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  1. #61
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    I got on the bike to ride to work today. It was close to 50 degrees but I still wore my new jacket (too warm, really, for this tempereature) and happily cruised passed a pair of Great Horned Owls just as the sky was getting light, with plenty of time to get to work and change clothes before the 7:30 am meeting. I turned the corner on the path, not even 4 miles in, and BANG! My tire blew out. I am not blaming my husband for pumping up my tires (even though this is the second time this has happened in a month), especially since he generously got in to the car and picked me up and took me to work. (And brought me an extra tire and tube just to be sure). I'm hoping the ride home will be less eventful.
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  2. #62
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    Flats are always a bummer.

    Did a little road work with one of the fat bikes around the neighborhood, just to be out riding. All snow packed roads, but, even so, not much of a challenge for the fat bike. Hit the freezing point, today and maybe some fresh snow, tomorrow, so the skiing is good, at least.

    AZ, had a Northern Shrike eyeball our feeders, yesterday. Cool bird.

  3. #63
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    North woods gal- that would be a life bird for me. They don't really make it down to southern Arizona.
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  4. #64
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    If I see it, again, I'll tell it to give Arizona a try. We don't have anywhere near the species diversity, up here, deep in the north woods, but I have picked up some life birds, too, by moving up here. Kind of like my biking. Everywhere I have lived, biking has been my favorite way to get to know the country and in the process, have added new birds to my life list.
    Last edited by north woods gal; 12-21-2016 at 04:52 PM.

  5. #65
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    A "shrike" sounds like a bird you'd read about in The Hunger Games.

    We have a fair number of bald eagles around here. I don't know what other parts of they country they can be found in. We were talking about them on the last ride I did, how the population has rebounded from near extinction.

    And in fact that ride will be my last one for the year. I thought about doing a club ride yesterday but it was only 32F when it started, and feel free to call me a wuss but that's colder than I like for cycling. And besides, I developed a couple of saddle sores when I was trying out a new saddle a few weeks ago and one of them is healing very slowly, so it really makes sense to stay off the bike for a while until it's gone. And soon I will hit the road for my holiday vacation, where exercise will consist of walking up and down the various roads on the one hill in my hometown. The incline on some of those roads is quite steep, so it's a decent workout.

    Now I just need to upload all my rides since early May from the Garmin to ridewithgps.com so I can see my totals for the year.

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  6. #66
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    Shrikes are in a family of their own. They're essentially a songbird that evolved into a predator. They may look cute to us, but not to the insects, small mammals, reptiles and birds which they eat. In fact, they're known for impaling their victims on thorns or barb wire. Anything but your usual songbird.

    Yeah, it is time for us to all to tally up our riding for the year, isn't it? Maybe we should do a separate thread on it.
    Last edited by north woods gal; 12-21-2016 at 05:00 PM.

  7. #67
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    Shrikes have the nickname of butcher birds. They don't really have the tools of the trade for a predator (sharp beak and claws) so one reason they impale their prey to soften them up .... (or store for later).
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  8. #68
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    Shrikes are oddly beautiful little birds. I took this picture in a local park in October. I think Northern shrikes winter here but aren't seen much in summer. Click image for larger version. 

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    Nybiker, we have tons of bald eagles in the Pacific Northwest.

    I had a bike crash in early October, smushed part of one vertebra and did some other back damage that isn't clearly diagnosed yet (either SI joint or disk), so I've been doing LOTS of bird-watching walks. And birds are kind of my major source of sanity these days post-election, as well. Planning to go on my first ride back tomorrow, all of ten miles as recommended by my bike PT.
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  9. #69
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    Hope you get better, salsabike.

    I've been doing baby rides simply because we just got out of a snowy, very cold few weeks. The temperature cold fell down to -26 degrees C for several days. Then with meltdown we get chinook high winds at 50-70 km/hr. which is typical of our area. (Only 3 places on Earth experience these winds that blow off from the mountains).
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  10. #70
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    Quote Originally Posted by salsabike View Post
    ]I had a bike crash in early October, smushed part of one vertebra and did some other back damage that isn't clearly diagnosed yet (either SI joint or disk), so I've been doing LOTS of bird-watching walks. And birds are kind of my major source of sanity these days post-election, as well. Planning to go on my first ride back tomorrow, all of ten miles as recommended by my bike PT.
    Oh man! I hope you continue to recover well! Ride safely!
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  11. #71
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    Salsa bike- i hope things are improving. Glad you are getting the okay for a short ride.

    I've been doing a lot of "birding by bike" and it's kind of a compromise for both, but still a fun game to see how many species I can find that way.
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  12. #72
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    Ditto on the birding. Heaven knows, we all need something to maintain our sanity, these days.

    Bald Eagles are a fairly common resident bird in our area. In fact, we have a pair that nests on the next lake, over. See them almost, daily. Winter is our bird feeding season (a no no other times of the year because of bears) and activity at the feeders has been very good. Not a lot of variety, yet, but it is early in the season.

    Still riding the fat bikes, daily, for at least a few miles, but it's now out on the snow packed pavement. Had a fresh 2" of snow, yesterday, and it was a delight to ride on with the fat bike. Snow is too deep back in the woods on the trails for the fatties, though, unless I figure out a way to do some grooming. Not that ambitious, though. Besides, the skiing on my trails has been terrific. Have some fun downhill sections and may add some more.

  13. #73
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    Thanks, all.

    North woods gal, I'm a bit fascinated with where you ride and all the different conditions under which you ride.

    I did go out today for about 12 miles. It hurt my back some, but no more than not going. And I saw otters along the river trail. Some bald eagles, a Cooper's hawk, common goldeneyes, buffleheads, pied billed grebes, mallards. It made my day.
    Last edited by salsabike; 12-23-2016 at 12:19 AM.
    "My predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved;I have been given much and I have given something in return...Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and an adventure." O. Sacks

  14. #74
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    Salsa Mukluk in Iowa! The weather is perfect for fat biking. The
    Green trail is not plowed in winter, making a perfect snow trail. (And thank you unknown fellow fatbike Rd, I would have
    Been lost out in the woods but for your tracks),

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/yr8edxbo2i...05.04.jpg?dl=0

    Not sure if this link will work.
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  15. #75
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    Yay Salsa Bike- sounds like a nice little ride.

    I'm planning to go out later today after I meet with a friend to plan who is going to help us retile a room. Today is going to be nice but tomorrow a cold storm is headed our way with a good chance of rain, winds gusting into the 30's and colder temperatures. Sunday we'll be driving to Phoenix for my husband's family get together....
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