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Readytoride

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30.6 miles this afternoon on yet another mild 50°f (10°c) day. Plotted out another new gravel road loop, passing some lovely estates with the Virginia Blue Ridge mountains always in the background.
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Enroute I passed by the lovely 140 year old estate house "Pelham" which was built in about 1880 by Col. Richard Henry Dulany C.S.A. (Confederate States of America) for his newly married daughter, and named after a young Major John Pelham who was greatly admired and served under Col. Dulany in several Civil War battles. Pelham scribbled his name and date on one of the walls of Col. Dulany's home "Welbourne", which is one mile down the road, when the young officer was staying over at Col. Dulany's estate. A short time later Major Pelham was killed during a battle in Culpeper, Virginia. He was 23 years old.

I was enjoying the peace and quiet of the gravel roads, happy to keep pedaling as long as the slowly descending sun stayed high enough to keep the warmth and light coming.

Our western lands in the county have seen an influx of wineries and breweries popping up along the foothills of the Blue Ridge, establishments taking advantage of the stunning views and excellent soils for vineyards and beer hops. This particular brewery was at the top of my loop. I thought the sign was rather whimsical.

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I did see at different spots along the way two pairs of red chested hawks. I stopped both time to try for a photo, but the raptors were having none of it and flew off the moment I stopped. Maybe the third time will be a charm.

I managed to find the bottom of my battery, arriving home with 6 miles left. Too much hill climbing in Sport+ mode, I guess!!🤪

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Readytoride

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Yesterday I did get dressed to ride my mare, but when I was headed down to the barn I heard all kinds of ruckus going on in the field and the dogs in the backyard going crazy barking. There was my sweet horse, galloping around like a maniac, bucking and farting and snorting at some imagined danger in the fields beyond our property. The other three were all were standing at attention, looking at the fields beyond. I couldn't see what had their attention, but just watching my silly horse racing around I thought "well, this is a big NOPE". Might not have minded when I was In my 20s, but at age 66 I tend to think twice nowadays. She is a sweetheart and would have settled down by the time I tacked up and we headed out, but....I left all four to have their silly equine fun while I went in the garage, mounted my ebike, and took it for a lovely 16 mile ride. Dressed in my riding clothes.

Had a blast, took some gravel roads I've never ridden - these being more towards the east which gave me access to an very very old gravel road named after the Confederate general, Jeb Stuart. This unique road includes the last remaining ford (unbridged at grade creek crossing) in Loudoun County. Unusual because we are only 50 miles as the crow flies from the capital of the US - Washington DC. A high density metropolis. And yet here we are with this old timey "horse and buggy days" type of road crossing. I did have the opportunity to go a different way around but this route called to my sense of adventure. Besides, I'd ridden through the ford on a horse, and once in my truck, (both times years ago) so...it wasn't a complete unknown.

Just decending the extremely rough and steep gravel road made me decide that, no matter what happened when I reached the ford at the bottom, I would keep going because backtracking would be a "not fun" effort.

When I reached the creek, and saw the depth and width, I did have an "oh boy, what have I done" moment of "maybe I better go back up the road and go the other way" because there was no way I could ride the bike through the water without the motor being submerged.

But...where there's a will, there's a way. I studied the water, the deep pockets that were almost hip high, and the banks of the stream...and saw a way across that was workable. It wasn't rideable. I had to walk. However it was the best...and only...option.

So... holding up the front of my bike so that the back wheel was supporting the bike's weight but the motor at the pedals didn't touch the water, I walked into the creek and threaded my way along the enbankment to where the creek narrowed somewhat at a rocky, swift moving shoal . Got soaked all the way above my ankles, but that sure beat negotiating going straight across which would have been over knee deep and meant I would have had to portage my almost 50lb bike completely out of the water.

The water was cold (it is end of December after all!), but it was fun! Yes, the rest of the ride home was done with water logged shoes and socks, yet an adventure that was well worth the smiles.

A fun and funny day.

The pic of my bike at the creek was after I had crossed. That old gravel road was unbelievably rough - I felt like I was mountain biking at times!


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The sign at the top of the road. They are serious, too. When the creek floods there is no way, even with a horse or a Hummer, that one can cross.

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Success! On the far side of the creek, looking back. The dark part of the water (if you look straight across) is very deep, even for a car. It is generally trucks that will use this road, and horses (fairly recently, too, judging by the fresh imprint of shod hooves on the road). My route was to hug the embankment to the right where the creek bed was shallow until I reached a shoal (out of view of this shot) and work my way across. Having a carbon belt drive meant I wasn't worried about a chain or derailleur getting wet.

I had removed the bike's front fender several months ago because I travel a lot with the bike in a car. My bike did get a lot of road dirt caked on the front downtube and around the motor casing from the wet gravel. Not a problem to brush off with a paint brush after everything dried, but I'm sure a splash guard would be a better option. I'll design and sew a custom one this winter.

Really, REALLY loving this bike!!! It is a dream to ride. Right now I stand at 1,143 miles (1,839 kilometers) ridden from when I purchased it in May. I'm going to try to make it 1,200 miles (1,931 km) total before the end of the year.
 
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RabH

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My final ride of 2019 and what a fantastic year it has been, getting an e bike was my best decision ever! Gusty winds today but that didn't stop me, the good thing about the winds was dry roads for the first time in months so despite the strong gusts it was a very enjoyable 50 miles :D My year end total is 3,899 miles (629 more than last year) from 69 rides which is an average of 56.5 miles, here's hoping 2020 will be every bit as good:) All the very best for 2020 everyone, keep those pictures coming:)
 

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Alaskan

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My final ride of 2019 and what a fantastic year it has been, getting an e bike was my best decision ever! Gusty winds today but that didn't stop me, the good thing about the winds was dry roads for the first time in months so despite the strong gusts it was a very enjoyable 50 miles :D My year end total is 3,899 miles (629 more than last year) from 69 rides which is an average of 56.5 miles, here's hoping 2020 will be every bit as good:) All the very best for 2020 everyone, keep those pictures coming:)
What a great year full of fantastic bike rides. Thank you for sharing them is such vivid detail. You've definitely put biking Scotland on my bucket list.
 

RabH

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What a great year full of fantastic bike rides. Thank you for sharing them is such vivid detail. You've definitely put biking Scotland on my bucket list.
There is so much more to explore, if only I had the time...thank you for your kind words :) Amazingly December was my 3rd best month with a total of 393 miles:eek:
 

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Saratoga Dave

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Probably the last ride of the year, with a day and a half of rain and freezing rain predicted now. But this morning was sunny and 30 degrees, and I haven't had the bike out in almost a month with the giant snowstorm and subsequent weird weather, so off for a very pleasant, if short, 16 miles around town.


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So the ordinary photo from the ride is sort of a statement... year ending, but we'll be back in business asap, maybe late in the week if the weather predictions hold. A very low 2393 miles for the year this time, quite off my usual 3000, but I had the hardest time keeping my mojo going this Fall, and then winter arrived hard and very early.
 

PaD

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Today’s ride was definitely my last ride for this year :D
I have never ridden a bicycle on New Year’s Eve so I thought I just had to today as the sun was shining and temperatures were above freezing.
Started at 13.30 and returned 15.15. Did 30km (19miles) so it was a relaxed ride. 4°C ( 39°F) when I started and 2°C (35-36°F) getting home. Toes and fingers a little cold at the end but really nice being out on the bike.

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PatriciaK

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Today’s ride was definitely my last ride for this year :D
I have never ridden a bicycle on New Year’s Eve so I thought I just had to today as the sun was shining and temperatures were above freezing.
Started at 13.30 and returned 15.15. Did 30km (19miles) so it was a relaxed ride. 4°C ( 39°F) when I started and 2°C (35-36°F) getting home. Toes and fingers a little cold at the end but really nice being out on the bike.

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What a beautiful place to ride - even in the cold!
 
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RabH

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First ride of 2020 and another 50 miler, now 8 in a row :D I'm really enjoying these 50 mile trips recently, its enough to get a good workout and I know I will be fit for work the next day ;) Today was rather overcast and a bit windy but it remained dry so it was a fun ride! Being the 1st January there was very little traffic on the roads so that made it so much more enjoyable :) The only downer was a guy that thought it was a good idea to walk in the middle of the road on a steep downhill, I was just building up speed when I noticed him...he started to move to his left so I moved to my left which was the correct side but then he decided to move right for some strange reason so I went for the brakes but thankfully he had the sense to move back left again and a catastrophe was avoided :rolleyes: He did apologize and I accepted it with a word of caution about walking in the middle of the road! All's well that ends well:) Happy New Year everyone!
 

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Saratoga Dave

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Wow, what a great looking place to ride! Pics # 6 and 7 are why I went with a ToughRoad instead of a Road E, but any of these things are great bikes. And how in the world do you keep that bike so clean?

Looks like quite an attention getter at mile 21 or so there. How did your range end up for this ride?

Alright, so off we go again! Temps on the right side of freezing today on Jan 1, so a short one down along the Erie Canal and the Hudson River on the bike paths. A drab day at first, but nice to get out of the gate right away for the new year. No snow forecast in the next week so maybe I can get a few rides in. Some rain expected, though.

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Things a little quiet at Erie Canal Lock 6 today. This is a mile from my house. I ride the flight of six locks down to the Hudson several times a week when heading out on rides in that direction. That’s Flight Lock Road swooping up along the right side of the picture, follows the canal up over that hill to where it meets the Mohawk River on the other side.
 
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RabH

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Wow, what a great looking place to ride! Pics # 6 and 7 are why I went with a ToughRoad instead of a Road E, but any of these things are great bikes. And how in the world do you keep that bike so clean?

Looks like quite an attention getter at mile 21 or so there. How did your range end up for this ride?

Alright, so off we go again! Temps on the right side of freezing today on Jan 1, so a short one down along the Erie Canal and the Hudson River on the bike paths. A drab day at first, but nice to get out of the gate right away for the new year. No snow forecast in the next week so maybe I can get a few rides in. Some rain expected, though.



Things a little quiet at Erie Canal Lock 6 today. This is a mile from my house. I ride the flight of six locks down to the Hudson several times a week when heading out on rides in that direction.
Looks can be deceiving, it certainly wasn't clean ;) The mudguards do a great job! The Road E just eats up those big climbs with ease, I recently lowered all of my settings which means range is never really a problem! The last 30 miles were in to a stiff headwind though which did eat up the battery but I always manage to keep enough in reserve for the last climbs home!
 
final ride of year started with a gentle snowfall but turned into quite the blizzard before finishing, oh well, the Kootenay Ale tasted all that much better when eyelids thawed out, great week riding in the Canadian Purcell mountains in south eastern British Columbia, didn't see another biker but sure covered some inspiring ground, all the best for a great e-biking year in 2020 to all
 

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RabH

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My 9th consecutive 50 miler today in murky conditions, pretty windy also but another enjoyable trip! 53 miles today so 103 already for 2020, I'm grabbing every chance I get before our weather turns nasty...we have some stormy weather coming early next week but it should only last a few days! Tomorrow is looking a bit windy and overcast with some rain possible but I should manage another 50 miler, its going to be 9C which is very mild for this time of year!
 

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RabH

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I woke to rain today and the wind was very strong and gusty once again so I decided to wait a while and see how it developed, thankfully it paid off and I managed my 10th consecutive 50 miler:D 50 exactly today, my legs (and my battery) just had enough left to complete the 50! The first 30 miles were into the gusty wind and it wasn't exactly flat so I was very glad when I eventually had that wind behind me for the last 20 miles! Luckily the rain stayed away for the most part and the strong winds helped to dry some of the roads which was more than welcome:) I feel blessed to have 3 rides in the bag already this year and its only January 5th, 153 miles at an average of 51, not a bad start to 2020!
 

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