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    Wissahickon trail conditions (Part Deux)

    Just FYI - I rode wissahickon yesterday. Happy to report that the trail is (or maybe 'was'...it's a little warmer today), overall, in fantastic shape.

    Virtually no snow, and only a little mud & ice - specifically, on the climbs enroute from Valley Green Rd to W. Bells Mill on the 'Indian' side of the creek. The last exposed rocky section on the way to W Bells Mill (i.e. the section that's almost always wet w/ spring water) was particularly icy.

    Other than that, the trail was either bone dry or frozen hard and fast. Mostly the former.
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    Good job!

    For a second I thought that we were all in for another awful thread about trail conditions.

    How do you get ot ride on a work day? Must be because of presidents day. Us real scientists work everyday .
    Due to your fantastic and precise trail report, does that mean a little ride this weekend maybe? Wissa, valley forge? Get Chip to have a quick look out at VF to see how much mud is out there?
    Lets try wissa, I want you to meet some of my other buddies.

    cheers
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    Vf

    If anyone gets a trail report to VF, can you post it? I was wondering how it be over there.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by electric mustard
    For a second I thought that we were all in for another awful thread about trail conditions.

    How do you get ot ride on a work day? Must be because of presidents day. Us real scientists work everyday .
    Due to your fantastic and precise trail report, does that mean a little ride this weekend maybe? Wissa, valley forge? Get Chip to have a quick look out at VF to see how much mud is out there?
    Lets try wissa, I want you to meet some of my other buddies.

    cheers
    How's wissahickon on sunday morning sound? I can only speculate, but I think Valley Forge is probably still pretty sloppy.
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    VF conditions

    Conditions on the small loop by the train tracks (Bambi) was pretty much frozen yesterday morning between 9 and 10. Only small patches of mud in the normal low lying areas that never seem to dry out. At least that's what Chip said.....

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    as soon as those wet spots unfreeze it is slip-n-slide city though.

    as joey lawrence would've said; WHAAAOOOHH...

    get out early and enjoy the frozen ground!

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by Stick
    How's wissahickon on sunday morning sound? I can only speculate, but I think Valley Forge is probably still pretty sloppy.

    Hey stick,

    yeah Im in. As long as we dont get any soaking rain it should be a nice ride.
    Everyone else is welcome to join us. Time decided by end of week.

    cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stick
    Just FYI - I rode wissahickon yesterday. Happy to report that the trail is (or maybe 'was'...it's a little warmer today), overall, in fantastic shape.

    Virtually no snow, and only a little mud & ice - specifically, on the climbs enroute from Valley Green Rd to W. Bells Mill on the 'Indian' side of the creek. The last exposed rocky section on the way to W Bells Mill (i.e. the section that's almost always wet w/ spring water) was particularly icy.

    Other than that, the trail was either bone dry or frozen hard and fast. Mostly the former.

    Thats great to hear. I took a gamble and rode Green Lane on Sunday. Lots of mud so I stayed primarily on the pasture side. Nice to hear that the Wis is looking good.

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    Looks like a few snow showers possible Saturday....
    Sunday looking good. I think I'll be able to meet up with you guys for a ride.
    I look forward to it.




    Quote Originally Posted by electric mustard
    Hey stick,

    yeah Im in. As long as we dont get any soaking rain it should be a nice ride.
    Everyone else is welcome to join us. Time decided by end of week.

    cheers

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    sounds great dahoos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by electric mustard
    Hey stick,

    Everyone else is welcome to join us.

    cheers
    Well, everyone except the Nazis. (Yes Chip. That means you. )

    Es sei denn er holt "post-ride" Kostritzer und schnitzel. Mit butterkase. Und "der Sicherheit Handbuch" Ja wohl!

    Whoa!

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    What just happened?

    And where'd this mustache come from?

    Damn. I hate it when that happens.
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    kiks my toe in the dirt

    Quote Originally Posted by Stick
    Well, everyone except the Nazis. (Yes Chip. That means you. )
    mumblessomethingaboutnevergettinginvitedanywherebe causei'manazi
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    Quote Originally Posted by Call_me_Clyde
    mumblessomethingaboutnevergettinginvitedanywherebe causei'manazi
    Serves you right.

    Rule of thumb:

    German beer, food, and biergartens = good

    20th century German National Socialist Workers Parties = bad

    We must choose wisely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Call_me_Clyde

    P.S. My apologies in advance to those who may be offended by my references to the Nazi party. They are my own twisted view of humor and in no way refelect how I view the seriousness of the atricities committed in WWII, or by any neo-Nazi organizations today. These views do not necessarily represent the views of mtbr.com, it's members, owners and/or sponsors, etc., etc., legaleze ad nausuim, etc., etc.

    o O ( sad state of affairs when one has to walk on eggshells, eh? )

    LMAO. Ever the politician, eh Bob?

    Sorry you won't be able to join us.
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    yeah, well....

    Quote Originally Posted by Stick
    Serves you right.

    Rule of thumb:

    German beer, food, and biergartens = good

    20th century German National Socialist Workers Parties = bad

    We must choose wisely.
    I'm busy Sunday anyway. So there

    Hitler Youth meeting, ya know....

    Enjoy the ride, and for the love of Adolf Hitler....DON'T ride if there is sven the SLIGHTEST HINT of mud. On the trails or otherwise. If there's even so much as a puddle on Forbidden Drive...turn back! One can't be too conservative ya know...

    Enjoy the ride, guys. We'll get together soon.

    Bob

    P.S. My apologies in advance to those who may be offended by my references to the Nazi party. They are my own twisted view of humor and in no way refelect how I view the seriousness of the atricities committed in WWII, or by any neo-Nazi organizations today. These views do not necessarily represent the views of mtbr.com, it's members, owners and/or sponsors, etc., etc., legaleze ad nausuim, etc., etc.

    o O ( sad state of affairs when one has to walk on eggshells, eh? )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stick
    LMAO. Ever the politician, eh Bob?

    Sorry you won't be able to join us.
    Just trying to head off the inevitable, bro.

    Bob
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    geeeez call_me_clyde. You are like a rash , everytime and everywhere I go to read a thread, there you are and you've already posted. Man do you get around

    cheers

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    By the way people, I dont have a rash of any kind so get that thought out of your mind immediately.
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    Post whore?

    Quote Originally Posted by electric mustard
    geeeez call_me_clyde. You are like a rash , everytime and everywhere I go to read a thread, there you are and you've already posted. Man do you get around

    cheers

    electric
    First Chip calls me a Nazi, now I'm a rash and a post whore. Pretty soon you guys are gona have me in tears. It's just not fair, I'm tellin' ya.

    I'm off to buy some salve.

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    No go for me this weekend

    Quote Originally Posted by Call_me_Clyde
    I'm a rashy, post-op whore.
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    Previous engagement.

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    Hitler Youth

    Quote Originally Posted by Chip
    Previous engagement.


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    At least I'm man enought to spell it out. See ya Sunday, Chip.

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    i hate u all :)

    i am on the sideline. too cold noone invited me bikes broke noone invited me if i had some sort of incentive noone invited me i would send my rear shock to push and get that bad boy fixed noon invited me so iwill wait til next week noone invited me to send my shock in.

    have fun

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    Did you hear something?

    Quote Originally Posted by bigkeith
    i am on the sideline. too cold noone invited me bikes broke noone invited me if i had some sort of incentive noone invited me i would send my rear shock to push and get that bad boy fixed noon invited me so iwill wait til next week noone invited me to send my shock in.

    have fun
    o O (That's funny, I could have sworn I heard Keith's voice in the background. Perhaps I should call and invite him to the Hitler Youth meeting....)

    Good to hear from you dude. Just keep your eyes peeled, I would guess the details of the ride will make their way here. I'm out due to previous *cough* "commitments", but hey, if your bike gets back together and you have some warm clothes, meet up with these guys. Hell, they tolerate riding with me, and you know Wiss pretty well. My guess is they'd be more than happy to have you as my replacement.

    Stay warm and I'm sure we'll hook up soon.

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by bigkeith
    i am on the sideline. too cold noone invited me bikes broke noone invited me if i had some sort of incentive noone invited me i would send my rear shock to push and get that bad boy fixed noon invited me so iwill wait til next week noone invited me to send my shock in.

    have fun
    FYI: We've bumped the ride to tomorrow morning if anyone else wants to go. We're meeting at Valley Green @ 8:00 a.m.

    The plan is to ride from VGI to Lincoln Dr on the 'inn' side (i.e. up widowmaker, etc) cross over to rittenhouse then ride back on the opposite side. A counter-clockwise loop, basically.

    Afterward, a few of us will hit the General Lafayette Inn for lunch. They're having a vertical tasting of cask-conditioned barleywines (ride was moved to saturday to coincide w// this event).

    Info for non-beer geeks:

    barleywine = a strong (~11% abv), malty ale

    Cask-conditioned = beer that is moved toward the end of the fermentation process from fermentor to cask (traditionally a wooden barrel) while it is still fermenting. It is only naturally carbonated by the still-active yeast, and only very slightly so - at best. Cask ales are served at cellar temperature (~55F) either by gravity or by hand pump.

    In other words, to those who don't know what they're getting ahead of time, it will seem both warm and 'flat'. But it's fantastic stuff! This ain't no Budweiser. You just need to get past the "all beer must be cold, yellow, and bubbly" mentality.

    Vertical Tasting = a sampling of several 'vintages' of the same beer (GLI's barleywine, in this case). They'll have casks of 2001, 2002, 2003, & 2004, and the 2005 will be served on a 'regular' CO2 tap from their serving tank (i.e. 2005 is not cask-conditioned).

    Should be a good time! And Keith, the barleywine'll warm you right up!!
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    A ride in the Wiss and a few hand crafted beers afterward....count me in. Gotta clear it up, but I should be good to go. I'll see all who are in, tomorrow morn.

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    yeah yeah. The more the merrier
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    Quote Originally Posted by electric mustard
    yeah yeah. The more the merrier



    going to try and come,
    look for a yellow litespeed.

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    if you see a big yellow 29er singlespeed; i am there!
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    Eenie, meenie, minie, mo

    Quote Originally Posted by max-a-mill
    if you see a big yellow 29er singlespeed; i am there!
    Now that Saturday is open does this mean I need to drag my fat, sorry, out of shape a$$ out of bed and drag down the pace of this ride?

    o O ( catch a tiger by the toe...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by max-a-mill
    if you see a big yellow 29er singlespeed; i am there!

    will keep a look out for you and electric mustard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grecco
    will keep a look out for you and electric mustard.
    We'll meet by the benches outside the inn at 8:00 - 8:15 a.m.

    Please try to get there promptly (I'll do my best, too!), so we don't have to spend too much time idling around. Going to be chilly tomorrow a.m., and if the wind is blowing then like it is now, it'll be nice to get moving ASAP.

    Hope to see a bunch of you there.

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    please don't wait on me if i ain't there....

    but i hope to be!!!

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    oops

    Oh shyte Im sorry max, It was also very nice to meet Megan too.
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    Good job! had a great time

    yes I must also thank everyone for coming out and making it an enjoyable ride. It was nice to finally put a face to a name (max_a_mill and Dahoos). The grub and beer afterwards was equally as enjoyable.
    Hope to do it all again real soon. Thanks for the ride home stick.
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    Just wanted to say thanks to everybody who made it out on saturday. It was great to meet max (& Megan?) & dahoos, and get out on the trail (and in the pub!) together.

    Huge thanks to electric mustard too, for being such a generous SOB. Next time, your lunch is on me!
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    Sorry I missed out

    Quote Originally Posted by electric mustard
    Oh shyte Im sorry max, It was also very nice to meet Megan too.
    Hopefully I'll make the next group ride!

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    Free lunch?? WTF?!?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stick
    Just wanted to say thanks to everybody who made it out on saturday. It was great to meet max (& Megan?) & dahoos, and get out on the trail (and in the pub!) together.

    Huge thanks to electric mustard too, for being such a generous SOB. Next time, your lunch is on me!
    Considering how much I donated to the casino coffers that night, it would have helped.
    Fockerz.
    And I didn't even get to try a flite of the barley wine.
    Double fock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip
    Considering how much I donated to the casino coffers that night, it would have helped.
    Fockerz.
    And I didn't even get to try a flite of the barley wine.
    Double fock.

    -C
    When last I checked, nobody put a gun to your head and said, "Get out of this bar without trying the barleywine, go to A.C. and lose a small fortune!"

    Sing along:

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    Blame the devil for the things you do
    It’s such a selfish way to lose
    The way you lose these wasted blues
    These wasted blues
    Tell me that it's nobody's fault
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    But my own. . ."

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    Good job!

    Yea, it was great to put a faces to a names and get out with a good group of riders. I called my Saturday complete after the combo of a fun ride followed by some good beers. (Thanks Electric Mustard! I got you next time.)
    It was great to meet you guys (and girl) and I look forward to the next one where Max will once again put me to shame on the climbs.

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    agreed it was nice to meet all of you!

    contrary to what the news leads you to believe people you meet off the internet are not psychopaths and axe murderers... (well i am not so sure about chip but the rest of you seem real nice )

    i would definitely enjoy meeting up again for rides and such!

    summers coming and maybe then we could organize a solid night ride. i am still up for fridays so pipe up if you can make it down to wissy and the weather looks ok!

    thanks for the fun ride.

    i'll try to remember to post when i am riding and have time to meet up with folks again.

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