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My most enjoyable ride ever

Old 06-23-07, 12:19 PM
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My most enjoyable ride ever

Hey everybody!

I had a heck of a ride today and wanted to share. I don't have pictures, but I do have the route mapped out, thanks to gmaps-pedometer.com... hehe.

If any of you have been to Saint George, Utah, or know the area, you know that there are pretty much no hills here, and it's very low elevation. Those two things do not a good cyclist make. However, I finally found a decent hill today when I was out riding. It's on a road that goes out to the old Saint George Airport, and it goes up about 300 feet in roughly a mile or so.

Yeah, I know, that's pretty weak compared to what a lot of you get to ride, but it's pretty much the best I can get around here, so I took it. It was a freaking blast. I got to the top and kept riding for a bit and watched some guys flying remote control airplanes (that's what the old airport is used for now... hehe) and then came back down. Coming down was so much fun. It made me want to go back up and do it all over again, but I decided to save it for another day.

Anyway, here's the route I took if you are bored and want to look at it: https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=1074272

All I can say is that cycling is insanely fun, and I can't wait until I get a real road bike.

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congrats good to hear that you had fun.
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no hills around st. george? what about the old road to mesquite. it's been a long time but i know it's not flat.
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Originally Posted by Surferbruce
no hills around st. george? what about the old road to mesquite. it's been a long time but i know it's not flat.
Heheh... I knew somebody would mention that! Somebody suggested I do that ride a few weeks ago and I still haven't scoped it out to see if I could hack it (I'm still getting used to riding longer distances... 26 miles is the farthest I have gone so far).

I have only been to Mesquite that way once, and I was probably 7 or 8 years old when I went, so I really can't remember the road at all. Maybe it's time to take a drive out that way and see how it'd be...
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i used to climb out there a lot. mostly in the virgin River Gorge, but theres some really beautiful limestone in the hills along the old road.
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janitor...sounds like you and me had the same type of day....I ride 99% of my miles on a stretch that's flat as a pancake...there's a Sat. morning ride that's a little south of where I live...they say it's the smoothest road around and it's all rolling hills...nothing steep but some that are 1-3miles long....well this morning my riding partner and I went to try it....we met 3 recumbent riders at the start and off we went...this was my first real ride with more than 2 people...we had a head wind for the first leg and when I got to back of the line, I couldn't believe how much drafting really helps you out...I mean I was amazed!!....well we went for 13 miles and I was able to pull for a long stretches(all those windy solo rides seems to have worked!)...and my and my buddy turned around and headed in...I pulled the whole way back...26 miles with a 16.2 avg...I will be making this a VERY regular route for me!!!(it really was the smoothest road around...like butter!!)...glad your ride was as fun as mine!!!
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Originally Posted by Pharmr
janitor...sounds like you and me had the same type of day....I ride 99% of my miles on a stretch that's flat as a pancake...there's a Sat. morning ride that's a little south of where I live...they say it's the smoothest road around and it's all rolling hills...nothing steep but some that are 1-3miles long....well this morning my riding partner and I went to try it....we met 3 recumbent riders at the start and off we went...this was my first real ride with more than 2 people...we had a head wind for the first leg and when I got to back of the line, I couldn't believe how much drafting really helps you out...I mean I was amazed!!....well we went for 13 miles and I was able to pull for a long stretches(all those windy solo rides seems to have worked!)...and my and my buddy turned around and headed in...I pulled the whole way back...26 miles with a 16.2 avg...I will be making this a VERY regular route for me!!!(it really was the smoothest road around...like butter!!)...glad your ride was as fun as mine!!!
Nice! Sounds like you had an awesome day... that's a pretty dang good average speed round trip when you were headed into the wind for half of it! I love it when you are able to introduce a new route into your rides to spice up the old routine a bit
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Riding is just plain fun. Congrats on catching the bug.
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Riding is just plain fun. Congrats on catching the bug.
It sure is fun. I think the only problem is that I picked the wrong time to catch it. I'm still in college and can afford a new bike, but shouldn't... hehe. Maybe I'll sell my car and just bike to school and work! Now that's an idea...
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Originally Posted by thejanitor
Hey everybody!

I had a heck of a ride today and wanted to share. I don't have pictures, but I do have the route mapped out, thanks to gmaps-pedometer.com... hehe.

If any of you have been to Saint George, Utah, or know the area, you know that there are pretty much no hills here, and it's very low elevation. Those two things do not a good cyclist make. However, I finally found a decent hill today when I was out riding. It's on a road that goes out to the old Saint George Airport, and it goes up about 300 feet in roughly a mile or so.

Yeah, I know, that's pretty weak compared to what a lot of you get to ride, but it's pretty much the best I can get around here, so I took it. It was a freaking blast. I got to the top and kept riding for a bit and watched some guys flying remote control airplanes (that's what the old airport is used for now... hehe) and then came back down. Coming down was so much fun. It made me want to go back up and do it all over again, but I decided to save it for another day.

Anyway, here's the route I took if you are bored and want to look at it: https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=1074272

All I can say is that cycling is insanely fun, and I can't wait until I get a real road bike.

Tom
Man you are crazy! No hills and low elevation? I mean I lived in Reno and so it doesn't compare. But I live in Richmond now, so you live 2000 feet above me and have much bigger hills. You just have to go out side of Town.
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Originally Posted by lvleph
Man you are crazy! No hills and low elevation? I mean I lived in Reno and so it doesn't compare. But I live in Richmond now, so you live 2000 feet above me and have much bigger hills. You just have to go out side of Town.
Hahah... I thought Saint George was pretty much as low as you can go... at least it feels that way when I go up to Salt Lake and Park City area. I about died out for a run in Park City last year

I guess I should just be thankful that I have at least some hills and some elevation!
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Wow that's a really 'deserty' looking ride, was the scenery nice at ground level?
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Originally Posted by Winter76
Wow that's a really 'deserty' looking ride, was the scenery nice at ground level?
St George has some beautiful desert. Pinks, Reds, Browns, and splashes of Green. The whole valley is filled with mesas. It really is a pretty area.
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Originally Posted by Winter76
Wow that's a really 'deserty' looking ride, was the scenery nice at ground level?
The scenery was beautiful, but maybe I'm just partial to the area

I was born and raised here and love the blue sky (there's not a cloud in the sky probably 300 days out of the year) and red mountains. Here's some links to a few pictures I took a few weeks ago if you'd like to get an idea of what the area looks like:

https://www.picklesimer.org/pictures/DSC_0106.jpg
https://www.picklesimer.org/pictures/DSC_0108.jpg
https://www.picklesimer.org/pictures/DSC_0109.jpg
https://www.picklesimer.org/pictures/DSC_0128.jpg
https://www.picklesimer.org/pictures/DSC_0137.jpg

Be warned: it might look pretty, but in the summer it gets pretty hot (110+), but at least it's a dry heat... hehe.
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Originally Posted by thejanitor
The scenery was beautiful, but maybe I'm just partial to the area

I was born and raised here and love the blue sky (there's not a cloud in the sky probably 300 days out of the year) and red mountains. Here's some links to a few pictures I took a few weeks ago if you'd like to get an idea of what the area looks like:

https://www.picklesimer.org/pictures/DSC_0106.jpg
https://www.picklesimer.org/pictures/DSC_0108.jpg
https://www.picklesimer.org/pictures/DSC_0109.jpg
https://www.picklesimer.org/pictures/DSC_0128.jpg
https://www.picklesimer.org/pictures/DSC_0137.jpg

Be warned: it might look pretty, but in the summer it gets pretty hot (110+), but at least it's a dry heat... hehe.
I take the humidity any day! I am very glad I finally got myself out of the desert and back to the east coast. I hope to never move back to Nevada. I don't mind visiting, but I don't want to live there again.
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Originally Posted by lvleph
I take the humidity any day! I am very glad I finally got myself out of the desert and back to the east coast. I hope to never move back to Nevada. I don't mind visiting, but I don't want to live there again.
I'm the opposite. I visited Dallas for 2 days about a month ago and nearly died of sweating... haha.

I don't especially like the heat, but it's better than hot and humid in my book!
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Originally Posted by thejanitor
I'm the opposite. I visited Dallas for 2 days about a month ago and nearly died of sweating... haha.

I don't especially like the heat, but it's better than hot and humid in my book!
I lived in Florida and would rather have that. Even in Panama I was happier than in the desert. I guess everyone has there own comfort.
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Originally Posted by lvleph
I guess everyone has there own comfort.
Ain't that the truth!
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Awesome, now I know where you live. What kind of bike did you say you had?

Jk, glad to here you had a good ride.
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Originally Posted by lvleph
I lived in Florida and would rather have that. Even in Panama I was happier than in the desert. I guess everyone has there own comfort.
I live in Miami Florida and it's just too darn hot and humid

BTW congrats on your nice ride.
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Awesome, now I know where you live. What kind of bike did you say you had?

Jk, glad to here you had a good ride.
Hahaha... you are welcome to come all the way from Wisconsin and track me down if you so choose
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Originally Posted by thejanitor
Nice! Sounds like you had an awesome day... that's a pretty dang good average speed round trip when you were headed into the wind for half of it! I love it when you are able to introduce a new route into your rides to spice up the old routine a bit
I hear you...the new route made a huge difference IMO...a great change....now I'm looking around for others to try!!...and I'm with you about the desert, I grew up outside of Philly and when I go back now I can't take the humidity....give me the heat.
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