less of a problem out away from the city where I was riding.
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Old 06-17-18, 06:12 PM
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I finally got back on my bike this week after three weeks off due to some kind of infection or virus. I had a fever for two weeks. I'm getting a little stronger every day. Hope to ride for an hour tomorrow. Rode 12 miles today in 55 minutes. Slower than usual, but this thing really knocked me out.
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Old 06-18-18, 08:35 AM
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Originally Posted by John00
50 Miles, another day, another strong headwind. But it wasn't as strong as two days ago and it was on flat ground, not climbing a mountain. Beautiful day, warm and blue skies. Stopped at my usual place to eat 1/2 an energy bar, I was overcome by the beauty and truly felt so very lucky to be alive and able to experience such beauty and exceptional weather.

This is my view 2-3 times a week when I stop to eat 1/2 an energy bar. View is the same to the left, up stream. That's the Dashutes river about 400' below.
Would this be up on Awbrey Butte? We love riding up there any time we are in Bend. Riding gives us reason to visit the Sparrow Bakery for an Ocean Roll! We live on the South Coast (more or less) but get out to central Oregon two or three times a year to bike, kayak and hike.
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Old 06-18-18, 08:40 AM
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drove my bike to work today. hoping for a ride after work. also hoping I can avoid the predicted scattered thunderstorms!
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Old 06-18-18, 08:40 AM
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Not today but since I was out of town and out of contact with the forum, I'll consider it "today".
Did a 27 mile ride by the beaches in SoCal from Sunset to Newport and back with my buddy last Thursday. It was a good one.

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Old 06-18-18, 09:34 AM
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Tour de Fronds, XXI

Saturday, June 16, I rode in the annual Tour de Fronds in Powers, Oregon (first time for me). Our son and DIL have ridden the TdF for several years now and encouraged me to ride this year. We took the shorter route from Powers, out and back to Daphne Grove, on paved Forest Service road. There is very little traffic (weekends) on this road, but ample road support was provided for the event. The week before he ride, the weather prediction was for temps in the mid 80's. Fortunately that was pushed out a day and we had perfect riding weather - except for the first 10 miles, where we rode in drizzling rain and dripping trees. I was one of few who came prepared with a waterproof jacket, but disposable ponchos were provided for riders. We had 6 adult family members, one teenage grandson, and two toddlers in our group. Next year we hope to have more.

The ride was amazing. A few long climbs, but we all managed, even the 4-yr old on a trailer bike and my DIL towing a 2-yr old in a trailer. I did some serious training for the event. Rode a Specialized Rockhopper, swapping the Ground Control 2.1 and 2.3" tires with 43cc Gravel Kings. 16 miles out and back for a total of 32 mi. The route is beautiful with old growth forest on one side and the beautiful Coquille River on the other. We made a couple of side trips: rode out to tour the Cedar Bark House and made a short hike up to Elk Creek Falls. Enjoyed abundant snacks (actually a feast), old-time fiddler music, cowboy coffee, and visits with fellow bikers at the Daphne Grove rest stop. Returned to Powers to a meal of lasagna, green salad, garlic bread and desserts, all home cooked by Powers community members.

If you get the chance, plan to participate in next year's 22nd annual Tour de Fronds - always the third Saturday in June. This well organized fund raising event, fully supported by volunteers and sponsored by the Powers Lion's Club, has rides for every level - 32 to 100+ miles on paved and paved/gravel routes. It is well attended by locals as well as road bike groups from Oregon, California and Washington, with riders of all ages. It's a great way to experience the beauty of Oregon's forest and the unique rural community of Powers, once a booming logging/mill town. I haven't heard the final count, but this year's event had the most participants ever, probably over 200 riders. Check out the website for info and Tour de Fronds on Facebook for pictures of this and past years events.

Next year, I'm thinking of maybe tackling one of the pavement/gravel rides - maybe

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Son #531 , Grand-daughter (trailer bike), Daughter-in-law, Son (blue shirt), Daughter-in-law, Grand-son (trailer), me #359 (yes, I wore my helmet), Grandson #579 , Cousin missed the picture taking.

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Old 06-18-18, 04:16 PM
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The westerly winds brought in dryer air lowering the humidity a little. My jello legs didn't seem to care as I rode 2 hrs, 7 min.
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Old 06-18-18, 07:08 PM
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21 miles total commuting today. The ride home: About 94 Actual and 104 Feels like but only (!!) about 50% humidity. Loves me my insulated Polar water bottle with a couple of inches of ice in the bottom.
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Originally Posted by JanMM
21 miles total commuting today. The ride home: About 94 Actual and 104 Feels like but only (!!) about 50% humidity. Loves me my insulated Polar water bottle with a couple of inches of ice in the bottom.
25 mi commute in about the same conditions (usually stretch it to 32). Whew was I glad to get home!
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Old 06-19-18, 12:23 AM
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Not today, but Saturday 2 days ago. Rode 25 miles. Only been back in the saddle for a year after a 20 year hiatis. Did some personal bests
Max speed 29 mph
Avg speed 13.4
Total miles 24.97
Elapsed time 1:51:15
This may not sound impressive to some of you but keep in mind I've only been back for a year. I'm 63 years old and my ride is an '84 Peugeot PH10 bought new in '85. Not too shabby IMHO for an old guy and an old bike.
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Old 06-19-18, 09:33 AM
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12 miles

12 miles is my commute to work this morning and every day, 40 minutes, all on bike paths, 60 degrees, would be 95 degrees,when going home no humidity, life is great when you can commute to work on bicycle,
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Did one of my typical, 40 mile, solo rides this morning. It was hot but nothing like it's been the past few days. Had a decent breeze for most of the ride.
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Old 06-19-18, 12:00 PM
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A spirited ~22 mile group ride with the Club before work.
Did this ride again today; looks like it'll be a recurring Tuesday AM ride throughout the summer.
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Rode to the office, dropped my backpack in my bike locker, rode to my top secret training road, did interval workout, rode to the coffee shop for a muffin and coffee, rode to the office.
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