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Old 10-22-21, 11:05 PM
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Yes there are two paths I can by, but in the long ride, there's still time to change the road I'm on...

There's a MUP half a mile from my house which seems to be stretching further in several directions every few years. There's also the Lake Wobegon trail from which I start in a little town called St Joseph and head west for Avon and Albany. If I start at Albany I can go north to within walking distance of a farm I used to own.
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Go-to route includes a couple of 5-mile loops, one running north/south, the other about 5 miles away running west/east. So a round trip gets me 20-25 miles and a decent workout with lots of short, steep rollers and a few fairly flat segments, with around 1,500-2,000 feet elevation gain IIRC, depending on whether I add another 5 mile loop with a steeper, more continuous climb. Mostly access roads with little traffic.

Go-to bike seems to be my 1989 Centurion Ironman, with more than 10,000 miles since 2017. The other road bikes have about 2,000 miles each, and my favorite hybrid about 8,000+ miles. But I haven't ridden the Ironman much recently, as I'm tweaking a Diamondback Podium trying to get the fit and components to suit me. The Ironman is always comfortable so it doesn't need much work.
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Depending on the mileage desired, my 'go to' ride involves a loop or two around Shelter Island, Harbor Island and\or Fiesta Island.
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A quick 23-mile ride close to home.

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The river and creek bike trails around DFW which eliminate the risk of accidents with cars.
Next are roads with nice wide bike lanes, especially if marked as such.
I try to stay off the roads as much as possible since I ride too aggressive and dont like stop signs or lights.
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Old 10-23-21, 08:41 AM
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I live adjacent to a no-commercial zone city called La Habra Heights and the Puente Hills that have multiple hill climbs ranging from 1/4 - 2 miles.

There are dozens of variations that I can use ranging from 15 to 60 miles with 100+ feet of climb per mile. My "Go To" rides are right outside my door.

If I want something longer, I am a 20 minute drive to the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains that offer Cat HC, 1 and 2 climbs.
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Old 10-23-21, 09:41 AM
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My go to on my fat bike is this place. https://www.nps.gov/tusk/index.htm I have a 15 mile loop I ride a couple days a week. With the national wildlife range next door trail options are endless. On a fat bike who needs trails. Not bad for my back yard.



On the skinny bike I have a bike paved path system close by. Connecting with other paths making for some lengthy options. I have done a couple century rides on this system but typically it's just a quick 30 miler. There are several pubs along the first few miles. Did some bicycle bar hopping last night.
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Old 10-23-21, 04:07 PM
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Out of my door I can ride straight into the Cotswold hills on numerous country lanes or head off-road for some forest singletrack.

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Old 10-23-21, 04:15 PM
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Out of my door I can ride straight into the Cotswold hills on numerous country lanes or head off-road for some forest singletrack.

Is that your estate in the middle of the picture?
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Is that your estate in the middle of the picture?
Ha, ha, no. Ours is a little more modest. But we do have a direct view over Stowe House from our back garden:-



There are some nice bike paths around there too, which we can ride in the evenings when the gardens are shut to the public.
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Originally Posted by PeteHski View Post
Out of my door I can ride straight into the Cotswold hills on numerous country lanes or head off-road for some forest singletrack.
That is absolutely stunning, gorgeous. Did you take this photograph? If so, my complements.

Oh, and I like your cheese (Cotswold).
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Old 10-23-21, 08:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
On an afternoon ride the hang gliders may be landing along the way to Issaquah.
Closest city to reach from home.
Least hilly route.
About 20 miles.
Can handle the terrain with the vintage gearing on most of my bikes.
And there is more to look at.
How busy is the traffic on May Valley Rd? Much of a shoulder. How about gravel trucks and semis? Do you ride on weekends or week days? Thanks
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Originally Posted by Nachoman View Post
Depending on the mileage desired, my 'go to' ride involves a loop or two around Shelter Island, Harbor Island and\or Fiesta Island.
I lived on SI as a kid for a couplafew years in the late 1960s-early '70s. Rode my bike all around, including the Mashomack forest where I worked as a dishwasher for the private club's restaurant. I was a transplant, not a harelegger.

I've always intended to go back for a visit and bike ride. At this point it's becoming a bucket list box to check off.

Fishing was great back then too. Not sure whether it still is.
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Originally Posted by kahn View Post
Two go-to's! Both loops have nice water views and 700 to 1,100 feet of gain.

An about 15 mile loop from home to Golden Gardens Park on Puget Sound with variations on the way home.

23 mile loop along the Ship Canal, through Discovery Park, along Magnolia Bluff (really, Capt Vancouver did not know Madrone trees back then) and then through Myrtle Edwards Park, and home via Seattle Center and the Space Needle.
Sounds like a tour of Seattle’s best sights.
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For me its right off the end of my driveway. Short 5-7 mile ride, no traffic, country air, lots of trees, watch out for the deer, and most of the asphalt just torn up enough to keep your attention.

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Old 10-23-21, 08:35 PM
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Originally Posted by joesch View Post
The river and creek bike trails around DFW which eliminate the risk of accidents with cars.
Next are roads with nice wide bike lanes, especially if marked as such.
I try to stay off the roads as much as possible since I ride too aggressive and dont like stop signs or lights.
There are some good routes west of Fort Worth with lightly traveled access roads in good condition. Biggest risk is from deer and critters riding in the dark. I mostly ride at night so I have plenty of lights.

Check out the Montserrat loop around 820 on the west side, running from Chapin Road on the north end to Aledo Road on the south end, then looping back toward Chapin. Some folks ride Aledo Road down to the trails in Benbrook.

From there I usually ride west on the old Camp Bowie Blvd W/Hwy 580, and follow the access roads along I-30 out as far as I feel like going, sometimes to Weatherford.

There are a few highway traffic merges to watch for. And a few traffic light intersections and frequent access road maintenance the past year, especially around Willow Park and Hudson Oaks.

Overall a pretty good semi-rural route with plenty of rollers, not as flat as the Trinity Trails.
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
when you're not sure where to go ride, where do you go? what's your "old-faithful" ride that is always a good idea? and why is that ride so dependable?

for me, it's a paved trail, a short drive from home, I can ride 2 hrs easy, it's safe, near services, including rest rooms & food afterwards, has some visually & socially pleasing highlights
What's weird is that if i don't have to ride (which means commute by bike), i never go to ride.
But i'm not sure why... Maybe there's some anxiety to be outside there among cars?
I envy you for that attitude, to go out and just ride..
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Columbia River Gorge Historic Highway, to Crown Point and back is the backbone of many rides. Options off the highway for more miles and climbing. Partial climb up Larch Mountain if even more time. Full Larch for a long grade. Making it a loop via Bull Run. Extend it to Cascade Locks for a full day ride.
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Originally Posted by holytrousers View Post
What's weird is that if i don't have to ride (which means commute by bike), i never go to ride.
But i'm not sure why... Maybe there's some anxiety to be outside there among cars?
I envy you for that attitude, to go out and just ride..
oh well, I don't bike commute anymore, but I hear ya. for you it's a necessity. for me it's an escape from everything
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
I lived on SI as a kid for a couplafew years in the late 1960s-early '70s. Rode my bike all around, including the Mashomack forest where I worked as a dishwasher for the private club's restaurant. I was a transplant, not a harelegger.

I've always intended to go back for a visit and bike ride. At this point it's becoming a bucket list box to check off.

Fishing was great back then too. Not sure whether it still is.
Probably a different Shelter Island.
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
There are some good routes west of Fort Worth with lightly traveled access roads in good condition. Biggest risk is from deer and critters riding in the dark. I mostly ride at night so I have plenty of lights.

Check out the Montserrat loop around 820 on the west side, running from Chapin Road on the north end to Aledo Road on the south end, then looping back toward Chapin. Some folks ride Aledo Road down to the trails in Benbrook.

From there I usually ride west on the old Camp Bowie Blvd W/Hwy 580, and follow the access roads along I-30 out as far as I feel like going, sometimes to Weatherford.

There are a few highway traffic merges to watch for. And a few traffic light intersections and frequent access road maintenance the past year, especially around Willow Park and Hudson Oaks.

Overall a pretty good semi-rural route with plenty of rollers, not as flat as the Trinity Trails.
FW Trinity river trails are my "go-to" gravel trails. Hundreds of miles of choices. Did 50 yesterday.
I use my Surly SS which is geared large and fine for these mostly flat trails.
Will take one of my road bikes to checkout the routes you recommend as the roads around Dallas are pretty busy.
My goto Dallas ride is White Rock lake and I take the bike trails from Plano area south to WR.
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Sounds like a tour of Seattle’s best sights.
I tend to think so. Over and over again!

My friend likes to shake things up using the Interurban Trail up toward Shoreline Costco. Frankly, it is not my favorite ride even though generally traffic free. It is flat (sometimes nice) but there are no water views. It does contain two interesting bridges over arterial streets BUT the other day we found them closed forcing us to street level at major traffic intersections. Reason: VANDALISM. The glass art panels were destroyed. And far from "cheap" spray paint vandalism.

I know the bikies in the video.

https://www.q13fox.com/news/vandal-c...reline-bridges
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How busy is the traffic on May Valley Rd? Much of a shoulder. How about gravel trucks and semis? Do you ride on weekends or week days? Thanks
I did it years ago (while I worked in Renton) and it was pretty awful. Lots of blind (right bearing) curves, no real shoulder and, yup, BIG trucks. Maybe it has changed. I would not like riding the road to the Chirico Trail for Poo Poo Point (hang glider central!) - too much traffic.
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How busy is the traffic on May Valley Rd? Much of a shoulder. How about gravel trucks and semis? Do you ride on weekends or week days? Thanks
May Valley Road has no shoulders on 90+% of its’ length. You just get used to it and trust the 35 mph limit and winding road keep vehicles under some control.
Loaded gravel trucks exceed the weight limit and you don’t see many unloaded. Auto traffic is variable and only consistent at school&commute hours. I ride any time and any day, inured to the downsides.

I also ride Issaquah Hobart Rd, Coal Creek Parkway, parts of Hwy900, etc.

Made the decision a couple of years back not to worry about traffic.

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Originally Posted by johnnyace View Post
That is absolutely stunning, gorgeous. Did you take this photograph? If so, my complements.

Oh, and I like your cheese (Cotswold).
No, it's just a stock photo. But we are lucky to get that kind of view and lighting quite often. It's a pretty area for sure. I've travelled extensively, but I always find a sense of peace and tranquility coming back to this area that I've very rarely seen elsewhere. It's not the most breathtaking scenery by a long way, but it is very relaxing and makes for some great cycling.
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