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    Quote Originally Posted by DrP View Post
    Not wanting to trudge through mud to Carlin Springs,
    We really need to build that little connector trail from the W&OD to Carlin Springs. I vote we call it the "Jay Fisette spurt".

    In the future, if you're on Carlin Springs at Kensington/where the W&OD connector *should* be, you can just take Kensington to get to the Bluemont, like in this map.

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    Decisions, decisions. The front light died on the way in this morning. So, do I: risk spontaneous combustion by riding before sunset cools off the outside, or ride after sunset, and risk not seeing/being seen from the frontal direction, and associated injury and death?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crickey7 View Post
    Decisions, decisions. The front light died on the way in this morning. So, do I: risk spontaneous combustion by riding before sunset cools off the outside, or ride after sunset, and risk not seeing/being seen from the frontal direction, and associated injury and death?
    Based on yesterday when it was about 90 when I left the office around 5:00 and 86 when I took the trash out in the dark at about 8:15, but without specific knowledge as to your spontaneous combustion point, I would recommend riding in the daylight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bentbike33 View Post
    Based on yesterday when it was about 90 when I left the office around 5:00 and 86 when I took the trash out in the dark at about 8:15, but without specific knowledge as to your spontaneous combustion point, I would recommend riding in the daylight.
    I generally spontaneously combust after about the fifth time someone posts to NextDoor that someone who is afraid to walk on a narrow sidewalk, protected by only a one foot wide verge from traffic going 38MPH or higher, "should take Prozac". Keep me off certain parts of the net, or away from flammable materials.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lordofthemark View Post
    I generally spontaneously combust after about the fifth time someone posts to NextDoor that someone who is afraid to walk on a narrow sidewalk, protected by only a one foot wide verge from traffic going 38MPH or higher, "should take Prozac". Keep me off certain parts of the net, or away from flammable materials.
    I'm pretty sure nextdoor is where people go when they're done commenting on wapo bike articles.

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    The short days and no moon makes it pretty dark on the W&OD especially in areas without streetlights. Near Reston I slowed as I saw a flash of color moving in the opposite lane. As I got closer I could identify 5 people all in dark clothing spread across the trail. One person was pushing a stroller with a child up the center line of the trail. Behind and to the right walked a man holding a child. On the left was the 4 year old child meandering up the middle of the left lane. Fortunately the 4 year old's coat had some color as I picked up on it well before the others were revealed. Usually joggers have shoes with refection but these people were in dark colors head to toe. I usually ring my bell as I get close to this area because of the trail intersections but the warnings produced no visible reaction. Even the brake squeal as I slowed down didn't phase them. When I got a few feet behind the meandering child in the passing lane they finally begrudgingly collected the family to one side of the trail so I could pass. This ninja family was a stark contrast to the joggers lit up like Christmas trees that I usually see.

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    Started furlough ride on a beautiful 60 decree day. Ended ride at Bikenetic with a repair estimate two feet long.

    Yup.

    Pete says i can attribute it tomy vigorous training routine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcannon100 View Post
    Started furlough ride on a beautiful 60 decree day
    I thought the decrees weren't scheduled until later tonight

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    The weather was really nice, but in addition to the usual DC hassles, there was a trifecta of cluelessness near Shirlington Road - one from each mode.

    First was the close pass by a "cyclist". The widest part of the Four Mile Run trail, approaching the I395 underpass, and he passes "in my personal space". Then slows down for some reason - I passed well across the yellow line (perhaps he did not realize that is allowed?) and said "That's how we do it"

    Then there was the driver stopped in the crosswalk. Despite there being well over a car length empty in front of the crosswalk behind the next stopped car. I waved her forward and she moved up.

    Now I am always nice to pedestrians on the bridge there, but this woman who was standing blocking the entire path while speaking on her phone, looking out at the stream, I still think deserves a prize for cluelessness. To her I just said "excuse me"

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    As is typical for the first really nice day of the season, The Clueless were out in force last night. Still wasn't enough to harsh my buzz, though.

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