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Old 08-22-18, 01:38 PM
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20 miles this morning 60 degrees and windy
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Old 08-22-18, 07:47 PM
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22 miles as a bike commuter today.
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Old 08-23-18, 11:30 AM
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Got back from our trip to Italy on Monday night. Too tired to ride on Tuesday but did a nice 30 mile, solo ride yesterday and a good 40 mile ride today with my buddy Frank C. Visited several major cities in Italy and a few places in Sicily and was totally surprised at the lack of cyclist. Probably saw no more than 10 the entire time we were there. Couldn't ever find a bike shop to see about renting a bike.
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Old 08-23-18, 12:21 PM
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Another 15 mi ride in Santa FE, NM. Strava has something new I guess. Shows "Massive Relative Effort" and score of 207 in red. I guess that means I worked hard.
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Old 08-23-18, 02:55 PM
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What a beautiful day! Winds out of the northeast bringing lower than normal temps and lower humidity.
Got in 105 minutes.
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Old 08-23-18, 08:56 PM
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Another bike commuting day - 19 miles total in great weather.
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Old 08-24-18, 11:48 AM
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Another commuting trifecta -- perfectly clear dry weather, and a tailwind in both directions -- for the usual ~19 miles
(...presuming nothing goes awry on tonight's return leg).
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Old 08-24-18, 12:02 PM
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Earlier this morning around 10:30 or so, I ventured out and rode down to the James River here in Richmond, VA. I kept on going, heading towards downtown Richmond and onto the Boulevard Bridge (aka the "nickel bridge" --- as legend has it, it used to cost a nickel way back in the day). I turned around at one of the parking lots for mountain biking trails and came back, and rode back home, taking different side roads for something different. 24 miles in 1:37 for an avg speed of 14.8 mph or something like that...

Here's the layout from MapMyRide...




Here's a photo of a sign by the Pony Pasture Park... James River Park = 5. Belle Isle = 6. Downtown = 8.




Here's a really neat scenic shot of the James River and the old railroad bridge and Powhite Pkwy bridge (behind it) from Riverside Dr...




Here's a better shot (taken from the Boulevard Bridge on the way back) of the James River and the old railroad bridge. The James River is legendary for kayaking, and "rock hopping" in the summertime. It is wildly unpredictable for wading, as the riverbottom will be 2' deep, 3' deep, etc... and then all of the sudden 8' deep (sink hole)!!

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Old 08-24-18, 04:52 PM
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45 mi. A personal mountain with no hills I don't often get into the 40s. I'm slow and it takes too long.
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Old 08-24-18, 05:20 PM
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Up in the hills this morning before the smokey skies moved in:

IMG_5041 by 2cam16, on Flickr
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Old 08-25-18, 10:09 AM
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Took 7 hrs, but I completed my first century on Thursday. I got 3850 feet of ascent. Hope to crack out 30 once it clears up.
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Old 08-25-18, 11:39 AM
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It's beginning to look a lot like August again, with rising temps back into the 90's and higher humidity.

I got out early this morning for a 2.0 hour ride.
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Old 08-25-18, 12:38 PM
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Took 7 hrs, but I completed my first century on Thursday. I got 3850 feet of ascent. Hope to crack out 30 once it clears up.
to the Century Club and congratulations

Exhausting 59 miles this morning.
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Old 08-25-18, 02:17 PM
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I'm down in California taking care of a ranch I used to live on, while the owners are visiting grandchildren. There is this one route that I've ridden many times, a few years ago I did it two days in a row. It starts at the bottom of Sulfur Creek at 150' and for the first 16 miles it's a gentle climb.But then suddenly it turns straight up the canyon side with the steepest hills seen I've ever seen. And besides being super steep it continues for 3 miles of straight up where it peaks at 2600', a one house town, called mercuryville or 1/2 mile high city. Once much bigger, 8 bars and one church. Soon after that the road becomes a fast decent to little Sulfur Creek , then heads back up again, just as steep, but not as long. At the summit you can see for miles, Alexander Valley, wine grapes everywhere, except yesterday there was the wildfire smoke that covers most of the West Coast so the view wasn't as spectacular as usual, yesterday the air quality at home in Bend was 187, unhealthy, only 13 points from very unhealthy. Then a quick decent to the bottom and a 14 mile ride back to my car. It was getting late, I only had a rear light and I was long overdue to give the animals on the ranch their evening feed, so after expending all of my energy climbing the hills I had to ride as fast as I could to get back to the ranch. It was easily the hardest day I've ever had on the bike.



I was going to take some pictures from the summit, but the smoke ruined the view. So here is a map of the ride.


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Old 08-25-18, 03:38 PM
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Got in an eleven mile ride from home this afternoon after driving almost all the way to the start of a ride that was cancelled due to wet weather. About 90 minutes of driving altogether. Oh well, would have been a nice ride if the clouds would have parted.
Supposed to be sunny and hot Sunday. Planning a tandem ride from home on our favorite local route.
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Old 08-25-18, 04:18 PM
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First time back on the road bike in ~3 weeks. 44 mile solo ride.
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6 miles today, no less than 5 miles every day on my fat tire bike. Doesn't sound like a lot but I'm a few days away from turning 67. 3,800 miles in 32 months.
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Old 08-25-18, 09:11 PM
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23 miles Saturday evening. Mostly using the indoor trainer so it feels good to get outside with the bike once in awhile.
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Old 08-26-18, 05:08 AM
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6 miles today, no less than 5 miles every day on my fat tire bike. Doesn't sound like a lot but I'm a few days away from turning 67. 3,800 miles in 32 months.
Iím impressed! Is a lot of what youíre doing gravel?
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Iím impressed! Is a lot of what youíre doing gravel?
Mostly neighborhood sidewalks (don't trust people in cars) and paved roads.
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Old 08-26-18, 03:48 PM
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54 miles and 5,300' of elevation, with the missus today...apparently we're training for the Gran Fondo New Jersey.
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Old 08-26-18, 04:23 PM
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24 miles on the tandem this morning. Not quite as hot as it got within the next few hours. August in the heartland of America.
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I road with my husband yesterday, but the tandem needs some work so we took our half-bikes for a mostly flat 36 miler. Tonight I'll go with a small group of women with whom I've been riding for most of the summer, probably 25-ish miles. A couple of them are easing back into cycling so we don't go far or fast, but it is definitely fun and social.
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I got a late start today, which put me out riding mid-day in the heat and humidity.
After about an hour I started getting a headache, and started back home.
To be on the safe side I stopped early, but got in 80 minutes anyway.
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Old 08-27-18, 08:54 PM
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19 miles bike commuting today. Quite humid and hot, or is that hot and humid. Yikes! Thankful for insulated water bottles with an inch or two of ice in the bottom.
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