2019 : Our Rides in Words & Photos

Mr. Coffee

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Roads less traveled:

The view I rode: Going-to-the-Sun-Road, Glacier NP, Montana:

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Bossburg Cutoff Road, near Barstow, WA:

42281

Cooper Mountain Road, near Manson, WA:

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Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway, near Estacada, OR:

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Smith Rock and marijuana fields, near Terrebone, OR:

42285

Basket Mountain Road, Blue Mountains, near Milton-Freewater, OR:

42286
 

Readytoride

Active Member
25 miles this weekend with 9 of us from the local bike shop group on the gravel C&O tow path from Point of Rocks (Maryland) into Harper's Ferry (West Virginia). Terrific ride with a super, super fun group. We all ride at about the same level and speed, so that's a plus. Chilly and overcast, 41°f (5°c).

Enroute to our destination there had been a trail washout a month or so back so bad that the Park Service had closed the path and put in a detour that would have warmed the heart of any mountain biker. The pic doesn't do the slope justice, but trust me when I say it was steep enough for feet to slip pushing a bike. The group walked their bikes down and up. My ebike barely made the slope at highest assist, lowest gear. I had to put in the best of my own power to make it up the steepest side still on the bike. Barely made it to the top.
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My ebike sitting on the detour bridge over the creek. The trail washout (which swept away an entire section of the old historic tow path) is seen in the background (before the stone bridge of the RR tracks). There is only a remnant of the 1800s bridge remaining (seen just above the back of my bike in the photo)

The red thing on the back rack of my LaFree is actually a battery cover since the temps were high 30s to low 40 degrees (f). Had to custom make a cover due to the way the battery slides into the rack - it is a precise fit in the rack, including a special locking slide for accurate placement, with no room for a full cover. The quilted fabric obviously did the job of helping keep my 400w battery warm since I ended up with over 50% battery still left at the end of the ride even though I used the middle assist (200%) pretty much the entire way. The normal capacity for 3rd level assist is 53 miles. Despite the cold weather, my battery was still performing at optimum.

The red thing on the front fork is a big red Christmas bow. I'm ready for the holidays!!
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Marci jo

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Looks like a a fun ride with a great group.

I’m curious what the other cyclists thought of your ebike after your ride up that steep slope?
 

dblhelix

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25 miles this weekend with 9 of us from the local bike shop group on the gravel C&O tow path from Point of Rocks (Maryland) into Harper's Ferry (West Virginia). Terrific ride with a super, super fun group. We all ride at about the same level and speed, so that's a plus. Chilly and overcast, 41°f (5°c).

Enroute to our destination there had been a trail washout a month or so back so bad that the Park Service had closed the path and put in a detour that would have warmed the heart of any mountain biker. The pic doesn't do the slope justice, but trust me when I say it was steep enough for feet to slip pushing a bike. The group walked their bikes down and up. My ebike barely made the slope at highest assist, lowest gear. I had to put in the best of my own power to make it up the steepest side still on the bike. Barely made it to the top.
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My ebike sitting on the detour bridge over the creek. The trail washout (which swept away an entire section of the old historic tow path) is seen in the background (before the stone bridge of the RR tracks). There is only a remnant of the 1800s bridge remaining (seen just above the back of my bike in the photo)

The red thing on the back rack of my LaFree is actually a battery cover since the temps were high 30s to low 40 degrees (f). Had to custom make a cover due to the way the battery slides into the rack - it is a precise fit in the rack, including a special locking slide for accurate placement, with no room for a full cover. The quilted fabric obviously did the job of helping keep my 400w battery warm since I ended up with over 50% battery still left at the end of the ride even though I used the middle assist (200%) pretty much the entire way. The normal capacity for 3rd level assist is 53 miles. Despite the cold weather, my battery was still performing at optimum.

The red thing on the front fork is a big red Christmas bow. I'm ready for the holidays!!
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That washout has been there since 6/18. It used to be much worse: no path up, so you kind of had to hoist the bike up over your shoulder at a location well to the left of the bridge, if you are going eastward. Summer 2018 I had a loaded ebike+trailer so there was no hoisting for me. I had to take the very unpleasant roads around ....

I’m puzzled by the length of time it’s taken to fix this, but last I heard it was out on bid.

The hill after the bridge isn’t too bad, but I would not ride down it. Why did you ride up it if you were going to Harper’s Ferry? Or was this on the way back to Point of Rocks?

Note: this is the low-water solution. After a good rain, you have to find an alternative if you are on an ebike.
 
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David Berry

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Good for another century?
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My guess is that Victoria was still the queen of Queensland when this house was built.

It has been 'improved' with a few PVC downpipes and, judging from the green patch in the parched 'garden', a septic toilet system has been installed. The veranda around three sides has not been filled in (thank goodness!) and the wooden stumps with their all-important galvanised steel termite barriers are much as they would have been at the time of construction. There'll be a century's worth of junk stored beneath the house (snake paradise).

As for the barbed wire fence… it's almost worthy of heritage listing itself.

Ride : 55 km / 2019 : 15,297 km
 

Readytoride

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That washout has been there since 6/18. It used to be much worse: no path up, so you kind of had to hoist the bike up over your shoulder at a location well to the left of the bridge, if you are going eastward. Summer 2018 I had a loaded ebike+trailer so there was no hoisting for me. I had to take the very unpleasant roads around ....

I’m puzzled by the length of time it’s taken to fix this, but last I heard it was out on bid.

The hill after the bridge isn’t too bad, but I would not ride down it. Why did you ride up it if you were going to Harper’s Ferry? Or was this on the way back to Point of Rocks?

Note: this is the low-water solution. After a good rain, you have to find an alternative if you are on an ebike.
The photo was taken on the way back to Point of Rocks. I rode ahead of the group to set myself up to take photos. I did take photos of the crossing going east to west, but it was everyone's backs. Not as interesting a series of photos to share.

Did not know the washout was almost a year and a half old!! Most probably the holdup to repair is the desire to replace the centuries old stone bridge with a duplicate build so the tow path retains its historic integrity.

Funny story - as I reached the detour there was a gentlemen on his recumbent, stopped at the top of my side of detour, looking at the open gap of the washed out pathway. I asked if he was OK and if he would need any help going through the detour (my concern being would his recumbent be too wide for the plank bridge, and too heavy pushing up the east slope for one person alone). He laughed, thanked me, and said he'd already come through the detour (down steep east and up easier slope west). I declared myself greatly impressed, and he laughed again.

I shot about 6 photos of the group walking down the west slope and pushing up the east slope. This was my favorite shot.

I contemplated what I'd have to do to portage my bike, and decided it would be an adventure I wouldn't mind doing once. Doing it twice? Nah.
 
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Readytoride

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Looks like a a fun ride with a great group.

I’m curious what the other cyclists thought of your ebike after your ride up that steep slope?
The group is a gathering of a really fun, relaxed, easy going people. Very enjoyable to ride with and socialize. Our group leaders are always looking for enjoyable rides with places to see. In two weeks we'll be doing an evening hour ride around town to see the houses all lit with Christmas lights and decorations. We'll have our own bikes decorated with lights as well.

Anyway, back to this ride: Most did see me ride up the more gently inclined steep west side on our way to Harper's Ferry. I had stayed behind to take photos and thus rode my bike down the steep side, across the bridge, and came up the slope as they stood for a breather at the top. But they expect an ebike to make hills look easy and my bike did not disappoint. It just zoomed up in middle gear, highest assist. Never missed a beat. I looked cool and nonplussed, and was greeted with grins, of course.

They didn't see me ride up the steep east slope because about a half mile down the trail I'd gone far enough ahead to get up to the top of the detour and set myself up to take the best shots. Had they been there they would not have seen me zooming. They would have seen me come to a damn near dead standstill just shy of the top despite my motor, the granny gear, and my best efforts. Maybe I shouldn't had stopped and photographed my bike on the bridge, but instead used that causeway to ramp a decent takeoff. I didn't, but was stupid enough to start my assent from a standstill at the very bottom.:p But I made it all the way up and didn't put a foot down until I was at the top. But ... it was a close shave! I was standing and pushing on those pedals for all I was worth!

As our gang finished the detour and regrouped flanking both sides of the original tow path to take a break and a breather, we saw a very fit 20 something (heading our way on the far side) turn to take the detour, go flying down the west slope, zoom across the planks, and power up the steep east slope without breaking a sweat. All the guys in our group were vocally impressed, and we laughed and applauded the guy as he got back on the trail and zipped by us with a smile. He was going so fast I didn't see what type of bike he was riding, but it for sure wasn't an ebike. I think it was a hybrid.

Nothing like being young on a fast bike! 😁
 
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David Berry

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Nothing like being young on a fast bike!
R2R …
That's why so many of us love our ebikes; they take a decade or two off our age and let the fun times continue.

A ride shared with friends is so much better. I have a once-a-month date with members of my old road group. We ride so slowly that the two of us with ebikes switch off our motors. If only we could make a few more converts!

Thank you for sharing the story behind the photos.
… David
 
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dblhelix

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This is one of my favorite regions of the US to bike, known as “Driftless,” or bypassed by glaciers 100,000 years ago. It’s the quad-state area of SE Minnesota, SW Wisconsin, NE Iowa and a patch of NW Illinois. This is the upper Mississippi River and the bridge on the left connects Marquette, IA, with Prarie Du Chien, WI. I am standing in Pikes Peak State Park (IA) looking at Wisconsin.

I’ve been here four times, 2X on a Bianchi cross bike, once with a R&M Charger, and most recently with a R&M Nevo.
 

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