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Old 02-19-19, 07:50 PM
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I assume a deer skull ?.

And how did you know to go exploring out that way ?. It’s a very fragmented section of the Motor Parkway. When you look at Google Earth Voew and follow the old ROW of the parkway, you can see the myriad issues planners are facing trying to get a trail built.
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Originally Posted by Steve B.
I assume a deer skull ?.

And how did you know to go exploring out that way ?. It’s a very fragmented section of the Motor Parkway. When you look at Google Earth Voew and follow the old ROW of the parkway, you can see the myriad issues planners are facing trying to get a trail built.
Possum skull, I think. Much too small for deer, not as robust looking as raccoon.

I had explored this area a few years ago but not as far to the east as yesterday. I also traced the ROW on satellite view. It's not too fragmented at all east of Rt 110. I think the big challenge will be to get users safely across 110.....around Ruland Rd it's a high traffic area.

If you look just north of Costco and immediately NE of Planet Fitness on Ruland, you can see the beginning of a trail going north off Ruland. It swings east around the perimeter of the electrical substation. But before long it peters out and you have to bail onto Duryea Rd to the north, to Baylis and then east on Ruland/Colonial Springs Rd. This is a long detour to get past the Kurt Weiss greenhouse farm which is huge. Turning north on Northcote gets you back on the ROW and then you're good to go for a long stretch.

There is a short road detour onto Justin Ave to the north, to Truxton/Trescott St where you can get back on. Next one is at Straight Path where the ROW os interrupted by residences. Need to go north on Straight Path to Yorktown, turn right on 231, and get back on there.

About a mile east of 231 the power lines make a hard left and now go due north. I don't know if that is the intended trail route. I continued north until this ROW reached the present Vanderbilt Pkwy and then turned around.

In addition to the detours, there are some surprisingly steep grades between Northcote and a point a bit east of Bagatelle Rd. No joke, some of them must be 25% although they are short. Putting a family friendly MUP through there.......I don't know.

On a personal note my 22 mile jaunt knocked the s### out of me and I'm pretty sore today. I had some minor surgery to remove a benign lipoma last Mon., which went slightly sideways when I started bleeding after being stitched and glued closed. The blood had nowhere to go so I had a raised hematoma literally the size of of a freaking shoe on my side, not to mention a purple bruise the size of a dinner plate. Even though it's beginning to shrink I look like one of the unfortunates from the movie "Alien" just before some vile creature erupts from within. And it does hurt.

1000x worse than a bit of physical discomfort is that a few days ago we finally lost our pup. My poor boy got to the point he lost the ability to even stand, and he became very agitated and frantic to do just that. We just couldn't keep him comfortable and content at that point, and it was clear what the merciful thing to do was. Even so, having to literally carry him to his end like a meek lamb was a gut punch I will never forget. The Mrs & I cried like children.

But bikes are good therapy and spring IS coming.
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Originally Posted by kaos joe

coyote
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Is that what they want to do with the remnants of the old Motor Parkway? Pretty cool idea. Would love to see the Vanderbuilt Cup come back as well. Maybe make it a bike race from NY to "The End".
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
It was pretty small; no sense of scale from the photo. But maybe you hit closest to the mark........fox? I had not thought of a canid. All the teeth were gone. Fox are common here. There have been a few coyote sightings of dispersing animals that appear to be getting here by crossing bridges into NYC, believe it or not.
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Steve,

I replied to your PM but it may have gone into the ether, twice........let me know if it comes through.
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Old 02-20-19, 06:42 PM
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Originally Posted by kaos joe
Steve,

I replied to your PM but it may have gone into the ether, twice........let me know if it comes through.
No, didn't come thru, I'll PM you my e-mail

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42 miles with 3100' of climbing i Scottsdale, AZ.



Love the sign.

Rented a Trek Domane SL w/ 105... not that impressed.
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Originally Posted by kaos joe
It was pretty small; no sense of scale from the photo. But maybe you hit closest to the mark........fox? I had not thought of a canid. All the teeth were gone. Fox are common here. There have been a few coyote sightings of dispersing animals that appear to be getting here by crossing bridges into NYC, believe it or not.
I think a small coyote then, cuz I did look at fox skulls but they have different bony parts
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2
42 miles with 3100' of climbing i Scottsdale, AZ.



Love the sign.

Rented a Trek Domane SL w/ 105... not that impressed.
Here I am, having the week from hell, the highlight of which was banging around on a butt ugly power line ROW, and YOU are enjoying the magical West.

Send some of them good vibes my way please.

And, yeah, ENJOY!
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
I think a small coyote then, cuz I did look at fox skulls but they have different bony parts
Well, as he clearly ain't going anywhere, I'll get back to him, take a better look and more pics. I can't carry a backpack yet, so gotta get amusement any way possible.
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Originally Posted by kaos joe
Here I am, having the week from hell, the highlight of which was banging around on a butt ugly power line ROW, and YOU are enjoying the magical West.

Send some of them good vibes my way please.

And, yeah, ENJOY!
Joe,

The weather is far from great. All week temps have been in the 40/50 range with frost on the rental every morning. Today and tomorrow is pouring rain with "feet" of snow just 60 miles away.

I didn't plan on temps being so low and only brought bibs to wear. I found a Performance Bike shop that was closing and purchased a pair of tights at 75% off for only $25.

You can barely see the mountains.
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"The weather is far from great. All week temps have been in the 40/50 range with frost on the rental every morning. Today and tomorrow is pouring rain with "feet" of snow just 60 miles away."

Sorry to hear that......looks like you had at least 1 blue sky day.

Spring is just around the corner.
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Originally Posted by kaos joe
Spring is just around the corner.
Not here

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Originally Posted by oldnslow2
Not here

Seems you picked a bad week, area got dumped on. Flagstaff with 3 ft., Payson over to the SE of you got 2.

Maybe next time head to Seattle.

Meanwhile, balmy 30 this morning and a fine day for a road ride. I'm really liking the Lake winter boots I purchased.

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I live on the South Shore of Long iSland. My all time favorite ride out here is along the bike path to Jones Beach. Smooth path. Nice scenery. Over 3 bridges till the bike path splits at the Jones Beach theatre. I get off bike path and ride to the boardwalk and head west all the way to the end(west end) turn around and bike all the way east on the boardwalk till the end(field 6 or 7?). I then get back on the paved bikepath but head east along the Seaford Oyster Bay Pkwy until the bike path ends. I double back and stay on the bike path all the way back past the Jones Beach Theatre and back along the Wantagh Pkway bike path over the three bridges and all the way home. About 35 miles RT. Nice ride.
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Originally Posted by BikeTall
I live on the South Shore of Long iSland. My all time favorite ride out here is along the bike path to Jones Beach. Smooth path. Nice scenery. Over 3 bridges till the bike path splits at the Jones Beach theatre. I get off bike path and ride to the boardwalk and head west all the way to the end(west end) turn around and bike all the way east on the boardwalk till the end(field 6 or 7?). I then get back on the paved bikepath but head east along the Seaford Oyster Bay Pkwy until the bike path ends. I double back and stay on the bike path all the way back past the Jones Beach Theatre and back along the Wantagh Pkway bike path over the three bridges and all the way home. About 35 miles RT. Nice ride.
I think what you are calling the Seaford Oyster Bay Parkway is actually Ocean Parkway. Not to be confused with the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway, which they want to rename the Seaford-Syosset Expressway as it never made it to OBY.

Get ready for an improvement in bike path riding as they are planding to extend the Ocean Parkway Bike Path east from the TOBAY lot to Captree, an additional 10 miles. Gonna be awesome.

I havenít yet ridden the boardwalk west from East Bathouse at JB. Itís on my list for this spring. Itíll be 33 from my hose without going east to TOBAY.

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Ah yes, you’re right! Ocean Pkway. The winter has been pretty mild. In fact, just saw my first Robin...so Spring is almost here.
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When did that new section actually open. I mean the part that goes from the boardwalk to Field 2 and the Coast Guard Station. It was still blocked off in October as I recall.
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
I think a small coyote then, cuz I did look at fox skulls but they have different bony parts

Well, went by that way again this morning, so here are some pics with a sense of scale for you forensic phrenologists. I'm tending back toward raccoon. If you really want precision, the watch is 39mm in diameter.

Bike content; a crusty snow can make for some heavy going.



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Started out in the high 40s and dropped 10 degrees in 3 hours.
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2
Started out in the high 40s and dropped 10 degrees in 3 hours.
I was on the road bike for an hour and a half of that. Temp went from 42 to a very raw 36 with an annoying south wind.

I had attempted a mt. bike ride at Bethpage at 2. Really, really want to get my new Specialized hard tail on some single track and thought just maybe it had dried out. Silly me. The conditions were atrocious, slush packed down by bike tires, now melted into muck. I lasted 1/4 mile and went back to the car. Then got home and headed out on the road bike, wearing the layers I had on for mt. biking. Froze my butt. The bike doesn’t now look like the photo.



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Steve,

NICE BIKE!!!!!! Tell us more........

My SC is a mess now too. I went in the morning when it was still not too soft.


PS. Remember what you said about not opening up my stitches?..............

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Originally Posted by kaos joe
Steve,

NICE BIKE!!!!!! Tell us more........

My SC is a mess now too. I went in the morning when it was still not too soft.
Nothing to tell, itís been ridden around some streets, parking lots and my yard. Oh and a very short way in Bethpage.

It feels so completely different than any mt. Iíve ever ridden, which up to now have all been 26Ē ridgid, HTís and full suspensions. The width of the h-bar is 750mm (30 inches), as compared to 600/24 on all the other bikes Iíve owned, so is just so different. As well while it might look like a typical compact looking HT from ye olden dayes, itís actually pretty big due to the 29Ē wheels and largeíish tires, which I upgraded from stock. I feel like a kid riding my big brothers bike. Iíll give it a few rides at BP, where the trees are tight on some trails, to judge the need to cut down the bars.
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......As well while it might look like a typical compact looking HT from ye olden dayes, itís actually pretty big due to the 29Ē wheels and largeíish tires, which I upgraded from stock. I feel like a kid riding my big brothers bike. Iíll give it a few rides at BP, where the trees are tight on some trails, to judge the need to cut down the bars.
Ha, when my 29er was delivered I had it assembled when my wife got home, & the first thing she said was "They sent you the wrong size!" It is huge compared to my old Kona.
I cut my bars as far as I can go, down to 675mm. Bars on the Kona are 560mm. I'd cut the new bars more if I could.

Good luck with it!
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