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There's nothing like a nice piece of asphalt in the morning

Old 08-25-10, 06:54 AM
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There's nothing like a nice piece of asphalt in the morning

Nothing makes a Road Weenie happier than climbing up to his favorite little stretch of mile long ridge-top country road, the one that appeared to have been paved last in the 1980's, the one that was like the Ho Chi Minh friggin trail, only to find a brand spankin new coat of baby ass smooth tarmac laid down by the local DPW. That was what I found up on Forthill Road in Goshen this morning.

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Old 08-25-10, 06:57 AM
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Ho Chi Minh trail? I used the phrase once and you told me I was dating myself...
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Originally Posted by roadwarrior View Post
you told me I was dating myself
No RW, that remark was in response to your posting in the ************ thread.
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Oh, yeah. Fresh asphalt is one of life's real pleasures.
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Nice, but thread worthy?

For pcad anything goes I guess.
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What you talkin about???? HCMT was not paved!

That was a mountain bike trail - it wasn't supposed to be paved........
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Pcad, you're absolutely correct about that fresh asphalt. They just repaved the streets in my neighborhood, and it's so smooooth that I don't want to leave the neighorhood!

And one of my favorite cycling memories (goes back about 25 years ago) is one of the nights I rode to my parent's home from work at about 2am. 15 mile ride on a well-lit divided 4 lane road with a large shoulder and very little traffic. The last two miles were on a very rural country road with only 2 curves in that 2 mile stretch. This night in particular was a full moon...

I turned off the 4 lane highway to find that the country road had just been paved...and it was smooth. I turned off my headlight and was able to ride just by the light of the moon. At some point on that piece of road, I lost all sense of motion, effort, and time. It felt so good that I continued past my parent's home and rode another 2 miles to the end of the road and turned around and did it again. It may have been as close to cycling nirvana as I've ever been.

And what's nice??? I'm reminded of that moment whenever I encounter fresh pavement...and I get a little bit of that feeling again.

If there's a heaven, at least for me, it'll have long stretches of highway just like that...

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Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
What you talkin about???? HCMT was not paved!

That was a mountain bike trail - it wasn't supposed to be paved........
If they would only pave the single track we might be able to actually talk to the stoners in the MTB Forum.
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when i saw the title i thought pcad had fallen again. time for trainer wheels.
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Forthill Road was nice this AM. But I did not kiss any asphalt.
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I've read this twice this morning for some reason...
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Had a similar experience last week in Maine. Rode south out of Old Orchard, turned right on Rt 9, and found beautiful fresh asphalt. Smooth as a baby's bottom. Sunny day, nice road, considerate drivers...couldn't ask for much more. Oh, and it was my b-day. Made it even more special.
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Must be a "New York" thing.

I'm noticing a lot of local roads here being blacktopped.

I remember coming around a bend in Pelham waiting for my usual "cyclocross" section
(at least, that's how it made me feel) and I felt like Meg Ryan in City of Angels
(except for the part where she got hit by the Semi).

Beautiful stretch of new road laid out.

I heard a choir of angels singing.

Sah-wheat.

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double post.

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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
If they would only pave the single track we might be able to actually talk to the stoners in the MTB Forum.


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Most of the roads near here are in decent to good shape. But there's a 1.5 mile connector road which, for reasons I never understood, they allowed to get really bad in a few sections. We're talking patches on top of patches. And the road gets quite a bit of traffic in the day.

Anyway, they recently repaved it. Well, the two ends of it. Again, for reasons I do not get, they didn't repave the middle part. But the ends are sweet. It feels like I go 2 mph faster now just because of the smooth road.
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fresh road on corners is the best
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uh, actually, i cant believe this, but yes, that is correct. later.
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when do you expect the first pothole to appear?
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this thread is like the yang to velo vols ying

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-Up-At-Daytona
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'Fresh' asphalt is nice, but not 'Too Fresh' - I remember riding newly paved roads back 'in the day' in Pine Bush, NY and afterwords had to take kerosene to my frame and rims to remove the tar residue.........
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Originally Posted by coasting View Post
when do you expect the first pothole to appear?
No not a pothole but a "oh we forgot to run a pipe across the road we need to dig a trench across it" patch. Why? Poor planning I guess.
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A short 1km stretch of my fairly route (Leslie Street, South towards the spit for anybody in Toronto) had a real MUP finally installed a few weeks ago. Usually, they do an alright job with the grade, but this is stellar - particularly at intersections with side roads, where cyclists have right of way but have to go down and up a ramped curb at either side, the asphalt is perfect - there's no jolt whatsoever, even at 40km/h. Whoever was in charge of that must be a cyclist. Makes my day a little better every time I take that route with the utter confidence to dive straight through those side road intersections, no easing up or bracing for the curbs.

Also, twice recently I've accidentally hit fresh asphalt (think hot fresh) on my commuter. The first time I had cyclists in front of me and I was tailing too close so didn't have time to react to their slight swerve around a pot hole filling, the traffic cops near by were not pleased with me.
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My little street just got repaved, and one horrible section around the corner just got redone !!
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this is nearly as boring as the pothole thread. nearly. This one had a tiny bit of drama.
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