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Thanksgiving Day Ride

Old 10-08-07, 03:56 PM
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Thanksgiving Day Ride

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Today my father and I decided to ride a metric century to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Although they were predicting some rain, and we could see some off in the distance, it turned out to be a beautiful day. The temperatures ranged between 7° and 10°, the wind was light, and it was mainly sunny.

The route we chose ended up being quite hilly ... with the two types of Alberta hills. One type are long, long, long gradual hills. One hill can go on for 20 kms, but maybe only at a 3% grade. The other type go up more steeply, and you can see the crest, but when you get to the crest you realize that the hill just becomes more gradual with a steep bit down the road a little ways, and when you crest that, you see that the hill just becomes more gradual with a steep bit down the road a little ways. This can go on for many, many kilometers. (My 600K route has a section of about 50 kms that does this, and it never goes down at all in that whole time.)

Fortunately our route today had a nice mix of climbing and long, long descents.

It was very pretty out there with the late fall foliage, and the last bits of the harvest in progress all over the place ... a really nice ride. And we actually did it at a pretty good pace!!

Our turkey dinner will be ready shortly ... and I am ready for it!!

How was your Thanksgiving Day ride?
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Sounds great Machka...I should get out to Alberta sometime.

Ya do know most of us North Americans have a ways to go before celebrating Thanksgiving though, right? Actually today is Columbus Day here, which I don't get off, but the feds do so a least I got a holiday from rush hour traffic.
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Originally Posted by Machka
Happy Thanksgiving!!

Today my father and I decided to ride a metric century to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Although they were predicting some rain, and we could see some off in the distance, it turned out to be a beautiful day. The temperatures ranged between 7° and 10°, the wind was light, and it was mainly sunny.

The route we chose ended up being quite hilly ... with the two types of Alberta hills. One type are long, long, long gradual hills. One hill can go on for 20 kms, but maybe only at a 3% grade. The other type go up more steeply, and you can see the crest, but when you get to the crest you realize that the hill just becomes more gradual with a steep bit down the road a little ways, and when you crest that, you see that the hill just becomes more gradual with a steep bit down the road a little ways. This can go on for many, many kilometers. (My 600K route has a section of about 50 kms that does this, and it never goes down at all in that whole time.)

Fortunately our route today had a nice mix of climbing and long, long descents.

It was very pretty out there with the late fall foliage, and the last bits of the harvest in progress all over the place ... a really nice ride. And we actually did it at a pretty good pace!!

Our turkey dinner will be ready shortly ... and I am ready for it!!


How was your Thanksgiving Day ride?
we'll let you know when the real thanksgiving happens on November 22nd.

in the meantime, enjoy the Tory version.
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Originally Posted by botto
we'll let you know when the real thanksgiving happens on November 22nd.
They're both "real" but the Canadian version was first to occur, almost 50 years before the American Thanksgiving.
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No ride here, South of the Border...

Do you have a Turkey with all the trimmings up North or is there some other traditional food...


Happy Thanksgiving....
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Originally Posted by NaBlade
They're both "real" but the Canadian version was first to occur, almost 50 years before the American Thanksgiving.
+1 ... and 33 million North Americans are celebrating today.
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Originally Posted by Hammertoe
No ride here, South of the Border...

Do you have a Turkey with all the trimmings up North or is there some other traditional food...

Anyway Happy Thanksgiving....
Most people have turkey with all the trimmings, but some people do other things. My family does the turkey thing ... and I can smell it cooking now!!
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Originally Posted by Machka
Most people have turkey with all the trimmings, but some people do other things. My family does the turkey thing ... and I can smell it cooking now!!
I can't wait...

I do all the cooking in the house and Thanksgiving is my favorite day...

Although I spend all day in the kitchen, it is well worth it...

mmmmmmmm....

Enjoy it today...
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Originally Posted by Hammertoe
I can't wait...

I do all the cooking in the house and Thanksgiving is my favorite day...

Although I spend all day in the kitchen, it is well worth it...

mmmmmmmm....

Enjoy it today...
I will enjoy it!!
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I didn't think Canadians celebrated a thanksgiving holiday. Meh... Now I want turkey. I should move towards the border, cross over this day next year and celebrate with some Canadians. Two thanksgivings in one year would be nice!
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I set off on a solo 140 km ride, which I managed in 5 hrs and 4 min, despite flying over the handlebars with 20 kms left. Luckily the bike was OK, seems like the handlebar took the brunt of the impact.

Now I feel like somebody beat me with a baseball bat - and that's not crash related.
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Happy turkey day to all my fellow Canadians!

My wife and I got out for a nice 80km ride across the top of Hamilton. It was so bloody humid it wasn't funny. I swore it was the middle of July and not the beginning of August. By the time we got home, at about 1pm, the day had gotten into the high 20's...not typical October weather at all...

The goal was to ride the Redhill Creek Expressway (connects the Alexander Lincoln Parkway with the QEW) before it opens. It was cool riding down the middle of a 3 lane highway. It was also the longest smooth stretch of asphalt I have ever ridden in Hamilton. Only problem was the grade down the escarpment was too flat, we couldn't build up enough speed. Of course that made riding back up much easier.

At least mother nature finally cooperated with our riding. Saturday we got rained out, well the ride got cut short. We ran into some nasty thunder and lightening so we thought it was better to pull into a gas station and call for a pick-up. We waited it out for 30 minutes or so and didn't seem to be letting up so the call was made. That was actually the first time we have ever had to do that.

Then yesterday the misty foggy weather just never lifted and we really weren't in the mood to take a chance again of getting caught in a down pour...Oh well in the end we could have ridden, but played it safe...

One thing for sure is the days are numbered for the nice weather rides!
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I went for a short jaunt on my Marinoni, only about 15 kms as it was 31 degrees here in Toronto, can you believe it? I am still glad I went as I ate a lot of food....I had 3 pieces of my sister's pumpkin pie!
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This is like the Holidays version of the metric system?
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Originally Posted by patentcad
This is like the Holidays version of the metric system?
Sure. Why not. Let's argue about that for a while.
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Originally Posted by jet sanchEz
I went for a short jaunt on my Marinoni, only about 15 kms as it was 31 degrees here in Toronto, can you believe it? I am still glad I went as I ate a lot of food....I had 3 pieces of my sister's pumpkin pie!
Yeah, it was a humid one, I was as soaked as when I ride my indoor spinning bike. Set off at 8:30am today and rode over 70k solo. Some hilly terrain and a good solid ride all around with sunshine (most of the trip) and beautiful fall colours all around. Made up for a lousy Saturday morning ride (rain during the club ride) and yesterday's all day over cast sky (ended up indoor spinning).

I had to burn off that small slice of blueberry pie last night...
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I've had so much turkey and pie today I can't move. Hmmm....turkey.
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Originally Posted by patentcad
This is like the Holidays version of the metric system?
I suppose if it means you can eat 50% more and still count the same number of calories there might be something in that.

Well, unless you're riding a century in which case you're screwed....
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How nice that the northern North Americans celebrated Thanksgiving today while us southern North Americans had to settle for the anti climatic Columbus Day.
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Originally Posted by jet sanchEz
I went for a short jaunt on my Marinoni
My "jaunt" was on my Marinoni as well ... Machak, my Marinoni Ciclo.
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I squeezed in 55 km this afternoon after I put the turkey in the oven.

I just bellied up to the computer after an awsome meal and now enjoying a single malt while surfing BF.
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Originally Posted by Xrisnothing
I didn't think Canadians celebrated a thanksgiving holiday. Meh... Now I want turkey. I should move towards the border, cross over this day next year and celebrate with some Canadians. Two thanksgivings in one year would be nice!
oh man, what i would do for 2 excuses to eat a whole turkey and go riding while it is cooking and still loose weight...sucks to have to wait till the 22nd of november for such a bird to hit my oven rack.
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Does Canadian Thanksgiving involve DocRay offering prayers of gratitude for not being American?
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cycling justifies thanksgiving. i can not wait for ours. its good to be able to burn 1500 calories then eat another 4000
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