2020 : Our Rides in Words, Photos, Videos & Maps

Stefan Mikes

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Region
Europe
City
Brwinów (PL)
Note to US viewers: What might appear everyday to you is quite likely extraordinary to the rest of the planet's inhabitants; yellow school buses, for instance.
Them Buses, Cars, Tanks...

There is the Museum Of Motor Technology in my close neighbourhood.

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Polish Jelcz 043 (1959-1986) or "Cucumber".

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British double-decker.

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The most precious of the exhibits...

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BMW Isetta (1957). It might make a nice EV!

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A Soviet T-34.

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A German infantry fighting vehicle. They have a rare German tank there, too!
 

Sierratim

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Is this town the one that gave the name to Sierra Nevada mts?
I checked the facts. Your town is about the size of my neighbouring Podkowa Leśna!
The local Chamber of Commerce explains,

"Civic leaders named the town Nevada, Spanish for “snow-covered,” in 1850 and the next year the newly-incorporated city became the Nevada County seat. The town's name was later changed to Nevada City after its title was borrowed by the state to the east."

Nevada City remains the County seat of Nevada County to this day.

1849 is the year the California gold rush started with the discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill about 60 miles to the west of us. By 1850 mining towns like Nevada (City) were sprouting up along the creeks and rivers running down the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

So, Nevada City is in Nevada County, both in the State of California (CA). The State of Nevada on our Eastern border was actually named after Nevada City, CA in the hopes that their new silver strikes would be as rich as the gold strikes had been for their name sake. Their hopes were realized with silver and gold mining continuing as major industries in the State of Nevada to this day. My wife's early career as an engineering geologist was focused on research that helped open several of the larger gold mines that are now operating in northern Nevada making their towns as rich as Nevada City once was.

What about the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains at our doorstep? The "Nevada" is of course for "snow-covered" with mountains within a short drive rising to nearly 10,000 feet. Sierra is Spanish for "jagged mountain range". The earliest known map using the name Sierra Nevada is dated 1776, the same year the United States declared its independence.

Is Podkowa Leśna considered small? Nevada City is!
 
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Stefan Mikes

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Region
Europe
City
Brwinów (PL)
Thank you for your interesting explanation, Tim! It put the matters of the City, Country, State, and Sierra in right perspective. So, it is "Snowy City"...

Yes, the population of 3,800 is considered small for a city in Poland, although there are several cities far smaller than that, especially when these are located in sparsely populated area. The current record is held by Wiślica in the Holy Cross voivodship (population of 503). (It is quite funny when only one person casts their vote in elections in such a small city...) By comparison, the largest village of Poland, Kozy, has the population of almost 13,000.
 

Sierratim

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Thank you for your interesting explanation, Tim! It put the matters of the City, Country, State, and Sierra in right perspective. So, it is "Snowy City"...

Yes, the population of 3,800 is considered small for a city in Poland, although there are several cities far smaller than that, especially when these are located in sparsely populated area. The current record is held by Wiślica in the Holy Cross voivodship (population of 503). (It is quite funny when only one person casts their vote in elections in such a small city...) By comparison, the largest village of Poland, Kozy, has the population of almost 13,000.
We locals prefer 'snow covered' city for Nevada City, but I'm splitting hairs here. I do admit that I own a gas powered snow thrower that I'm about to service for its annual duty on the drive and walk ways...😔

I bought the snowblower when our youngest went off to college. They all questioned why I needed one now! Well, when they were home I didn't need a snowblower as I could just line them all up with snow shovels and get the driveway cleared before the schoobus arrived!

There are still 4 snow shovels in the shed, but just one snowblower. My wife refuses to learn how to use it (smart woman) so it looks like my job
 

Stefan Mikes

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Region
Europe
City
Brwinów (PL)
Ha! Although heavy winters is not what we've experienced in past years (since 2014), there have been winters when my access alley was full of snow and ice, making it hard to drive the car out. Honestly, I was not aware of snowblower existence until now :) I don't want to derail the David's thread but I feel I must show a single picture...

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Easter, March 31st, 2013.
 

Sierratim

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Ha! Although heavy winters is not what we've experienced in past years (since 2014), there have been winters when my access alley was full of snow and ice, making it hard to drive the car out. Honestly, I was not aware of snowblower existence until now :) I don't want to derail the David's thread but I feel I must show a single picture...

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Easter, March 31st, 2013.
Coming soon to us, as soon as our wildfires are out!

Put up 9 chords of firewood last weekend, with much help from my sons, for next winter. This year's wood is dry and ready to burn.
 

Art Deco

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Region
USA
City
Selinsgrove
Coming soon to us, as soon as our wildfires are out!

Put up 9 chords of firewood last weekend, with much help from my sons, for next winter. This year's wood is dry and ready to burn.
Nine cords of firewood would last me 3 or 4 years, and once I light the wood stove, I run it 24/7 for months. It must get really cold there.🥶
 

Sierratim

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Nine cords of firewood would last me 3 or 4 years, and once I light the wood stove, I run it 24/7 for months. It must get really cold there.🥶
Much of the new firewood is oak so it will last us maybe 3 years compared to 2 seasons for the softwood that's more commonly available here. It'll take 2 seasons to cure the fresh oak however...🙄 Our temps are returning to normal finally. Teens in the high mountains this AM, low 40's here. Got the fire going with morning coffee!
 

Art Deco

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Region
USA
City
Selinsgrove
Much of the new firewood is oak so it will last us maybe 3 years compared to 2 seasons for the softwood that's more commonly available here. It'll take 2 seasons to cure the fresh oak however...🙄 Our temps are returning to normal finally. Teens in the high mountains this AM, low 40's here. Got the fire going with morning coffee!
Forgot you western folks burn softwoods. Mostly red oak, maple, hickory and such here, and it takes 2 or 3 seasons to cure.
 

Mulezen

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I took advantage of a fine day (75 F) for a pleasant ride made all the better knowing tomorrow's inclement forecast. Cruising along ten miles in I stopped to to take a picture of this barn sign. While there a man on a small Schwinn rode up. I assured him I was just taking a picture and he made some comment that he needed a bigger bike now that he was retired. He told me to follow him across a field to his house where he wanted to show me his retirement present to himself. 1965 Fordomatic. I'm no car guy but I was impressed and told him so.
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Here are pictures Category 1 and Category 3 Llamas
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Kayakguy

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Brisbane Central from across the river …
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As predicted, Monday's outing was 'just another ride', from the western suburbs to the Brisbane River cycleways which took me through the city and down to the bay for lunch. There are cycling tracks on either side of the river. Mangroves are, of course, conspicuous.

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The detail above has been cropped out of the top photo. You should be able to see the left bank cycleway which is built over the river and beyond it Brisbane's grandest commercial building of times past, the Customs House, three storeys high and topped with a copper dome (now green).
My wife and I were in Australia in '06. Stayed with friends in a small development a few miles north of Brisbane, and spent several days sightseeing in the city and taking excursions out to various parks and reserves. Then rented a car, and headed north, first to Airlie Beach, from whence kayaked out to the Whitsunday Is. for a few days. On north into the Daintree, where we got to see major rain (Brisbane meanwhile being in drought). Then up to the highlands, and to the park where there are big lava-tube caves. (can't remember name). Watched a kookaburra try to steal the pancake a guy was cooking for himself in the community kitchen shelter. This was mostly car camping, except when we stayed in "backpackers" lodgings in places like Cairns (my theory about pronunciation: we hear "Cans" but I'm convinced the Ausies think they're pronouncing that "r").Between the 2 of us, managed to lock the keys in the little Toyota rental, finally had to bust out the wing window. Thankfully, I had bought the full-ride insurance.
We found the animals (of course) and vegetation fascinating--especially the huge strangler figs. Saw the "Cathedral" Fig and another enormous one. I got used to driving on the left side but never mastered shifting with my left hand (auto agency was out of automatics). I ground the teeth down pretty well in that little Toyota's transmission.
We loved Australia, and would like to return to explore further south, and then on to Western Australia. One more thing: I think Brisbane is one of the most beautiful cities I have seen.
 

Kayakguy

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A welcome improvement …
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Clarendon Station Road, Brisbane Valley Rail Trail
Even the gravel riders can't complain about this improvement to the rail trail. Cattle grids… at last!

Just imagine what it was like in past… stop, prop the bike up, figure out how to unchain the gate, open the gate, stop the gate from banging closed, wheel the bike through, prop it up again, close the gate, chain it up!

There are were seven gates to be dealt with in twice as many minutes. Not fun… and the same number encountered on way back. Thank you, dear council and let the good work continue after the local government elections this coming weekend.

Click to see how it used to be.

Trivia: Note the black kites swarming above the cattle yard on the left. Hoping to catch mice feeding on spilt grain?
Some years ago, a local politician in the state legislature questioned a line item in the budget. "Why are we paying for cattle guards?" he wondered.
 

Stefan Mikes

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Region
Europe
City
Brwinów (PL)
@Stefan Mikes what determines the difference between a city and a village in Poland?
A location that has integrated urban structure, no farms within its clearly defined boundaries, fully developed utility system (water, sewage, electricity, gas network), and a development plan might be qualified by the Government to receive a status of a city in Poland. (The population criterion of 2,000 is not taken into account anymore).

Jacek the Mechanic

The chain of my Vado had started slipping on two smallest cogs of the cassette after chain replacement. An EBR Forum member from a great European country was so kind as to send me replacement cogs, so I wouldn't need to replace the entire cassette (hear, hear!) Currently, there is spare-part drought in the market... I was able to ride out too see my brother Jacek at 9:40 a.m. on Saturday. The weather was so-so (initially, it was some 14 C and dreary). I knew Jacek had some plans for the day, so I had to ride rather fast. After riding some 12 km, I just went into the Turbo mode... (I could afford it, having taken a spare battery with me). I rode up Jacek's location quite fast!

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The other brother Piotr works for a road-sign manufacturer. This is a road-sign for tanks. As there is a significant presence of NATO/U.S. forces in Poland nowadays, such road-signs have become necessary.

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Jacek started the work with disassembling the Shimano SLX CS-M7000 (11-46T) cassette and washing it in white spirit.

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Reassembling the cassette...

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Almost finished. The two top cogs are the new ones.

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The front fender started rattling again... Fixed!

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Per advice of @Sierratim, the contacts of both batteries and the one inside the Vado have been cleaned and greased.

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-- "Brother! There is no front brake in the Vado for you anymore! The brake pads are completely worn!" Jacek had transferred good brake pads from the rear to the front brake, and made a temporary fix for the rear one. No TRP Q20.11 brake pads available throughout Europe by Christmas!


Had I known how much of maintenance is necessary for heavily ridden e-bikes, I wouldn't have bought three of them... (No N+1 e-bike anymore!) After several hours spent with Jacek, I set off for the next part of the ride, to the Wawrzyszew Cemetery.

Poland celebrates our loved deceased ones on November 1st (All Saints Day) and the 2nd (The Souls' Day). The holiday means we visit the family graves to put flowers, light candles and pray for the souls. This year, November 1st is on Sunday. It would be crazy to visit cemeteries on these days in the covid-year. Visiting the cemetery on last Saturday meant no crowds.

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Our family grave in my home neighbourhood of Wawrzyszew. My beloved Wife, Mom & Dad, and Uncle Stefan (d. 1937) are buried there.

Afterwards, I made a long ride through streets of Warsaw. I took the full benefit of the Vado being "a moped" and was riding with traffic only (no bike paths). There was sunshine, pleasant temperature up to 18 C and very mild wind, so it was a very nice ride! I admit I took all the benefits of riding with the spare battery (50/50 or 70/70 Sport modes). I was tired at the end of the ride though.

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A 37 km ride to Jacek took me 1 h 18 minutes (approximately what I would have spent by driving the car but the e-bike let me avoid numerous traffic jams!) Only now I realise what we call Cracow Avenue is an almost straight road!

Today, the time was changed to the winter one again. I could have slept longer but woke up at night...
 
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percymon

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A location that has integrated urban structure, no farms within its clearly defined boundaries, fully developed utility system (water, sewage, electricity, gas network), and a development plan might be qualified by the Government to receive a status of a city in Poland. (The population criterion of 2,000 is not taken into account anymore).

Jacek the Mechanic

The chain of my Vado had started slipping on two smallest cogs of the cassette after chain replacement. An EBR Forum member from a great European country was so kind as to send me replacement cogs, so I wouldn't need to replace the entire cassette (hear, hear!) Currently, there is spare-part drought in the market...



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-- "Brother! There is no front brake in the Vado for you anymore! The brake pads are completely worn!" Jacek had transferred good brake pads from the rear to the front brake, and made a temporary fix for the rear one. No TRP Q20.11 brake pads available throughout Europe by Christmas!
there’s pads in the U.K.