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47of74

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If you are going to keep riding in the dark, I'm glad you have that powerful headlight.  Is it rechargeable?  The chest mount worked well.  Thanks for keeping up the posting.  I really enjoy it with my morning coffee. 


Yes the light runs off the bike’s main battery. It runs anytime the bike has power. I also have a rear light on the bike.

Glad you like the videos.

(And nobody was chasing me. I just like Foggy Mountain Breakdown).

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This afternoon's ride up in Grant County, Wisconsin.

 

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Oh, y'all, these bike vids are wonderful and refreshing.  We're just wrapping up 21 days of daily temps over 100 degrees and it was highs from 104 to 106 for longer than I like to think about.  Add at least five or six degrees to that for heat index. 

Yesterday I had  a mini bonk on the 20-mile social ride I do Tuesday mornings, due to the heat + humidity and it wasn't even 10 am when we wrapped up.  Just had to stop and drink a little sports drink about a tenth of a mile from the end. 

We have a cooling trend on the way with daily highs around 97, but it never gets below mid to high 70s at night.  August has been a doozy this year.  Fall doesn't really get here until early November; Sept is still pretty hot and October will be getting better. 

 

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1 hour ago, Howl said:

Oh, y'all, these bike vids are wonderful and refreshing.  We're just wrapping up 21 days of daily temps over 100 degrees and it was highs from 104 to 106 for longer than I like to think about.  Add at least five or six degrees to that for heat index. 

Yesterday I had  a mini bonk on the 20-mile social ride I do Tuesday mornings, due to the heat + humidity and it wasn't even 10 am when we wrapped up.  Just had to stop and drink a little sports drink about a tenth of a mile from the end. 

We have a cooling trend on the way with daily highs around 97, but it never gets below mid to high 70s at night.  August has been a doozy this year.  Fall doesn't really get here until early November; Sept is still pretty hot and October will be getting better. 

 

It's been fairly pleasant around here lately.  Temps in the 70s and 80s around here.  Gets a little chilly in the mornings for those pre-ass crack of dawn rides so I make sure to wear heavier clothes if I'm doing one of those rides.   Supposed to be nice for the next several days at the  least. 

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Got a really nice pre ass crack o dawn ride in this morning.



Sun came up at the perfect point in the ride too.

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We have a ten-mile-long paved path in my city and also a loop around the dammed up river that bisects our town.  I'm realizing that many, many cities have them.  I found out recently that Tulsa (I think) has many paved bike/pedestrian trails. 

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13 minutes ago, 47of74 said:

Sun came up at the perfect point in the ride too.

Wow, that was beautiful!  I was expecting Sunrise Serenade, but what was the musical selection du jour?  It was really fitting with the sunrise scenes. 

@Howl - we have a lot of rails-to trails systems in our area, and there is a series of guides called "Best Rail Trails" for various regions, including the Pacific Northwest.  Most of the abandoned rail lines were for timber harvesting and/or mining.  They are really a treasure for the local communities to enjoy. 

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Wow, that was beautiful!  I was expecting Sunrise Serenade, but what was the musical selection du jour?  It was really fitting with the sunrise scenes. 
@Howl - we have a lot of rails-to trails systems in our area, and there is a series of guides called "Best Rail Trails" for various regions, including the Pacific Northwest.  Most of the abandoned rail lines were for timber harvesting and/or mining.  They are really a treasure for the local communities to enjoy. 


Glad you liked the music. The music was from the 1961 film The Agony and the Ecstasy. That was a film starring Rex Harrison and Charlton Heston about the painting of the Sistine Chapel ceiling. The specific track was the First Battle.

The Heritage Trail here was a former railroad line. I think the trail by Preston, Iowa was so an abandoned line as well.

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Texas has rail trails scattered across the state.  One goes from Grandview to Mineral Wells (Lake Mineral Wells Trailway) -- not too long but well maintained.  This is (roughly) west of Fort Worth.  

The 130-mile long Northeast Texas Trail (netexastrail.org/) looks pretty rough. I don't think there is total buy in from the local communities to really work towards maintenance of adjacent sections of trail.  

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Down in Waukee this morning. My sister and brother in law live less than a mile from some trails. Went on a quick ride this morning.

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Got a bit of a longer ride in this morning at sunrise.

 

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Totally awesome shots of the sunrise!  As always, thanks for posting.  Today is moving day for my mother-in-law (hospital/rehab to assisted living), so this video got me off to an inspiring start.  😊 

What were those posts/trellis-like thing you were riding through?  Is that part of a park? 

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Totally awesome shots of the sunrise!  As always, thanks for posting.  Today is moving day for my mother-in-law (hospital/rehab to assisted living), so this video got me off to an inspiring start.   
What were those posts/trellis-like thing you were riding through?  Is that part of a park? 


Thank you! . Glad you’re enjoying them. Those post/trellis things are part of the park. I guess they’re at the heads and major stops.

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Here's a time lapse of my Labor Day morning ride from Waukee to Adel and back...

 

 

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2 hours ago, 47of74 said:

Waukee to Adel

My husband's grandparents were from Gravity, Iowa, about a hundred miles south of there.  As we've been cleaning out his mom's house, we've come across a lot of photos from that area.  The landscape and old buildings look similar.  Thanks -- and enjoyed your music selection!

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Dawn’s butt crack rides again this morning

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Superman!  You get some glorious sunrises out there.  Thanks for sharing!  I just noticed your location addition, too.   I may update mine.

 

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This morning’s circuit

 

 

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So enjoyable sharing this new aspect of fj cycling!  Thank y'all for sharing your wonderful rides! 

We're still frying here in Central Texas with temps over 100 every day; porch thermometer was 107 in the shade yesterday.  I do get up and ride 7+ miles to the gym and back home two or three days a week.  I was looking at the 10-day forecast on Weather Underground and they have some new graphics charting relative humidity through the day.  It peaks at around 90% about the time I get to the gym, then starts dropping gradually through the day to about 30% at around 6 pm. 

Looking forward to planning a shakedown bike-packing trip when it cools down later this fall, maybe late October or early November, in the Sam Houston National Forest, which is ballpark 70 miles north of Houston. 

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47of74
8 hours ago, Howl said:

So enjoyable sharing this new aspect of fj cycling!  Thank y'all for sharing your wonderful rides!

Glad you like all the bike ride adventures.

I went on the big 53 mile one today from Heritage Pond to Dyersville and back.  (Of course with brewery pit stop in the middle). 

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Here's the flickr album with all the pictures I took.

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmGN85UA

My GoPro crapped out today and the time lapse video file to Dyersville got corrupted.  I couldn't record one on the way back.  I'm trying to see if I can recover the video.  I was not a happy camper about the GoPro corrupting the video.

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Bummer about the GoPro, and hope you get it sorted out, but the photos were great.  Thank you!  What a pretty day!  I looked up the brewpub, Textile Brewing, "Beer that's Sew Great!"  :sewmachine:😁 Hope you enjoyed your pit stop. 

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3 minutes ago, CTRLZero said:

Bummer about the GoPro, and hope you get it sorted out, but the photos were great.  Thank you!  What a pretty day!  I looked up the brewpub, Textile Brewing, "Beer that's Sew Great!"  :sewmachine:😁 Hope you enjoyed your pit stop. 

Thank you!  Yes I did enjoy my pit stop. I stayed about an hour longer than I planned cause I was watching the Hawkeyes wipe up Kinnick with Scarlet Knights.  First big ten opener shutout for the Hawks in 38 years. 

Textile just opened a couple months ago and it’s giving people using the Heritage Trail a good reason to stop there.  They have good beers there and the owner is friendly.  Nice place to camp out after a long ride in.

In a few weeks the trail should be really comfortable as leaves start turning  

 

 

 

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9 hours ago, 47of74 said:

In a few weeks the trail should be really comfortable as leaves start turning 

I meant cool, not comfortable.  Fornicating autocorrect. 

Got a quick one in this morning. 

It had been raining earlier this morning and had quit for a while.  The various weather services indicated the rain would be coming back later but it came back a bit sooner than expected so I said heck with it and cut it short today. 

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Wow!  Just discovered there are other FJ cyclists!  Love the videos.  I *finally* get to start back after an injury - perfect timing as Texas may begin to get less oven-like.

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Got a couple short rides in today.  Here’s the YouTube time lapse of both of them  

 

 

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