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Old 06-21-19, 04:23 PM
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Did my longest ride, since taking up biking again, today. 27 miles.
Here's a picture looking toward a town (Kenai, Alaska). This one trip, I didn't ride into Kenai.



bridge access to Kenai
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Old 06-21-19, 05:05 PM
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I did ten miles today while my wife was shopping in Walmart. There is a nearby rails2trails. 5 miles down hill, 5 miles up hill back.
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Old 06-21-19, 05:09 PM
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Great weather here today, 70's, dry and clear.. for a change. Took a break from the project from hell (dining room makeover) and did 17+ mile ride. Good average as well.. for me anyway.
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Old 06-21-19, 08:46 PM
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17 mile ride this morning with spouse/stoker but today on single bikes - she on her Trek Verge+ and me on my short wheelbase RANS V-Rex. Warm and sunny, kind of like Summer. Wait..........it is Summer today!
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Old 06-22-19, 07:35 AM
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10.75 miles, off road, muddy trails, ruts and gravel, all hills. Took a bit over an hour.
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Old 06-22-19, 10:41 AM
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20 minute TT with power meter to establish a baseline. It was also a birthday ride.
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Old 06-22-19, 11:06 AM
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37 miles on a club ride this morning. One challenging hill on the route - not a problem, which was not always the case.
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Old 06-22-19, 02:45 PM
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94F yesterday afternoon with INDEX pushing 100+F so I waited until 11:24pm when temp was at 84F and INDEX at 94F. Easy going ride, winds were 8mph, plenty of stars and a nice moon after its rise allowed for 101 automobile interaction free miles. Made it back home for a shower/kit change, something to eat and after the sun came up I was back out for another 26 miles. Hoped to ride more but the temps were rising along with the wind.


Originally Posted by Jack Ryan
I did ten miles today while my wife was shopping in Walmart. There is a nearby rails2trails. 5 miles down hill, 5 miles up hill back.
Great ride !! but I was expecting the proverbial ----- "Rode a 5 mile out and back today. It was uphill and into the wind both ways"

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Old 06-23-19, 04:47 AM
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39 miles of gravel, 4,300’. Parked at Dartmouth Ski Way, NH, and rode an out-and-back in one direction, then back to the car and an out-and-back in the other direction. Then back to the car for a short drive to another out-and-back above Goose Pond. Having a hard time finding long gravel loops on my side of NH.
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Old 06-23-19, 07:00 AM
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Beautiful ride this morning and last night.
200 miles this week. Week three of 30 plus miles a day.
I don't post daily because most of my rides are the same in terms of mileage.
Humidity makes a huge difference in my rides and recovery.
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Old 06-23-19, 09:32 AM
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Well there was kind of a little dip there in the middle...

Did 16 miles yesterday on a highway to town and back. This is kind of my "control group" I use to judge my own current fitness or changes I'll make on the equipment. It is smooth, black top all the way, long sloping hills. The biggest variable is wind but it can be a problem.

I've been making that ride for years and years and the fastest I've ever done it was about a hour and 4 minutes. Always been my goal to make that trip out and back on the bike in an hour even.

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Old 06-23-19, 12:08 PM
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Getting back into riding after a hiatus of several months. Did 10 miles today in calm, sunny 73 weather, 10 yesterday dealing with a slightly obnoxious headwind, and 10 the day before with a howling headwind, all while getting acquainted with my newest bike - a Giant with a carbon belt drive and road grade fat tires. Have wanted a carbon drive for a while, and the fat tires have opened the doors to explore our local 100+ miles of surrounding historic gravel roads. The 10 miles is one "ride around the block" for me, half on gravel, the other half on paved road. I can now make a complete loop instead of an up-and-back which I had to do with my other bikes.

Life is good.


Several miles of peaceful gravel roads dating back to the 1700s.


Stopped to enjoy a view of the Blue Ridge (Virginia) mountains and a local hayfield being cut to the old saying that one needs to "make hay while the sun shines"...as it was doing this morning after an entire Spring of relentless rain and fields too wet to cut.
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Old 06-23-19, 03:32 PM
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That's really pretty. I love that gravel road.
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Old 06-23-19, 08:25 PM
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Did!

67 miles for a metric century plus to fight cancer. A 15 year old steel bike (Jamis Quest) running well after my LBS straightened out the derailleur hanger. Yay
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Old 06-23-19, 09:34 PM
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Did 43 miles today in warming S. Florida weather. Three of us rode ages 65, 71 and 74 (me).

However, ran across nother biker who pulled us at 18-19 MPH for several miles. Our target speed is 17 or so for Sundays. Then going into marina, a young rider (in 20s) rode by us about half a mile out. Our new friend pulled out and beat him into the marina — going well over 20 MPH.

Oh yes, new guy is 80 years old. Want to be like him when I grow up.
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Old 06-24-19, 04:14 AM
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Doing a gravel loop in Chelsea, VT involved a couple of stretches of muddy, shoe-sucking class IV roads. Those are the dashed lines on the map.



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Old 06-24-19, 11:48 AM
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54 miles with 2800 of hills.
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Old 06-24-19, 03:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Greenhil
Doing a gravel loop in Chelsea, VT involved a couple of stretches of muddy, shoe-sucking class IV roads. Those are the dashed lines on the map.



Eech! I've done those, but that's a nasty one.
The last time I did, and it will be the last time, it was flooded pond mud that stank to high heaven.
Good ride !
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Old 06-24-19, 06:33 PM
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Perfect shade for a hot humid day, and/or a cool end-of-day bike ride. A deer had just walked across the road into the woods before I took this shot. Sorry I missed getting it in the picture.


Heading off down the gravel road across from our farm. Blue Ridge mountains in the distance.
12+ miles on our local tree shaded gravel roads. No mud thankfully, just harmless ditch puddles from the recent downpours late this afternoon. Temps and humidity were both hellish throughout the morning and afternoon, and I had too many projects leaving me no time to ride. Towards evening, however, after the thunderstorms, it was cool and inviting with nice breezes. An after dinner bike ride was calling me, so kissed hubby goodbye while he continued relaxing with his reading and the dogs to their napping. It was a good time to add a few more miles as the freshly washed gravel roads were peaceful with several sightings of deer and one red fox. And exactly 3 cars. Wasn't in any hurry - the route was so serene and beautiful with deep shade almost the entire way, and multiple views of the mountains. Got home just a few minutes before sunset, relaxed and happy. Really loving the new bike.

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Old 06-24-19, 09:03 PM
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Ten mile ride from home this afternoon after the rain went away (and before it came back later.).
No flats today, unlike Sunday when front tire caught a tiny sharp piece of glass. Very boring story of finding the glass and puncture location, removing tire/tube, and replacing with spare tube, pumping up and riding home - was already on the way home. Tire and rim played well with each other. Patched puncture in tube at home and replaced it in emergency supplies bag on the bike. I very, very seldom suffer flats on rides. Can you hear me knocking on my head?
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Old 06-25-19, 07:42 AM
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Interesting experience

On Sunday, I was riding through the city to pick up the highway at Warrens. Spooners Hill is a very nice hill, it has 3 parts to it, and each steep, but relatively short. At Eagle Hall there is an intersection. It is generally a busy intersection, because both crosstown busses and north/south busses come from all directions at that intersection. I wanted to go right to pick up Spooners Hill. To my surprise, there was a cyclist first at each corner, and I do not remember that ever happening before. On green and arrow, as I made my right across traffic, I heard someone beeping at a cyclist at one of the corners. Damn car people, nothing is ever fast enough for them.
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Old 06-25-19, 09:21 AM
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No, but I did get a new bike yesterday, so there's that. 1994 Trek 730, frame size 23 inch.
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Old 06-26-19, 10:17 AM
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Yep, after not having ridden since Saturday. 14 miles along the bay road (Yaquina Bay Rd, Newport OR), pre-breakfast with several bird sightings: 3 or 4 herons and between 2 and 4 kingfishers. Great way to start the day!
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Old 06-26-19, 12:32 PM
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40 miles this morning on a repeating club ride with 15 others. Mostly flat country roads with 4 climbs over I-65. Two each way.
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Old 06-26-19, 12:43 PM
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Hope I get as in good shape as you all are
Did 23.7 miles early this morning.
1st pic is looking back at part of town at 0615 and temp 44F
2nd pic is out of town a while later.

Soldotna, Alaska


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