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Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

My Saturday ramble (lots of pictures)

Old 11-10-08, 07:50 AM
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fantastic stuff. thanks for sharing. later.
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Thanks, I have never been there.
Nice Pics.
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Hocam,
I thoroughly loved those pictures. The Pioneer Valley is one of my favorite places to visit, yet I still haven't packed the bike and headed out that way. I have a couple of routes already picked, maybe next Spring.
BTW - the COVAC century out of Hatfield is one ride I look forward to every year, so I guess I have ridden the Pioneer Valley.
Don't be surprised if I IM you next season to see if you want to play tour guide. I'll try my best to keep up
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Old 11-10-08, 08:39 AM
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Great pictures.

I've always thought your Bilenky was gorgeous, by the way.
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Nice report.
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Nice. The summit house has many nice views. I've always wanted to see if I could ride up to it. That area's beautiful this time of year.
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Great ride report and beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing!

And congrats for riding for the sake of riding. Isn't it refreshing?
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Originally Posted by BarryJo View Post
Hocam,
I thoroughly loved those pictures. The Pioneer Valley is one of my favorite places to visit, yet I still haven't packed the bike and headed out that way. I have a couple of routes already picked, maybe next Spring.
BTW - the COVAC century out of Hatfield is one ride I look forward to every year, so I guess I have ridden the Pioneer Valley.
Don't be surprised if I IM you next season to see if you want to play tour guide. I'll try my best to keep up
Sounds like a plan. I'm always up for a century, especially one that practically starts in my back yard.
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Originally Posted by veggiemafia View Post
Great pictures.

I've always thought your Bilenky was gorgeous, by the way.
Aw, shucks.

Great sig btw, I still think about shiz now and again, even though I never got the chance to meet him.
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God, I miss New England. Especially in the fall.

And gorgeous bike by the way. A carbon wonder-bike just wouldn't look right in all those shots.
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Great report! You conveyed the feeling of riding easily, relaxed and enjoying the landscape.
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awesome pics/report.

is that the velo orange "baguette" handlebar bag? i love mine.
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I'm sold. Packing up and heading to New England ASAP!
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That -is- a nice-looking fredmobile. Take off the bags and fenders and it would be a very cool "A" club ride.

I'm surprised no one has bothered to predict total mileage. Since you usually worry about speed and distance, I'll guess you're in good shape and could cover 70 miles in the little-less-than-4 hour ride that you did. So, even on a computerless ride with frequent stops, I'll bet you still covered a good 50 miles.
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Nice post& pics. It's fun to just go ride around once in a while. I need to do more of that I think.
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enjoyed that!
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HA! Within the first 2 photos, I said to myself, "hey, that's Mt. Holyoke College!" I live in Amherst. Nice route. Saturday was way to wet but Sunday I rode from here to North Hampton, up towards Ashfield through Williamsburg, down to Conway and back towards North Hampton and then to Amherst. I love the way you can now see the landscape and into the forests with the leaves down. This part of Mass was only 20% forested in the 1840s due to clearing of timber for building, firewood, and agriculture. Now, we are easily 80% forested.

Perhaps we should get together for a spin some time?

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I was solo on 47 from Hadley to Sunderland and back, then across the rail trail bridge and through Noho to route 5, which takes me home to Holyoke.
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^^
do you Valley folk do any riding in the northfield, gill, montague, millers/turners area? i'd like to get more familiar with riding down there. any suggestions would be great. feel free to PM.
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Hocam, great pictures, great post, great comments. Thanks! Enjoyed the pictures a whole bunch!
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do you Valley folk do any riding in the northfield, gill, montague, millers/turners area? i'd like to get more familiar with riding down there. any suggestions would be great. feel free to PM.
All the time. From Leverett area up to Lake Wyola and then up towards Wendel and on the back way(s) to Northfield. I just did a ride through Williamsburg to Ashfield and Conway. Really isolated areas there! That is the beauty of western MA.
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HA! Within the first 2 photos, I said to myself, "hey, that's Mt. Holyoke College!" I live in Amherst. Nice route. Saturday was way to wet but Sunday I rode from here to North Hampton, up towards Ashfield through Williamsburg, down to Conway and back towards North Hampton and then to Amherst. I love the way you can now see the landscape and into the forests with the leaves down. This part of Mass was only 20% forested in the 1840s due to clearing of timber for building, firewood, and agriculture. Now, we are easily 80% forested.

Perhaps we should get together for a spin some time?

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The title should really read Sunday, not sure why I typed Saturday.

Sounds like a plan, it better be soon if all the warnings I hear about snow are correct. Pedalandshift are you in?
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