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    Hi Bear nothing like riding in warm rain, love it. Not so much the other morning riding to work in the dark, 5 dec C (41 F) and pouring down.

    Still makes you feel alive and not just passing through.

    Hope the eye clears up.

    OZ.

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    Night Of The Living Snapping Turtle Terror: A Journey Into Hell And Back

    My last documented ride here mentioned my encounter with the Apex Predator of the D&R Lock 1 Towpath and Surrounding Hamilton/Trenton Marshlands...that's right, the dreaded Snapping Turtle. Naturally, I was without camera to photograph these fiends in the grass, grazing like a modern day T-Rex, but today, we set about making things right. In other words, I brought the damn camera with me this time!
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    Here's a billboard of the area we'll be venturing in. Not sure if you can read it as we are dealing with a 6 MP camera, but the gist of it is, as we cross over the Lock 1 D&R Canal Towpath Bridge, we will be heading north, with the swamps of sister creeks flowing into the Delaware River to our left; to our right, the trillion acre Hamilton/Trenton Marsh; home of every slimy, fanged, blood sucking, meat-eating creature known to man.......
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    Since this is a Fat Bike Forum, here is the obligatory shot of the weapon of choice, a 2016 Haibike Full FatSix Mid-Drive Electric Bike. Phew! This is at the Bordentown, NJ boat ramp, Crosswicks Creek, where it meets the river Delaware. Or as we like to say here in NJ, Delaware River....
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    Looking out to the Delaware, southbound. Water as calm as glass. Early morning, about 0800 hours. There are often days when it is not so idylic and peaceful out there.
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    Yapewi Boat Club, Crosswicks Creek. Founded in 1800 something. Old waters here. Long ago, the British chased the American fleet up Crosswicks, where the American's burned their boats rather than give them up to the Brit Red Jackets. And not far from here was the home of Napoleon's brother, Joseph Bonaparte, whose mansion and grounds overlooked Crosswicks Creek. He called it Pointe Breeze, indicative of the western breezes that seemed to flow in these parts. As one who has kayaked and canoed these waters, I can attest to the validity of these breezes......
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    The photo does not do the grade from the boat ramp at water level, as 1 dimensional picture's can't convey that lung busting climb. But trust me, climbing to the top at Prince Street in Bordentown, is a gut buster. This area of Bordentown is built on a high bluff leading up and down to the river and Crosswicks Creek. No, it ain't the Rockies or Sierra Nevada's. But it'll do.....
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    Still standing watch and guard over Bordentown, her favorite son, Thomas Paine. High atop the bluff looking down Crosswicks Creek and further out, the Delaware River. Tom Paine today would be considered a rabble rousing Community Organizer. His book, Common Sense was a rallying point for the Revolutionary War. One of our Founding Fathers, if you will. I like this guy and can imagine him trying out the Haibike Full FatSix.

    I've no doubt Tom would be impressed. And I've no doubt, Tom would ask the very same question I get asked by American Patriots in the year 2017: "So, how much did it cost you?"

    Next Up: Into the Heart of Darkness.....

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    Night Of The Living Snapping Turtle Terror: A Journey Into Hell And Back--Part 2

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    Just to the back of Tom Paine, the end of Prince Street, overlooking the Crosswicks Creek and Delaware River. About a 60 foot or so drop, top to bottom; and of course that means, climbing this upon leaving the lock and towpath, bound for home. Great fun if you've done multiple miles up north on a day trip. There are quite a few climbs like this that go up and down various small creeks back to homebase; each and every one, very short but very steep. Last summer, climbing the Blacks Creek watershed, zonked out after an 80 mile run on the human powered Fatboy Towpath Traveler, I saw my speedometer drop down to 3 mph, so fatigued I was.
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    The end of Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown, dropping down to water level to Crosswicks Creek and the Bordentown Yacht Club. Again, a short but steep climb by bicycle. I call this area the Bordentown Alps.
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    Raspberries. In a few weeks, I'll be fighting off the birds to taste this wonderful morsels. They are abundant around here, as they are further up, on the Delaware and Lehigh Canal system.
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    Looking northbound to the New Jersey Transit River Line light rail trestle bridge, over Crosswicks Creek. To the left, out in the brush, is a hidden Lock 1 entrance. The tide is outbound right now. When it gets moving, it really rips around this bridge.
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    Looking southbound on Crosswicks Creek train bridge, towards the yacht club and some boats I'll never be able to afford. My favorite is the C-Dory on the right. That's quite a fine boat....Fat Biking and health-100_2282.jpg
    We're now off the bridge and on the Towpath, heading to the Lock 1 pedestrian bridge. Leaving civilization; a sense of dread hung heavy like the humidity. Well, it wasn't really humid this morning, but you have to admit, that did sound rather melancholy, setting the mood, no? Fat Biking and health-100_2284.jpg
    Delaware and Raritan Canal, Lock 1, Bordentown, NJ. Say if this were over 100 years ago, this is what we'd be looking at: an operating Lock system, with two gates. Most likely, large groupings of men and women about, readying their mules to make the trip northbound on the Lock system. There might be a barge being made ready for it's trip south on the Delaware to Philadelphia. Just to the north of here, a large holding basin featured barges and their mules waiting patiently to go into the lock chamber and out into Crosswicks for that run to Philly. This was a happening place of human and animal activity. Fat Biking and health-100_2285.jpg
    Dead center on the bridge, looking out to Crosswicks Creek. Imagine an area cleared of all brush and trees, of bollards and heavy lines to hold barges tight in the lock, of lock gates opening and closing, of Canal Tenders chasing dudes on Electric FatBikes to "Get the hell out of this lock with that infernal contraption!"

    Next Up: The Search Begins....

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    Night Of The Living Snapping Turtle Terror: A Journey Into Hell And Back--Part3

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    Danger lurks in the grass, just off the pedestrian bridge, heading northbound. This is the deadly Eastern Cotton Tail Killer Rabbit, most likely a young baby. I estimate this one to be about 48 pounds. Don't let the cute face fool you. This thing could rip one's heart out in seconds. Best not to agitate it. My bike is governed to only 20 mph and this one, despite it's young age, could run me down in short order.
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    Heart of Darkness. Joseph Conrad and even Francis Ford Coppolla would know the feeling that settled over me; northbound. Apocalypse Now, here we come. The horror...the horror!
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    Snapping Turtle egg nesting area, northbound. One of many in a short, grassy area. More on these nesting areas later....
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    Careful now, that's an Eastern CottonMouth Chipmunk. Cobra-like reflexes with a bite that can kill in days. These things were known to terrorize Canal Boat Women back in the day, with their long, flowing dresses of lace. Not a pretty outcome. They were once hunted to near extinction, but like the Plague, they are back. The US Army has considered using these things as a kind of Biological Warfare Ultimate Weapon; but even the Geneva Convention nixed the idea; the art of war even having it's own limits of decency and good & honorable rules of engagement. So the Eastern CottonMouth Chipmunk was out; Nuclear Weaponry considered the more humane thing to employ.....
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    The Long And Winding Road.....it is true, Paul MacCartney got his inspiration one day by walking this road; in the cold weather months, free from the summer terrors like the CottonMouth Chipmunk and Snapping Turtle; to write the lyrics and music of this immortal Beatles song.........
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    D&R Canal Mile Marker. Set in the marker are the numbers 43. This indicates it is 43 miles from the northern terminus of this great canal, at New Brunswick, New Jersey. From there, barge traffic went to New York City or even into the Coal Fields of North Eastern Pennsylvania. The modern day Spray Paint graphics can be roughly translated into the following: "I am an uncivilized dope walking around in the woods with a can of black spray paint looking for ancient canal mile markers so I can mark my presence like a dog pissing on a fire hydrant"........
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    More evidence of Jurrasic-era Snapping Turtle nesting site.....
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    Northbound and more Rock and Roll history. It was here that The Hollies got their inspiration for "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" when one of the mates said "Sheesh, this road is long, with many a winding turn that leads us to who knows where!?!?!"Fat Biking and health-100_2297.jpg
    Northbound and I've entered the clearing where the canal and river swamps surround the area completely. This IS Snapping Turtle country, these nests can be found everywhere in the grass adjacent to the Delaware swamps. 2 days ago, 3 of these prehistoric beasts were in their nesting plots as I quietly snuck by them; not wanting to get chased down....

    Next Up: Some more nesting holes, a downed tree and the devastated remains of a 300 pound flightless bird, a victim by the jaws of death....

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    Night Of The Living Snapping Turtle Terror: A Journey Into Hell And Back--Part 4

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    Looking northbound, Snapping Turtle Breeding and Nesting Grounds. To the left, the Delaware Swampland. To the right, the D&R Canal. You can't tell, but it is roughly a 5 foot straight-up climb from water or swamp level to these grounds. This is the climb these monsters have to make; which really impresses me as to their determination. 3 days ago, I rode through here, passing a small Snapper; which I estimated to be about 150 pounds. After I found the path a bit further up blocked by a downed tree, I made my way back to here, where I found 2 other Snappers had come onto these grounds from the swamps below. Those 2 I conservatively estimated their weight at about 1500 to 2000 pounds. The scary thing about this? Those things were lurking as I passed by, only to make their presence known but 10 minutes later! The dear reader would have to trust me on this, as I naturally forgot to bring my camera. Running into these beasts weighing near 2 tons is running a gauntlet of Terror, I tell ya!
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    Yet one more example of a Snapping Turtle Nest. This one is estimated to be 15 feet across....
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    Northbound, approaching the end of the Main Snapping Turtle Breeding Grounds and the I-295 overpass bridge.....
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    Delaware & Raritan Canal at I-295 Overpass. Lovely, quiet water. Looks inviting and refreshing, doesn't it? Maybe you might want to go for a dip, to cool things off? Go ahead. I'll notify your next of kin and give a shout out to the National Guard. This is Snapping Turtle Country. Question: What would be the difference between jumping into this water or the Lions Den at the Philadelphia Zoo? Answer: You have to pay an entrance fee at the Zoo to get eaten alive. Out here, it's 100% natural with no presevatives and it's all FREE....
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    Northbound of the I-295 bridge overpass and the towpath is constricted by narrow and deadly woods on both sides. It was here last year that I ran into a rabid Eastern Gray Backed Wolf. Or it could have been a baby fox; I'm not sure.
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    This looks bad. Damn it, I'm a taxpayer and I demand the State of New Jersey come out toute suite and remove this tree in my way. I shall phone the Governor and if forced to do so, the President. How can one document an expedition fairly and in it's entirety when a downed tree can bring everything to a smashing and abrupt end? The horror!
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    Well, I called the Governor, who was of no help. So I called the President; who said they'll have the FBI out there right away to take care of my problems! Now that, my friends, is what you call SERVICE! But I took a dare and pressed on. I'll talk to the FBI later; I can't allow this expedition to grind to a halt. One thing to note here: I have well documented the danger that lurks in these woods. I have documented the dangers in those Snapping Turtle Nests. The Cotton Tailed Killer Rabbits and CottonMouthed Chimpmunks. But would you believe, even this tree presents significant danger? How so? I'll tell you by an Old Saying....."Leaves in Three....Let Them Be...." Say what again? Poison Ivy is all over that tree. Brush up against this stuff...no, just THINK about this stuff and you'll be breaking out in watery blisters up and down your body. But as they say in those Late Night Infomericals: "But that's not all, Folks!!" Here comes the double whammy: every tree branch, every blade of grass holds the evil Deer Tick, carrier of the life sapping and debilitating Lyme Disease. So in conclusion: any thoughts of romping around in the nude with your loved one, on a dare, in these woods of death; will be the most regretful thing you've ever done, since you bought that old Chevrolet Vega, back in 1976....
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    The most densely populated state in the country; wall to wall people; yet this could be...I don't know, the wilds of the Yukon. Or even, just a mile southbound from here....
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    You say you want some Single Track? You got it, buddy. Except there is not a sheer cliff face on the one side and a moutain overpass on the other. Just a single track, New Jersey-style. Venture into the brush, and with the ticks, the snakes, the biting insects, the Snapping Turtles, the CottonTailed Killer Rabbits, the CottonMouthed ChipMunks and you'd wished you'd instead taken a spill over the side of Mount Rainer!

    Thanks. I'll just stay on this Single Track, thank you very much.

    Next up: Fragments of a large, flightless bird, torn to bits by the predatory Snapping Turtle!

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    Night Of The Living Snapping Turtle Terror: A Journey Into Hell And Back--Part 5

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    The end of the Lock 1 towpath. From here, we are leaving the dangers of the animal world to that of the human world. Trenton, New Jersey. There is a bridge nearby with giant LED letters proclaiming TRENTON MAKES THE WORLD TAKES. Well, that is all past tense. All Trenton makes now it seems is ghastly crime and of course, being the state capital of the most densely populated, highest taxed state in the Union; home to the blood sucking human leeches known as the New Jersey Politician.
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    Oh, I feel much better now. Hey, will you look at that! Taken from Bordentown Beach, about 4 winters ago. I think it was about 10 degrees outside and I wanted to take this photo of my Kayak paddle at sunset. Why this is relevant to today's expedition, I don't know, but I do suspect the killer Snapping Turtles are all hibernating at the time of this photo....
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    Back on target and back on the towpath, heading southbound when this object nearly threw me off the Full FatSix....
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    The torn to bits remains of the Pterodactyl Wren, a large flightless bird that appears to have met an untimely end. Can anyone doubt this poor beast met it's end by a Snapper ambush-style attack? Think about where we've come in this journey. And every pedal stroke has been into a war zone of death and destruction; not to mention a warming sun with absolutely no comfort-aid stations featuring cold, iced drinks and snacks....
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    The evidence is compelling, that this is the vacationing grounds of the last of the crocodillian-like, meat eating dinosaurs, the Snapping Turtle. No sooner did I avoid getting thrown by the remains of that Pterodactyl Wren, did I nearly run into this 5 foot diameter Eastern Maple, the proof that Snappers, in a fit of rage, tore this hard wood tree into kindling. Incredible to contemplate!
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    The elusive New Jersey Turkey Dove. During Washington's Christmas Eve assault on Trenton, it is said the Continental Army was kept alive by the nourishment provided by the New Jersey Turkey Dove. World renowned Chefs the world over agree that if well cooked, the Turkey Dove tastes like a Cornish Game Hen with subtle hints of Chicken. Amazingly, cooked rare and the meat takes on the flavor of a finely aged Prime Rib. Now that's some good eatin'!
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    The Delaware and Raritan Canal. Wade into this water and you'll come out looking like Humphrey Bogart did when he had to drag the African Queen in that quiet and calm sub-african waters. You remember that scene, don't you? And when your toes are squishing the mud on the bottom, you'll step onto what you think is a very big log. Except it's moving. And it's pissed off. And now, your teeny tiny toes are being made into this afternoon's lunch by this area's Apex Predator, the Snapping Turtle!
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    New Jersey Cotton Tailed Killer Rabbit: Me: "Permission to pass by you?" Killer Rabbit: "Give me a minute while I finish this delicious Eastern Diamond Backed Rattler". Me: "Okay, take your time."
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    Well, as we approach the Lock 1 Pedestrian Bridge, we have no Snapping Turtle sightings but plenty of evidence of the carnage left behind by their actions. In a way, I'm lucky, for I've failed to bring 2 spare tires in case one chomped on my Jumbo Jims for a late morning brunch. But lo and behold, look at what we have here coming off the bridge!
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    A great day, indeed, for we have it's mild mannered cousin, the New Jersey Nipping Turtle. Nippers, as we call them, just peck at you; quite harmless; but still, best not to agitate it and find out we picked on one that's having a bad morning! This young pup is pushing I'd say 600 pounds. Hand in photo is not-to-scale....
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    The Nipper is well known around here as a great watch turtle for bicyclists. Want to hit up that pizza shop but forgot the lock at home? Just employ your pet Nipper you have along for the trip. Just uncage him from your Surly Bike Trailer and tie a leash around his neck & attach to the downtube. Great fun for passing kids as well; always elicits folks desire to pet these critters as they contemplate stealing your electric bike while you are unawares! I photoshopped this photo so the reader can imagine what a one pound Nipper would look like being held in one's hand.....

    Final Trip Report: Not one Snapping Turtle sighting. I'll go out on a limb here and say the extremely warm morning the other day; coupled with the Full Moon, had the female Snappers everywhere on the move, going to their nesting sites.

    Hope you enjoyed this irreverent, but factual, Ride Report!
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    Post-Post Partum Report: Well, a Deparment of Corrections is in order. I failed to include the photo of the Cotton Tailed Killer Rabbit eating that Rattler, but did include the conversation I had with it. To clear things up, that photo accompanying the conversation was actually a pathway leading up to the canal; a pathway worn to the cinders by the passing of millions of Snapping Turtles going back to the Jurrasic or Benzene Era. Just so's we are clear....

    That sunset at the end? No bloody idea why it wound up there. But it does look nice.In fact, this is just beyond the fringes of the end of the Lock 1 canal; just before hitting Trenton NJ, proper. Here, all are welcomed and everything is nice and free and tasty with flying unicorns and no taxation and 1500 watt hour spare batteries and truly tubeless tires that are 100% flat proof. Honest.

    Again, thanks for coming along. We spoofed a little. Sorry to not find a single snapper for you like the other day, when it looked like a Snapper Convention. Now I have to go and check myself for ticks and I seem to be scratchy, all over.......

    Mike

    Post Script To The Post Script:

    Well, I know everyone is dissapointed that I failed in my quest to find one Snapping Turtle. So, for the education of all, I've enclosed a highly controlled, laboratory-like experiment showing the clamping/chomping/tearing/ripping force of the Snapping Turtle. Take note of the care the expert Reptilologist displays around the vicious creature. I certainly don't recommend anyone try this at home; except of course at a party where you've invited that one neighbor who has been a right pain in your behind over the past dozen years or so......

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F57z6ya-rnA&t=144s

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    As usual Mike, a brilliant foray into the strange (and slightly psychotic) world of the towpath traveler!

    Great to see everyone's contributions as well.

    This Sat I hope to have a crew of four up on the Mt for a ride before I head off eastward for a week or so.

    My truck reportedly made landfall today so when I return from my journey I'll head to the port to liberate it and in turn my horizons for finding new trails will increase exponentially.

    I suspect my lovely bride is only partially happy for me as it means even more time out on the trails (and not-trails through the woods).

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    Hi Mike great series, I like that you give us the place names so I can google map it and get an idea of were you are riding.

    Good to see you made it home alive with fingers intact

    OZ.

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    Hi Pepper, just watched a cool video on BIKEPACKING.com on bike packing the Trans Germany trail. Seems like a great ride, I am sure the good bride won't mind if you disappear for a week or so

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    Mike strikes again! Thanks for the report with all it's pics to compliment the story. As always, nicely played!!
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    Testing an interesting and unusual film, I did a few pix of Sumo the other day. I liked this one a lot:



    enjoy!
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    Fat Biking and health

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    Friday arvo here. Quick beach ride and swell check.
    It is going to be on tomorrow
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    Hi G bringing the photo skills up a few levels, very nice.

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    Hi Twimby, my your winds be offshore

    Nice images.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surly in OZ View Post
    Hi Twimby, my your winds be offshore

    Nice images.

    OZ.
    Thanks Oz, light NE, about as offshore as you get. Crazy start to winter, no rain, still low 20's (C) each day. Riding in shorts and T shirt, but shorts all year here.

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    Twimby, shorts are year round here in Colorado too, just sayin!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
    Twimby, shorts are year round here in Colorado too, just sayin!
    You Coloradians are more climitised than us. No snow this side of Oz. Last time it snowed here, Mammoths were wondering around.
    Did not see snow until I was 25 and that was Lake Tahoe. When we were in Colorado around July same year it was pretty hot and humid and that was up in Boulder

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    You did it wrong! You needed to come up into the high country where humidity is 10-20% lest it's late July into early August when the monsoons come through. "If you don't like the weather, wait 10 minutes" is a very true statement, indeed! That's when it gets humid. Mammoths were discovered a few years ago in Snowmass Village during excavation for a small reservoir. That project was delayed and has not resumed.
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    We did a three day hike up high. Amazing!!. Except for the mosquitoes at dusk.
    Travelled around the US for 6 months in 85 in a Kombi, crossed coast to coast 3 times, plus Baha, for some waves.

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    Doctor Pepper, Surly in Oz, Wade: Glad you enjoyed it. I was really hoping to come acrossa few Snappers up near the bridge; but my gut feeling told me I truly missed out by not having my camera the other morning's ride.

    OldBear: missing in action, again? He still owes us some pictures promised 2 months ago! Old buddy, get that ride report thing going again. It was YOU who got my own ride and health reports going on your thread. Now, look how this thing has taken off. Don't slack off on us now.

    OLDBEAR: When you read this, PM me. I've something to ask you.

    Twimby and Gene In Houston: Nice pictures. Please keep them coming. Also, continue to let us know how fatbiking has changed your health around, too.


    Off to do a morning ride, maybe a 35 miler down to Riverside Marina to look at more boats I could never afford to own. There are rumors that an expedition to the northern reaches of the D&L Canal are in the offing........in search of the Deadly Venomous Hissing Canadian Goose.......

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    Good Morning tribe!

    @wade: Down here I think I've only had on long pants twice.

    @Mike: wow , really good posts! When you encounter the snapper at least you don't have the common snapper's nastier cousin, the Alligator snapping turtle. They can be very aggressive and have been known to take apart VW beetles.

    Ok here's the scoop. My eyes are infected. If I go out for a ride it causes pain and massive itching even with sunglasses on. But i try to persevre and get a couple miles in.

    I got out at 6:45am and headed to the park. Along the way, I met up with a fellow on a fat-bike. He just got it used of the interweb. It is a GBEM pro. Blue likes his cousin. Eric is the owners name and he paid six hundred. Needs to upgrade the tires, as it still has its originals. But I am digressing, he was commuting to his job over in the next town. He used to ride on a road bike but he wanted some cush.

    Anyway, got the ride in and I was solo. Took my time just putzing around and headed home.

    Health report June 2017. Weight is coming off nicely. I am now at 250#. BP good. Blood work, no problems except for my potassium levels. I take a supplement every morining. Diabetes wise my glucose is running between 100-120. Of course it's managed with long acting insulin and humalog prn. It's Been a weird fascinating trip.

    Until Tomorrow.
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    Fred: PM sent. I'll reply later when I get back from my run. Sorry to hear of the eyes bugging you. Your ride reports are truly missed from this perspective and I want you to know that. Lotta people rooting for you and all the same, I hope a lotta people are rooting for those of us with our own set of issues dealt with on a daily basis!

    I hope you had a chance to look at that YouTube video link I supplied. Favorite quote? Screaming.....AHHHHHHH! HE MISSED THE WOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This gentleman does a similar experiment with an Alligator Snapping Turtle; you just have to check that one out. Yes, there too, things don't work out to plan! Fearsome looking creatures, the Alligator and Common Snapping Turtle!!

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    Nice ride Towpath, I ran across a turtle too.

    When you ride on a trail called the dump, somehow a little Sanford & Son music seemed appropriate.

    https://youtu.be/EKb9VWMnkWU

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    Hi Mex nice video, dump seems a bit harsh of a name looks like a good place to ride.

    OZ.

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    Travel all over the country side...

    Hi everyone,

    Travel all of the countryside...

    So went the theme song of one of the first travel shows on Australian tv back in the late 70's. It was by the Leyland Brothers from my home town of Newcastle. And the more I ride the fat bike the more it feels like the Land Rover they travelled all around OZ in. The brothers story is worth a google if you have time.

    The trails around here are still wet so I headed out to a spot that I have only ridden to a few times. It started out through the trails near home through the rain forrest boardwalk.

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    This time I followed it around to the end and came out along the lake shore, as you can see the skies threatened rain.

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    I have to run a road section to join up to a popular bike/walking trail that follows the Lake shore. The hill in the background was the destination of todays ride.

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    To get to the top of that hill requires two steep road climbs and then the trail to the top is brutal.

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    Your bike would have been real handy Mike

    Still the view from halfway up takes your mind off the wall in front of you.

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    And once you make the top its all worth while.

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    Heading down the other side it starts out with promise.

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    However as the trails enters the woods it drops away is washed out and rocky. I normally get off the bike and walk but the fat bike gave me the confidence to ride it for the first time. I was happy to clear it without putting a foot down.

    Soon I was back on the Lakeside bike path and heading for home.

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    One last photo of the "Land Rover" enjoying the view.

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    So a great morning out and even though it was only a 30 km ride the brutal climbs left a sting in the legs.

    Have a good weekend and get a ride if you can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surly in OZ View Post
    Hi Mex nice video, dump seems a bit harsh of a name looks like a good place to ride.

    OZ.
    Part of the trail rides over a dump full of construction debris. That drop in in the beginning is an old piece of pavement. But it is very nice.

    That's a great view. Love the blue sky and blue sea.

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    Iliketexmex: I like your video and of course the accompanying music from an old and loved tv show. I've no idea how long it took you to do it, but I can imagine it took a long time to frame each shot, set the camera up and then pedal into and out of the scene. Outstanding work! I know nothing about video and this digital medium, but I can sure appreciate the time it must have taken to have created that video.

    Surly in Oz: No doubt, the Yamaha drive would have gotten you to the top without a sweat; but I can tell, that is one steep climb. One more time, a beautiful series of photos on what I think looks like heaven on earth. Thanks for sharing your ride and your beautiful country with the rest of us.

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    I've been a bikeless lurker for a while on this thread, but finally took the plunge!

    I'm a 48 year old who used to be pretty active, but have been sat down by back issues for most of the past 3 years. Managed to gain about 60 lbs. in that time and have been miserable not being able to be active at all.

    I probably won't be riding any black diamond trails right away, but light trail riding and bike path trips at first, until I get my core strength back and drop some weight.

    Glad to see a pretty active group on this thread... looking forward to getting back on two (unmotorized) wheels.

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    FatGuyFatBike: welcome to the nut house, nice bike. I have a Gravity too, but the Bullseye Monster. If you ever decide to add a suspension fork, the tapered head tube will give you high quality options. Look forward to seeing your travels and hearing about your progress towards better health. Fat biking is the most fun way to do it.

    Towpath: the video looks like more work than it is. I have three cameras (all LIC EGOs, they're affordable and take reasonable quality shots) and three little tripods (plus the chest mount). It all fits in my backpack. If you know the trail and know what you want to shoot it doesn't add much time. The turtle on the trail was a surprise addition I hadn't planned on. The big thing is I enjoy playing around with video editing software. It is nice to relive the ride in the evening or during really bad weather.

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    FatGuyFatBike,
    Welcome!! Take it easy, have fun!
    I'm packing for my trip, so no time to add photos, but was able to get a crew of 5 to ride Mt Taunus today - the 'new' three guys all had regular mt bikes and we all had a blast! A few times my buddy and I took off across the woods off trail and the mtb guys just shook their heads smiling. As usual the 'smiles per hour' phrase was apropos.
    Great shots OZ and thanks for sharing Tex - great stuff!

    BTW, on the Fat bikes and health theme I've had several folks comment recently on lost weight... not too sure myself but something must be working!
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    FatGuyFatBike: Welcome to the OldBear's thread! Looking forward to your ride reports and positive health gained back.

    TexMex: Appreciate the inside info of how you make those great shots happen!

    DoctorPepper: Sounds like an outstanding time!

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    Awesome pics and videos guys. I've been off the bike for a few days while I am healing up. Nothing serious just doctor's orders until Wednesday. I'm doing a weekend bike trip with some friends next month. We're leaning towards riding the GAP again, so I've been doing some maintenance on the Vaya while I am " grounded" from riding.

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    Great stories and pictures.
    Mike let m know you plan to run into Sir Paul along the long and winding trails of the canal. I want an autograph.

    I've been riding the PT recumbent bike at the end of each the session for 10 minutes. It's easier. I've tried my bike and it's still a little tight at the top of the cycle. I'm going to my bike shop this week to get the seat in a position so I can ride. I will also have to raise the handlebars to make sure my back doesn't get cranky again since I can't so my core workout yet with my knee replacement.
    Working hard to get back. I will keep you posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatGuyFatBike View Post
    I've been a bikeless lurker for a while on this thread, but finally took the plunge!

    I'm a 48 year old who used to be pretty active, but have been sat down by back issues for most of the past 3 years. Managed to gain about 60 lbs. in that time and have been miserable not being able to be active at all.

    I probably won't be riding any black diamond trails right away, but light trail riding and bike path trips at first, until I get my core strength back and drop some weight.

    Glad to see a pretty active group on this thread... looking forward to getting back on two (unmotorized) wheels.

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    FatGuy, welcome to the Bear Channel! Glad to hear you are taking the challenge to improvement. Said it before, I'll say it again, work your way up! You'll be surprised at how
    noticeable gains in stamina and endurance are. The weight will start shedding with progression and it all takes time. Oh yeah, monitor intake, it makes a huge difference to
    mind what goes in. Now you get to do ride and progress reports!

    I see Tex went turtle hunting!

    Chief!! Dial that thing in and see how it goes. Just take it slow and follow Doc's orders... Mend well, my friend!
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    Chief: Are you running a 175 crank? Would a 170 help? I've seen as small as 165, it might get you over the top a little sooner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FatGuyFatBike View Post
    I've been a bikeless lurker for a while on this thread, but finally took the plunge!

    I'm a 48 year old who used to be pretty active, but have been sat down by back issues for most of the past 3 years. Managed to gain about 60 lbs. in that time and have been miserable not being able to be active at all.

    I probably won't be riding any black diamond trails right away, but light trail riding and bike path trips at first, until I get my core strength back and drop some weight.

    Glad to see a pretty active group on this thread... looking forward to getting back on two (unmotorized) wheels.

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    Hallo guy! Nice bike there.

    While I have a little electric motor in my Sumo, I have been switching it off more and more as my legs become more fit. My range and confidence running non-powered is inching upwards, ride by ride. The motor is enabling: made it possible for me to get back in at all, and do longer rides now.

    It's all good, the important thing to be out riding and working the body. It's blistering hot today for around here ... I took a modest ride of just under five miles this morning before nine am and it was already up to 80F when I got back. It's currently about 100F outside ... that's a bit warm for me. I had the AC on to cool the place down for a bit, and it's holding steady a bit more comfortably than that with everything sealed up.

    Yesterday I did 12 miles and temps peaked at just under 80F. Both rides very nice, actually.

    The problem is that the better the rides get, the less there is to say.

    onwards!
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    Quote Originally Posted by iliketexmex View Post
    Chief: Are you running a 175 crank? Would a 170 help? I've seen as small as 165, it might get you over the top a little sooner.
    I have it on my list to discuss..... smaller crank for a time.

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    Hi FatGuyFatBike, now known to me as Guy

    Hope you have fun as you start your fat Biking journey, be sure to post along with us.

    Terry and Chief you will be riding again with a smile on your face soon.

    The heat is on G time to get up early and cruise as the sun rises.

    And thanks Mike I do live in a special place I am very lucky. I was inspired to share it along the lines of your posts, I am pleased that people seem to enjoy them.

    If you all feel like an adventure sometimes check out the "Bike Wanderer" website it has an amazing set of reports from one incredible bike journey Iohn Gueoguiev is taking at the moment. It takes me to places I can only dream about, I found his videos on Youtube but the his website is even better.

    It really is a must see, plenty of fat biking adventure, just give yourself some time as is a great site. I you might want to go for a ride soon after

    Down here it has raining the last two day's should get a chance to ride tomorrow.

    OZ.

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    Surly, thank you for that tip about "Bike Wanderer", I just started it now and it just drags you in. Tuktoyaktuk....that rang a bell. Don Starkell was a famous canadian adventurer who paddled in a canoe, with his sons, from their home in Winnipeg, all the way to the end of their journey at the mouth of the Amazon River. Paddle to the Amazon is the book and it's a great read. He later followed that up with a journey in the arctic waters in his kayak and is documented in his book "Paddle to the Arctic". His goal was Tuktoyaktuk. He nearly froze to death some 30 miles to that town, his kayak getting caught in an early onset of winter in the arctic summer of his journey.

    Saturday and Sunday's ride reports: Some 76 miles total road running in tropical-like high heat and humidity conditions. Saturday, I should have stayed put instead of heading out, for 3 miles in, the first monsoon-like rain hit, then moved out. Later on, it got so bad that had I pedaled off into the Delaware River, I'd have not gotten any more wet.

    No shorts or grounds, no arcing and sparking, but the amount of rain falling was ridiculous enoughto have that on my mind. It would not be a stretch to estimate 2-3 inches fell in short order, judging by the amount of sand and rocks on cross roads, washing onto the main road. At 18 mph, the Jumbo Jims have a terrific way of putting a stream of water right in your face, so I'd often have to turn my head off center of the bike and to the right, to see where I was headed.

    Monday might be a rest day. Severe weather is predicted this afternoon, flash flooding and damaging winds predicted in our area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatGuyFatBike View Post
    I've been a bikeless lurker for a while on this thread, but finally took the plunge!

    I'm a 48 year old who used to be pretty active, but have been sat down by back issues for most of the past 3 years. Managed to gain about 60 lbs. in that time and have been miserable not being able to be active at all.

    I probably won't be riding any black diamond trails right away, but light trail riding and bike path trips at first, until I get my core strength back and drop some weight.

    Glad to see a pretty active group on this thread... looking forward to getting back on two (unmotorized) wheels.

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    Welcome and hail fatguyfatbike, love to see another brother join in the fun. I own two GBEM. The first, Ryback, was my only ride for over two years. He's got 3000 miles on him and is enjoying being the fatbike patriarch in semi-retiremen. ( it's Cubbie's bike now) other one is a GBEM Pro I got in December 2016. I went with the pro because at 65 my arthritic joints needed a break, and the Bluto up front keeps me and my joints happy.

    This mornings ride report is brought to you by Fatbikers lodge number one. AKA fat biking and health. (Cue Sweet Home Alabama)
    Yesterday we went down to the Gulf and rode the beaches. First time on sugar white sand. We rode down the beach and boy it was fun dropped my psidown to 6psi up front and 8psi the rear. We just noodled around watching the surf avoiding the sea turtles nestingnesting areas. Ryback prrformed great and Blue ( my other fatty handles great in this sand. We rode out and back for around an hour. We ran into another couple trying to ride some 'head cruisers' on the sand..They were struggling pushing their bikes through the sand. I asked them why they were trying to ride and their response was classic, "Because they're beach cruisers". Followed up with "boy those tires are big!". Which led to my 'sales pitch' for fatbikes and fatbike riding. To say the least they were impressed. I gave them some brands of fatbikes that they might consider for their beach riding. The husband, a retiree from Chicago asked if he could try one of ours. Needlesz to be came back with a huge smile on his face.

    Today's ride. Got out at 5:30am and headed to my private playground. (Kinda like my private Idaho) it had rained last night but it really effect the trail. I rode until 7:30 and packed it in. My eyes are less sore and funny soooo I decided tonoush the envelope and after I rode out to my turning point I just 'put the hammer down. I haven't installed a cycling computer yet because, eh umm, i really don't want to use one anymore.

    Until Later
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    Good to see you out and about Bear, looks like you might have converted another to the world of fat biking.

    OZ.

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    Had four days off and its rains for three of them...

    Hi everyone, I was very happy when the roster went up at work a few weeks ago and I noticed that I had four days off in a row

    With the wife at work that meant ride time for me, sadly It managed to rain on three of those days

    The rain cleared this morning and the only ride options were the road or the Lake side bike path. Its the same one from my last ride report, however this time I would follow it to the end.

    The bike of choice was the franken bike specialised, as I am still trying out handle bar setups for my forthcoming bike build. And with no trails fit to ride the Fat Bike was out.

    All these images are from the end of the path just before I turned for home.

    Some people around here have way to much money.

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    Plenty of money but no time to use it I suppose.

    The hill in the background is the one I rode over last time.

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    Turn around 180 dec here and the local Art Gallery is right on the Lake shore.

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    Right at the end of the point now and another view of the hill.

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    The path has stopped, however there is a small trail along the grass that takes you along the shore to a spot where I can see my home riding hill in the distance.

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    That green point sticking out from the left is home, about 17 km's from here by road.

    And the last shot of the local fisherman having a afternoon nap.

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    A fun ride when I thought that I was going to miss out again today. And the handle bar set up that I tried caused me as much grief as the last attempt, seems like the new bike will run Jones Loop Bars. Have those on my commuter bike so we will see.

    Good riding to all.

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    Some nice photos there, OZ. I really should stop and snap a few pix now and the as I go about, but I'm still in the "I can't stop because I'm grinning too hard" stage of this stuff.

    It's been blast-furnace hot here for the past couple of days. I was going to go out yesterday evening after the heat let up, but it didn't until after sunset and I don't like to ride at night. This morning was cool and fresh outside, I figured I'd ride over to the Saturday morning breakfast spot down by Guadalupe River Park and then back home.

    Well, I kinda got curious to see where the Guadalupe River Trail actually led to in the northbound direction, since I'd never ridden it past the airport, and after breakfast I just headed back north and ran the trail all the way to the trail head in Alviso. A lovely ride indeed, with the amusing activity of getting around the two service tractors trimming the brush on both sides of the trail at one point.

    A couple of shunt moves on surface streets in Alviso and I hooked up with the San Tomas Creek Trail and followed that back south to Santa Clara. Here's the circuit:



    Quite the nice ride! Plenty of battery left too, I could do double that ride and still have power to spare.

    Temp was up to 84 by the time I arrived home and that shower felt great...

    onwards!
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    It was 8 weeks ago today I last rode my bike. Recovery from knee replacement surgery has kept me occupied. I've been doing 10 minutes at the end of PT on a recumbent bike there. It started slowly and increased slightly. There is a clicking in the joint (normal) and it tends to get sore.
    Today I took my bike to my LBS. Mike (owner) of Firehouse Cycles in Yardley PA had lots of questions ... LOL, mostly about the surgery and recovery. We adjusted my Fuse 6 fattie to get me on it with minor discomfort. We adjusted the seat (in all areas up- moved it up and forward) and adjusted the dropper post to get me on the bike. I pedaled a little around the shop. I took it home and got out for a little ride. I promised my wife I'd only do 3 miles or so since I've been riding 2+ in rehab. Well after little discomfort and my knee settled down I rode for 3.64 miles. It felt SO good to be back on a bike. I'm a lil tender and I do my afternoon workout to loosen it up. No ice until later.
    Progress. Now to rebuild a base.

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    Chief500:

    Excellent! Great to hear that!
    Congratulations!

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    That's the stuff Chief!
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    Expanding my map

    Rode in Tennessee for the first time since beginning this health kick. The climbs were really tough. It was in the Defeated Creek Recreation Area, East of Nashville. The trail was badly overgrown in places and the local bike shop guy warned me about ticks and snakes (they have poisonous ones here that apparently like to lay on the trails). I did not ride where I couldn't see the trail, which meant some backtracking. I still got to the top (I think). It was a very challenging ride, the first 1.5 miles are a straight grind, right up the hill. I struggled but I know I couldn't have done this at all six months ago. Fat Biking and health-image.jpegFat Biking and health-image.jpg

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    Another day, another breakfast ride.

    Today came up cool and fresh out, perfect riding weather. I had arranged to meet my friend Thomas at the 'usual spot' down by Guadalupe River Park. A quick sprint there through the morning traffic mayhem as usual.

    Thomas is on a pedal-power-only bike and is recovering from heart surgery. "Please don't leave me too far behind!" ... as if I would. I think it's great he's getting out there and doing a lot of exercise! This was his first longish ride on the bicycle since the procedure, probably a total of 8 miles for him.

    So we hopped back onto Guadalupe River Trail together after we met and I turned Sumo's power OFF. We took a three mile bimble through the trail that way. One of the things I've come to really appreciate about Sumo is that when used this waypower off, just my legs and the gearing to work withit is a bit heavy but perfectly usable due to the excellent gearing they've set it up with. I had no problems whatever riding up and down the hills and rills of the park trails at 5 to 8 mph with Thomas: it's just as much fun and just as pleasant as maintaining a brisk 17-18 mph 'going places!' pace with the power engaged.

    Thomas kept the pace up nicely, slowing appreciably only at the one steep point of the path where he really needed his lowest gear and to stand on the pedals for a bit. With Sumo I could cheat easily and just turn on Econ mode and pedal up with the motor taking up the slack, but I downshifted to 2nd and had no problem pedaling up at the same pace.

    We parted after breakfast and I took yet another variation on my route home with power engaged. All up, about an hour of cycling and about twelve and half miles total for me ... I see that this is now becoming my minimum 'nice day ride' now.

    onwards!
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    (Oh yes: checked myself on the scale this morning. Down another 1.5 lbs. Woo hoo! Wasting away to a fat bastid! )

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    Outstanding ride and fitness reports, everybody!

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    Hi Chief great to hear that you are on your way back. Bet that ride outside felt great.

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    Hi Mex, good to challenge yourself, maybe not with snakes though

    Thats a great photo, looks like a great place to ride.

    Just think where you will be in another six months on the bike, their will be no stopping you.

    OZ.

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    Hi G, thats great news on the weight loss, even better getting friends on the bike as well. Always great to have a ride buddy or two for day's when the motivation dips a little.

    All you guy's seem to be enjoying the summer season, new trails, weight loss and fitness improving and the most important thing smiles all round.

    Take every chance for a ride long or short, old trails or new and enjoy what time we have.

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    Winter Solstice for me and Oz last night
    It actually rained as well, got a little wet, on a night ride
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    Thursday's Ride Report:

    Haibike Full FatSix

    Destination: Homebase, southbound to Riverside Marina, Delran, New Jersey and Back.

    Mileage: 38.1 miles
    Total Odometer Mileage: 2013.0
    Motor Setting: Standard all the way.
    Average Speed/Maximum Speed:13.5/19.5 mph
    38% Battery Charge Remaining/Approximately 20 miles left on Standard Motor setting.
    Weather: Mostly sunny. Slight breeze. Low to moderate Humidity. 88 degrees or so at the end of the ride.
    Road Surface: 99.999 percent asphalt with exception of a bit of riding inside the marina boat yard.

    Notes: I've not been on this run since last holing my rear tire tube, picking up a large screw. So with a more moderate riding pace and a more vigilant lookout ahead, off I went.........This was also the first ride for my newest acquisition: a Timber! cycling bell. This bell is designed like a cowbell. It mounts to the handlebar. There are 3-4 settings, off-slight bell--moderate bell sound--louder bell sound. Any bump in the road jingles the bell. Even with the Bluto opened up, any bump has it jingling.

    Even on a smooth surface, it's possible to jingle the bell to alert bikers pedestrians simply by a quick shaking of the handlebards, back and forth, to set the bell to ringing. The Fatboy Towpath Traveler has a 50 dollar SpurCycle bell on her and that one is truly top of the line. However, the Timber! bell does all the work for you; and at that, it is such a nice and pleasant sound; almost like a wind-chime type sound. Highly recommended by yours truly. I would not mind getting another to outfit the Fatboy! Here's a review from MTBR: Timber Mountain Bike Bell: The polite way to pass - Mtbr.com

    Never mind some of the jaded, been-there-done-that posts by folks who opinionate but don't actually own this thing. I pedal often on towpaths filled with lots of walkers and bikers and I can see this thing being the pleasant alternative to the simple DING!! of the SpurCycle or similar bells. And I'm certainly not one to go up and down trails yelling out "On Your LEFT!" A nice, pleasant wind chime can help brighten the day for those about to be passed. $22.00 bucks, a great investment......

    Mike

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    Mike, my OOOOGGGAAAHHH horn works very well. In fact, I used it today when a lady was walking like she was in the exorcist with her head nearly 180 with the direction her body was traveling. She about jumped outta her skin but averted an accident. Comes stock on all non-mute humans...

    I am on the lookout for some of those lil brass bells that are from India cause they slip onto the derailleur cable and jingle softly full time. Haven't had em in a long time, but cheap and reliable. The lil cowbell sounds kinda fun. Rather nice addition.
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    Skull Buster

    Well today I rode a place where the only reason to make noise is to scare away the animals before they jump up and scare you. I literally could hear the heaving breath of a buck as it jumped out of the trail-side brush and down the hill right as I went by. I must have woken him up. He startled me as much as I startled him. I nearly wrecked.

    The trail is called Skull Buster, it is between Lexington, KY and Cinncinati. There wasn't a soul out there, no traffic noise, not even an aircraft. It was awesome. It might be busier normally, but I was riding during a weekday and just before the arrival of a storm. I rode only one of the loops because I had an afternoon conference call (but the call was cancelled). I am sure the other loops are just as nice.
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    Wade: Yep, highly recommended, quite simple in design, unobtrusive and a pleasant sound. I kept it on for the entire ride. And yes, it get's attention!

    TexMex: What's interesting to me in those photos is that area seems to have less overgrowth than the areas I ride on; towpath-wise. Especially the second photo, inside the forest. For an area below the Mason Dixon line, I thought it'd be a heck of a lot more overgrown. That photo seems like it was taken in early May or so, up here in NJ.

    Here in NJ, poison ivy likes to take root on a lot of trees in remote locations. No leaning the bike against anything in the warm weather months, off trail....

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    No ride today for me, so far anyway. Temperature passed 75F by 6:30 am and I had several drive-to appointments to manage today. Most of the day has been a brutal 96-98F. Left the top up on the car and ran the AC... I'd rather not feel like I've been on a grille all day.

    The only problem with bicycle bells and horns these days is the fact that 90% of the pedestrians in the way have headphones on with music playing too loudly. Takes three or four 'dings' of my bell before I get that little involuntary twitch that means they've heard it.

    It's already past five and sunset isn't until about 8:30 tonight, there's a chance I'll get out for a short ride still. I'll be going out first thing in the morning again anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeTowpathTraveler View Post
    TexMex: What's interesting to me in those photos is that area seems to have less overgrowth than the areas I ride on; towpath-wise. Especially the second photo, inside the forest. For an area below the Mason Dixon line, I thought it'd be a heck of a lot more overgrown. That photo seems like it was taken in early May or so, up here in NJ.

    Here in NJ, poison ivy likes to take root on a lot of trees in remote locations. No leaning the bike against anything in the warm weather months, off trail....
    That was the only open spot where you could actually get a picture of the terrain. I am not sure why it was so open but you can see the trail. Most of it was pretty bushy and poison ivy like you describe, but that is hard to compose a good picture (look, here is a green mass of indiscernible vegetation). That deer I spooked was only 5' off the trail and I literally did not see him until he was leaping into the air. I will give the trail crews credit, they looked like they freshly cleared about a mile of the trail which meant for at least one of the five miles my shins weren't getting whacked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ramarren View Post
    No ride today for me, so far anyway. Temperature passed 75F by 6:30 am and I had several drive-to appointments to manage today. Most of the day has been a brutal 96-98F. Left the top up on the car and ran the AC... I'd rather not feel like I've been on a grille all day.

    The only problem with bicycle bells and horns these days is the fact that 90% of the pedestrians in the way have headphones on with music playing too loudly. Takes three or four 'dings' of my bell before I get that little involuntary twitch that means they've heard it.

    It's already past five and sunset isn't until about 8:30 tonight, there's a chance I'll get out for a short ride still. I'll be going out first thing in the morning again anyway.

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    OOOGGGAAAHHH works very well in those circumstances. The lil brass bells are for being polite.
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    Hi Mex that looks great to me.

    Watch out for the jumping Deer though, a Mountain biker down Canberra way was knocked out cold on the trail but a large Kangaroo a while ago. He didn't see it coming and woke up with a few scratch marks from Skippy as well.

    Enjoy your weekend all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
    OOOGGGAAAHHH works very well in those circumstances. The lil brass bells are for being polite.
    I'm just not sure where on the bike I'm going to find room for a tugboat fog horn...

    G

    (It's a lovely 62F out right now. Time for a ride! )

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    Quote Originally Posted by ramarren View Post
    I'm just not sure where on the bike I'm going to find room for a tugboat fog horn...

    G

    (It's a lovely 62F out right now. Time for a ride! )
    lol, when you get on a bike the ooogah horn is automatically equipped. Complete with volume control... Your voice works very well.


    Beep beep, honk honk, oogah oogah!

    Mike's used some very nice bells on his bikes. In the past I've used a little brass bell positioned on a control cable with O rings to keep it positioned. The mild jingle is nearly constant and a lil too polite.

    On another note, the Cattilac has shipped!! Looking forward to building up the new bike and giving a proper shakedown. Should be interesting to ride a full squish +. Pix to follow...
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    This will clear the way: Kleinn HK4 Quad Air Horn Kit

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    Quote Originally Posted by iliketexmex View Post
    This will clear the way: Kleinn HK4 Quad Air Horn Kit
    One problem with that setup on a bicycle is that I'll be deaf after I press the button. Not sure that's a good outcome. :|

    Anyway, it was a lovely 11 mile ride this morning. Roused Thomas so we met at Panera again and had a bit of breakfast and chat. Temps are just now up to 75 again, it was the right time for a ride.

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    I over did it Thursday and paid for it that evening and overnight. I walked a mile and a half, did some stuff around the house, weeded, weed whacked, cut the grass. Then in the afternoon I took a bike ride .... a lil longer than previous but I felt good. The knee responded with discomfort. The PT said to back off a little. Slight set back but I'm trying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHIEF500 View Post
    I over did it Thursday and paid for it that evening and overnight. I walked a mile and a half, did some stuff around the house, weeded, weed whacked, cut the grass. Then in the afternoon I took a bike ride .... a lil longer than previous but I felt good. The knee responded with discomfort. The PT said to back off a little. Slight set back but I'm trying.
    Ice is your friend, just keep your chin up.

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    CHIEF500 ... Yeah, don't push it too hard. Your knee needs time to heal. It'll happen, just be patient and work it gently.

    Same ride again this morning, varied the route a bit by running south on Guadalupe River Trial down through San Jose, the looping back to my usual road home. Lovely riding weather out there this morning: overcast and cool. My route modifications added a mile to the total, so it's up to 12 for today.

    The Sumo now shows 405 miles on the odometer. Woo Hoo!

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    A Coastal ride...

    Hi everyone, well the sun was brilliant and the winds where fair so this morning I headed south along the beaches and coastal tracks to Catherine Hill Bay.

    I imagined a challenging ride and got more than I bargained for...

    This first image looks back towards Caves Beach.

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    As you can see the sea was a little angry today.

    This one from the next headland and the first tough climb of the day out of the way.

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    I was surprised at the amount of rain water still laying around the headlands. this is a great little beach hidden away from the world.

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    As I dropped onto the beach a small bridge helped my journey.

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    I had not ridden past here before so I headed into unknown.

    The trail followed the creek I had just crossed, water was flowing freely after all the rain we have had.

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    This part of the trail is in a state park so was well maintained, steep with fist sized rocks covering the trail. Still the fat tyres rolled over most that would have had me dancing on my normal mountain bike.

    Still the view into the next bay at the top made the climb worth it, that would turn out to be the theme of todays ride.

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    Many fisherman lose their lives on this part of the coast every year and its not hard to see why.

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    One slip or larger wave rolls in and you are in the ocean, if you fish alone and cannot swim your chances are slim. The fishing must be great because nothing will stop these guys as we will see.

    The trail crossed out of the State park and the first of the washed out and rutted tracks become the next challenge of the day.

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    Not only was it hard to keep the legs turning but line choice became important

    This image shows how keen the rock fisherman are, I followed a trail down to what I thought was a dead end, and then noticed this slot canyon on the right of the trail.

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    Then I noticed the ladder sticking out of it, chained to the edge and some 30 feet long it dropped to the bottom of the slot where a rope allowed you access to the path that must lead to the ocean. As I said these guys are super keen to fish.

    Thats the end of part one, and click on the photos to see them in a larger size.

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    A Coastal ride part two...

    Well from there the trails got steeper and the ruts got deeper. So hike a bike was done but the view at the top of each hill always seemed to reveal another hidden bay...

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    And another keen fisherman. Still the view was fantastic.

    I wondered if they walked in, and its a fair walk to get here. Then a came across a couple of 4WD parked at the end of a trail. This is what I found when I rounded the next bend.

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    How they drove down that I have no idea, put a wheel in the wrong place and your 4WD is going no where. The bit of track behind this photo was shocking.

    I continued on and could hear a 4WD somewhere ahead of me. I found five of them parked on the trail and the owners had headed out to the cliff edge. How they were going to get up this I would have like to see.

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    Crazy stuff, still when I reached the top I got my first look at Catherine Hill Bay shining in the distance.

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    A truly magnificence day and the little village was putting on a show.

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    The drop down the trail from here to the beach was steep and a real challenge to ride. I made it down ok managing to scare myself a few times.

    It was a relief to get my wheels back on sand.

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    I was lucky here as the creek was not flowing through to the sea and allowed me to cross with dry feet.

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    I had a play on the large rock platform before heading south along the beach.

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    The beach was great to ride along a few walkers were keen to get a look at a fat bike and some Dolphins were catching waves as well, which is always great to see.

    Soon I reached the turn around point of todays ride, at the Southern end of Catherine Hill Bay is a old jetty that use to load coal onto a ship to transport to Newcastle.

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    Now its just a photographers favourite.

    Back off the beach and time to air up the tyres for the ride back home. Time was against me and I was not looking forward to all the traffic after the beautiful ride I had so far.

    Before I left the bay one last view from a hill by the road side.

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    I spent many a happy hour Surfing at the bay and its always a special place to go.

    So a tougher ride than I envisioned and my legs are feeling the sting, and my face is glowing with a winters sun burn. What a way to spend a morning .

    OZ.
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    Great thread Guys

    Keep 'em comming !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Feelygood ! View Post
    Great thread Guys

    Keep 'em comming !

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    Long time lurker here some time poster.

    Cindy came in and brought the monsoon season with her. I wasn't able to get out and ride my desired six day a week routine. Just toooo much friggin rain. Over the course of this 'tropical storm' we had over 10 inches of rain dumped on us. Made riding impossible until yestrrday. However, the eye thingy returned and I wasn't up for a ride. However, at 5am I couldn't sleep. I went to bed at 9pm last night.nothing of worth on the tube. Except for Ring Of Honor wrestling, but, sleep overtook me and Mama bear had to wake me up and tell me to hear to bed. Lol.
    So today, at 5:30am I took Blue out for some morning fun and frolic. I thought that the creek trail would bexa total muddy mess, but headed in that direction anyaway. I was soooo wrong. The saybl before had dried out the trail nicely. Thank the fatbiking gods for Sandy soil.

    Got in about an hour and a half of quality time. The trai was empty and I rode in solitude. Saw a cottonmouth and avoided it gracefully even tough I was very tempted to dispatch him with a,solid dose of fat
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    My partner's back from his European trip so I managed to roust him and we took the bikes out for a quick morning bimble and breakfast. A short, fast run over to the favored local cafe, food, then a slightly slower wiggle around a 5 mile loop home. Great way to start the day!

    I did about half of it power off too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ramarren View Post
    My partner's back from his European trip so I managed to roust him and we took the bikes out for a quick morning bimble and breakfast. A short, fast run over to the favored local cafe, food, then a slightly slower wiggle around a 5 mile loop home. Great way to start the day!

    I did about half of it power off too.

    G
    G: you realize that the Bay area is rich in mountain bike history don't you? Charlie Cunningham wrote about it in a book "Fat Tire Flyer". It is one of My fave reads. It covers the history of mountain biking from Charlie and Gary Fisher's days in both the Haitght and up in Marin County. Those pioneering mountain bikers were sure brave to ride on Klunkers!!!
    I am in the process of rebuilldinf,an old Murray beach cruiser into a Klunker.
    The intrepid duo liived for awhile in the South Bay area. In fact they were involved with the Dead. They were caretakers at the Dead's house in the Haight.
    If you can get a copy do it! Velopress printed the one i

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    Surly: I take it that your area is not croc habitat? Am I correct that they are on the northern tier of your continent?

    To these eyes, each photo of your journey is simply breathtaking. That ladder.... fishermen are driven to moving hell and high water to catch a fish! What kind of fishing goes on in that part of the world? On the east coast of the US, those rough water conditions there by the beach would be ideal Striped Bass fishing....

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    Hey Bear, your tropical storm made it all the way up to Ohio, by the time it got hear it only had 2 inches of rain left. My son and I cut drains into sections of the beginner trail near our house a week before. The trail steward reported they worked perfectly. Shortly after the rain stopped, there was no standing water and very soon after that, the ground was hardening back up. Only 7500' of trail to go! I guess we'll never be short of a project.

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    Thanks Mike, yep the big bitey stuff lives right at the top of Oz, around here it the Eastern Brown Snake that you need to worry about. Its the second most deadly land snake in the world. I really worry about them in summer although you normally see Red Belly Black snakes, nasty bite should not kill you though

    Google up "old man kicks brown snake in the face" and you will see not everyone is scared of them. That is the main beach in Newcastle not out in the sticks.

    As for the fishing lots of different types can be caught.

    Tailor & Australian salmon metal lures, surface poppers, pilchards, garfish. Available year round, winter prime months.

    Yellowtail kingfish live bait, garfish, metal lures, surface poppers, soft plastics. Prime months, January to May.

    Luderick green weed, cabbage. Available year round.

    Rock blackfish cunjevoi, peeled prawns, bread. Available year round. Winter prime months.

    Bream tuna, prawns, crabs, garfish. Available year round.

    Mulloway live bait, slab bait, feather jigs, bibbed minnows, soft plastics. Prime months, December to May.

    Bonito & tuna metal jigs, live baits, pilchards. Prime months, January to May.

    Groper red crabs, cunjevoi. Available year round.


    Great fishing, maybe not worth your life. Then again the threat of the brown snakes does not stop me riding. I rode over a Red Belly Black Snake on my bikes few years ago, never ridden so fast on a mountain bike.

    Regards.

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    Thanks! I looked it up ... copies of the book, both new and used, are easily available from Amazon and other sources, and not expensive at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldbear52 View Post
    G: you realize that the Bay area is rich in mountain bike history don't you? Charlie Cunningham wrote about it in a book "Fat Tire Flyer". It is one of My fave reads. It covers the history of mountain biking from Charlie and Gary Fisher's days in both the Haitght and up in Marin County. Those pioneering mountain bikers were sure brave to ride on Klunkers!!!
    I am in the process of rebuilldinf,an old Murray beach cruiser into a Klunker.
    The intrepid duo liived for awhile in the South Bay area. In fact they were involved with the Dead. They were caretakers at the Dead's house in the Haight.
    If you can get a copy do it! Velopress printed the one i

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    I had a medical appointment in Cupertino yesterday. Given that my current mode is to celebrate the improvements in my fitness and health with the Sumo, I planned to ride there and back.

    But it was warm, not too warm, and I was feeling really great as I arrived in Cupertino. To the point that when I was leaving the appointment, I wanted to ride more than just back home.

    So I took another route entirely and rode down into San Jose, to my usual cafe hangout. First time I'd run down the very very busy Stevens Creek Blvd so far ... Only one intersection gave me a problem. I needed to make a left at Saratoga Road and I could not figure a safe way to cross the five lanes of Stevens Creek Blvd to be in the double left hand turn lane at that intersection with the very heavy, near-commute-hour traffic rushing around in all directions.

    I decided to make use of the pedestrian crossings ... crossed Saratoga first, then waited for the crossing of Stevens Creek. That worked well, if a little delayed and clumsy since the pedestrian crossing goes through a quadruple set of curbed corner islands.

    There's another path possible past that: a pedestrian overpass on San Tomas that would drop me onto quieter surface streets past Saratoga Road, but those streets lead to a very busy interchange and underpass at the Valley Fair shopping mall which at near-commute time is a dangerous place to be on a bicycle. I chose to do the slightly busier on average route down Hedding because I know it better and I know traffic doesn't get quite as balled up there.

    The total was 18.25 miles and 1.5 hours cycling time. Here's the route:



    A fun ride and a good day for us urban Fat Bikers.

    Bonus: the pretty young gal at the reception desk at the doctor's office saw Sumo out front as I was leaving.
    "Is that your fat bike?"
    "Yes indeed it is," I replied, "and electric to boot."
    "Oh wow, that's so cool! Have a great ride!" and a big*warm smile. A big smile from any young person gives this old curmudgeon a big boost.

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    I'm riding this week in Lansing Michigan, numerous deer and fawn sitings. But check out relive.cc, it can take a Strava file and make an arial view of your ride. It is pretty cool. They have a sample ride on their website. I don't know if it will let me share my ride. I copied the link, but if it doesn't work check out their sample. If you take a picture during your ride it adds it to the video.

    http://open.relive.cc/wf/click?upn=f...LeBAUZDA-3D-3D

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    Took the 6fattie out today for a nice easy 4 miles. Knee was tight at first and loosened up. Then it was tight all day after. I just finished up with ice for 20 on both sides and 20 minutes of tens while it was on. Back to work tomorrow and to a site for a project walk down. That'll be nice and easy too.
    Had a conversation with the physical therapist and we've talked about easy rides if I minimize the walking that day. He wants me to add a day of rest in there too. I've come to the realization that my mileage will be very low this year and my goal is to get in a few 10 milers by the end of my riding season. Hopefully the knee continues to heal and the little show I get fade away as we go.

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    Don't overdo it, but keep slugging.

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    Texmex: That is really fascinating. I've no clue as to what strava is, let alone taking it to another level like you did here, but I really like it. One day, maybe I'll get out of this analog type thinking....

    Chief: Slow and steady & you'll get there.

    Sunday's belated rider report saw the FatSix on a 35 miler to Riverside Marina and back using the Standard Power setting, from beginning to end, here are the results. Keep in mind, this was kind of a hyper-miling kind of ride, really not pushing anything aerobically. My intentions are to see what I have left in the battery; so's I can consider another, longer ride.............which is what I accomplished the next day.

    Sunday's Ride Report:
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    Destination: Homebase to Riverside Marina, Delran, NJ and back to homebase with a bit of a side track here or there.

    Mileage: 39.3
    Average Speed/Maximum Speed: 10.7/19.7
    Estimated Miles Left in Battery Using Standard Setting: 26
    Odometer total miles: 2073
    Weather: Sunny, warm, mid 80's.

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    50 Mile Round Trip Visit To Cove Road Railroad Park...in Pictures

    Monday's Ride Report:

    Destination: Homebase to Cove Road, Pennsauken, NJ railroad park and back. 100% Asphalt Riding

    Mileage: 50.7
    Average Speed/Max Speed: 12.2/25.5 MPH
    2124 Odometer Miles
    Battery Percentage Left: 17
    Weather: Started out cloudy with threat of rain, cleared to mostly sunny, breezy, warm, low 80's. Low humidity. Perfect summer weather

    Notes: So part 2 of my exploration in hypermiling using the Standard power setting. Yamaha/Haibike estimates I could get 53 miles on a fully charged battery, using the Standard setting. I wanted to see if I could do better, by coasting on downgrades, applying minimal torque to the pedals going up hill; keeping the power level meter on the single mark.......So, the results are in, keeping in mind I had a good tailwind. I could squeeze near 70 miles playing a hyper miling game with this bike.........Sure wish my butt could enjoy greater mileage though........Anyways, Cove Road is a place where freight trains run by Norfolk Southern and CSX await, when heading out of NJ, crossing the Delaware River a bit to the north of here. There is a fairly short and steep upgrade to climb to the level of the bridge proper............I made it a point to bring my camera, my Alite Mayfly ultralight seat and some snacks and a sandwich. This was going to be an all day-train watching affair. I figured, there was a 50% chance I was going to see some train action. Or not.......So here goes, in part 2........This is 100% asphalt road riding from small Delaware River towns to just outside Camden, NJ, some near 30 miles to the south of homebase.

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    50 Mile Round Trip Visit To Cove Road Railroad Park...in Pictures Part 1

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    So here we are, under some shade, ready to kick back after a 25 mile ride to get here. It's mid morning, around 10 am or so. Getting here, I expended 32% of my charge, leaving me at 68% capacity remaining!
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    Now this is a great sign! Norfolk Southern general merchandise freight; both engines in a nice sounding, high idle. This train awaits a crew to take her underway, out of Pavonia Yard, up the Delair Bridge crossing the Delaware, and then, most likely, headed to Allentown Yard, in Allentown, PA, a place I documented in pictures earlier this spring. Next to it, a New Jersey Transit Riverline light rail is making it's way towards Camden.....
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    The 2 NS engines are made by General Electric; one of two major locomotive builders in the US. The other being EMD, once owned by General Motors.....
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    Head on shot. The Conrail yard crew south of here at Pavonia Yard brought this train up to Cove Road; locked her down, idling, while the Norfolk Southern crew was being recalled to duty to take the train to Allentown, PA.
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    This is shaping up to be an excellent train-watching morning! A Conrail Shared Assets train approaches on the center track. This is a small train, servicing a town called Hainesport, NJ, which is some 20 some odd miles to the north and east of Cove Road. When they are done, they will return with their empties back to Pavonia Yard....
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    This view is looking north. The track furthest right is for the NJT light rail. Freight traffic does not run on this track and in effect, light rail operations are separated from the heavier freight operations. A federal law, at that; in order to avoid possible encounters of light rail with the much heavier freights. The tracks to the left go up to the Delair Bridge; with the track to the left of the NJT track also capable of going east on the mainline that includes the bridge crossing.
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    The Norfolk Southern crew has arrived and is boarding their engine for the 100 plus mile trip north to Allentown, PA....

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    50 Mile Round Trip Visit To Cove Road Railroad Park...in Pictures Part 2

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    The Conrail Shared Assets Hainesport Local has permission to depart and are leaving Cove Road. This engine is made by EMD. It has less HP and traction capability compared to the larger GE's seen earlier. Note the cab difference as well between the two.
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    Climbing the grade to get up to track level, moving about 10 mph
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    Shortly thereafter, the NS to Allentown train has permission to depart and go over the Delair Railroad bridge. These are 4400 hp engines compared to the 2500 or so for that EMD we saw earlier.
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    Climbing the Delair grade at 10 mph or so...
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    The NS trains are long ones, sometimes going over a hundred cars of all types. So while the engines may be on the bridge, a good bit of the train may still be being pulled up grade. At the Delair Bridge, overcoming gravity and weight means a nice auditory show as these engines are working hard.
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    My great fortune continues. This time, a CSX local transfer freight from Pavonia, Camden, NJ yard to across the river in Philadelphia, at the CSX Greenwich Yard. This too will cross the Delair Bridge.
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    Awaiting permission to proceed north and to the bridge....
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    CSX freight, now underway, up-grade to the Delair Railroad Bridge....
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    Just hours after departing Cove Road, the Conrail Shared Assets Hainesport local returns with it's empties and cargo from Hainesport....
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    Afternoon, around 1-2 pm and a CSX inbound freight, coming off the Delair Bridge, is descending downgrade, to Cove Road and Pavonia Yard, to the south of here.
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    This CSX freight is a long one; having made it's way from Selkirk Yard, New York.
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    Both CSX engines in this set are GE's, this one a newer model, in CSX's latest paint scheme. They are cruising by at about 5-8 mph. Selkirk Yard is north of Albany, NY and this train makes a daily run from there to Camden. Quite a long haul. Not sure if one crew does the entire trip as the crew has 12 hours in the cab before federal law says they must rest.

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    50 Mile Round Trip Visit To Cove Road Railroad Park...in Pictures Part 3

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    After the CSX freight clears, a lull in the action for a while. Soon, from the south, comes the sound of an engine working it's way slowly to Cove Road. It's our old friend, the NS engine used in today's Hainesport Local, this time tasked to take a ribbon rail train up grade to possibly go either to the west at the Bridge or to the east...
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    This photo does not do justice to what's going on here. The signals in the back ground are where those freights at Cove Road enter the main line leading to the Delair Bridge. At ground level, that appears to be about a 50-60 foot climb. To the west of here, the bridge is but a few hundred feet from here.
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    Delair Railroad Bridge, in the process of opening. I had packed up my gear and left the rail train at Cove Road, hoping to catch it at Delair, crossing the Delaware. I was lucky to see the bridge had opened for a tug and barge; thus, all rail traffic stopped, including our rail train (if headed this way and not to the east of here)
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    Tug and Barge that necessitated the lift of the bridge.
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    Once the bridge was down and locked and all traffic cleared, that rail train was given permission to cross. And from here, you could here that engine strain against gravity and weight, full throttle, for all she was worth. The engine has overcome gravity, but the rest of that train is still making the climb. Full throttle and moving at about 3-5 mph at this point.
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    Tail end of our rail train, this engine is off line while the lead engine is now free of gravity's pull and is making better speed. Looks like some rail laying operations will be going on somewhere across the river from here.
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    Delair Railroad Bridge builders dedication plaque. Erected by the Pennsylvania Railroad. Some of this nation's greatest engineers and builders worked for the PRR and this bridge is testament to their skills...
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    At the Delair Railroad Bridge, looking south and west towards the Philadelphia skyline....

    The ride home went great, no incidents. A fairly strong tailwind helped keep me from applying much torque on the pedals, saving on battery power. Just a nice end to a great day of train watching. Thanks for coming along for the ride!

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