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Your Sunday Ride (September 30, 2007)

Old 09-30-07, 06:14 AM
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Your Sunday Ride (September 30, 2007)

OK, it's the last day of the month, are you going out on a ride today? Or are you going to mow the lawn and then sit on the couch and watch football?

Recovery ride for me today as I spent a wonderful day on the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) with some of the BF regulars. The BRP is a great place to ride, weather was perfect, about 60, sunny and traffic was low, rode from Balsam Gap to Devil's Courthouse. Ride was about 40 miles. Now with all that climbing and for a lowlander like me, with all that climbing above 5000' I need a recovery ride today.

What will your ride be like?
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Did a 40K ride today. Got put off by numerous bird attacks. Really made me worry too much, so I went home. Mowed the lawn, did the edges and cleaned the pool after my ride. Then got hounded by my better half to go out to dinner.

But it's all good. Public holiday tomorrow. Might get up at 4am and get most of my ride done while it is still dark.
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Did a 10 mile tt training ride. 20-25mph stiff winds made the first half of the ride really slow, but the second half really fun.
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5 hour jaunt in strong wind and showers.
 
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Going to ride 20-25 miles with half a dozen friends to a water filled quarry and go swimming, then come back.
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Originally Posted by WheresWaldo View Post
Balsam Gap to Devil's Courthouse. Ride was about 40 miles.
What mile markers is that from and to? I'll be there next week and am trying to decide where to ride.
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Old 09-30-07, 07:04 AM
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Originally Posted by NameGoesHere View Post
What mile markers is that from and to? I'll be there next week and am trying to decide where to ride.
Started at the overlook at mp 439.4 and rode to Black Balsam Knob Road a couple of miles past the tunnel at Devil's Courthouse, then back to the start. Here is the route on MapMyRide.
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wife's out of town and I'm watching "the Dude" (my 3yr old)...no ride for me today unless I get his sister to babysit a little while...we'll just have to play it by ear.
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Sent the wife out to mow the lawn. I'm in watching the kids. Don't watch football. Waiting for my eye to finish healing so I can get back out and ride.

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I was up way too early and decided that I'd get around to swapping the 27's on my '62 Peugeot fixie for some lighter 700's with some high flange Normandy hubs... the smaller wheel warrants a few more links in the chain and after that I'll be off to do some test riding.

The high flange wheels look fabulous on the bike and I'll have to take a few pics after I do some test riding.
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Yep and found a speed bump by accident but survived. Probably about 15+ miles.
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doing this route today, then hanging on the mighty Connecticut Rivah.
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Woke up a little late, decided to goof off and hit the pool. Saw Macka's post on her ride with her father. Felt compelled and enthused to get out. 80miles (longest ride ever) came home and fell in the pool.

Todays song was "Always the Sun" by the Stranglers and "In the Living Years" Mike and the Mechanics, which reminds me of my dad who I miss so much.

Thanks Machka
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Originally Posted by gabdy View Post
Did a 40K ride today. Got put off by numerous bird attacks. Really made me worry too much, so I went home. Mowed the lawn, did the edges and cleaned the pool after my ride. Then got hounded by my better half to go out to dinner.

But it's all good. Public holiday tomorrow. Might get up at 4am and get most of my ride done while it is still dark.
You guys in Australia are done already and we still get to look forward to our rides. What's up with the bird attacks?
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Old 09-30-07, 09:34 AM
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Very cool club ride today despite puncturing and dropping a chain. Weather was cold enough to wear arm warmers the whole ride through, but there was some strong sunshine about. Managed to stay with the pace the whole time and did quite a lot of work at the front. We saw a bit of a race half way through our ride - some of the guys from the club were in in the running - hopefully they did well - should find out later.

Our ride went over quite a few different roads and found some nasty hills. A lot of guys were messing around - sprinting for sign posts and hill tops. I reacted to almost every move and wasn't dropped once. Big pat on my back for today's efforts after having been dropped at some point on most of the club rides I've been on recently.

My reward was to watch the World Championships for 3-hours on the couch!
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Bike will be out of the shop around 5... Somethings are better left to the pro wrenchers. Will try to get a quick ride in before dinner.

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Not feeling right this morning so just a gentle 25 miler to say I have gone out- Then I got back in time to watch Bettini retain his world championship. Good result cos the 25 miler turned into 40.
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no ride for me today I had to clean out the mini-vans and then my family is going down to my grandparent's house. *sigh* I wish I had more time to ride.
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The Nyack Ride felt like a Vuelta stage today. I reset my trip computer when I pick up the ride in Rockleigh, NJ, when it's already rolling pretty fast. I looked down @ the average speed 7-8 miles later in Englewood, and it was 25.8 mph. The average speed before the climbing @ the end was 22.8 mph, and that included a whole bunch of dead stops today (we caught EVERY traffic light, and at one point we had to lollygag around while a cop gave us a tongue lashing). I'd guess that allowed to proceed apace the ride would have averaged 24mph no problem. Pcad hung until the Hook Mtn. climb and probably finished 12th -15th (maybe 20 guys made it up to 9W, the ride was utterly de-Fredded at that point, I picked off 4 guys on the climb too). We were chasing Ken Lundgren, NE Hardware Cat 2 (he's 27) and one of the fastest guys in NJ (I think he finishes in the top 3 in the TT cup every year) who had solo'd off the front.

That ride is big fun, but some days it's unfathomably fast. Who needs races with entry fees when you can go down to Nyack and get your head handed to you every Sunday? Works for me. Can't feel too bad about my ride today coming on the heels of Saturday's 110 miles.

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First ride out on new wheels today, wish I felt better: bad allergies, this ride had propulsion assist from frequent snot rocketing.

28 mi
18.8 mph avg
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Did 25 on a breezy cool fall day. Noone in sight, roads are deserted,you can hear the ocean 's waves crashing on the shore and the seagulls regaining thier territory..
I love fall
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nice 55 mile loop around hertfordshire, though the roads were in a terrible state and i ended up with a bruised hand/leg/arm/hip and roadrash after hitting a pothole while drinking
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45 mile ride. rode with 2 other guys from work.. it was a good ride... thank god i took my arm/leg warmers this time....

Here's a pic. Yolo county vineyards...

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It was a frigid morning to ride down to the shop as the temp was only +1 C but I did manage to get the new wheels on Bridgette, my 1962 Peugeot fixed gear.

The ride home was much nicer as the sun had started to warm things up which made for a perfect fall day in which to take then old French girl out for a spin.

I am trying to enjoy as many of these days as possible as pretty soon my Sunday rides will be done on studded tires.



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Rainy and temps around 50f. No way in hell I'm riding today!

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