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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    No sunrise pics here.

    On the road I like to meander
    At new things to take me a gander
    Though I don't fly on past
    I'm having a blast
    Speedier than the spotted salamander

    BrianMc
    I tried to +rep you on that one but even after handing it out "rep-hoeing" I still get the need to pass it around message when I try to give it to somebody here.

    I'm seriously getting the n+1 itch while my bike is in the shop. Things like "I don't own a FS 9er" are going through my head. As well as "If you buy a 29er you're going to need another set of studded tires" IT'S A CURSE I TELL YOU!

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    I am in Asia on business and I ran across this little beauty. How would you like to commute on this?
    That's awesome. Nice trunk space.


    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    On the road I like to meander
    At new things to take me a gander
    Though I don't fly on past
    I'm having a blast
    Speedier than the spotted salamander
    Winner.
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    Rough week

    Stomach flu hit Sunday night, rode in Monday and back...

    Tuesday got up felt dizzy, rode in but it took me twice as long that hurt...had to call the wife for the ride home...

    Finally feeling better today.


    Pedal pedal pedal
    The rhthym of the riding
    Makes it feel like I'm gliding.

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    ^^ What about your "above the neck/below the neck" rule?

    The call of the bike was just too strong, wasn't it? I've been there..

    I'm fighting a head cold this week. Epic snot rockets and moving slow, but nothing in the chest/torso. No fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    ^^ What about your "above the neck/below the neck" rule?

    The call of the bike was just too strong, wasn't it? I've been there..

    I'm fighting a head cold this week. Epic snot rockets and moving slow, but nothing in the chest/torso. No fun.
    Should'a followed the rule.

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    Chilly this morning. 18 degrees, and all of my proper gloves were in my office. So i had to wear full-fingered summer MTB gloves. Brrrrr...

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    I had sorta the opposite problem. It was 34F this morning and I couldn't find any of my long-fingered gloves. I didn't have time to dig around looking for them so I drove after I exhausted what available time I had. I wasn't about to ride in near-freezing temps with cutoff gloves.

    I wish I knew where my full-fingered bike gloves are that would work well in this temp range. Of course, now it's bright, sunny, and 70ish.

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    Smoky...

    Guess they're doing controlled burns on the reservation this week. Freaked me out as the plume looked like my house was on fire (from a distance). Now everything smells like I've been camping.



    I did touch it up a tad though. Makes up for the shortcomings of my cell phone camera.

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    ^^ Pretty, but no fun to breathe.

    Hope everyone who's been under the weather feels better soon. That means you too BEdwards, n+1 disease is very serious.
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    Not cold, but at least it`s wet. And windy. The Christmas paper that my wife taped up to the front door is in soggy tatters- I guess I`d better go pull it down before it escapes into the wild dark yonder. Keep thinking that one ofthese years she`s going to figure out what wind does, but so far no luck.

    So, will we get a ride report from Hong Kong after Woodway gets back from exploring the town on his loaner rod braked beastie? Hope it measures up with the Barcelona edition

    Good on ya for braving it with chopped gloves, JChasse! I bet you remember to bring your good gloves home today!

    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    I'm seriously getting the n+1 itch while my bike is in the shop. Things like "I don't own a FS 9er" are going through my head.
    9er, schmiener. Go fat!

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    ^^ What about your "above the neck/below the neck" rule?
    Whoa, easy there, cowboy! Lack of boogerchest makes you ornery

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    Guess they're doing controlled burns on the reservation this week. Freaked me out as the plume looked like my house was on fire (from a distance). Now everything smells like I've been camping.
    I love the smell of pee`d out campfire in the morning.
    Recalculating....

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    SNOW !!!

    And yup I got my DIY studded tires out again

    How was your commute today?-imageuploadedbytapatalk1354163604.400297.jpg
    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleB28 View Post
    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    I'll be commuting tomorrow for the first time in about two months, had a free train pass for school, and didn't have anywhere to store my bike.

    It should be a brisk 30 F so we'll see how it goes, hopefully winds along Lake Michigan aren't too terrible.

    Then I have a new commuter arriving tomorrow night after I get home from work!

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    Had rain and JUST above freezing for a few days in a row. Turned to super wet snow last night and there is 10cm on the ground. It's pretty, but super sloppy under the white stuff. Yeah, my ride in took a bit longer today.

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    Perfect weather today.
    I usually bike to work everyday but had a small detour today.
    Had to bring my SUV to the dealer for 100k maintenance work.
    Packed my bike and drove to the dealer, then left my SUV and biked to work.
    I'll be riding back to the dealer when I get off work at 5:00pm.
    I love commuting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbigisbudgood View Post
    Had rain and JUST above freezing for a few days in a row. Turned to super wet snow last night and there is 10cm on the ground. It's pretty, but super sloppy under the white stuff. Yeah, my ride in took a bit longer today.
    I have to say, the tourism department must be crying [ "It's that mrbigisbudgood again" ] if they read your posts - the weather there sounds downright miserable. Hang in there and stay safe.

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    Nice pic Spatialized
    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    ^^ Pretty, but no fun to breathe.

    Hope everyone who's been under the weather feels better soon. That means you too BEdwards, n+1 disease is very serious.
    Yes, psychiatric help is expensive.
    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    ...9er, schmiener. Go fat!...
    I do see your point, so what you are saying is n+2 or n+1+1. I'm grumpy because I was just starting to enjoy my woods commutes again now that the ground is frozen. We'll see how the battle between rational and irrational plays out.
    Quote Originally Posted by mrbigisbudgood View Post
    Had rain and JUST above freezing for a few days in a row. Turned to super wet snow last night and there is 10cm on the ground. It's pretty, but super sloppy under the white stuff. Yeah, my ride in took a bit longer today.
    By far the worst. Snow bounces off and warm rain is tolerable...

    19 degrees for this morning's commute - at least that's what it said on my truck thermometer. Had to drive for an after work appointment.

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    Got in more than half of the action today...
    Going by yet another quarry.
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    ^^ The cyclist self portraits are pretty cool. And I am not referring to the snow.

    Looked up the record of recent rides on the phone and discovered that when I push the last downhill and run up to the next hill I have been speeding at 10 over for a section of road. Almost fast enough to keep up with cars. Definitely faster than the proverbial spotted salamander. That explains seeing the pulse coming down from somewhere north of 175 on the climb out, more than 10 maybe 15 over my max if it hot 180. Recovering nicely.

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    ^^ Nice!

    It was dumping rain for my ride home yesterday. Still loving the fender extender. The rain let up for my ride this morning... but here's the national weather service outlook for me and Rodar:

    A POWERFUL WINTER STORM WILL MOVE INTO THE REGION TODAY AND
    TONIGHT...BRINGING HEAVY PRECIPITATION AND HEAVY WET SNOW TO THE
    HIGH SIERRA...AND STRONG WINDS TO WESTERN NEVADA. PLEASE REFER TO
    THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON SNOW
    ACCUMULATIONS IN THE SIERRA...AND TO THE HIGH WIND WARNING AND
    WIND ADVISORIES FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE STRONG WINDS.

    VERY HEAVY PRECIPITATION AND STRONG WINDS WILL CONTINUE FRIDAY
    THROUGH SUNDAY. MINOR TO MODERATE FLOODING IS POSSIBLE SUNDAY
    THROUGH TUESDAY ON AREA RIVERS DUE TO THE VERY HEAVY RAINFALL
    EXPECTED OVER THE WEEKEND. ANOTHER...WEAKER...SYSTEM WILL MOVE
    INTO THE REGION BY WEDNESDAY BRINGING ANOTHER CHANCE OF
    PRECIPITATION.
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    ^ yesterday we had a severe snowfall warning for a foot of snow, but ended up with less than an inch. Hopefully you guys luck out too.

    Our roads have turned to skating rinks over the past few weeks though, so even the little bit of snow that we got really screwed up the drivers. I, however, was once again impressed at how much my winterbike kicks ass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    ^ yesterday we had a severe snowfall warning for a foot of snow, but ended up with less than an inch. Hopefully you guys luck out too.

    Our roads have turned to skating rinks over the past few weeks though, so even the little bit of snow that we got really screwed up the drivers. I, however, was once again impressed at how much my winterbike kicks ass.
    We got about an inch of light Alberta powder....great for skiing....-17C at the river bottom...-14C at the airport.

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    Good ride this AM, but cold in Anchorage. -7 by my house thermometer. Another day to be thankful for the beardcycles - best insulation ever.

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    Yup CommuterBoy I got the same report this morning. I had an offsite meeting and the company does not like the idea of me dragging the company computer around in my backpack so had to drive yesterday. Was all excited to ride this morning only to walk out the front door to see what the weather was like (report said a nice 40*) only to promptly get smacked in the face by our screen door as the wind slammed it shut on my nose.

    So it was back to the ironing board for clothes to drive in and then I get to work and NO WIND.. BASTARDS!! but it has picked up again and supposed to be 20+mph winds tonight on my 10hr shift.. Oh well, maybe next week.

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    I didn`t check the temps tonight, but it was WAY warmer than Anchorage, Calgary or Edmunton! The wind gave me a rough time, though. Besides gusting, it kept changing direction, so I was riding quite a drunken line. And still cloudy, but I don`t think it rained at all today. Maybe later tonight. Waiting for CB`s morning report- hope you get some white. Greg, it sounds like you were looking forward to riding in the wind?
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    Excellent commute this morning, got green lights at both major intersections and made it to work a whole 2 minutes faster than usual; temperature was nearly 40F and the wind was negligible, it'd be nice if it were always those conditions.

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    No ride in this morning as Iím leaving from work for the weekend by car. I found it feels a lot colder out at 25F when you are trying to tie a ladder to the roof than when you are pedaling. It snowed hard on the way home last night, it was blinding on the downhills (forgot my glasses so I had to blink constantly) and had accumulated a couple inches by the time I got home. This morning I was surprised that there was 4-5Ē.

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    Seriously rainy in these parts. I was blown away at how much every creek, ditch, and gully swelled up overnight. I have this one little bridge I ride over where the creek is usually maybe 10 feet down below the road, and it was up to within a foot of the bottom of the bridge this morning... scared the heck out of me because I didn't see it until I was riding across, and then there's raging water RIGHT THERE. Major rain...
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    ^^I was hoping yours wouldn`t be so wet. Snow level around 7k though, so not likely.
    We`ve had moderate but consistant rain since about 2 AM, winds a bit calmer now.

    Have a nice weekend, MtbX.
    Recalculating....

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    Yeah, no hope of snow for me with this one...warm storm. It rained like the proverbial 'cow pissing on a flat rock' all night at my place. It's awesome because we need it, but they're predicting the river to be at "flood stage" by Sunday. It's always either too much or not enough
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    Yeah not so much looking to riding in the wind.. As long as it is one direction I dont mind it but it was all over the place yesterday when I went for my state mandated 15 minute break walk, that I dont like.

    Yeah we have plenty of flood warnings over here from all the rain. Was surprised at how much rain we have gotten so far this year and the fact that it is not supposed to let up all weekend, should make for an interesting weekend.

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    Anchorage is still cold, and with little snow... -5 at home, +5 at work, makes for a fun fat bike commute to work! Fun fact, Chicken, Alaska was the first AK city of winter '12 to hit -50 yesterday! I'd like some snow now please! At least by holiday!

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    Funner fact: There's a Chicken, Alaska
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    Well looks like round two is on the way!!
    Reno/Sparks and surrounding areas have been issued a state of emergency due to the imminent rain and wind storms.

    How was your commute today?-imageuploadedbytapatalk1354322092.751051.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    Funner fact: There's a Chicken, Alaska
    Chicken, Alaska - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Chicken was settled by gold miners in the late 1800s and in 1902 the local post office was established requiring a community name. Due to the prevalence of ptarmigan in the area that name was suggested as the official name for the new community. However, the spelling could not be agreed on and Chicken was used to avoid embarrassment.

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    Last ride for a bit. Went greet except for the fifth to the last turn. Looks like I hit some loose flint coat some vehicle deposited in the near tire path near the apex of the turn. That slid the back out and me into more flint cote and the bike slid to the left, at the point where I was out of the corner going straight. No warning. Bent my glasses shoved a lens into my eyelid, cut me deeply and bruised my face. Left a pool of blood in the helmet and on the pavement. One way to lose weight, I guess. i ride that corner all the time for years, no issues. Knocked me out.

    With one eye working and morphine. I'll be back when I am back. I may not be able to answer. Spare pair of glasses are the old prescription and the right eye it swollen shut. Lucky. An empty dump truck could have rolled over my head.

    Cost me my jacket, three light under layers, (two silk), two silk and one manmade leggings, and a helmet. Well my Santa now has a list.

    Flint coat sux.

    BrianMc - still with a brain, still Dazed and Confused (Led Zeppelin) and not typing too well.

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    I have an office job where I wear a dress pants and shirt. I want to start commuting to work a few days a week.

    Since I will be wearing riding clothing while I'm on the bike, how do you suggest I take my work clothes with me? backpack ? commuter rack? i will be using my road bike. please include links to what I could use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    Bent my glasses shoved a lens into my eyelid, cut me deeply and bruised my face. Left a pool of blood in the helmet and on the pavement. Knocked me out.

    With one eye working and morphine. I'll be back when I am back.
    Whoa! That was some crash . Check in when you can and heal well.

    A backpack is the simplest and cheapest way to carry stuff. I find them uncomfortable to ride with, but some actually prefer that way. If you decide for panniers or a trunk rack, there`s some cash involved, but more comfortable IMO- it`s up to you. Also, a lot of people who have to wear nice clothes to work drive in with a week`s worth and ride in until they run out of clothes. If that`s an option for you, you won`t have to worry about wrinking stuff.

    Minus 50! Good God, that`s obscene!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    Last ride for a bit. Went greet except for the fifth to the last turn. Looks like I hit some loose flint coat some vehicle deposited in the near tire path near the apex of the turn. That slid the back out and me into more flint cote and the bike slid to the left, at the point where I was out of the corner going straight. No warning. Bent my glasses shoved a lens into my eyelid, cut me deeply and bruised my face. Left a pool of blood in the helmet and on the pavement. One way to lose weight, I guess. i ride that corner all the time for years, no issues. Knocked me out.

    With one eye working and morphine. I'll be back when I am back. I may not be able to answer. Spare pair of glasses are the old prescription and the right eye it swollen shut. Lucky. An empty dump truck could have rolled over my head.

    Cost me my jacket, three light under layers, (two silk), two silk and one manmade leggings, and a helmet. Well my Santa now has a list.

    Flint coat sux.

    BrianMc - still with a brain, still Dazed and Confused (Led Zeppelin) and not typing too well.
    Bad one! I'm not even sure what flint coat is but I'm going to try to avoid it. Sounds like you are going to be stiff for a while. Get well soon.

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    Pretty good commute tonight after several days of wind and weirdness (rain is weird for us). I didn`t loose anything to the wind, actually gained a couple rougue recycling pickup baskets . There`s definitely no shortage of mud in my yard, but apparently the flooding that was expected didn`t turn out as bad as it looked like- snow level dropped low enough to keep it in check. Tonight was cooling off, clear skies, and just a little breeze.

    Tonight is my last weekend shift for the forseeable future, back to five day weeks for a while, then on to the furlogh days. The company I work for prints all kinds of stuff all over the world, but this plant mostly does the department store ad fliers that come out in Sunday papers, so late Oct until mid Nov we`re slammed with Thanksgiving Day ads, then the miscelaneous Dec sales, then finally post Christmas stuff. Tis the season to make a buck, falala la la.
    Recalculating....

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    Holy heatwave, Batman. It was almost 60F this morning. It actually felt a bit stuffy. The vultures are tapering off. A couple weeks ago there were about 80 of them flying in a massive cyclone over the park. It was pretty awesome. I had to stop and watch them for a while. I managed to get a decent estimate, but there were way too many to count.

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    Heal well, BrianMc! I'm not sure what a flint coat is either, but if I see one I'll be sure to avoid it too.

    Back from Asia and it felt good to be back on my bike this morning. I'll take the pouring rain and 20MPH gusts to sitting on an airplane for hours on end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Bad one! I'm not even sure what flint coat is but I'm going to try to avoid it. Sounds like you are going to be stiff for a while. Get well soon.
    Chip seal is another name for it. I was still a bit groggy from being unconscious and on morphine when I wrote last. I hit something and it may simply have been a patch of tarry pavement that heeled me over for a hard pedal strike. The small gravel may not have been a cause. I broke part of my upper jaw, apparently, My eye finally opened some yesterday. Major road rash on the right side of my face and three cuts, two with stitches. My left hand is barely useable but it types much better than on Friday. The rest is par for the course and no hindrance to riding. My spare glasses aren't good enough to let me drive. So I wait new glasses. Could be worse. Nobody was following to run me over. I also did this with someone in the opposing lane with a cell phone who called 911.

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    Ouch, Brian. Hope you heal up soon.

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    Major bummer Brian, sorry to hear about that. Heal up quick! Sounds like an ugly one. And since no one else asked....how's the bike?


    We got some flooding and crazy river levels this weekend... pretty nuts. "Flood stage" for the river is 12 feet, we went to 13.29. More rain on the way, but supposedly not enough to threaten...River's back down at 9' or so now.
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    A broken jaw is never a good thing.

    Today's commute was a nice warm 36 degrees with light fog and spectacular sunrises through the fog. I should have stopped to take one because I might have won the photo contest today because i don't seen any other entries.
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    9er, schmiener. Go fat!
    I went 9er first. Ordered one up this morning. I am no longer "in the black" with the money I save commuting. I did actually try out a fatbike for the first time over the weekend. Not as slow as i was expecting. I still haven't got over the one that slipped through my fingers. Just because I went 9er doesn't mean I can't go fat too. I have amazing rationalization abilities.

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    Ouch, BrianMc. Glad you're relatively okay. Heal up quick. No commuting for me recently. Every time I go into the office to use my computer, it takes me 10x longer (or more) to get anything done relative to my home computer because the POS is so slow. Working from home, then.

    Which is sorta nice today because it's raining.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    Major bummer Brian, sorry to hear about that. Heal up quick! Sounds like an ugly one. And since no one else asked....how's the bike?.
    Today headache and nausea. Tomorrow the Doctor appointment about the fracture. I suspect since I am no longer coughing up blood it will be like cracked ribs: heal yourself. He is needed to make sure there is nothing too wrong with my right upper molars aching a bit.

    Bike seat right rear and bottom right brake lever some rash, Bar tape is history and right pedal is history, too much of the outside hoop is gone. I was in 48-16 and the IPhone says I was swinging the wide curve at 18-19 mph reading off the graph. So that's almost a ton of force 19-0 mostly by face braking. Helmet is cracked on the front 45 degrees. History. Always the over achiever!

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    -15 celcius and snow here today and the weatherman says same for tommorow.

    I have to say that I`m loving these new lake winter shoes I bought last month.

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    Discovered the front tire will not hold air. Could have taken a sidewall wound in the crash, or the police were un-careful delivering it home, or that was the reason the corner went so badly so suddenly.

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    How was your commute today?-imageuploadedbytapatalk1354580710.345573.jpg
    High 50's, winds light and variable, warm sunshine...priceless!

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