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  1. #61
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    justalex, we welcome newbies here!

    Down in central Florida, we managed to ride the past two days. Memorial Day was very busy on the trail with folks on vacation and off work, so not as good, but yesterday was back to normal and very nice. It's been breezy and warm but not nearly as warm as what you're experiencing, nwg! When I heard that Minneapolis hit 100, I knew I was better off in Florida at the moment. Our highs have been in the 80s, typical for this time of year.

    Today we are getting steady rain, which doesn't make me happy, as Paisley has a vet appointment at 1pm, and we will have to take her in my husband's bike basket unless the rain is really hard. In that case, I might break down and ask my neighbor if I can borrow her car. She has offered, but I would only take her up on it in an emergency -- which this might be. We'll see. A lot of times the rain will taper off here and just be sprinkles. The sad thing is, just two days ago, it looked like today would be fine, with afternoon t-storms only, just like the past two days. If her appointment had been either Monday or Tuesday at the same time, the rain was still hours away. Bad timing, and one of the down sides of a car-free lifestyle!

    ETA: I can't really change her appointment, as she's out of all her meds as of this morning, so I have to get to the vet for those anyway.
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  2. #62
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    Quote Originally Posted by emily_in_nc View Post
    justalex, we welcome newbies here! ...
    I'll second that. Intrude away and welcome to the forum.

    Our heat spell appears to be over. Temps back into the more seasonal 70s. Rain on t's way, though, that too is a relief and much needed.

    Hubby and I did our morning neighborhood ride and, as usual, stopped and talked to a neighbor along the way. He's retired and recently widowed, so will be moving, soon, to be closer to the kids. I do get that. Love my north woods, but I would not want to live, alone, so far from family. Hope I never have to face that but, of course, what will be, will be. I have no say in that.

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    I did a decent ride today. I've learned my limit for riding alone is 25 miles and I did 22.
    My goal was to ride on the new section of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail. Things move so slowly here in MA, with these kinds of projects. The new section goes to the next town. The part in West Concord is almost done and will open next March. However, the bridge over the major highway to connect these 2 sections will not open until 2020 or 21, I can't remember. Every town has to have a design study (with money for that), then hearings, then appropriate the money before building begins. Once that bridge opens, I will be able to do a lot more of my shopping by bike.
    Anyway, I was going to do the ride I did with my friend 3 weeks ago, as you can catch the older part of the trail at one point of this ride. However, I was once again rerouted due to road work. The work is needed, so no complaining here, but it changed my plans. The alternate main road I took north also was ripped up, but, it's flat and I didn't want to have to stop on a hill on scarified pavement. This was OK, but it was one way at 3 points, so lots of stopping. I turned off where it ended and went up and down a shady road that ends up right where the new part of the trail begins, which is what I wanted.
    The trail was nice and didn't have a lot of stops, as compared to the older part. I already knew the road crossings were well planned from driving around town. It went through lots of woods and wetlands, had access to a historic old pencil factory and hiking trail we often do, as well as access to a huge recreational park/pond in Acton. I got to go over a very high bridge over a main road that I watched them build all winter. The bridge part is made of rubber-like material, I assume so it doesn't freeze. After that, I saw where there is access to my LBS and grocery store, although once the bridge over Rt 2 is built, I will be coming from the opposite direction. I got off the trail before the end, so I could get home without having to backtrack through Concord Center and West Concord Center again, and crossing the highway at a decent spot, that I used to use when I was teaching.
    It's not as warm as yesterday, which was almost 90, but at the end of the ride, it felt like it was heating up and getting humid. I think the sun must have come out more, as it's only 78.
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    That sounds like my kind of ride, Crankin. I love trails like that, especially when they make for efficiencies in utilitarian rides. It will be lovely for you when they finish the connectors, etc.

    Had an interesting ride to/from the vet yesterday. Of course I made the appointment on the one rotten day this week. Woke up to rain, which continued on up to one minute before we had to leave on the bikes. It had been a real gullywasher just 10 minutes before we had to leave, super dark out, before tapering off and finally stopping. There were huge puddles everywhere. I rode my cruiser bike because it has fenders, and the vet is only 1.5 miles each way. DH had Paisley in her basket, and he'd made a cardboard top for it to protect her from rain.

    When we got to the vet, there was a HUGE puddle at the entrance, but we were able to lock the bikes up and get around the puddle on wet grass. While there, it started pouring again, so our bikes and DH's panniers got drenched. It was raining lightly when we left and stopped during our ride home. Of course the puddles were worse than on the way over, so we were quite wet (aside from the parts under rain jackets) when we got home. Paisley stayed pretty dry, though!

    Quite an adventure for three miles, and one of the times being car-free is a challenge.

    This morning is lovely, and we'll be heading out on our usual 35-miler in a little bit. It will be hot and humid but at least not raining!
    Emily

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    Glad you stayed at least relatively dry on your adventure to the vet, Emily. Brings back a lot of memories of commuting in the rain. Oh, having a bike as your only means of transportation sounds romantic and all that, but that gets a old pretty quick when you have to ride in a downpour to get to work on time.

    Speaking of rain, we had over an inch of much, much needed rain, yesterday afternoon. Started just as I was finish my afternoon trail riding. It was our first significant rain in over a month. Our woods were dangerously dry. Cooled things off, too. Checked my trails, this morning and they were still in good shape. That thirsty soil soaked the rain pretty quick.

    Speaking of my trails, it's funny how the little things make a difference, as in the things you never really think about till you're there. One I noticed, recently, is all the shadows and reduced visibility on my trails, now that the leaves are all out on the trees. The trails are much easier to see in the winter, for sure. If I didn't know the trails so well, I could see how things could get a bit tricky in the shadows. As I've mentioned, before, prior knowledge of the trails you're riding is a huge plus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by north woods gal View Post
    Glad you stayed at least relatively dry on your adventure to the vet, Emily. Brings back a lot of memories of commuting in the rain. Oh, having a bike as your only means of transportation sounds romantic and all that, but that gets a old pretty quick when you have to ride in a downpour to get to work on time.
    Agreed! We were never car-free when working, and for the most part, lived too far from work to even consider bike commuting. I sweat too much anyway, and am not an early morning person so wouldn't have been able to manage it. The last year I worked, we lived on a bus line, though, and I took the bus to work most days. I really enjoyed not having to drive. I could actually read on my way to and from work, and the short walk to the bus stop at each end was almost always a nice way to start or end the workday (heavy rain excepted!)

    Glad you got some rain, nwg. We are still all puddled up here in Florida but got in our usual 35 miles yesterday morning before afternoon storms. Today looks good too, and less chance (40%) of afternoon storms. High of 91, but we'll be back long before it gets that hot.
    Emily

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    Whoa! June 1st, today. Looks like time to start a new thread for June. Have to say, though, this May has been a very interesting month for me and my riding. On to summer.

 

 

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