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KWL
12-19-2015, 07:52 PM
Santa and a whole bunch of lit up cyclists were at the Holiday Lights Parade in Del Ray, put on by Alexandria PBAC and the Alexandria Spokeswomen.

Dirt
12-22-2015, 09:41 PM
Ride all night

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15th Street, NW

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Penna Ave, NW

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First St.

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Independence Ave.

Great way to spend a Saturday Night.

bobco85
12-26-2015, 12:34 PM
On a Christmas morning ride, the Wilson Bridge appeared to fade into nothingness
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SarahBee
12-26-2015, 11:11 PM
http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/12/26/310df9ea22cb137e9cfe4cae362a3f1a.jpg - this guy was blocking the bike trail this afternoon. Hey pony, where are your wheels???

bobco85
12-31-2015, 06:44 PM
On my last commute home of 2015, I couldn't help but shake my head at the following sights:

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at the Intersection of Doom, someone decided to take an off-road route and knock the sign askew

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the shopping cart/bike rack at the Bradlee Safeway in Alexandria; I moved the 3 shopping carts back to their rightful spot but was slightly amused at the laziness of the drivers who left the carts there

peterw_diy
12-31-2015, 07:16 PM
Sigh. I think it's been a year since I pointed out to that Safeway's management that their wheelbender violates City guidelines in both design and placement (their SUP required installing bike racks in compliance with the city's bike parking standards). :-(

Greenbelt
01-09-2016, 05:41 PM
Combination freezing saddles and baby shower cargo ride
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chris_s
01-11-2016, 09:07 AM
Sigh. I think it's been a year since I pointed out to that Safeway's management that their wheelbender violates City guidelines in both design and placement (their SUP required installing bike racks in compliance with the city's bike parking standards). :-(

Sounds like a job for code enforcement...

PotomacCyclist
01-11-2016, 10:05 AM
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Despite the appearance of being in a remote setting, this is actually just outside DC.

Lt. Dan
01-12-2016, 08:40 PM
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Fun Photo I got on New Years during the Hains Point ride- A few of us got bored and did a quick loop over the bridges and back

eminva
01-13-2016, 09:49 PM
Definitely not the spirit of Freezing Saddles, but I was in Florida over the weekend. The first three photos are in Celebration.

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This is near Disney's Hollywood Studios with the Tower of Terror in the background. It was enough terror for me trying to stop the bike with coaster brakes with dead legs (one day after running a marathon). The things I do for Team X.

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Liz

Boomer2U
01-14-2016, 08:26 AM
It maybe Freezing Saddles season and cold outside, but don't forget to look up once in awhile and get treated to winter skyscapes like this one, yesterday afternoon, West Potomac Park.
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Tania
01-14-2016, 06:00 PM
Just north of Gravelly Point.

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mstone
01-14-2016, 06:43 PM
Just north of Gravelly Point.

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That wind!

Fast Friendly Guy
01-16-2016, 07:27 AM
Dramatic sky, an appropriate backdrop for Skye. What a great ride this was!
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FFX_Hinterlands
01-16-2016, 09:14 AM
This is actually a really ugly part of Sterling full of generic office parks.

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Boo Boo
01-16-2016, 06:21 PM
This is actually a really ugly part of Sterling full of generic office parks.

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Beautiful!


I have a pond right across the street from my office (Fair Lakes area). The sunset/sunrise reflecting off of it makes regularly makes me smile and realize that the asphalt hell I curse so often on the last few miles of my commute (from Falls Church) isn't really that bad. The FFX County Pkwy trail going through the office's backyard does the same when I feel like taking the long way to/from work. :)

KayakCyndi
01-17-2016, 02:35 AM
Well still not riding while stuck in tradeshow but there was this:

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PotomacCyclist
01-18-2016, 08:14 PM
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Something appropriate for today's holiday - the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum. It's a bit out of the way and the ride goes through some poorer areas of Anacostia and Fort Stanton, but it's manageable during the day. (I probably wouldn't ride through there at night though.)

I've read about the museum but I had never visited before. I didn't have enough time to go inside. Next time. It would have been nice to get out of the 5F wind chill.

There are bike racks just off to the right, plus a few more at the back end of the building.




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The view of central DC from one of the hills of Anacostia. It's a modestly challenging climb to get to the Museum. It will probably deter most casual cyclists. It's not the toughest hill ever, but it involves some work.

DCAKen
01-20-2016, 11:18 AM
While I was out in Colorado, my BikeArlington scarf was keeping me nice and warm.

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komorebi
01-20-2016, 09:16 PM
Yet another reason to go to coffee club: if I hadn't detoured to go to HDCC this morning, I would've missed this sight at the intersection of the MVT and 4MRT.

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1696/24423399631_cab4de66fa_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/DddiP6)
20160120_071235-1 (https://flic.kr/p/DddiP6), on Flickr

consularrider
01-21-2016, 10:48 AM
Quite a wide range of road and trail conditions. Main streets in Kyiv are clear, but people are parking their cars wherever they dang well please effectively eliminating one to two travel lanes on many streets. The sidepaths along the Dnipro River and on the bridges over it were a mix of packed snow and very rough ice with a very few clear patches. The sidepaths with cycle lanes along Heneral Vatutina Ave and Onore de Bal'zaka St had been mostly cleared, the only bad sections were where cars had driven on them and packed them down. I did not stop to take photos until I got to the off road tracks of Trukhaniv Island. I had seen two other riders out on bikes, one asked if he could exchange bikes with me (I think).
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PotomacCyclist
01-22-2016, 03:32 PM
The calm before the storm

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kwarkentien
01-23-2016, 07:53 AM
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Something appropriate for today's holiday - the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum. It's a bit out of the way and the ride goes through some poorer areas of Anacostia and Fort Stanton, but it's manageable during the day. (I probably wouldn't ride through there at night though.)

I've read about the museum but I had never visited before. I didn't have enough time to go inside. Next time. It would have been nice to get out of the 5F wind chill.

There are bike racks just off to the right, plus a few more at the back end of the building.




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The view of central DC from one of the hills of Anacostia. It's a modestly challenging climb to get to the Museum. It will probably deter most casual cyclists. It's not the toughest hill ever, but it involves some work.

That's Morris Road SE for that climb. I hate climbs but I can do this one, albeit grumbling all the way, and the view at the top is definitely worth it. This pic was taken as I crested the hill last winter.

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I've stopped at the museum to take a quick breather (and because it has nice bathrooms!) but haven't taken the time to tour the exhibits. That is on my to-do list.

Tania
01-23-2016, 08:52 AM
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27.5+ Jamis Dragonslayer. Thanks to Jan at Bikenetic for hooking me up with this!!!

Boo Boo
01-23-2016, 12:06 PM
Snowed so hard that the roof caved in

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The neighbor may need to borrow one of my bikes when she decides to go out. Ouch..... :(

jrenaut
01-23-2016, 12:50 PM
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1497/24266412320_8b337fffe0_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/CYkGXj)
2.2 miles in the blizzard of 2016 (https://flic.kr/p/CYkGXj) by Jon (https://www.flickr.com/photos/thetejon/), on Flickr

That was a ton of fun. Lots of chatty people who thought I was crazy. One woman told me I needed a fat bike. I told her this is the fattest one I have.

kwarkentien
01-23-2016, 01:25 PM
Crazy fun little ride in front of my house after I shoveled myself out of the house.http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160123/441805accf36a591df793118c128c70a.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160123/c8a85fdd68bf8b64171d6a39b18eadc2.jpg

KWL
01-23-2016, 03:11 PM
The Pugsley was quite popular on my short ride this morning. Braddock Road; Mt. Vernon Avenue; Corner of Mt. Vernon and Braddock.

bobco85
01-23-2016, 06:18 PM
I decided to venture out into the snowstorm myself. I found myself pushing more than riding as I never saw a speck of asphalt on the 2.6 mile ride/push around Holmes Run in Alexandria. On the streets, I found that the sidewalks that were shoveled earlier in the day were much more rideable (thank you, people that shoveled their sidewalks!). Even if the ride was only a few miles long, I got a full body workout from pushing through the snow.

(left) getting counted at the Holmes Run bike counter in Alexandria (can someone check to make sure there was 1 crossing recorded for today?); (right) not needing a kickstand near Holmes Run
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(left) snow-covered Holmes Run Trail; (right) 2 ducks decided they were going for a swim regardless of the weather (and I thought I was crazy for going out in this!)
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(left) icicles under the Van Dorn Street bridge; (right) tunnels under I-395, one of the only places I could ride my bike without flintstoning or dismounting
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(left) pushing my bike through the snowy Holmes Run Trail; (right) Beauregard Street, nearly devoid of vehicles on a Saturday afternoon save for a brave/incredibly stupid few
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Rest of my pics are here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10102782055625099.1073741972.7801164&type=1&l=c02485b542

Steve O
01-23-2016, 07:06 PM
(left) snow-covered Holmes Run Trail; (right) 2 ducks decided they were going for a swim regardless of the weather (and I thought I was crazy for going out in this!)
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There is another bike in this photo. Did you flyby someone?

Also, I cropped out the 1/2+ mile that I portaged my bike today. Should I have counted it?

dkel
01-23-2016, 07:18 PM
I cropped out the 1/2+ mile that I portaged my bike today. Should I have counted it?

I portaged down my driveway and counted it. I also counted pushing my bike up the last hill. It was a small percentage of my ride, and it seemed an awful lot like CX to me; after all, it's not like the pushing and carrying don't count in CX racing.

bobco85
01-23-2016, 08:29 PM
There is another bike in this photo. Did you flyby someone?

Also, I cropped out the 1/2+ mile that I portaged my bike today. Should I have counted it?
I have no idea whose bike was locked up there as I saw no one else in a block radius of it at the time. Hopefully the owner came back for it.

In regards to counting bike portaging in Freezing Saddles, I think that it counts because if you don't have the bike there it'd be just a walk.

kwarkentien
01-23-2016, 09:37 PM
Some photos from today's adventures. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160124/3e2ae643378386111824be45d4b742bb.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160124/803f35bba01993447a7b32215a7bbb4c.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160124/0bc986d92c19f5f13bcdd12faad0fb9b.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160124/7787ca520f7bb651ca7e6b9cccb2ead5.jpg

Boomer2U
01-23-2016, 09:58 PM
I shoveled and threw snow for the better part of the day with lots of help from my neighbors and @SarahBee so that I could do a sleaze ride just before the second dump of #blizzard2016
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And my trusty mascot, Bandit!
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Steve O
01-23-2016, 11:18 PM
My brother, Mike Offutt, a firefighter in Colorado Springs, knows about our little FS game and posted a pic on Instagram with #freezingsaddles a few days ago
It snows there, too.
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https://www.instagram.com/p/BATyLEKDKti/?taken-by=jumpoffutt

cvcalhoun
01-24-2016, 01:10 AM
Do attempted ride pictures count?

First challenge was digging a path to the shed, so I could get my bike out:

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The street by my house was totally unplowed:

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But I'd had perfect attendance the past two Freezing Saddles, so I was determined. I figured I'd carry my bike to the nearest plowed road, as shown on Montgomery County's Storm Operations page (http://www7.montgomerycountymd.gov/snowmap/). Bad news is that the bike was heavy, and hard to carry in all that snow. Good news was, when I needed to rest, it would stand up without a kickstand:

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Unfortunately, when I got there, the street looked like this:

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I'm sure it had been plowed at some point in the afternoon. But it wasn't exactly rideable by the time I got there!

Rod Smith
01-24-2016, 07:45 AM
Oh no, Carol! Gosh I hope you didn't drag that bike through a foot and a half of snow for a mile! I think it should count if you did! Did I count the three miles I walked my bike after the free hub broke last winter? Hell yeah!

dcv
01-24-2016, 08:54 AM
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/vng2327/Mobile%20Uploads/20160123_100810_zpsfs7vdvbv.jpg

cvcalhoun
01-24-2016, 05:57 PM
Oh no, Carol! Gosh I hope you didn't drag that bike through a foot and a half of snow for a mile! I think it should count if you did! Did I count the three miles I walked my bike after the free hub broke last winter? Hell yeah!

No, I gave up after a block, when I realized I wouldn't even be able to walk the bike. I figured that I was likely to cause major injuries at my age if I attempted to carry a 64-lb. bike for a mile.

consularrider
01-25-2016, 07:58 AM
Light snow was falling on my way to lunch (about a half inch of fresh accumulation) and then started coming down a little heavier (three inches by the time I got back on the bike). There were a couple of tense moments as I could hear a car behind me start to slide while braking.

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ShawnoftheDread
01-27-2016, 03:01 PM
This duck is sitting on several eggs, nesting under a box in a curbside planter on H St.
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Boomer2U
01-30-2016, 10:09 AM
Powerpuff Pete and I snuck into HP yesterday afternoon and got slapped around by the wind trying to do a loop on our commute home. The road is clear, fyi, but the wind very, very strong.
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160130/f46ec79b1c59270dcd47a8d51bf91804.jpg

consularrider
01-31-2016, 06:42 AM
The right bike with the right tires for the conditions (mostly ice and crusty snow) in the Pushcha-Voditsa forest just on the north side of Kyiv. My riding companion did not have studs and did more walking. I still fell three times because of my poor off road handling skills in the rutted ice.

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Bikes unloaded

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consularrider
01-31-2016, 06:44 AM
Forest roads. There were actually some hills, but I didn't stop to take pictures. Also with the temperature just above freezing, we were breaking through a lot of thin ice on the puddles in the dips.

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consularrider
01-31-2016, 06:46 AM
More with proof the bike was there
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Now I need to get a Garmin that has a map, we would have been lost on this ride without my companion's 810.

Powerful Pete
01-31-2016, 02:14 PM
Nice fatbikes. And Land Cruiser for the win.

KWL
01-31-2016, 06:22 PM
Where's your Freezing Saddles Reflective Neon Green Bandtm?

Powerful Pete
01-31-2016, 07:44 PM
A few pictures from my ride this afternoon/evening.

Boomer2U
02-01-2016, 12:32 AM
What a joy to be reunited with my road bike for the first time since Snowmaggedon. I went and did loops tonight around the Navy Federal Credit Union in Vienna (4.8 mile circuit). http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160201/b1e908d58a0481205cbb16262ec03a01.jpg

huskerdont
02-01-2016, 08:34 AM
I went and did loops tonight around the Navy Federal Credit Union in Vienna (4.8 mile circuit).

I had no idea that credit union branch was that large (and I'm a member).

Boomer2U
02-01-2016, 09:04 AM
I had no idea that credit union branch was that large (and I'm a member).
That's only the half of the sprawling campus. They also have a parking garage and a new construction site across the street which abuts the W&OD.

Rockford10
02-01-2016, 10:13 AM
I don't think it's all NFCU. Follin Road has been torn up for 6+ months at this point. If they aren't constructing an entirely a new bunker for Congress...

PotomacCyclist
02-01-2016, 03:03 PM
Today's Google Doodle honors Frederick Douglass, whose autobiography provided a powerful boost to the cause of abolition of slavery in the 19th century. His exact birthdate is unknown but he celebrated it in February (Feb. 14).

I rode by the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site a couple weeks ago, pre-Snowzilla. It's located in the Historic Anacostia neighborhood. (Anacostia is only one of the neighborhoods East of the River, although some mistakenly call the entire EOTR area Anacostia. That's sort of like saying Georgetown to mean all of Northwest DC west of Rock Creek Park.)

Douglass was born on the Eastern Shore of Maryland where he lived in enslavement. After learning to read and write, he became an avid reader and a teacher to other slaves. His master sent him to a notorious "slave-breaker" who beat him severely in an attempt to "break" him. The teenage Douglass fought back and the beatings stopped. Eventually he escaped to NYC and then Massachusetts. He campaigned against slavery and was often attacked by slavery supporters. He traveled to Ireland and Great Britain, partly to avoid recapture and re-enslavement. He spoke in favor of women's rights during his time in Western New York (Rochester).

After the Civil War, he campaigned against the rise of the KKK in the old Confederacy, which sought to restore white supremacy through violent means. President Grant helped to suppress the (original) KKK in the early 1870s.

After his Rochester, NY house burned down (possibly from arson), he moved to Washington DC. He purchased property at Cedar Hill in what was known as Uniontown (now Historic Anacostia). This is the house that is now known as the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.

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It's located on W St SE, between 14th & 15th St., a few blocks from Martin Luther King Ave.

I know Anacostia is frequently associated with crime, and there is some basis for that. But most of the violent crime takes place at night. For a cyclist or pedestrian, there is about as much cause to worry about an aggressive or inattentive car driver in a "safe" neighborhood. That is, it pays to be smart and aware in any neighborhood.

PotomacCyclist
02-01-2016, 03:15 PM
When Frederick Douglass moved to DC, he also bought the houses at 2000-2004 17th Street NW (17th & U) as a real-estate investment. His son lived in one of the houses for 31 years, until his death in 1908.

I believe the original houses are still there today. The corner building currently houses a small store, Hana Japanese Market.

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https://www.culturaltourismdc.org/portal/frederick-douglass-residence-frederick-douglass-national-historic-site-african-american-heritage-trail

Lt. Dan
02-01-2016, 03:34 PM
What a joy to be reunited with my road bike for the first time since Snowmaggedon. I went and did loops tonight around the Navy Federal Credit Union in Vienna (4.8 mile circuit). http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160201/b1e908d58a0481205cbb16262ec03a01.jpg

What's the loop? That sounds kinda fun...

Steve O
02-01-2016, 03:52 PM
What's the loop? That sounds kinda fun...
Bikenetic did their Sunday ride (https://www.facebook.com/events/1544663339193547/) there yesterday. Here's the route:
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/11648908

Boomer is referring to the loop part outside the beltway.

Boomer2U
02-01-2016, 04:25 PM
What's the loop? That sounds kinda fun...
Here is the data from my Strava post of the Navy Federal Loop. It is the Wednesday night shop ride hosted by Freshbikes Mosaic in Merrifield VA. I first learned it from Dirt, when he used to lead the FB rides.
https://www.strava.com/activities/483212690

consularrider
02-02-2016, 11:30 AM
Where's your Freezing Saddles Reflective Neon Green Bandtm?

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consularrider
02-03-2016, 10:46 AM
I was not taking pictures on my ride yesterday so I went back over the basic route today to take photos of the iced over trail and stairs climbing up from the Dnieper River pedestrian bridge. Yesterday I ended up having to push the bike up the slope along side the stairs and then lift it over a wall at the top.

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The ice on the main Dnieper channel has mostly broken up and floated down river, but there is still thick enough ice on one of the inlets and the Chertoriya channel for ice fishing.

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As I got back to my neighborhood, I stopped for a coffee Americano at a Soviet era vintage coffee mini van.

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I have only half as much grit coating the bike frame and drive train tonight as I had after yesterday's ride.

consularrider
02-06-2016, 07:11 AM
Back out on the Pugsley still with studded tires. This is in the southern part of Kyiv, mostly icy forest trails.

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consularrider
02-06-2016, 07:16 AM
Coming out of the woods we rode around this area where buildings have been moved from around Ukraine.

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consularrider
02-06-2016, 07:17 AM
Just a couple more.

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PotomacCyclist
02-09-2016, 04:22 PM
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue... SE

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americancyclo
02-12-2016, 08:45 AM
I love it when the numbers line up on my garmin.

https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/12716674_1118628564834996_595097434_n.jpg

bobco85
02-14-2016, 04:53 PM
I finally put together my footage from biking before/during/after Winter Storm Jonas in parts of western Alexandria and Arlington. From watching the footage, I remembered how tired I was getting from pushing my bike through the heavy amount of snow and how thankful I was to the snow plow drivers and homeowners who made it possible to at least bike in many parts. I cut out a majority of me pushing my bike through the snow as it wasn't very interesting.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ekQ5por7TY

Steve O
02-14-2016, 09:03 PM
I love it when the numbers line up on my garmin.

https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/12716674_1118628564834996_595097434_n.jpg
Just wait til July

DismalScientist
02-15-2016, 06:36 AM
Just wait til July
I'll convert to metric then.

hozn
02-15-2016, 10:36 AM
It is pretty awesome MTB conditions out there. We just rode around the neighborhood a bit; my son kept plowing into the deeper sections and falling down. :-) Luckily falling in soft snow wearing a snowsuit is mostly just fun.

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cvcalhoun
02-16-2016, 01:46 AM
This was bad enough on my Bar Mitts. But when I got onto the saddle, it was in more or less the same shape. Let's just say I was concerned about the potential for a very embarrassing case of frostbite.

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160216/019684f1f56093bc84adc8f544b4689d.jpg

Dirt
02-19-2016, 09:30 PM
We're all gonna die!!!!
https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1655/24843282600_689e3f2597_b.jpg

consularrider
02-20-2016, 09:41 AM
Fatbiking on Trukhaniv Island today, just a few icy patches, but lots of mud. Fell on the partially frozen mud next to the big puddle in the picture on the right.

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Dirt
02-21-2016, 09:02 PM
Filthy people on bikes.
https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1526/25064233892_38f22549ce_b.jpg

Steve O
02-21-2016, 09:20 PM
Filthy people on bikes.

You guys were a lot prettier when I saw you go by on your way down to the C&O.

Dirt
02-22-2016, 09:23 PM
You guys were a lot prettier when I saw you go by on your way down to the C&O.
I pity any girl that isn't me tonight. ;)

mstone
02-23-2016, 09:01 AM
Clearly, Bikenetic needs to throw a fender sale.

KWL
02-23-2016, 09:17 PM
Filthy people on bikes.I'm so tempted to click on the little black triangle at the bottom left.

Dirt
02-23-2016, 09:27 PM
Clearly, Bikenetic needs to throw a fender sale.
Fenders are boooorrrrrrinnnnngggggg.

consularrider
02-27-2016, 11:37 AM
It was a pleasant Saturday afternoon in Kyiv so I was out for a bike ride stopping at McDonalds on Onore de Bal'zaka St on the Dnipro left bank. When I arrived there were two bikes by the front door. I took my food outside to eat and a woman and I presume her son came out and got on the bikes and headed up the MUP along the street. I'm always pleased to see a parent out for a ride with a child! Note, her purse was the trunk bag you can see on her rear rack. :D

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Boomer2U
03-01-2016, 01:43 PM
I rode my project roadie bike, Snow White, on Sunday for the first time in awhile from Falls Church VA to East Riverdale MD, to bid farewell to @IrishGorilla, with nuggies, along with several other members of #blokes-broads-bikes-and-brews (some of which have infiltrated several #bafs2016 teams)
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160301/ecbd63e5b8c46ea2889a4d714f7eab9e.jpg
Crossing DC on a congestion-free Sunday morning from the Key Bridge to the MBT was a welcome change from my normal DC commute. But R Street NE between 1st and the MBT has been carpet bombed, with a few steel plates sprinkled here and there just to make it interesting. Next time I will wear a kidney support belt (or use a Fat Bike).

jrenaut
03-03-2016, 04:59 PM
On our way to school (http://www.popville.com/2016/03/good-or-bad-commute/). Someone took a picture of me and the kids on the way to school this morning. Amazingly the Popville commentors are mostly positive. Good thing we were wearing helmets.

Lt. Dan
03-08-2016, 03:38 PM
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Almost 70 degrees, and I saw maybe 6 cars in 10 miles this morning!!!

consularrider
03-11-2016, 09:47 AM
My wife and I spent time last Saturday and Tuesday trying to find the Hedgehog in the Fog (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oW0jvJC2rvM) monument here in Kyiv. Trip Advisor (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g294474-d2233570-Reviews-Hedgehog_Monument-Kiev.html) had it pinned in the wrong place, plus one of their commentators said it was moved to Shevchenko Park. Maybe it was for a while, but it's now just behind St. Sophia, it's original location.

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KLizotte
03-11-2016, 01:25 PM
The hedgehog is so cute! We need more fun statues/sculpture here in DC. Our's are all so serious!

Supermau
03-11-2016, 02:46 PM
My first day back to commuting in a while.


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bentbike33
03-11-2016, 09:48 PM
This one is along the Patrick Henry Drive retaining wall at Four Mile Run (view from the W&OD).

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Where are the rest?

consularrider
03-12-2016, 12:21 AM
This one is along the Patrick Henry Drive retaining wall at Four Mile Run (view from the W&OD).

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Where are the rest?

How did that pile even get there? Three blocks from my house, and it's never been where Arlington dumps snow like on Bluemont Park parking lot.

reji
03-12-2016, 06:35 AM
Where are the rest?

This one is in Fairfax City in Thaiss Park off of Pickett Road. I took this picture last Tuesday. The Fairfax Cross County trail runs right by it and the City did an amazing job not blocking the trail.
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consularrider
03-13-2016, 04:44 AM
Not my ride, but one of the Ukrainians I follow on Strava did a 197 mile ride southeast of Kyiv along both sides of the Dnipro River and posted 20 pictures from the ride on Stava (https://www.strava.com/activities/515235165). I'll need to bookmark this for a possible June ride, summer solstice or maybe June 4 in honor of the Total 200 anyone?

Powerful Pete
03-13-2016, 10:01 AM
Started to ride here - the fast guys are really, really fast. Traffic is horrendous and dangerous, so all rides begin at 5AM-ish...

A few pictures from the local version of Hains Point and from the ride to the Morro Solar, a hill overlooking the ocean shore with a short nasty climb.

Let me know when we organize the BikeArlington Southern Hemisphere Ride!

http://i.imgur.com/kxHrztTl.jpg
The view leaving my residence...

http://i.imgur.com/jYBRtKwl.jpg
View from the Morro Solar hill, south of the oceanside of Lima. Slums at the bottom stretching towards the most expensive real estate in the city (in the mist).

http://i.imgur.com/wORzDkYl.jpg
Opposite side of the hill...

http://i.imgur.com/w2iydD0l.jpg
I may need to get a mountain bike...

vvill
03-13-2016, 11:54 AM
I may need to get a mountain bike...

Looks perfect for some knobbier gravel/CX tires!

Powerful Pete
03-13-2016, 11:56 AM
Looks perfect for some knobbier gravel/CX tires!

Sshh... you are speaking logically. N+1! ;)

Actually, a second set of wheels with a more aggressively treaded tire would make sense.

But apparently the MTB-ing in the area is very good, so it would be a pity not to equip myself with a well above my riding abilities MTB, wouldn't it?

consularrider
03-13-2016, 12:01 PM
Sshh... you are speaking logically. N+1! ;)

Actually, a second set of wheels with a more aggressively treaded tire would make sense.

But apparently the MTB-ing in the area is very good, so it would be a pity not to equip myself with a well above my riding abilities MTB, wouldn't it?

Fat Bike?

bobco85
03-14-2016, 09:28 PM
On Saturday, I went on the Annapolis Century ride with Rod, Billy, and David which took us from Hains Point through the non-closed-off parts of DC (Rock 'n' Roll Marathon was being held at the time) across Maryland to Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay and back. I have lived my entire life in VA yet have only seen the Chesapeake Bay a handful of times (never have been to Annapolis before), so I was quite happy to see it again (I also enjoyed the salty breeze as I was dealing with allergies all day, so it was a temporary relief). All in all, my portion of the ride was 120.1 miles which surpassed my previous record of 108 miles last Halloween (my legs were jelly for the rest of the day).

Thank you, again, to Rod for planning and leading this trip!

Pics from the trip:

pano of the Chesapeake Bay from Annapolis (Billy and Rod on far left)
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sitting down for some delicious crab cake sandwiches (they were REALLY good) with Billy and Rod (note how the waitress taking the picture managed to fit both signs showing the name of the restaurant in the frame; nice work!)
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MD State House
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statue of Thurgood Marshall
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opposite side of MD State House
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consularrider
03-20-2016, 02:41 PM
First day of spring and it was snowing in Kyiv. Gave me another chance to ride the Pugsley off road before changing out the studded tires.

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Boo Boo
03-26-2016, 10:56 PM
Photobombed by POTUS

https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xlt1/t31.0-8/12671771_10209291495265835_2491273944438140839_o.j pg

consularrider
03-27-2016, 12:17 PM
We had a very nice day on Saturday, but I blew off riding (I did take the studded tires off the Pugsley and clean it up a bit). Today was pretty nice too and I decided to get out and explore some river side routes up the Dnipro. North of the Moskovsky Bridge, I cut over and took a promenade along the river that included a bike lane. There were lots of people out and about and was worse than the MVT at Gravelly Point on a nice weekend day.

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Then I headed north up the P69 before cutting over on some unpaved village streets to Vyshgorod were I crossed the dam and headed up the east shore reservoir road. I stopped at 25 miles at Lebedivka for a snack and turned down a parallel forest road (paved but mostly rough) for the way back.

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Starduster
03-28-2016, 12:23 AM
Saturday, March 26. The first Papillon Cycles shop ride of the season. I suppose it was a shade early, with moderately short notice, Easter weekend, and competing cherry blossoms. So store manager John Harpold and I improvised, and went across the river.

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The Tidal Basin was totally jammed, as expected, but Hains Point offered blossoms and unimpeded riding. Afterwards, a trip to the Fish Market @ The Wharf. John picked up oysters, and transported them and 15 lbs of ice in his backpack all the way home, JUST like the bike messenger he was. I will have to disappoint some fans- Yuki did not join us for the ride.

Please add this to your local shop ride database: Papillon Cycles, Arlington, will be doing Saturday morning rides all season, generally alternating between casual coffee rides, and the Arlington Loop, with surprises thrown in along the way. These rides aimed more at the casual rider- NO DROP. Coffee Shop Ride next Saturday. Be there. Aloha.

bobco85
03-29-2016, 11:20 AM
This past Saturday I decided to revisit the Indian Head Rail Trail in White Plains (MD). It's a 13 mile paved trail that is quite peaceful and enjoyable to ride on. However, biking to get there and back can be a bit hazardous due to the quality of drivers in that area, but once on the trail you will feel bliss. The route I took to get there from Alexandria is here: https://www.strava.com/activities/527595541

Here is the video of my ride:

https://youtu.be/JYcBgg5TPTo

consularrider
03-29-2016, 11:27 AM
I finally had motivation and a pretty decent day to get my monthly century ride in. I headed west from Kyiv on the M06 motorway turning off at 31 miles heading into Makariv where I stopped in a park to a PB&J rest stop.

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Then on some secondary roads heading towards Zahaltsi. While the road had very few potholes, it was very rough, like gravel spread on warm asphalt and then rolled.

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At Volytsya I got on the M06 to head back to Kyiv. I's only two lane, but had a good shoulder all the way to Bucha. I stopped at a bus shelter for a quick snack. There was also a six mile long shared use trail along this highway from near Kladieivo-Tarasove to Vorzel. Seems pretty new, but it's not really being maintained and a couple spots were just glorified sidewalk.

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I got off the M07 to loop through Irpin and stopped for another PB&J break at a city park. The park has paved paths that are marked half for pedestrians and half for bicycles, but the predominant wheeled vehicles were baby strollers.

consularrider
03-29-2016, 11:29 AM
I finally had motivation and a pretty decent day to get my monthly century ride in. I headed west from Kyiv on the M06 motorway turning off at 31 miles heading into Makariv where I stopped in a park to a PB&J rest stop.

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Then on some secondary roads heading towards Zahaltsi. While the road had very few potholes, it was very rough, like gravel spread on warm asphalt and then rolled.

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At Volytsya I got on the M06 to head back to Kyiv. I's only two lane, but had a good shoulder all the way to Bucha. I stopped at a bus shelter for a quick snack. There was also a six mile long shared use trail along this highway from near Kladieivo-Tarasove to Vorzel. Seems pretty new, but it's not really being maintained and a couple spots were just glorified sidewalk.

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I got off the M07 to loop through Irpin and stopped for another PB&J break at a city park. The park has paved paths that are marked half for pedestrians and half for bicycles, but the predominant wheeled vehicles were baby strollers.

consularrider
04-02-2016, 04:10 PM
A ten minute clip from Bogdan Stasiuk (https://www.strava.com/athletes/5726087) who I follow on Strava. Part of his 130 mile ride today.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2JztVfEqjA&feature=youtu.be

consularrider
04-03-2016, 11:40 AM
It's Sunday and sunny and I decided against the Embassy road group ride so I headed to the unpaved trails instead. This set is heading north along the Desenka River (sort of a channel of the Dnipro?) across from the eastern side of Trukhaniv Island and north of the SkyMall.

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consularrider
04-03-2016, 11:47 AM
The island is basically a big sand bar and the trails are a mix of sand, dirt, grass, and gravel. Some places the sand is very soft, like riding on a beach.

The first two photos are a comparison of the same spot about six weeks apart.

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Then there is the mistletoe

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Sometimes what appears to be the main track suddenly turns into single track, and no, I did not ride across that bridge, just walked and carried the bike.

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consularrider
04-03-2016, 11:49 AM
Here is a shot of a typical soft sand section of the trail.

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Then south of the Moskovskyi Bridge there are pine woods.

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consularrider
04-06-2016, 03:30 PM
A beautiful day in the neighborhood and a good excuse for a longer than planned bike ride. After climbing up the bluff from the Dnipro I needed to stop for a pause that refreshed (the water bottle was empty at that point).

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Steve O
04-06-2016, 10:43 PM
In case you didn't see this video over on the other thread of about 85 pics from a ride I did in November, here it is again:



https://youtu.be/ac-sSS892V8

consularrider
04-08-2016, 09:56 AM
It was just too nice out today so I rode to lunch on my road bike and then headed out on the highway to enjoy the sunshine and warm temperatures. I got off the M06 motorway just before Lisne.

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Took a secondary road the wound along the Bucha River and across a dam at Duchna.

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At Bucha I stopped for a snack break before heading across the river to Irpin.

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From Irpin I rode the P30 back to Kyiv.

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consularrider
04-09-2016, 12:10 PM
Much nicer weather in Kyiv today than in Arlington plus my wife was spending the day writting EERS so I went out to play.

First up signs of spring (finally) south of Vyshgorod

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From there I crossed the dam and headed up the east shore of the reservoir. Mostly nice road, but very sandy on the sides. I stopped for lunch and had to walk the bike to the shore because the sand was too soft for even my 700x35 tires.

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consularrider
04-09-2016, 12:17 PM
After refueling, I took a road away from the reservoir, two miles with rough cement, then potholed asphalt, then six miles of gravel, rough and frequently potholed large aggregate asphalt, finishing with a mile or so of packed sand.

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The reward at the end of that stretch was back on the P-69 highway to the dam and seeing a stork in its nest.

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consularrider
04-09-2016, 12:24 PM
I made my second food stop when I got back to the dam. PB&J with Gatorade sure hit the spot at 71 miles.

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There was a paved road that went about 2 km along the western shore of the reservoir. That's where I saw this which I think is the skeleton of a bobsled run.

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At mile 101 (edge of Horenka) there was this memorial to the Great Patriotic War.

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Powerful Pete
04-13-2016, 09:57 AM
Winter is coming... so things are getting very foggy and even more humid.

http://i.imgur.com/oyNwkMZl.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/60X90s9l.jpg
Really dislike the concrete roads - these tend to be the sidestreets...

Greenbelt
04-15-2016, 10:08 PM
The high winds brought a few trees down at Fairland Regional. Excellent conditions otherwise, though
https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/12985506_1008269865906397_1433813081512946619_n.jp g?oh=b88e0d72bdd01206a7f1b4829f878ad7&oe=577FFD85

consularrider
04-16-2016, 02:43 AM
If you were Tania, you'd just bunny hop that sucker.

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consularrider
04-16-2016, 11:41 AM
Took a few days off the bike and kind of overdid it today. Plus really wet forest roads and trails. This was my second time in these woods, the first was in the winter when there was snow and ice and I was on the studded tires.

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consularrider
04-16-2016, 11:43 AM
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consularrider
04-16-2016, 11:45 AM
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KLizotte
04-16-2016, 07:12 PM
Looks spooky. Is there any Chernobyl radiation out there?

consularrider
04-17-2016, 05:45 AM
Looks spooky. Is there any Chernobyl radiation out there?

Pushcha is at the north limits of Kyiv city, Chernobyl is about 90 miles further north. At the time of the accident 30 years ago, the winds carried the worst of the radiation towards Belarus. I haven't seen any recent studies of the radiation levels in that forest. It is mostly pine plantation that is being logged, small sections at a time. The area also has peat bogs which can catch fire during really dry spells.

consularrider
04-17-2016, 11:25 AM
Beautiful weather today, sunny and warm. The trails are still a mess of sand, mud, and water hazards and the Pugsley was a good choice.

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Once again the online map was wrong. This was supposed to be a trail, but one end was blocked by a wall and a tall fence to the water's edge

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consularrider
04-17-2016, 11:30 AM
About 100 meters of real gravel for Cyndi.

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This water hazard was about eight inches deep, just enough that I mananged to keep my feet mostly dry.

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This is a brand new bridge, I walked the old version just a couple weeks ago. This one is still not really for riding.

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consularrider
04-19-2016, 12:52 PM
Is everyone getting tired of Ukraine photos that all seem to look alike? Not to worry, we head to Germany in July. Today we had slightly cooler weather, but still great for a bike ride so I headed out on my gravel bike planning to take some back roads.

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About a kilometer after this sign, I had a pair of roe deer (a stag and a doe) try to left hook me. Then they ran parallel with me for another several hundred meters before disappearing into the forest.

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consularrider
04-19-2016, 12:59 PM
When I plotted out the route I had no idea what I was getting into, I just figured some of the back roads would be rough, wrong!

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consularrider
04-19-2016, 01:03 PM
Fun in the forest a little north and east of where I was riding the fat bike on Saturday.

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JimF22003
04-20-2016, 08:19 AM
When one is tired of Ukraine, one is tired of life.

consularrider
04-20-2016, 08:43 AM
When one is tired of Ukraine, one is tired of life.

Well, it's not London ...

drevil
04-20-2016, 11:04 PM
The high winds brought a few trees down at Fairland Regional. Excellent conditions otherwise, though
https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/12985506_1008269865906397_1433813081512946619_n.jp g?oh=b88e0d72bdd01206a7f1b4829f878ad7&oe=577FFD85
Verrrrry interesting... any idea where along the trail I can find it? I was there on Monday and don't recall seeing it. I did everything except the Silverwood trail, aka, the extension that goes into the neighborhood. (Map (http://www.montgomeryparks.org/PPSD/ParkTrails/trails_MAPS/trailmap_pdfs/fairland_trails.pdf).)

I'd love to check it out and see if it was possible to get over :D

consularrider
04-23-2016, 11:44 AM
Things have dried out a bit after six days of no rain, but there were still water hazards. In places on Trukhaniv trails appeared to have been tilled, maybe to discourage drivers? Also, in several areas it appeared that there had been some trash cleanup, probably in conjunction with Earth Day. Unfortunately there are still lots and lots of trash, broken glass, and illegal dump sites.

First photo is a kids baseball game. The fourth photo is an updated shot of a new bridge. Since last Sunday the approaches on either side have had fresh gravel added so you can now ride across.

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consularrider
04-23-2016, 11:48 AM
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On the map it almost looks like you can ride across this stretch of water, nope way too deep

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consularrider
04-23-2016, 11:51 AM
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Pony rides anyone?

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consularrider
04-30-2016, 10:26 AM
No, not in Ukraine. I was on a bike for the first time in the town where I was born (Columbus, OH).

Scioto River Parkway

Recent improvements long the riverfront downtown.

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Dam

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A connector for the Ohio to Erie

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consularrider
04-30-2016, 10:32 AM
Then the Olentangy Trail (up the river of the same name)

The OSU stadium on the right

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The map had three color coded comfort levels for routes

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back through downtown in the Brewery District, note the bike route number and the bike share station. I didn't ride any bike lanes, but found lots of sharrows.

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jrenaut
04-30-2016, 12:43 PM
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1670/26731836365_a10808b6df_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/GJcDCr)
IMG_20160430_103912912 (https://flic.kr/p/GJcDCr) by Jon (https://www.flickr.com/photos/thetejon/), on Flickr

Family ride to soccer game #1, then 45 minutes to kill before game #2, so we went to the farmers market.

Judd
04-30-2016, 10:04 PM
No, not in Ukraine. I was on a bike for the first time in the town where I was born (Columbus, OH).

Scioto River Parkway

Recent improvements long the riverfront downtown.

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Dam

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A connector for the Ohio to Erie

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Thanks for the pictures. I was in Columbus about 10 years ago and was impressed with the efforts the city had taken to create a nice river walk type of environment.

bobco85
05-01-2016, 05:20 PM
I had to wait a bit on this one as final approval of the Purple Line didn't happen until this April, but I was glad to add a 7th line to my list of biking the metro videos.


https://youtu.be/tXmhlHCKoqM

I did the most research for this ride than any of the other Metro lines, mostly due to the fact that little has been built so far. I tried to take pictures at the exact or close to exact locations of the future stations. Still, it was fun, and I look forward to biking the route again when everything has been built (same for Phase 2 of the Silver Line).

P.S. - I made a playlist should anyone want to watch the other Bike the Metro videos (warning, I did not learn about video stabilization until late last year, so some of the other videos are a bit shaky): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIwZLzKYvhjrSde0rVkDEJb-xpUV-jSxH

Boo Boo
05-02-2016, 09:34 AM
Major traffic jam this morning


https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpl1/t31.0-8/13147565_10209637783322820_4507192076473999601_o.j pg


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ShawnoftheDread
05-02-2016, 02:33 PM
This is nice.
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160502/1e91bd998f49733bed14c31209fac01d.jpg


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

wheels&wings
05-02-2016, 06:08 PM
We just got home from Eastern Nationals in Virginia Beach…had a fabulous time biking, hiking, and trail running at First Landing State Park.

consularrider
05-02-2016, 07:06 PM
Here are the four counties in south central Indiana, Monroe, Brown, Jackson, and Lawrence.

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consularrider
05-02-2016, 07:12 PM
Brown County gravel porn for Kayakcyndi and Dirt

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Unfortunately these are private drives and you can't ride them.

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consularrider
05-02-2016, 07:17 PM
Nashville

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Brown County State Park covered bridge originally constructed 1839

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Stone Head

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Story

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consularrider
05-02-2016, 07:29 PM
Brown County State Park horsemans campgrounds, no bikes

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But they're ok in the Hoosier national Forest, Hickory Ridge

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Home Town of Indiana's Mr Basketball 1990
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damon_Bailey)
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Bedford, and the building where my grandfather worked as a bookkeeper for a limestone company in the 1930s

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IND SR 37, almost like riding on the M06 west of Kyiv, except it's not flat.

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consularrider
05-02-2016, 08:46 PM
This brewery in Needmore has never been open on the few times I've ridden by.

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However, the new Cardinal Spirits distillery right on the BLine Trail was open and I had a couple tastings of their wide selection.

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Bloomington Rail Trail

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BLine Trail looking south from W 4th St

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Dave Stoller's house

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jrenaut
05-04-2016, 09:31 AM
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7077/26811730025_8dc6037693_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/GRg8ek)
Happy Bike to School Day! (https://flic.kr/p/GRg8ek) by Jon (https://www.flickr.com/photos/thetejon/), on Flickr

ian74
05-04-2016, 03:24 PM
This morning I rode out on the W&OD a bit before heading to work. I found this on the street! This was at the corner of N. Spring St. and the trail. Not very far from Bikenetic! You could put it in the shop!

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baiskeli
05-04-2016, 03:27 PM
Bike to School Day 2016 with the new recumbent, "Banana Peel" (Audrey named it).
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consularrider
05-04-2016, 03:45 PM
The North Bend Trail (http://www.northbendrailtrailstatepark.com/) runs from just east of Parkersburg to Just west of Clarksburg. I rode the western end in 2014 and was hoping to do more of it this trip, but the weather was uncooperative. Still, as a break on my drive back from Indiana, I stopped in Ellenboro for a short ride from close to the midpoint. Unfortunately, the trail conditions were from poor to bad and a section near milepost 36 appeared to be washed out.

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dbb
05-07-2016, 10:21 AM
Rode down to Yards Park to see the Douglass swing bridge in operation. Was letting the USS Barry out (for good).

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I believe the Barry is going to "live on a farm"

DrVoidberg
05-09-2016, 11:34 AM
Almost flattened this little guy on my way back from the waterfront:

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KayakCyndi
05-09-2016, 12:23 PM
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Our current weather is making the MUPs better for turtles than people. :mad:

consularrider
05-09-2016, 12:45 PM
Our current weather is making the MUPs better for turtles than people. :mad:

I did move a box turtle out of the middle of IND SR 58 near Kurtz last week.

Mikey
05-09-2016, 12:48 PM
Bike to school day pictures - Olde Creek Elementary (Fairfax)
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I'm either having fun or saying, "Stay right, don't overlap wheels!"

Mikey
05-09-2016, 12:59 PM
Here is my favorite from the day
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consularrider
05-09-2016, 01:37 PM
No capes!

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ian74
05-10-2016, 09:33 AM
Our current weather is making the MUPs better for turtles than people. :mad:

Agreed! This is "The Enthusigator" and a snapper he saw on the CCT last week after we had ridden together! I think he nicknamed him Bitey.

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consularrider
05-28-2016, 04:53 AM
For those who always complain there's never anyone in my photos, it's Ukraine Bike Day so a few of us in Kyiv decided WSGFABR!

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consularrider
05-31-2016, 03:14 PM
Shots from riding on Memorial Day with the Embassy group and members of Team Novo Nordisk

Group shot at the halfway point near Yanukovych's former private hunting preserve
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Leaving Dymer
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The Team Novo Nordisk rider wanted Oleg to take his picture with his "brother." My reply was more like his "father."
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Overlooking the Kyiv Reservoir near Dymer
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A "rest" day for Team Novo Nordisk
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Starduster
05-31-2016, 10:52 PM
Agreed! This is "The Enthusigator" and a snapper he saw on the CCT last week after we had ridden together! I think he nicknamed him Bitey.

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My standard comment on the Continental Touring Plus's I run is, "They'll stand up to everything short of... that guy!"

Boomer2U
06-02-2016, 10:13 AM
Getting used to my new daily commute in my newly adopted home of Bristol UK, where I seem to daily make a wrong turn or forget which side of the road has the right of way. Along the way, I found this curious contraption that I believe the natives use to store potatoes during the wet winter season.
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dbb
06-03-2016, 08:12 PM
Observed in La Pine, Oregon.

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Think of the money the recumbent riders could save by shopping at yard sales rather than 'bent dealers.

KWL
06-03-2016, 09:27 PM
Observed in La Pine, Oregon.
...
Think of the money the recumbent riders could save by shopping at yard sales rather than 'bent dealers.The first recumbent built by Bill Cook, the guy who founded Barcroft Cycles, had a plastic school cafeteria chair as the source for its seat. Bill's was probably a bit more comfortable and lighter than this one.

consularrider
06-04-2016, 08:02 AM
Sort of along the lines of Oh Steve's useless bollards, the riverside promenade from Podil up to the Moscov'skyi bridge has the highway light poles, outdoor advertising billboards, and cutouts for stairs down to the river obstructing part of the SUP. There are two especially egregious examples where I have on about 2 cm of clearance for the handlebars of the Pugsley.

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Vicegrip
06-04-2016, 09:47 AM
quick fix?11897

consularrider
06-04-2016, 10:43 AM
I hope that's not for the handle bars .... If the light pole came down it would block all three lanes of the Naberezhno-Rybalska Highway, so that could work. Timber! :D

Boomer2U
06-04-2016, 12:29 PM
Today I rode in my first ever "The World Naked Bike Ride" in my newly adopted city of Bristol UK.

#WNBR is an annual international clothing-optional bike ride in which participants ride together to peacefully protest issues including body image, cyclists safety and alternative lifestyles.

70 Cities across the world host WNBR events, including 10 in the US (Boston, NYC, Chicago, Houston, New Orleans, Las Vegas, LA & San Francisco) so this may not be news to some of you. http://www.worldnakedbikeride.org/

The following pics contain bicycles with nudity and may not be suitable for all viewers.

Can you spot the blue devil from the full moon? Or the ride leader watching out for motor vehicles?
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Boomer2U
06-04-2016, 01:02 PM
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Boomer2U
06-04-2016, 01:44 PM
#BikeBristol #WNBR2016
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Fuzzy seat covers and pedals wrapped in flip flops encouraged for a ride of this nature....or should I say, a natural?:-)
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This one is for @SteveO....
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Crickey7
06-04-2016, 04:29 PM
Sorry, I can't like a post with a unicycle.

huskerdont
06-06-2016, 09:02 AM
Phew! I've got the Queen naked Bicycle Race poster up on my wall, but still, I think if you're going to sit on a bike seat, you at least need some thin undies on or something. To protect both the seat and your uglies.

consularrider
06-11-2016, 05:45 AM
Not my ride (I stayed home instead of going the Embassy Hail and Farewell at the Marine House, those black skies looked too ominous for me :rolleyes:), but a Strava link (https://www.strava.com/activities/604935640) to some photos of Kyiv street flooding during a thunderstorm from Tanya Nevada's evening commute.

mstone
06-11-2016, 02:05 PM
Why did the chicken cross the road?

Because it was a scofflaw at the no-chicken-crossing signal!

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consularrider
06-12-2016, 08:45 AM
Poppies and wildflowers on T1002 near Ravkivka

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Tim Kelley
06-13-2016, 11:28 AM
A few overly stylized pictures from riding at Dead Horse Point State Park near Moab, UT a few weeks ago:

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ShawnoftheDread
06-13-2016, 02:49 PM
^^ELITE^^


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consularrider
06-14-2016, 11:18 AM
Off for a ride on the Pugsley and for some reason my Garmin 500 Edge couldn't locate a GPS satellite after I crossed the Havanskyi Bridge. So about two and a half hours later after downloading the ride, it decided it could find the signal just fine in my apartment. :rolleyes:

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Climbed up the long way from the Parkovyi Bridge coming out at the zip line station and the "Friendship of Nations Arch" (I've heard it referred to as "the Yoke"). Just think how many bicycles could be made from all that titanium. Great views back across the river.

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consularrider
06-14-2016, 11:37 AM
Headed back down a little, crossed under Volodymerskyi Descent and then up Vladimir's Hill. The zip line and the funicular are two ways back down to the river. You can take your bike on the funicular, not on the zip line.

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I took the back way along Starovkyivska Hill where artists sell their works (very busy Saturday and Sunday, not so much on Tuesday).

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Came out at Andriivskyi Descent where artisans have their wares out for sale (again, busier on Saturday and Sunday).

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Taking another back way along Peizazhna Alley a historical area of Kyiv which now is lined with a children's art park. Looking towards the river there are rounded hills.

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consularrider
06-20-2016, 07:46 AM
Summer solstice half century and it certainly feels like summer!

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I found Misha from the 1980 Olympics converted to a Ukrainian bear. I've got to remember to keep my mouth closed when taking a selfie. :rolleyes:

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Tania
06-20-2016, 09:34 AM
You can take your bike on the funicular, not on the zip line.


Boring.

consularrider
06-20-2016, 10:55 AM
Boring.

Yeah, I'm sure if you're clipped in it wouldn't be a problem. :rolleyes:

consularrider
06-21-2016, 01:14 PM
Just a couple shots from today's ride, may have video(s) later.

Quick lunch stop

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Just about the end of the six mile stretch of SUP at Vorzel

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Snack break in Irpin

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kwarkentien
06-25-2016, 06:56 PM
Catching up with Boomer via FaceTime. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160625/73cdb22d2c8dd22df73efe8e59a93246.jpg


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Boomer2U
06-26-2016, 03:30 AM
Thanks for the call! I really appreciate it. Miss my freezing saddles friends. Come to Bristol for a bike ride sometime!http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160626/a73ddd45983cd33d7f4227fefe97c60f.jpg

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Steve O
06-26-2016, 05:19 PM
Catching up with Boomer via FaceTime. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160625/73cdb22d2c8dd22df73efe8e59a93246.jpg


Just in case you only know this rag-tag band of forumites, coffee clubbers, etc. by name but not face:
L-R: bobco85, Sarah Bee, Boomer2U (virtual), kwarkentien, arlingtonrider, wheels&wings, komorebi and ginacico

consularrider
07-02-2016, 04:09 AM
One more trip to Trukhaniv Island.

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They've been working on this area for the past six months, now have bike lanes both sides and have put up towing enforcement signs. They have also reconfigured the entry and put in a fee booth for parking that cars can't drive around any more.

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Then bike lanes were added to the approach this past week.

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consularrider
07-02-2016, 04:16 AM
Quick stop for ice cream on a hot morning.

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The climb up from the Dnipro, infrastructure needs some work.

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consularrider
07-05-2016, 01:10 PM
Well, I' spent a lot of time recently getting ready for the packers (but really should have done more). That meant time off the bike, so today after the truck was loaded I headed out to the island for more fun with Pugsley. It was sunny and cool with a light breeze, what was not to like?

I'm sure this goes through Nope
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Eve though we got a little rain yesterday, it's been very dry and lots of the sand is very loose. Still there was one really messy section.
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consularrider
07-05-2016, 01:15 PM
Hit an off road loop further south. Yeah that's the way back to Parkovi Bridge. ;)

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Dumps me in a sand pile.

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And loose single track.

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Vicegrip
07-05-2016, 03:27 PM
I thinks there is a story here.....12060

Vicegrip
07-05-2016, 03:31 PM
Ouch!12061

consularrider
07-10-2016, 11:07 AM
Probably my last ride (https://www.strava.com/activities/635870761#comments) in Ukraine. This morning I was on the Pugsley dealing with lots and lots of cobblestones and tram tracks.

12092 This (Krakivska St) runs from our hotel to Rynok Sq and is a pedestrian street.

12093 Soviet era Monument to the War Glory of the Soviet Army across Heroiv Maidanu St from the Hetman Petro Sahaidachny National Army Academy.

12094 I planned on riding Studenska St alongside Lychakiv cemetery, but it was blocked off and totally torn up. Didn't push it with the fat bike.

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12096 Back on track and I did an off road loop in the park on the right to go up the hill.

consularrider
07-10-2016, 11:34 AM
It was nice to finish the ride down from the park mostly on smooth pavement and then a cycle path.

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Then it was time for breakfast followed by a six hour walkabout with my wife and son (included a lunch stop).

12098 Looking along Svobody Prospekt towards the Theater.

12100 Report bike thieves.

12101 L'viv NextBike bike share station at Ivan Franko Park across from the University.

consularrider
07-16-2016, 01:42 PM
After driving one of the worst roads ever through the Ukrainian Carpathians (it was nothing but connected potholes for 20 km) it was a relief to hit the Slovakian highways. We stayed over at the Hotel Europa in Liptovsky Mikulas. I headed out just after 6 am for my morning ride around the lake.

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consularrider
07-16-2016, 01:53 PM
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12142 Michael Hodza College built at the beginning of WWI

consularrider
07-16-2016, 02:00 PM
We got to Budapest a little after four, unloaded the bikes in the Danubius Hotel Gellart store room (very, very helpful staff!) and headed out to exchange money, take a walk and get dinner. Lots and lots of bikes, bike infrastructure, and a bikeshare, so a couple photos.

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consularrider
07-16-2016, 02:07 PM
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consularrider
07-16-2016, 02:19 PM
12153 The trail here is a running track material, no bikes allowed .


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12154 Had to carry the bike up an down this to get on the peninsula.
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12156 Useful model for the reconstruction of the Long Bridge? Sidepath on both sides.

consularrider
07-16-2016, 02:29 PM
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consularrider
07-16-2016, 02:36 PM
12163 Infrastructure on the Ring Strasse

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consularrider
07-16-2016, 02:43 PM
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07-16-2016, 02:47 PM
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Steve O
07-17-2016, 10:09 PM
Day 1 - Arlington to Harpers Ferry
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Steve O
07-19-2016, 11:27 PM
Day 2 - Harpers Ferry to Little Orleans
Coffee at Lost Dog
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Big slackwater

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Sandals are good for the thunderstorm

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Steve O
07-19-2016, 11:32 PM
Day 3 - Little Orleans to Frostburg
Shortcut advice was iffy
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The extremely cool Pawpaw tunnel
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There's a light at the end, I think
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Steve O
07-19-2016, 11:37 PM
Day 3 more
There was a lot of this from yesterday's storm
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Coolin' the tootsies

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Paul & Jo, who I met in Cumberland. They are two and a half years into their around the world bike trip starting in England and going east. They expect to arrive in DC on Friday
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Frostburg
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Steve O
07-20-2016, 10:25 PM
Day 4 - Frostburg to Connellsville
Getting some dust off
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Coffee!
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PA here I come
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My ride is actually wind powered
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Steve O
07-20-2016, 10:28 PM
Day 4 more
Breakfast #2 - Meyersdale
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Ohiopyle falls

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The world's largest gravel road
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KLizotte
07-21-2016, 12:08 AM
That last pic looks like a runway! Is that the GAP?!

Steve O
07-21-2016, 07:34 AM
I have no idea what it is, but you can see it from Google Earth just north of Dunbar PA

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huskerdont
07-21-2016, 08:06 AM
So surprised to see Ohiopyle falls, which I ran in a kayak in (I think) 1999. If you hadn't thrown that in there, I would have called this "The 2016 Coffee Shop Tour," but I see now there are some other stops along the way as well.

americancyclo
07-21-2016, 08:40 AM
Day 4 more
Breakfast #2 - Meyersdale
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Is that coffee shop sponsored by Mayorga?
Also, you're usually so clean cut, I'm enjoying watching the stubble creep in each day.
looks like fun!

AFHokie
07-21-2016, 09:27 AM
I have no idea what it is, but you can see it from Google Earth just north of Dunbar PA

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I'm from there and I have no idea what they're doing with so much gravel.

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Steve O
07-22-2016, 12:29 AM
Day, the last - Connellsville PA to Pittsburgh
The 60's called and asked for its motel back
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...and its diner, although this place was good.
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Dennis & me. Dennis is 86, and he comes down to the trail every day with his basett hound. He sits and looks at the scenery while the dog explores. He's lived in the area since 1963, and he told me a bit of history.
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Useless bollard hall of fame
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Steve O
07-22-2016, 12:32 AM
Day 5 more

Stubbly Steve O coming into Pittsburgh
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Well deserved treat
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Final destination
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Greenbelt
07-25-2016, 12:05 PM
Tag-along trophy spouse duty again this year at the 2017 Kona launch...
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Judd
08-02-2016, 05:07 PM
Picture of my bad ass biker gang from a bike ride from DC to Annapolis and halfway to Baltimore last month. I highly recommend a ride out to Annapolis if you haven't done it before.

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huskerdont
08-09-2016, 10:58 AM
Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail (Vermont). Speed limit 35 mph.

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Little orange dot in the weeds is the CX bike.

huskerdont
08-09-2016, 11:07 AM
Biked around the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge (Vermont). Went out this old railroad trail that was made up mostly of roots and deerflies.

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I was greatly concerned the whole trail about getting a flat from the roots because the deerflies did not recognize the effectiveness of Deet. I don't even normally use Deet so it was a waste. If I had flatted, I would have been forced to sprint out of there with the bike on my shoulder because I wouldn't have been able to change it in those conditions.

"End of trail":

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Real end of trail:

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The tailwind coming off Lake Champlain on the road on the way back was so wonderful that even on a slight uphill on the slow CX bike I was able to ride 29 mph.

Steve O
08-09-2016, 09:32 PM
Biked around the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge (Vermont). Went out this old railroad trail that was made up mostly of roots and deerflies.

I was greatly concerned the whole trail about getting a flat from the roots because the deerflies did not recognize the effectiveness of Deet. I don't even normally use Deet so it was a waste. If I had flatted, I would have been forced to sprint out of there with the bike on my shoulder because I wouldn't have been able to change it in those conditions.


I'm not sure if deerflies and blackflies are the same thing or not, but your post reminded me of this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjLBXb1kgMo

huskerdont
08-11-2016, 09:33 AM
They are different kinds of flies though similar kinds of annoying, but the video has it about right in any case. Blackflies are sort of a swarm of hellishness, whereas deer flies are Kamakaze-style b*stards.

bentbike33
08-11-2016, 11:22 AM
They are different kinds of flies though similar kinds of annoying, but the video has it about right in any case. Blackflies are sort of a swarm of hellishness, whereas deer flies are Kamakaze-style b*stards.

Many years ago, I went mountain biking in the Wisconsin woods during the height of deerfly season. I doused my exposed skin and cotton t-shirt in DEET, but not my lycra shorts because the DEET, or something else in the spray, would kill the lycra tuning the shorts baggy. The deerflies swarmed around every time I had to climb, and covered my @$$ in itchy welts by biting through the shorts, but didn't touch me anywhere else.

Judd
08-11-2016, 12:05 PM
I came across a doe and a juvenile deer at the intersection of the Custis and W&OD last night. I have seen a deer nearly every month for the last 12 months during a ride including two near collisions when a deer bolted out of the trees.

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mello yello
08-11-2016, 02:28 PM
I see deer often but turkeys almost daily. in the city.

Judd
08-15-2016, 08:21 PM
I took this picture of komorebi with some horses on the Tour de Frederick using a patented "Quickly turn the handlebar left while reaching under the handlebars to hit the button on the GoPro technique."
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Nice expansive views on the ride:
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komorebi
08-16-2016, 09:09 AM
Judd forgot to mention the best part of the last photo: the farm in the picture shares a name with one of our most illustrious/infamous Forum members. Steve O, any connection to Offutt Farms?

Steve O
08-16-2016, 09:24 AM
Judd forgot to mention the best part of the last photo: the farm in the picture shares a name with one of our most illustrious/infamous Forum members. Steve O, any connection to Offutt Farms?
Dang! I've been caught. I'm actually, secretly, an avid alfalfa farmer.

eminva
08-26-2016, 10:14 AM
Anyone we know?
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OneEighth
08-26-2016, 02:34 PM
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Spotted watching over the Custis around noon.

consularrider
08-26-2016, 03:35 PM
More fun in the sun today.

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At 30 km I couldn't decide how much oomph I still had, should I just head back to Frankfurt, or
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head towards Großer Feldburg

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This sign told me how the legs were feeling, so back to Frankfurt
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OneEighth
08-26-2016, 04:28 PM
You should check out Erbach/Eltville. Or Wispertal.
And absolutely go eat and drink here: http://www.weinhaus-klepper.de/
And you have no idea how jealous I am.

bobco85
09-05-2016, 03:56 PM
I was looking for a new challenge, so on Saturday, I decided to bike to both IKEA's in the area. The total mileage was 101.3 for the trip. Here are pics of the ride:

IKEA #1 (Woodbridge) - bridge overlooking Occoquan
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the old Lorton Reformatory (prison) - new bike lanes on Workhouse Rd (between Lorton Rd and Ox Rd)
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IKEA #2 (College Park) - Swedish meatballs for the energy to get home (with some apple cake (not pie) that came with vanilla sauce)
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Eastern kingsnake on the Paint Branch Trail - getting closer to home, looking across the Potomac from the Humpback bridge
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The 2 times I have biked to the IKEA in College Park, I took different routes. This time, I used the Paint Branch Trail -> College Park Trolley Trail -> Rhode Island Ave bike lane -> US National Agricultural Library -> Baltimore Ave bike lane which was mostly stress-free and more comfortable than my first attempt (Paint Branch Trail -> Cherry Hill Rd -> Baltimore Ave). I've already got a new challenge lined up for perhaps the first weekend of November (date TBD so it best fits within people's schedules) which will involve biking around the entire Beltway, so let me know if you're interested.

Oh, one last thing: this is the last ride for my Dia de Los Muertos bike jersey which as you can tell has seen better days. I'm excited to try out the new ones I got this weekend :)

bobco85
09-08-2016, 09:52 PM
Trying out Tapatalk for the first time, so apologies for any formatting errors.

I'm in Chicago for a week, and this afternoon I saw a 2-lane protected bike lane! They were on a few hump-shaped bridges I'm guessing so that there's room to pass on the up slope.

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160909/82697815b104ab72bfa0df5c7b23bb20.jpg

So far, I've seen a lot of good bike infrastructure. I'll post more of what I find in coming days.


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dasgeh
09-09-2016, 09:23 AM
Family ride to TR Island...
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And home...
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Powerful Pete
09-25-2016, 11:41 AM
Here goes.

http://i.imgur.com/P599O7L.jpg
Santuario de la Virgen del Morro

http://i.imgur.com/pkM7twb.jpg
Halfway down the Morro - slums and the city in the distance.

http://i.imgur.com/adagGEN.jpg
So, so true!

http://i.imgur.com/NHZPAKY.jpg
Italian cultural institute in Lima. Hah! We are everywhere!

Powerful Pete
09-25-2016, 11:42 AM
Here goes...

http://i.imgur.com/t3rkdnC.jpg
Miraflores (downtown) protected bike path. Super slippery when wet.

http://i.imgur.com/ankuXdJ.jpg
San Isidro (posh neighborhood) bike path. Slippery.

http://i.imgur.com/2fjBCwo.jpg
Miraflores oceanside bridge with protected bike path (Pacific Ocean is to the right).

http://i.imgur.com/wRiWIt3.jpg
Downtown Lima - palm trees and churches.

Greenbelt
09-25-2016, 09:04 PM
[QUOTE=Powerful Pete;146444]Here goes.

http://i.imgur.com/P599O7L.jpg
Santuario de la Virgen del Morro

Renegade!

Powerful Pete
09-26-2016, 06:25 AM
Indeed. I suspect it is the only one in Lima (and possibly Perú). This is a country where you either ride an MYB or a full on road bike. Except for a few weirdos! ;)

OmphalosSkeptic
10-04-2016, 11:10 AM
I'll just leave this here.
http://complete-health-and-happiness.com/selfies-narcissism-addiction-mental-illness/?t=MAM

Emm
10-11-2016, 09:14 AM
Found some cows by the W&OD yesterday during my ride. I think this was Leesburg-area. They were pretty cute--a baby cow tried to make friends with my bike a few minutes after I took the picture.
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huskerdont
10-11-2016, 09:51 AM
Found some cows by the W&OD yesterday during my ride. I think this was Leesburg-area. They were pretty cute--a baby cow tried to make friends with my bike a few minutes after I took the picture.
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Felts are so nice, even cows like them.

consularrider
10-14-2016, 04:14 PM
I'm off wandering around the midwest using borrowed bikes. First up riding in the Milwaukee area.


The Oak Leaf Trail is actually a trail system in Milwaukee County. I took it from the lakefront downtown north to where is merges with the Ozaukee Interurban Tral.

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I stopped at Rochambo on Brady St for an espresso. 12563

consularrider
10-14-2016, 04:22 PM
After Wisconsin I was Breaking Away to Bloomington, IN, stopping at a relatively new coffee shop on the B-Line Trail.

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A trail to nowhere. It looks like the developer put this 1 km trail in along the east fork of Jackson Creek. It has three access points but doesn't connect to anything.

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consularrider
10-14-2016, 04:31 PM
Now up in Cook County, Illinois and riding in the forest preserves.

Started on the Des Plaines River Trail and came up to a rail crossing and had a WTF moment.

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FYI, the trail continues on the other side.

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Headed back down the Skokie Lagoons and found a bike share station. Note: the closest curb cut to get on the trail was at least 200 feet to the north and there was none headed south.

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KLizotte
10-14-2016, 04:41 PM
Wow, you sure get around the world!

bobco85
10-14-2016, 06:23 PM
Hey, I was just there about a month ago! I rode from downtown Chicago to the North Branch Trail which goes through the Skokie Lagoons before arriving at the Chicago Botanic Garden. You can then continue on the trail east to the Green Bay Trail which will take you southeast towards Evanston. I recognized the signs, especially the Forest Way Grove sign, from your pics.

Also, the North Branch Trail has a few of those bikeshare stations which confused me for a bit because I had only seen Divvy bikeshare stations around Chicago. The bikeshare is called Smoove http://chicago.smoovebike.com/ and is associated with Bike And Roll. It only exists in a few places around the forest preserves, which is a bit strange considering most bikeshare services aren't based entirely around recreational trails.

cvcalhoun
10-15-2016, 01:34 AM
My major thrill today: I'd been struggling with either lifting my 65-lb. bike onto the wall racks at my office, or jamming it into a way overcrowded wheelbender rack. While I'd seen this totally unoccupied wave rack, it had a big sign saying reserved parking. And when I tried to use it, an attendant told me I couldn't, because it was reserved.

So today, I went to the manager of the garage, and asked how much it cost to get a reserved spot on the bike rack. And he told me it isn't reserved at all--the sign just refers to the surrounding car parking, and the attendant was wrong. So for the moment at least, I've got this wave rack all to myself.

Yeah, I'm easily excited.

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161015/908d8e4c43b812dbf9102fa3e945ee80.jpg

bobco85
10-17-2016, 01:19 PM
Seeing consularrider's pics inspired me to finish the last portion of my biking in Chicago video (it was 90% complete at the time), and it is now ready to view!

On my trip to Chicago, I went biking on 2 separate days. The first of those days, I rode a Divvy bikeshare bike into downtown, then to the Museum of Science and Industry (farther south), and eventually back. The second of those days, I rented a hybrid bike from Bike and Roll and proceeded to do a tour of the greater Chicago area, using the North Branch Trail to the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Green Bay Trail towards Northwestern University, and the crazy busy Lakefront Trail to get back to downtown Chicago.

The video should show a lot of the various biking infrastructure that I encountered including protected 2-lane one-way bike lanes, bike lanes on bridges where the grating was covered (much smoother), and a busy trail that has pedestrian lanes on both sides. The portion of the Lakefront Trail shown in the last minute or so of the video is what the Mount Vernon Trail would look like if it were to be widened.


https://youtu.be/EnJkfCKImz4

Note: I had made a Chicago Trip video, but I did not post it to the forum as only portions of it are bike-related. If you want to watch my trip video with all places visited inside and out, you can see it here: https://youtu.be/oDhFUg6eZnU

CaseyKane50
10-18-2016, 03:36 PM
Now this is full service - water, air, bike tools, restroom, as well as beer.

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bobco85
11-09-2016, 09:59 PM
On Election Night, I decided to go on a bike ride to see both the Wilson Bridge open and a replica Spanish galleon arrive at the port of Old Town Alexandria. I think I made the right choice.

Here is a video I made including a timelapse of the Wilson Bridge and some night shots of the ship as it docked:

https://youtu.be/dzePmzEU690

P.S. - Sorry, Judd, I tried to upload it earlier, but iMovie was derping, so I had to do it this evening.

bobco85
11-14-2016, 09:00 PM
On Sunday morning, I (did not sleep in) biked to Georgetown to have some coffee (I didn't have any coffee) and fellowship (had some fellowship) with some Gateau Breton (Breton cake) that Steve O had brought to Patisserie Poupon. After hanging out with everyone for a bit, I stopped by the John Ericsson statue en route to Old Town Alexandria. I have probably passed by that statue a million times, yet this Sunday I felt compelled to stop and check it out.

(left) Gateau Breton courtesy of Steve O (thanks!); (right) standing in the shadow of the John Ericsson statue which is due south of the Lincoln Memorial
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(Captain) John Ericsson is a Swedish-born Union captain notable for developing the screw propeller which was used in building the USS Monitor
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the statue was carved by American sculptor James Earle Fraser
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above John Ericsson are Adventure and Labor
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bobco85
11-14-2016, 09:29 PM
Continued from my previous post, I eventually made it to Old Town Alexandria to see El Galeón, a replica of a 16th Century Spanish galleon, in the daylight. The line leading up to the ship to actually board and explore it was probably a few hundred people long, so I made my way around the lines to get pics.

looking from Founders Park
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closer to the Chart House
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I went out on a dock next to the one the ship was at - (left) view of the sails; (right) sense of scale from people aboard the ship
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(left) view from the end of the adjacent dock; (right) a lady saw me about to take a selfie and offered to take this pic, but sadly she didn't angle it correctly and the top of the shot was cut by the roof of the gazebo-like structure (I appreciated the effort)
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