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    -4 for the ride in. I got up early to take the long way because the trails are getting firmer and faster. Bad idea. About halfway into my detour no snowmobiles had packed the trail but I decided to continue on to the other main trail because that connector isn't always used. After about 1 mile of hard 4mph riding I got to the main trail which was also untraveled. It was now too late to turn back so I rode about 2 more miles in the deep stuff. Any deeper and I wouldn't be able to make it and I had to walk up most hills. Once I got to the local trail system there was some nicely snowshoe packed singletrack. I did get my exercise this morning.

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    19F on the way in today, just a little cooler than my ride home yesterday. There was no wind, so the going was pleasant. Part of me felt like skipping work altogether and just going for a long ride. Work has felt like an exercise in futility this week.

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    Woo hoo! -20.5 F when I left, -10F when I arrived. Goggles worked great, I took extra care to smooth the neoprene Gator mask under the bottom edge of the goggles, and to exhale right against the little mouth holes. I was glad I added the toewarmer packets to my insulated boots. I was actually warmer than last night since I added the winterhelmet/goggles, those toewarmers, swapped the softshell for a more wind resistant/heat retaining hardshell, and took the trail route staying more out of the wind.

    Bedwards, that sounds pretty rough - glad you made it out of the woods.
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    -20 beats my low temp record. (No image attached, BTW. Either that or if is very small and grey)
    Could explain this: Ski Area Closed Due To Cold

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    -20... is that a personal record MTBX? That's flipping cold.

    It was a glorious 18 degrees for my commute this morning. Unbelievable how warm that felt after the past couple weeks. I think my last double digit commute was way back in 2012.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mechBgon View Post
    On the way home, I took the rural route (with bucket in tow) and did 22 miles at about 22F, which is as cold as I care to tolerate.
    "In tow" sounds about right. Gives me the willies just seeing it there- sure hope it wasn`t windy.

    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    -20... is that a personal record MTBX?
    +2, that`s what I was wondering.
    I think you beat out the Alberta guys this week. Oh, plus 20- something on my way home last night. You won`t even want to hear what my "to work" temp was at 2 PM.

    Bedwards, did you make it in on time?

    Hang in there, sOck. My week started out that way too, up until the middle of last night when I finished fixing my screw up from the night before. Smooth sailing now. I hope.
    Recalculating....

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    Nice work mtbxplorer!

    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    I think you beat out the Alberta guys this week.
    Totally. I'm still sitting around 5F, and the highs should be close to freezing by tomorrow.

    This is totally going to jinx it, but I think my coldest ride this year has been...maybe -5F? And that was just one ride. I think I've worn my fleece mid-layer twice, I think I've covered my face once, and I still haven't broken out my big-boy gloves or socks. Last year was the un-winter, and even then we spent a few days around or below -30C, but this year I've had just one ride below -20C.

    So yeah, now I've totally jinxed myself, and February will be hell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    Nice work mtbxplorer!



    Totally. I'm still sitting around 5F, and the highs should be close to freezing by tomorrow.

    This is totally going to jinx it, but I think my coldest ride this year has been...maybe -5F? And that was just one ride. I think I've worn my fleece mid-layer twice, I think I've covered my face once, and I still haven't broken out my big-boy gloves or socks. Last year was the un-winter, and even then we spent a few days around or below -30C, but this year I've had just one ride below -20C.

    So yeah, now I've totally jinxed myself, and February will be hell.
    It has got to get cold sooner or later......I have had only two or three days below -20C....

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    Yeah, -20.5F was a record, I think the coldest before was -13 a few weeks ago. I probably wouldn't have braved the -20 if I hadn't done the -13.

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    Nice work MTBX. I haven't had the chance, but I want to say I'd do that if the opportunity presented itself... that's record low kind of temps around here. It happens, but it's rare. Negative single digits is about as cold as we get in a normal winter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    -20 beats my low temp record. (No image attached, BTW. Either that or if is very small and grey)
    Could explain this: Ski Area Closed Due To Cold
    The don't close the ski area in its entirity around here....but they do shut the affected lifts down when windchill gets below something around -40C...

    Just too much risk of a lift shutdown and stranding someone for hours. Even with immediate lift evacuation (something like 20 minutes) the poor guy would be frozen solid.

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    Great ride in this AM. Warm, good snow conditions, fast riding. Saw a big bull moose who must have recently shed his antlers as he was rubbing his head against a power pole. I stopped to gauge what he was going to do and if I could get around or would need to find an alternate route. He looked at me, then went back to scratching. Might have to poke around the woods tonight and see if I can find me some antlers!

    Four moose on the way home last night. We must have enough snow in the mountains now to have forced more of them into town again.

    Good times

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    It only hit -9F wheni left the house, but was -10 when I got to work, and climbed to a staggering -3F for the ride home around 3pm...that's a pretty cold day. Tomorrow looks to be more of the same, supposed to be -21 at the commuting hour of 7. I added a pair of long johns to the mix this morning, and used my ski helmet and goggles. I like riding past people getting in their cars and yelling at them to stay warm out there.

    I usually have no problem stopping to talk to people about the bike and why I ride in the winter, but when it's 10 below, I'm not much for conversation.

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    Nice record, Mtbxplorer!

    Once lived in Ottawa, Ont., when there was a period where the lows were not higher than-40 C (or F scales cross at this point) and -20 C for highs. Getting a cold car to start was loads of fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blockphi View Post
    Saw a big bull moose who must have recently shed his antlers as he was rubbing his head against a power pole. I stopped to gauge what he was going to do and if I could get around or would need to find an alternate route. He looked at me, then went back to scratching. Might have to poke around the woods tonight and see if I can find me some antlers!

    Four moose on the way home last night. We must have enough snow in the mountains now to have forced more of them into town again.

    Good times
    That's awesome, I love seeing moose! (in safe conditions of course). A big bull was chasing downhill skiers at Sugarbush. Good luck finding some antlers.

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    Nice record, Mtbxplorer!

    Once lived in Ottawa, Ont., when there was a period where the lows were not higher than-40 C (or F scales cross at this point) and -20 C for highs. Getting a cold car to start was loads of fun.

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    Thanks! Hope mine starts tomorrow, I'm tuckered from 3 days of fatbiking and cold, it will be a day off I think. Already -15F when I got home, so I don't think it's going to be any warmer tomorrow. My work thermometer today never got over -.5F.


    Schott, your comments to motorists to stay warm out there made me laugh

    Stay warm everyone!

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    Wow!, Flood warnings now.

    ... Flood Watch in effect through Friday evening...

    The National Weather Service in Burlington has issued a

    * Flood Watch for northern New York and much of Vermont.

    * Very cold temperatures in the past 24 hours has led to more ice
    buildup in the rivers... and a freeze-up jam has been reported on
    the Salmon river in Malone New York. With very cold temperatures
    continuing right through Friday morning... the threat of
    additional ice jams will increase across northern New York and
    much of Vermont.

    * Ice jams of this nature happen quickly and can occur anywhere.
    Flooding of roadways and homes in a short period of time can occur

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    A not so nice guy in a Porsche cabriolet told me he needed all of the road. Showed little understanding for people who like to ride home from work...

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    This is my life. How was your commute today?-imageuploadedbytapatalk1359032641.263990.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by bratok View Post
    A not so nice guy in a Porsche cabriolet told me he needed all of the road. Showed little understanding for people who like to ride home from work...
    You should have told him that if he needs the whole road with that car that he doesn't deserve to drive it.

    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Thanks! Hope mine starts tomorrow, I'm tuckered from 3 days of fatbiking and cold, it will be a day off I think....
    Every opportunity you pass up is an opportunity you will never get again.

    -10F here this morning. I think that is close to my limit with my current boots and gloves even with warmers.

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    hunter, I chased your coyote down the trail this morning...right by the ballfields. Coyotes can run fast.

    A major bow down and "I'm not worthy" to all of you riding in negative temps. My 37F commute is downright balmy in comparison. Heck most of you would probably have been riding in t-shirts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Every opportunity you pass up is an opportunity you will never get again.

    -10F here this morning. I think that is close to my limit with my current boots and gloves even with warmers.
    True, it would have been another record. A low of -22.8F at my house this morning!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bratok View Post
    A not so nice guy in a Porsche cabriolet told me he needed all of the road. Showed little understanding for people who like to ride home from work...
    *** "That makes me feel sick!" Followed by a re-enactment of the scene from 'Caddyshack".
    Well, probably best only imagined.

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    Heat Wave!! Some magic happened over night... a glorious 31 degrees for this morning's ride. It was sn-aining... some snow and then freezing rain overnight made for very slick roads this morning. It was either snowing lightly or bits of fog were just falling out of the sky... didn't really get wet, but it was very wet out there. Strange. Sooooo nice to be "warm" though. Crazy how warm 31 feels after the past couple weeks.
    Another day of thankfulness for studded tires.

    Edit for a couple pics:
    We were talking a while back about heated bike lanes in Scandanavia... thought of that this morning. This is the spot where the geothermal line runs under the field... why not route that thing under the sidewalk or something useful??

    And they're no moose, but I did see a cool heard of antelope the other day, way out in the valley. they usually hang much further from civilization...the cold must have driven them in or something. Beautiful critters.... closest thing we have to an African animal in my opinion.
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    Cool antelope, CB!

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    Schott, I NEED that shirt My life too. Where can I get one???
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    Not so great of a ride this AM. Feeling dead in the legs. The weather was great, though. Mid 20s with a bit of cloud cover. Nothing exciting to report.

    Riding home yesterday I did see a guy out riding in shorts. I think we were around 30 or so with beautiful blue skies.

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    The shirt is from Fitzgerald's Bicycles in Jackson Hole, WY.

    It has warmed up to a balmy 3 degrees. I'm gonna sweat like a stuck pig on the way home...I wore my ski helmet down today because it was -19.

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    wet slush at 9am turns into formed salt crystals by 5pm.
    neat!
    it's like a metaphor for my workday...
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    Was a chilly morning ride. 3 degrees F with 15 mph headwinds. Lucky there wasn't much moisture in the air. Warmed up another 10 for the ride home, but at least I don't have to use my light on the trip home anymore. Hello sunshine. Been missing you.

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    It was warm enough tonight to wear shorts and tee shirt. A nice balmy 55F, almost feels like summer. This little heat wave is a nice reminder of lost summer days.

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    crashed!

    I've been riding the same route for 4 years and I've never had an incident until today. I bought some Mach Schnell goggles to try for the ride this morning. They fogged up quickly and I slowed down to adjust them. Not exactly sure what happened but the next thing I remember is my helmet bouncing off the concrete. I just put some 700x 42 knobby tires on and I'm hoping this will keep me from sliding as I'm assuming that's what happened. I always wear my helmet but I can say for certain now that I will never get on a bike without one because of what happened today. I feel that I would probably be in a lot worse shape had it not been for the helmet.

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    ^^ Ouch! What was the damage, Jason? I don`t know what kind of surface you were riding on (ice?), but unless it was dirt or sticky snow, I doubt knobbies would have helped much. You had slicks on when you went down?

    Quote Originally Posted by millertm View Post
    It was warm enough tonight to wear shorts and tee shirt.
    Took a detour through Anchorage on your way? Sounds like Blockphi saw you ride by

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    wet slush at 9am turns into formed salt crystals by 5pm.
    neat!
    Damn, that`s some serious salt! If Clagary does it up like that, I think I finally understand how JeffScott goes through so many BBs and headsets.

    Warm and rainy. If the rain keeps up, the remainder of our stale Christmas snow will probably be gone by morning. Replaced by mud, of course
    Recalculating....

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post

    Took a detour through Anchorage on your way? Sounds like Blockphi saw you ride by
    It had been single digit temps lately and another storm is on the way, I had to rub in in some while I can. :-)

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    Dang Jason, be careful out there.

    I've never been so pleased to have the weatherman be wrong. The predicted -25F for this morning is sitting at -3F instead. Not that I am being a weenie or anything, but I'll take the warm spell.

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    Just about 20 miles south of here it is 24F and pouring down rain. Talk about miserable weather. Apparently the interstate is a solid block of ice as the rain is freezing on impact. Fortunately for me, it's just dark here with the slightest hint of wintry mix thrown in. All in all, it was a pleasant commute.

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    -8F when I left. I decided to take the MTB for a snappier ride than the fatbike. Since it was so “warm” I ditched the ski helmet and goggles, I just dislike them, plus it’s supposed to get up to about +8 for the ride home. There were some chilly spots, especially since the wind had not died down as much as they’d said, and it also felt colder in the hollows 600’ lower than my house. I was glad I opted for the tunes today.

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    A solid block of ice interstate sounds like an awesome studded tire commute as long as they kept the cars off of it.

    I was moving pretty slow for this morning's ride in. At the end of this week my body feels pretty sore from falling down a half a flight of stairs, riding the trails every day, having some mild flu type aches and then getting a short nights sleep because i was dealing with some tenant induced frozen pipes. Anyway, happy Friday

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    Ouch Jason...hopefully just little bumps and bruises...?


    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts View Post
    it's like a metaphor for my workday...
    ^^
    That is a ton of salt. Glad they don't do that around here.

    Here's my morning:
    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RENO HAS ISSUED A DENSE FOG ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST FRIDAY. * TIMING: DENSE FOG IS DEVELOPING ACROSS LASSEN...EASTERN PLUMAS AND EASTERN SIERRA COUNTIES. THE DENSE FOG WILL CONTINUE THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING. * VISIBILITY: BELOW 1/4 MILE AT TIMES WITH LOCALIZED AREAS LESS THAN 100 YARDS.

    It's pretty cool out there... the headlight beam is has never been more defined. it's warmed up A LOT (32 F!), and I thought I was getting SOAKED... when I arrived, it was just the forward facing stuff that was getting the wet... even the back of my arms on the softshell jacket were totally dry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    A solid block of ice interstate sounds like an awesome studded tire commute as long as they kept the cars off of it.

    ...and then getting a short nights sleep because i was dealing with some tenant induced frozen pipes.
    Hmmm. Yeah, frozen interstate sans cars would be killer . I`ve been wondering about a related question. Being so damned cold, your trail condidtions are probably not changing in the slightest bit. Did teh superfreeze hit with things in a solid, smooth state, or rutted, or snow left uncompacted, or... ?

    Frozen pipes: the worst. Worse than riding in the wind. I haven`t had mine freeze up since I bought my new trailer about ten years ago, but my sister-in-law ued to freeze up several times per year in her old trailer, bought a new (built in the 50s) duplex last year that`s better for freezing but has every other plumbing problem imagineable. Anyway, my heartfelt condolences.

    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    It's pretty cool out there... the headlight beam is has never been more defined. it's warmed up A LOT (32 F!), and I thought I was getting SOAKED... when I arrived, it was just the forward facing stuff that was getting the wet... even the back of my arms on the softshell jacket were totally dry.
    CB, one or the of us must be stuck in some kind of microclimate system lately. You`re usually about 5* colder than me, but for the past few weeks the difference has been at least twice that much. It`s overcast and drizzly here too, but already almost 40F.

    No workie again- haven`t had a full week since before Christmas. Kinda like being a teacher, except the days off can`t be stacked together to make a nice vacation
    As much as I dislike riding in wet, I think I`ll man up today and go ride. I have more brevets in mind for March and it might not be too late to whoop myself into better shape than I was in for the New Years eve ride.
    Recalculating....

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    The trails around here are very mixed. From uncompacted, to very firm slightly washboard to post holed very washboard. And you are right, they have been exactly the same all week. The only traffic they get during the week is me. They could all use about 2" of snow and some traffic to pack it into the spaced. The singletrack detour is killer glazed hardpack. They are actually calling for rain next week, we'll see.

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    There are definitely some weird pockets of cold air doing strange things around here lately. I'm going by the weather station at the little airport here...I think it's pretty accurate. Right this second it says 36*
    It does a temperature graph for the day, by the way, and I've found that my commute time (6:30 to 7:00ish) is generally the coldest time of the whole night/day. Generally a dip there. today's was not as pronounced, but there's a dip right around 6:00, working back up by 7:00 or so. Some days it's a very severe dip.
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    Was way over-dressed for the commute this morning. Phone said 39 but it felt a lot warmer than that, was sweating rather profusely by the time I got to work. But in consideration, the humidity was pretty high.

    The snow has melted, the ice is gone, anything dirt has turned to mud - but it is hidden under a very thin crust of solid appearing ground that you don't feel it until you're tire deep in it. It's even better when there's a gravel road after the mud so the tires pick up the gravel and it starts spitting out when you hit the road.

    Looks like more rain in the forecast, turning to snow showers early next week. I'm going to have to rig up a better rear fender though since I'm still getting sprayed even with the rear rack. Oh well, weekend project.

    Big rep though to all you guys headed out in the cold! Commuters: the true hard men (and women) of cycling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    As much as I dislike riding in wet, I think I`ll man up today and go ride.
    What's not to like about riding in the wet?

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    ^^ Wet's not great. Car snot power & fluff on compressed snow is worse. Should have mounted the Nokians. A slow ride but a careful one.

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    Elevation gain is not without pain

    On the crest of a hill I reside,
    So it's always an uphill ride...

    Pedal home from the west,
    Pedal home from the east,
    Either way it's always a beast!

    But you have to get home,
    so there's no second guessing,
    And if I had to drive
    It would be so depressing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    ^^ Wet's not great. Car snot power & fluff on compressed snow is worse. Should have mounted the Nokians. A slow ride but a careful one.

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    Just havin a little fun with rodar. I had 93 rides in the rain last year. I don't even notice it anymore, haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    ...I was moving pretty slow for this morning's ride in. At the end of this week my body feels pretty sore from falling down a half a flight of stairs, riding the trails every day, having some mild flu type aches and then getting a short nights sleep because i was dealing with some tenant induced frozen pipes. Anyway, happy Friday
    Happy Friday and hope you feel better. Riding in this cold is a drain and your stair thumping on top of that - TGIF!

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    I don`t care how soaked I get as long as I`m nekkit

    I rode clothed today. No water falling from the sky, but a good bit splattering up from below (bike bidet?) and lots of mud between my door and the street. I ended up doing an extended test and adjust ride on a "new" bike I`m working on. Rode around for about 90 minutes with a pocket full of wrenches getting things dialed in nicely. If it doesn`t rain tomorrow, I`ll ride it into town for a visit to Mom and Dad. I should call now and make sure there will be leftovers for me
    Recalculating....

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    The trails around here are very mixed. From uncompacted, to very firm slightly washboard to post holed very washboard. And you are right, they have been exactly the same all week. The only traffic they get during the week is me. They could all use about 2" of snow and some traffic to pack it into the spaced. The singletrack detour is killer glazed hardpack. They are actually calling for rain next week, we'll see.
    I'm really losing patience with the postholers! Last Saturday I snowshoed to stomp things flatter, even adding trailside snow to the holes, an Sunday I re-skiied it to smooth it up, and by Tuesday it was lumpy again - drat! Bit the snowmachined sections are fine...with the fatbike.

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    Full moon, clear night, moderately warm (approaching 40ºF!!) - what's not to love. Guided another commuter down a new trail so he could go visit his parents. My parents live a minimum of an 18 hour flight away, so I am quite envious of him that he can just ride to visit his.

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