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Old 08-15-17, 08:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Velobass
Hello Metro Bostonians! Velobass here, formerly Bishbike.
Bish! I mean Velo! Been wondering where you were. (How's the music going?)

We had some great rides on the North Shore. Wish we could ride there easily.
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
Bish! I mean Velo! Been wondering where you were. (How's the music going?)

We had some great rides on the North Shore. Wish we could ride there easily.
Jim,music is going very well! Living up here in Danvers now. Great riding and lots of routes to Cape Ann, Topsfield, Ipswich, Boxford, and other places.

Glad to see that you are well and riding up a storm! My best to your bass playing sweetie!!!!

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Originally Posted by Velobass
Hello Metro Bostonians! Velobass here, formerly Bishbike. Just checked in to the thread. Lots of great pics and ride reports! Living on the North Shore now, but still make it into Arlington, Belmont, and points west to ride. Enjoying lots of great riding up here north of Boston. I would love to post some reports from time to time if that is OK.
Better than OK! Welcome back!

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Well well well.

Getting an ultrasound this past Friday. And the technician is looking at my thigh, looking at the screen, looking at my helmet on the table, then looking at me, asking "how far did you bike here today?"

"Oh, just over 10K."

"And it doesn't hurt?"

[Nervous laughter]"Not at all. Should it?"

[Deflection]"And you are riding back?"

"Yes, but it's mostly flat."

Classic MAMIL injury - torn quadriceps tendon.

But didn't happen on the bike. A lyrca-free moment. Playing kickball with kids over a month ago. Poppoppop. Ouch-ouch-ouch-ouch!

Been doing fine, walking and biking. But then a HUGE (painless) lump appeared on the front of my thigh, so that's why the ultrasound.

During consult with doctor today - no bike for the rest of August when I can see a specialist.

Sigh.

Edit: Specialist looked at images and wants to see me much sooner - as in tomorrow.

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Finished up last week with AM rides Thursday and Friday morning and am 3 deep this week. Yesterday I followed behind some fast riders from that group I see every Tuesday, with a little motivation to keep up I had a faster than usual average speed. Experiencing cooler temps in the valleys between the rolling hills leads to predictable foggy spots and accompanied foggy glasses, something that hasn't been as memorable in years past. I checked in with my LBS today and much to my delight I'm getting a warranty replacement 2016 R3 frameset. Flat black with a white top tube that matches my flat black and white Roubaix. A rather unplanned yet welcome scenario.
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Originally Posted by mr_bill
Well well well.
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Edit: Specialist looked at images and wants to see me much sooner - as in tomorrow.
Ouch! Oh man, tough luck, mr_bill. FWIW, we have some experience with tendon and ligament issues in the quad and knee area, though nothing like that. You do have to stop continuing to keep on aggravating it or it won't heal. Listen to what the good doctor says.

Today was a day for medical issues. My bike-related thing today was auditory in nature, reconstruction of parts of a middle ear. Longish story, ended well (so they told us, well, told Sharon 'cuz I was still asleep at the time). Anyway, I'll be off the bikes for a month.
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mr_bill, Jim, your respective medical hiatuses sound daunting: take care of yourselves, and heal up swiftly. Ghazmh, great news about the warranty.

Nothing much to report here except a short-but-pleasant ride on the Ebisu to and from tonight's ABAC meeting, wearing street clothes (cut-off jeans and Birkenstocks) that seemed particularly well-adapted to a little spin on the bike. I'm getting positively fond of the return in the dark down the Mass. Ave. bike lane in East Arlington.




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Threw the Allen rack on the back of the Prius and threw (gently) the Ebisu on the Allen rack, then drove the whole mess down to Lexington Toyota to have the Prius poked at. Rode the Ebisu home, the long way, adding 20 miles to the 3.9 miles that the default route would have entailed, riding out the Minuteman to Depot Park, from there out the Narrow Gauge Rail Trail, then picking up Dudley Road at its North end, riding that South and continuing a few blocks of Route 4, then hopping on Pine Hill Road and taking that back to the NGRT, that back to the Minuteman, and so home for some WFH. Towards the end of the afternoon, rode back to Lexington Toyota to pick up the Prius, loaded the bike on that, and rolled home again. 28 miles in all, through Lexington, Bedford, Billerica, and Arlington.

Arlington's Great Meadow (in Lexington, of course), looking lush.


Bedford: peeping at Fawn Lake through the trees, off the Narrow Gauge Rail Trail.




Bedford: Narrow Gauge Rail Trail. I may be wrong, but those strike me as old, forest-form trees. This stand of woods may have been here a while.


Dudley Road, Billerica: this little graveyard always impresses me with its quiet persistence. Who even knows it's there?


Dudley Road, Billerica and Bedford. Dudley Road reminds me of a scaly asphalt crocodile, stretched out and sunning itself from the 17th Century to the 21st. It's a bumpy ride in parts, and the 32mm Compass Stampede Pass Extralights were cushy enough to smooth the worst of that out; picking a line helped. Real history, real bumps.




Dudley Road, decidedly 21st Century: lawn flamingo diversity.


Lexington, rolling home on the Minuteman.


Lexington, Revere Street intersection with the Minuteman: serious construction is underway. They have a detail helping the Minuteman traffic get through this safely.


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Originally Posted by rholland1951
Lexington, Revere Street intersection with the Minuteman: serious construction is underway. They have a detail helping the Minuteman traffic get through this safely.
Oh yes, I ran into that last night after dark (around 8:30)... it screwed up my habitual Minuteman/Mass Ave/Route 4 back-and-forths. Coming north on Revere and picking up the Minuteman westbound there is a pretty serious curb because of the new pavement, and my brain just barely had time to formulate the thought "oh **** hope I don't pinch flat on that" before I was up and over. Luckily I emerged unscathed.
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Bottom line - I look funny - and I'm back on the bike.

So, spent yesterday as a serial outpatient at Beth Israel in Boston.
The urgency was not bad news.

In the event that I needed surgery, I needed it real soon rather than later.

And in the event I didn't need surgery, they didn't want me to stop exercising until I could get an appointment.


Started with x-rays in the morning, then hands-on exam and consult, and ending with an MRI in the evening.

I did indeed tear my tendon, but function and strength is excellent.

Funny news to me is the HUGE (painless) lump might go away, but might be permanent. If it's permanent, it's called a Popeye deformity. Either way, other than looking funny, no worries about the lump. (Got to love medicine - where Latin *AND* pop-culture collide.)

So, mid afternoon I was on my way, and if I'd brought my helmet I would have taken a hubway home.
Far too beautiful out to be underground, so I walked back to Cambridge.

Returned in the evening.

MRI was like a Savasana - but with hands crossed over the chest and LOUD. Evidently most patients don't feel that way about it.

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Originally Posted by mr_bill
Bottom line - I look funny - and I'm back on the bike.

So, spent yesterday as a serial outpatient at Beth Israel in Boston.
The urgency was not bad news.

In the event that I needed surgery, I needed it real soon rather than later.

And in the event I didn't need surgery, they didn't want me to stop exercising until I could get an appointment.


Started with x-rays in the morning, then hands-on exam and consult, and ending with an MRI in the evening.

I did indeed tear my tendon, but function and strength is excellent.

Funny news to me is the HUGE (painless) lump might go away, but might be permanent. If it's permanent, it's called a Popeye deformity. Either way, other than looking funny, no worries about the lump. (Got to love medicine - where Latin *AND* pop-culture collide.)

So, mid afternoon I was on my way, and if I'd brought my helmet I would have taken a hubway home.
Far too beautiful out to be underground, so I walked back to Cambridge.

Returned in the evening.

MRI was like a Savasana - but with hands crossed over the chest and LOUD. Evidently most patients don't feel that way about it.

-mr. bill
Phew! and felicitations...

Had to look up Savasana, and had a deferred chuckle when I did.

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Originally Posted by mr_bill
MRI was like a Savasana - but with hands crossed over the chest and LOUD.
He! Good analogy. Yes, they are loud.

Best news is that you're gonna' be okay.
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Glad to hear it's not so bad Mr Bill. Jim, heal up fast and get back on the road!

Yesterday morning at about the time I usually get up from my cushiony chair and put down the morning coffee to get lycrad up I decided to enjoy another cup instead. For the first time in a while I didn't feel like going out for a ride. Today at 5:15 Mrs Ghazmh rolls over and said "I thought you were going out on your bike?" I forgot to set the alarm...doh! Anxious as ever to ride I set out at 5:45 for 30 miles and was home by 7:30. Not bad after all. The ride was predictably enjoying. I had a nice red light chat with a bike commuter and no foggy glasses today!
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Hello Metro Bostonians! No ride today, but trying to figure out the whole photo uploading thingy. Here are a few pics from a recent ride through Topsfield and Ipswich.

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A few friends that I regularly see on my ride through Topsfield...

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Speaking of Essex County, the Allen rack got some more use Saturday, hauling my Rawland Nordavinden up to my daughter's house in Wenham. We had a jolly ride out to Eastern Point, Gloucester, taking Route 127 and Hesperus Avenue outbound along the S edge of Cape Ann, through Wenham, Beverly Farms, Manchester-by-the-Sea (our hyphenated toponym), and Magnolia into Gloucester, then returning via Route 133 and Route 22 through the center of Cape Ann via Essex and Hamilton, and back to Wenham, 45 miles in all. It was a fine afternoon ride in what--contrary to some predictions--turned out to be excellent riding weather, the air noticeably cooler along the shore, with fog on the water looking decorative, but not on the road making a nuisance of itself. A couple of navigational errors added a few miles and a few laughs to the journey.

A wrong turn took us S to the Massachusetts Bay shore sooner than planned. Stopped for a peanut butter sandwich by the Manchester-by-the-Sea harbor, a near pleonasm.


Another wrong turn brought us to Singing Beach, with heavy fog that started at the shoreline, a good place to swim into obscurity. Took advantage of the public bog before riding on.


An energetic ride through the hills on Route 127 and Hesperus Avenue (with a brief stop at the Hammond Castle) got us into Gloucester, and Stage Fork Park, which that day was hosting the Gloucester Harbor Festival, featuring music, food, and especially crafts. We walked our bikes around that, taking it all in; I was particularly struck by the Boston Gongs booth.


Gloucester harbor: sunlit clarity in the foreground, fog softening objects in the middle distance and foreshortening the horizon.


As we turned S again and headed down to Eastern Point, the fog drew closer, lovely and cool.




Our nominal goal was Beauport, a mansion that might fairly be called an elegant eccentricity. We had missed the last tour of the house, but had free run of the grounds. I expect we'll be back for the "Nooks and Crannies" tour...




Leaving Beauport, we had one last opportunity to commune with the fog before heading inland.


The ride back was one of those purposeful returns typically made when the clock is not in your favor. We did, however, have a welcome stop in Essex for a couple of world-class hot dogs, fine fuel for the bikes' motors. Kudos to Essex River Dogs for doing it right!


Got back to Wenham before sunset, and were greeted by a couple of happy dogs. I put the Rawland back on the Allen rack, and drove home for an only slightly-late dinner. Good day.

rod

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Speaking of Essex County, the Allen rack got some more use Saturday, hauling my Rawland Nordavinden up to my daughter's house in Wenham. We had a jolly ride out to Eastern Point, Gloucester, taking Route 127.
Great report Rod! You're in my neck of the woods...

Planning on riding up there today.

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Originally Posted by Velobass
Great report Rod! You're in my neck of the woods...

Planning on riding up there today.

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It's a great place to ride!

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52 miles this morning including my first time alone on some roads south of Concord I'd only ever done on group rides, and thus I was able to appreciate the scenery for the first time: Tower Rd, Glezen Lane, and so forth. Stop for bottle refills in Concord Center then up Strawberry Hill, Pope Rd, et al, around through Great Brook State Park and back via the Minuteman.

I've never been a cyclist anywhere else, but I refuse to believe we don't have some of the best roads in the country. And it's not even fall yet...

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Originally Posted by rholland1951
It's a great place to ride!

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Great pics - thanks for sharing.
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Originally Posted by rholland1951
Speaking of Essex County, the Allen rack got some more use Saturday, hauling my Rawland Nordavinden up to my daughter's house in Wenham. We had a jolly ride out to Eastern Point, Gloucester, taking Route 127 and Hesperus Avenue outbound along the S edge of Cape Ann, through Wenham, Beverly Farms, Manchester-by-the-Sea (our hyphenated toponym), and Magnolia into Gloucester, then returning via Route 133 and Route 22 through the center of Cape Ann via Essex and Hamilton, and back to Wenham, 45 miles in all. It was a fine afternoon ride in what--contrary to some predictions--turned out to be excellent riding weather, the air noticeably cooler along the shore, with fog on the water looking decorative, but not on the road making a nuisance of itself. A couple of navigational errors added a few miles and a few laughs to the journey.

A wrong turn took us S to the Massachusetts Bay shore sooner than planned. Stopped for a peanut butter sandwich by the Manchester-by-the-Sea harbor, a near pleonasm.


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Gloucester harbor: sunlit clarity in the foreground, fog softening objects in the middle distance and foreshortening the horizon.


As we turned S again and headed down to Eastern Point, the fog drew closer, lovely and cool.




Our nominal goal was Beauport, a mansion that might fairly be called an elegant eccentricity. We had missed the last tour of the house, but had free run of the grounds. I expect we'll be back for the "Nooks and Crannies" tour...




Leaving Beauport, we had one last opportunity to commune with the fog before heading inland.


The ride back was one of those purposeful returns typically made when the clock is not in your favor. We did, however, have a welcome stop in Essex for a couple of world-class hot dogs, fine fuel for the bikes' motors. Kudos to Essex River Dogs for doing it right!


Got back to Wenham before sunset, and were greeted by a couple of happy dogs. I put the Rawland back on the Allen rack, and drove home for an only slightly-late dinner. Good day.

rod
Awesome pics and report!
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Awesome pics and report!
Thanks! Good day...
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So good to be out and about:

Mural at Cedar/Elm:



It's Sunday, the speed limit is 25 mph, it's downhill, I'm taking Beacon:



Partial eclipse of the sun one day early:



Did you know walking is lots slower than riding. Anyhow, George W:



Everything's back to... ...not normal (too p&r?):



Eat here:



Bicycle wheels at Scutra, eat here too:


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Cape Ann Ride

Rod inspired me to point the bike northward towards Gloucester. 66 miles through Beverly, Manchester, Magnolia, Gloucerster, Rockport, Essex, Ipswich, Hamilton, and Wenham. What a gorgeous day for it!!!!

Fisherman's Monument
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Gloucester Harbor
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Took a jaunt over to the Rocky Neck Marine Railways
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To be continued...
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