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Old 02-08-20, 06:09 PM
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Odd unfamiliar yellow object in the sky this evening. Got on the bike for a better look.




Tower Loop and Blue Dot trails pretty dry but littered with blowdown. I spent a lot of time kicking wood aside.
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I was out both Saturday and Sunday. 63 miles total and its been a great winter so far.
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Originally Posted by GlennR
I was out both Saturday and Sunday. 63 miles total and its been a great winter so far.
Outstanding, Glenn!

Got out at the crack of noon for 32 on the road. Headwind coming home, ugh. Still playing with and discovering the quirks of the Garmin. I've learned that when it suddenly instructs to make a U-turn, don't. It will gather it's limited wits within 100 yards or so. Usually.

I disagree with your assessment of this dank and dreary winter. Give me 10F and dry and clear any day.
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Originally Posted by kaos joe
Outstanding, Glenn!

Got out at the crack of noon for 32 on the road. Headwind coming home, ugh. Still playing with and discovering the quirks of the Garmin. I've learned that when it suddenly instructs to make a U-turn, don't. It will gather it's limited wits within 100 yards or so. Usually.

I disagree with your assessment of this dank and dreary winter. Give me 10F and dry and clear any day.
I assume you are using it to navigate ?, when it tries to tell you to U-Turn ?. Garmins suck at knowing what to do when you go off course, really. I will often use it to direct me in areas Iím not familiar with, then if Iím back where I know the area and route, I shut off navigation. I can always restart when I am not sure.

Itís been a really mild winter but has rained a lot. Last Wed., Thurs., Friday, Monday and yesterday, etc.....beats snow though. Likely to be great mt, biking this weekend.
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Originally Posted by Steve B.
I assume you are using it to navigate ?, when it tries to tell you to U-Turn ?. Garmins suck at knowing what to do when you go off course, really. I will often use it to direct me in areas Iím not familiar with.....
Yes, navigation is the only reason I bought it. Right now I've just been using it on well known routes just to familiarize myself with operation. Today I downloaded a course from Garmin Connect that someone had put up, a loop through the Dix Hills area. I started 'er up once I was underway and near the course. It gave me the option of nav back to the start point, and when I didn't do that, took me seamlessly to the route. It got confused at 2 places where the outgoing routing met with the return route. When I continued straight ahead because I knew where I was going, it got back on track after about 100 yards. Not a fatal flaw. Also it has done OK when I do legitimately get off course, calling for either a U-turn or a turn back towards the intended route.

It totally sucks at generating a route on it's own. I'd only depend on it for that as a last resort.

Some of the Points of Interest loaded into the database are so bizarre as to seem to be a joke. Under "lodging" I get, among others, an Uncle Prem" and an "Uncle Ram" located somewhere in the wilds of Queens. I remember it touting a "Ghassem's Auto Painting" IIRC, also in Queens, as a POI of interest to a cyclist. I haven't ridden there yet.

See ya in the woods.
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Old 02-13-20, 07:11 AM
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"It got confused at 2 places where the outgoing routing met with the return route. When I continued straight ahead because I knew where I was going, it got back on track after about 100 yards. "

Yes, I've had that happen. The device knows where you are but cannot initially figure out what direction you are going and it knows it needs to direct you in BOTH direction, so gets confused till you've moved that 100 yards, then it figures it out. Somewhat understandable and is like driving with my wife.

It totally sucks at generating a route on it's own. I'd only depend on it for that as a last resort.

Agree and it's a problem with all devices. They just don't have the computing power to generate a bike friendly course internally. I don't think Garmin (or anybody) puts any effort into doing advanced calculating of bike routes that are useful. They can do it for cars, just not bikes. In theory, a Garmin can use the database called "Popularity Routing" where it sees routes that other cyclists have ridden and uploaded to the Garmin Connect system. Seems pretty hit and miss and I've never tried it.

I tend to generate my own routes either on the Garmin Connect website, or RideWithGPS, then download to the device. I've done this a lot for rides I've done in the Wading River area. Helps me when I'm unsure of the turns. I have also used routes generated by others, then re-drawn those onto my own route and downloaded.
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Finally, a nice clear morning! Trails in B P park in great shape, the usual frozen ruts up north. Got a flat 100 yards from the finish. Decided not to deal with it till home. I squirted another 20cc of Orange Seal into the year-old sealant and it appears to be holding fine.
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Another all too rare nice morning for the MTB thing. I rode up the GreenBelt into Stilwell, then CRAWLED back at painfully low speed looking for dropped phone. I did find it.....in the car.
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Old 03-01-20, 03:53 PM
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Youngest had a birthday party to attend so I took the two older ones to Stillwell to ride, did two different sections, one down to the railroad tracks and most of the yellow and white trail. The kids like to give me a hard time that I'm old but this "old guy" didn't have to walk the hills.
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Originally Posted by Russ Roth
Youngest had a birthday party to attend so I took the two older ones to Stillwell to ride, did two different sections, one down to the railroad tracks and most of the yellow and white trail.....
Ha, great picture! I was puttering around up there myself not too long after sunrise this morning, solo. I rode up from Bethpage. Trails were frozen solid just as I prefer. It was nice to have a real winter day before more of the freakishly warm and wet.





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When we got there around 1 there was still ice on the puddle by the entrance. Most of the trails were still solid but there were a few places that should have been avoided.
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Sure signs of spring........

lots of birdsong in the morning

first 100 mile week of 2020

best of all, first tandem ride! only 32 miles but a good 32

Although I do wish it would snow just a bit so I can do a proper winter camp.
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I only did 85 miles this week.

The week coming up looks to be WARM.
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Originally Posted by Steve B.
.....Doesn't help I'm having a hard time getting over a bout of pneumonia from a cold and sinus infection. Haven't ridden in 3 weeks and doubt I'll get out this weekend. At least my blood counts show it's not a flair up of my Chronic Leukemia, all good on that, thank God. All in the head though, the head cold too. Looking forward to a warmish day just to get a spin on the road bike.
Hey Steve, hope you're feeling better and today was that warmish day.

Only could fit in 16 miles today.......but......SHORTS! oh yes.

And a bit off the road tonight to check out that moon.







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Today was just hot.

I headed out wearing a sleeveless base, light long sleeve and a short sleeve jersey. Half way out I had to remove the long sleeve layer. I drank more water than usual for March.

52 miles with temps reaching 65*.
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Originally Posted by kaos joe
Hey Steve, hope you're feeling better and today was that warmish day.

Only could fit in 16 miles today.......but......SHORTS! oh yes.

And a bit off the road tonight to check out that moon.







Thx Joe, yes feeling better, have been out 3 times, including today. And as Glenn state it was warm, but was windy so stayed comfortable. Supposed to be warmer all week, hope to get out again before the weekend.
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57 miles to Glen Cove.
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Originally Posted by GlennR
57 miles to Glen Cove.
35 miles to Glen Cove (started in Bethpage). St. Rocco's Bakery Ride, a favorite. They are expanding the place.
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45 miles yesterday and 38 today.

There was Kaos on the Bethpage trail this afternoon.

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Didn't do more then a riding the kids back and forth to school; unfortunately one after the other came down with a minor viral infection that left me home taking care of them but today was decent, everyone healthy and we did 11 miles down to Jones Beach.
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Originally Posted by GlennR
.....There was Kaos on the Bethpage trail this afternoon.
Kaos X 2! We rode the yellow tandem to Cold Spring Harbor intending to have lunch at the Gourmet Whaler, only to find it closed for renovations until mid April. By then we will all be under house arrest.

That middle mile or so of the MUP (that was never resurfaced when the rest of it was done) is getting worse and worse.
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We did a really nice mt. bike roll thru Edgewood at 9. Did nothing hard as I’m out of shape, yellow and white trails only which was plenty at 10 miles. The parking lot was packed on return. Conditions were perfect and it was cold in the woods at 37.
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Did a coast to coast for the 12st tie this year. Massapequa to Oyster Bay to Tobay to home.

This completed a 200 mile week.

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Did a coast to coast for the 12st tie this year. Massapequa to Oyster Bay to Tobay to home. This completed a 200 mile week.
Heck, and I was happy for my first ONE hundred mile week.

Talk about chaos, it was just that on the BP path this afternoon. I don't know how half these people make it to adulthood given all the ways for the clueless to get themselves offed. The winners, setting the bar high, were the 4 people walking abreast, completely blocking the path, even without the help of the barely under control Great Dane they were walking. The dog had spotted a bunny and was about to drag its owner into the brush.
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Two dog walkers int he middle with extra long leashes.

The Jones Beach boardwalk was almost shoulder to shoulder. IT was so crowded that I decided to sit somewhere else while having a snack.

I stayed off the BP trail after seeing how crowded it was yesterday. It's safer on the streets.
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