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Blowing Through my Clock-Watching

Sunday, October 23, 2011

I admit since returning to the treadmill I've been babying myself with only 35 mins. at a time on the treadmill. I excuse it as I'm usually on the treadmill before going to work and I can't drag my sorry behind onto the 'mill any earlier. BUT: on the weekend my time is a lot more flexible.

I decided tonight I wouldn't look at the clock and just go until I felt tired. I was feeling better on the 'mill than I had been in a while. Well I kept going and going and finally stopped at 52 mins. but even then I really didn't feel tired, just awfully sweaty and couldn't put off the lure of a hot shower any longer...lol! I usually start sweating at 15 mins. by 35 mins. I'm dripping. Tonight I was sopped with all the windows steamed up!

Nice to get out of my own way sometimes!

I had some help with some super tunes that hadn't been served up on my shuffling mp3 player in a while:

10cc had a super album way back in 1974 that never got the recognition it deserved. Here's one oddball tune with a driving "clockwork" beat:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2p2Q-XdPUA

Some oh-so-smooth bossa nova from one of my favs, Celso Fonseca:

youtu.be/gg2jTNU0LTk

And a great movin' along tune from Pat Metheny:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=eejJ0WXFClo

Keep 'er Sparkin' out there everyone!

Don

ps...just adding this WAY COOL video of a 100-year-old man finishing a marathon in Toronto!

www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/10
/17/141414363/video-100-year-old-man-f
inishes-toronto-marathon


...um...wow...how did my blog edit end up DUPLICATING my blog...?

  
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REDSHOES2011 10/31/2011 12:49AM

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ZELLAZM 10/30/2011 8:45AM

    Great way to break out of a rut! Need to implement this! Thanks!

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PUDLECRAZY 10/29/2011 7:07AM

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I try not to look at the clock unless I have a deadline. I listen to my iPod and just go. The distraction helps - a lot!





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WATERMELLEN 10/28/2011 8:11PM

    I'm always dripping on the elliptical as well . . . and the music really helps me keep on moving. My "deal" is minimum 400 calories, minimum 30 minutes: i.e. if I've done 30 minutes but haven't hit 400 calories, gotta keep on till I do . . . so that's generally about 34 minutes total at my weight, level 8 and about 58 RPM.

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SASSYCHRIS1952 10/25/2011 1:08PM

    A 100 year "young" marathon man----amazing! And a great inspiration emoticon That gives us young whippersnappers incentive huh! Keep up the good work, Don emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/24/2011 3:17PM

    Good job on getting on the 'mill. I watch TV while I walk on the treadmill, killing two birds with one stone. Tonight I have a date with the treadmill and Two and One Half Men, keeps me front wanting to sneak a bite of hubby's milk and cookie TV snack, none for me.

I too saw the 100 year old marathoner - WOW !!!!

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VARMINT3 10/23/2011 2:11PM

    Good job on finding a distraction! I usually cover the time on my treadmill & just read while I run - I know many people can't read on the 'mill, but I manage it somehow...

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ANDALEX 10/23/2011 3:18AM

    sometimes the time passes faster if you can get your mind off the numbers and onto something more interesting. music is a great choice! i love putting my ipod on random and just seeing what turns up. glad you found your way to a good workout!

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Blowing Through my Clock-Watching

Sunday, October 23, 2011

I admit since returning to the treadmill I've been babying myself with only 35 mins. at a time on the treadmill. I excuse it as I'm usually on the treadmill before going to work and I can't drag my sorry behind onto the 'mill any earlier. BUT: on the weekend my time is a lot more flexible.

I decided tonight I wouldn't look at the clock and just go until I felt tired. I was feeling better on the 'mill than I had been in a while. Well I kept going and going and finally stopped at 52 mins. but even then I really didn't feel tired, just awfully sweaty and couldn't put off the lure of a hot shower any longer...lol! I usually start sweating at 15 mins. by 35 mins. I'm dripping. Tonight I was sopped with all the windows steamed up!

Nice to get out of my own way sometimes!

I had some help with some super tunes that hadn't been served up on my shuffling mp3 player in a while:

10cc had a super album way back in 1974 that never got the recognition it deserved. Here's one oddball tune with a driving "clockwork" beat:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2p2Q-XdPUA

Some oh-so-smooth bossa nova from one of my favs, Celso Fonseca:

youtu.be/gg2jTNU0LTk

And a great movin' along tune from Pat Metheny:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=eejJ0WXFClo

Keep 'er Sparkin' out there everyone!

Don

ps...adding this WAY COOL video of a 100-year-old man finishing the Toronto Marathon! What an inspiration!

www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/10
/17/141414363/video-100-year-old-man-f
inishes-toronto-marathon

  
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VALERIEMAHA 10/23/2011 11:30AM

    Way to go, Don!

Love the music you shared, ESPECIALLY that Pat Metheny piece. Dang, they were musical geniuses. Lyle Mays on keyboards gets me every time! Each ONE of them is so damned talented, and then there's the further genius of Metheny who brought the sound together. The core group has been together since 1977!!!

Interesting comment on there, "Global top flight musicians that ran beside the better strategy architects of staying to what they were as individuals. Smart, saavy, and intelligent blends of so many modes of the multiple ways to be happy´╗┐ without lyrics; the music equates to lyrics according to Einstein..."
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Maha

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MEGA_MILES 10/23/2011 9:18AM

    Well done sir!!

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Return to Butternut Valley

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Eleven of us bike club members cut loose today after being denied our Skaneateles Lake ride yesterday due to the weather. Today was questionable too, although you wouldn't know it by the beautiful blue skies when we set sail at 10 a.m.!

I did this ride with the club last October on a much more pleasant day with pictures that turned out much better than today:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3704697
...includes a fun "re-take" on an old Cole Porter song.

However today's ride was still a great 47 miler with over 2,200 feet of climb peaking just outside Morris.

ridewithgps.com/trips/423557

I enjoyed catching up with a club member who had me green with envy earlier this summer as she told me of her plans to travel to Washington State on a supported cycling tour. What surprised me, however, was her feedback that although it was great to have a change of pace she has YET to find a place in all her travels that can beat the beauty and variety of upstate New York. We are so truly blessed to be cyclists in our back yard!

The clouds were gathering quickly and although rain was predicted for 3 pm it looked like it would come sooner. I was part of a group of four at the front of the group and we all shared the same opinion: no lunch for us in Morris! Just a quick stop and get buzzing back to Sidney and beat the rain!

Most of my pics were too dark to bother including, but here's a couple re-takes (you see 'em in last year's blog too):


The falls at Route 51 & Dimmock Hollow Road


Stone Bridge in Gilbertsville

On our return trip we had unexpected company: a huge Husky came darting out of the trees heading toward us! But unlike the usual cyclist's dilemma of hostile dogs we had a whole new problem on our hands:

This dog was in LOVE with our bikes and speed! He was having a BLAST running alongside us and the faster we rode the better he liked it! It was sorta fun for a few hundred feet, I'll have to admit...however soon we pulled over. This dog was liable to join us all the way to Sidney! And THEN what? The dog was happily bouncing back and forth between us, eager to win our approval. He seemed to be a loveable type that would insist on being a "lap dog," leaving one struggling to come up for air underneath.

We met up with a boy and his father riding back toward where we came and we asked them to hang onto the dog while we scurried off...!

No go...soon the dog was cheerfully loping along beside us!

What next? A young fellow came along in his car and pulled over when we got his attention. He could see that the dog was harmless. We asked if he would take the dog back to where we originally saw him. The kid said "Sure!"

Next problem: the dog wouldn't get into the car! After dragging him a bit one of our riders had a great idea. She had been chewing on a granola bar. Once it was wafted in front of the dog he was putty in our hands and happily hopped into the car chomping on the granola bar!

Whew!

Off we went and before long a little, light drizzle started coming down, goosing my pedaling speed up with each drop!

We beat any significant rain, fortunately and although I car-pooled with someone who would not come along for another 45 mins. I spent the time in McDonald's unwinding with a couple tall, hot coffees.

All in all a wonderful way to spend my 55th birthday!

I logged into RealAge for another dose of feedback and unfortunately my RealAge jumped up from last year, but is still two years younger than my chronological age. RealAge keeps adding more and more complexity to its questions and calculations. It's an interesting tradition I'll keep up for birthdays to come.

Hey everyone keep it SPARKIN' this week!

Don

ps...yearly total of 1859 miles...hoping to add to this!

  
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TSANC01 10/20/2011 9:18AM

  Happy Birthday! Sounds like you had a nice ride and wow..1859 miles so far, fantastic!

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HEARTOLOVE 10/19/2011 1:17PM

    WOW!! That's alot of yearly miles you've logged!!
Happy birthday!
Sounds like a fun fall ride!

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ZELLAZM 10/19/2011 6:59AM

    Happy Birthday - thanks for sharing your experience with us! I just watched the movie "Marley and Me" on TV the other night (in German) and your dog friend sounds like he was a Marley-type. Hope he found his way home again after all the fun.

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SASSYCHRIS1952 10/17/2011 2:21PM

    What a great and scenic way to spend your birthday! And I'm amazed at the total mileage! emoticon

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JLITT62 10/17/2011 2:00PM

    There are many lovely areas of upstate NY, I'll grant you, but there are definitely areas more beautiful IMHO & WA is definitely one of them!

Happy birthday!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/17/2011 1:44PM

    Happy belated Birthday - sounds like another great ride. Isn't it great to feel so healthy and physically fit on your birthday. You have truly made the lifestyle change. emoticon

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TOOTHFUL99 10/17/2011 8:46AM

    Spending your birthday on your bicycle is the best! I'm so glad the weather cooperated for you.
I had a dog follow me for 3 miles once. I rode back and made her "stay" where I found her. Then, I went on my way. A couple hours later, when I was coming home, I found her laying in the shade waiting for me. Luckily she didn't follow me home or she'd be sleeping on my bed right now!

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BILL60 10/17/2011 8:33AM

    Super ride and a happy b'day to you. May you enjoy many more.

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CARRIE1948 10/17/2011 7:28AM

    Way to go

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NIKKILEEG 10/16/2011 10:17PM

    Sounds like you had a great ride. I'm glad the dog didn't cause any problems. My meetings have not been so fortunate but I did have a kitten try to follow us once. We out ran it but then I saw a car coming and was concerned for the kitten. Turned out it was one of the SAG drivers and they'd stopped and picked up the kitten. Not knowing where it belonged, they brought it to the next rest stop. I don't know what happened from there but I hope it found a good home.

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MYLADY4 10/16/2011 10:16PM

    What an AWESOME was to celebrate your birthday.

The dog thing was kinda funny but they just scare me when riding. Even if they are friendly and just want to run with you, it would be so easy for them to run in front of you and down you go.

What a great day.

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ANDALEX 10/16/2011 9:46PM

    happy birthday! glad you were able to get in yet another awesome ride! kudos!

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VALERIEMAHA 10/16/2011 9:36PM

    You cycled through another rotation of the Sun in Libra -- emoticon

If you didn't have birthdays, you wouldn't be you.
If you'd never been born, what would you do?
If you'd never been born, what would you be?
You might be a fish or a toad in a tree.
You might be a doorknob or three baked potatoes.
You might be a bag full of hard green tomatoes.

But worse than all that: you might be a Wasn't!
A Wasn't has no fun at all. No he doesn't!
A Wasn't just isn't. He just isn't present.
But hey! You are you! And isn't that pleasant?
So we'll go to the top of the tallest blue space.
The official SPARK PEOPLE sounding-off place.

Go on: Open your mouth and roar loud at the sky!
Roar loud at the top of your voice:
I am I!
I am I!
And I may not know why. But I know that I like it!
Three cheers! I am I, I am I, I am I!!!!!

Today is your birthday, that's truer than true.
There's no one on earth who is youer than you!
Shout loud: I am lucky to be what I am!
Thank goodness I'm not just a ham or a clam
or a dusty old jar of sour gooseberry jam.
I am what I am and that's a great thing, yes m'am!
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Dr Suess...and Maha!

And for YOU Don, of course, a musical greeting as well:

http://www.youtube.com
/watch?v=40K2S0-5Xo0




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Travels with Willie: Willie Weir, Adventure Cyclist

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Just had to share my latest "find"...One of the recent issues of Adventure Cycling www.adventurecycling.org/mag/ featured an article by Willie Weir titled "Uncomfortable." It was very inspirational in sharing the message that there is much GOLD to be mined when one pushes outside one's comfort zone and is willing to risk some discomfort.

Unfortunately his article is not available online and my copy of it has disappeared.

BUT: I e-mailed Willie and he scanned the article and e-mailed it to me! If anyone is interested in receiving a copy, SparkMail me your e-mail address and I'd be happy to send it your way.

Other really cool info on Willie:

He has his own web site which features his autobiography:

Home Page:

www.willieweir.com/index.shtml

Travels With Willie (entire autobiographical book in PDF format)

www.willieweir.com/download/travels-
with-willie.pdf


A compendium of his blogs:

www.yellowtentadventures.com/2011/10
/


Definitely worth a look!

Don

  
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ZELLAZM 10/16/2011 9:55AM

    Love the blog - lots of cool posts for when the wanderlust gets ahold of you and you can't travel yourself. I can see how you get inspiration from him!

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JESPAH 10/13/2011 8:56AM

    Dazzlingly beautiful photographs on that site .... Wow!

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BILL60 10/13/2011 8:08AM

    Great stuff. Thanks

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OUTDOORGIRL70 10/12/2011 7:49PM

    Thanks for sharing

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WATERMELLEN 10/12/2011 7:42PM

    Comfort is highly over-rated, right??

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L*I*T*A* 10/12/2011 2:42PM

    thanks for sharing....
great information....
blessings and hugs......lita

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VALERIEMAHA 10/12/2011 1:45PM

    Love to see the article. If you'd like, please post the antelope encounter to the cycle team.

You're the best!
Maha

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Awesome Autumn Ride w/ SP & Bike Club Friends!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Well we pulled it off! 4-A-HEALTHY-BMI and I nailed 60 miles with a ride that had FOUR big climbs for a total climb of 3,500 feet (if you go by my map: ridewithgps.com/routes/750935 ) or over 7,000 feet (WOW!) (if you go by 4-A-HEALTHY-BMI's map: ridewithgps.com/trips/414778 ) Don't ask me how there could be such a differential, GPS n00b that I am...!

I knew that this would be a challenge for me, to nail a ride with such a degree of climbing. But then, the WAY COOL part is that what goes UP, must come DOWN! :-)

It was a very chilly, foggy start in Port Crane. On my way there in my car I saw a thermometer at Chenango Valley Schools reported 35 degrees. Perhaps it nudged up a few degrees by the time we started. Maybe. Neither of us opted to wear any outerwear, however. I just KNEW a little pedaling would afford me all the heat I needed!

Although our first climb was taxing up past Cole Park, the view on our descent into Windsor was just gorgeous! The sun was coming up and peeling back the fog, revealing a pristine valley filled with all the colors of autumn just beckoning us to swoop down into the valley and catch up with my fellow bike club members in Windsor. I tried to capture some of these scenes on my cell phone camera, however had no luck. But here's a pic of 4-A-HEALTHY-BMI and I after arriving in Windsor with climb / descent #1 under our belts!

Very quickly I think we both learned one thing we have in common: SLOW is our LEAST favorite option when on our bikes! No stopping to smell the roses for us...if we're going to savor them, those roses will have to thwack our helmets as we whiz on by!



We had an enjoyable meet-up with several bike club members in Windsor and 4-A-HEALTHY-BMI fit in nicely with our group, finding much in common and sharing pleasant conversation.

Soon we were OFF for climb #2: Tuscarora Mountain! With a descent into McClure...which I figured would be a spot in the road by the look of it on the map, but WOW! There just wasn't ANYTHING THERE! We had a little break and more fun conversation while waiting for the group to catch up before heading northward up State Highway 41 into Afton. There was another climb on this leg of our journey, but probably the kindest climb.

We lunched at a mighty fine restaurant in Afton, The Main Street Grill and Bakery: www.mainstreetgrillandbakery.com/ . 4-A-HEALTHY-BMI and I both had the blackened tuna salad and a cup of the acorn squash soup...yum! Sam, the bike club ride leader had been singing the praises of this soup and it was no wonder! He said that the owner and chef of this restaurant was from NYC. How someone lands in an out-of-the-way place like Afton with a restaurant like this...? Go figure! As good as it was going down, however, my usually cast-iron digestive system was "talkin' to me" later during the last leg of our ride!

Another pleasure during lunch was that fellow SP member TEAMAGIS who ALSO happens to be a member of our bike club, belatedly joined us for lunch and for part of the ride. It was cool to have a little mini-meet-up between the three of us!

After lunch it was OFF from Afton with the bike club and in Ninevah, us "leaders of the pack" took some pics on the Ninevah bridge while awaiting the rest of the club:



From there 4-A-HEALTHY-BMI and I bid farewell to the bike club members who were returning to Windsor while we were completing the last leg of our journey up over Belden Hill toward Port Crane.

Although I've climbed Belden Hill a number of times, never easily, but always making it fairly comfortably with persistence, this time was WAY more tough! "Little Engine That Could" thoughts notwithstanding, I found myself panting I suspect *almost* as much as if I was a woman giving birth! Forget Lamaze, expectant ladies...for some practice just go climb a big, big hill! :-)

Was it the lunch? Was I just "all climbed out" from the rest of the ride? Along the way I passed a frog belly-up beside me on the shoulder of the road, thinking "hey buddy, I know the feeling!" I kept fighting off the urge to cave in, get off the bike and walk. Finally around 3/4 of the way up the hill flattened a bit and I DID cave, but not to walk, just to pause for a few minutes, gulp some water and then back to nailing the rest of this hill, doggone it! No croaking allowed!

And nail it I did! Finally swooping down and catching up with 4-A-HEALTHY-BMI in Port Crane and heading up to our cars, dousing myself with water, water and MORE water!

It was a very special day to share with a fellow member of SP, especially 4-A-HEALTHY-BMI as we BOTH have shed around half our body weight through our respective journeys thus far and this ride was yet one more WOO HOO! to our new, improved lives!

I was VERY fatigued later during the rest of the day. Nothing was particularly sore, just *ALL IN!* I don't think I've had ANY ride wear me out as much as this one did...but it was a *good* tired! I pushed the envelope in a great way today!

I later went out w/ DW to see the GREAT movie: "The Help"
www.imdb.com/title/tt1454029/ ...here I thought I'd snooze through a flick...IMPOSSIBLE! Riveting movie!

But then when sleep DID come...? I slept at least TEN hours...the longest sleep I've had in quite some time. I think my body took over and did what it needed to do...lol!

Don

ps...long-winded...! Knew I needed some time to put this together...why I waited a bit.

pps...OH: this ride put me over 1800 miles so far for the season! There are a couple of GREAT rides scheduled for next weekend...am hoping Mother Nature will cooperate...!

ppps...Here's 4-A-HEALTHY-BMI's blog on the ride:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4526498

  
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_LINDA 7/21/2014 2:00AM

    Loved reading about your ride and the historical ones with your Spark friend! Hills! The only good thing about them is the steeper the climb the faster the descent :-P
I guess if you ever want to capture your rides on film, it will have to be through a helmet cam! There was a local rider here that wore on through one of the bush trails, rather scary!!! The guys that cut those trails out of the side of the steep riverbank are daredevils!
1800 miles for the season!! You are amazing!
Enjoy!!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/12/2011 10:05AM

    emoticonyou always tell it so vividly, almost like I was there. Love reading your adventures. You rock dude.

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KINSBAILE 10/11/2011 2:46PM

    You're looking GREAT keep up the good work!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/11/2011 2:04AM

    The two elevation profiles really do look different. Not sure why. Maybe the GPS thing had trouble accessing satellite signals at some point? Weird.

At any rate, it WAS a fun day!

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DEBRA0818 10/10/2011 12:06PM

    Super Dooper!

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L*I*T*A* 10/10/2011 11:37AM

    well done!!! emoticon

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TSANC01 10/10/2011 10:46AM

  Congrats on conquering those hills. Wow! Sounds like a great day.

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OSUBUCKI101 10/10/2011 10:15AM

    So jealous! Sounds and looks like a fabulous ride!

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MYLADY4 10/10/2011 9:51AM

    Sounded fabulous!!!!

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WATERMELLEN 10/10/2011 9:49AM

    What a great meet-up. I enjoyed RA_HEALTHY_BMI's blog too . . . and loved The Help!

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HEARTOLOVE 10/10/2011 8:24AM

    What a great and challenging ride! The biggest hill we have here are the bridges. Lol!!!

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BILL60 10/10/2011 7:38AM

    Well done on the climbs. Way to hang in there during the tough parts of the ride.

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ANDALEX 10/10/2011 5:55AM

    what a rush! sounds like a great ride!

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JLITT62 10/10/2011 5:36AM

    And what a gorgeous day it was yesterday! Great day for a ride, I imagine. Don't you just wish you could bottle it?

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