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Old 08-08-18, 09:29 PM
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Originally Posted by DQRider View Post
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Back on July 15th, I posted about riding to see my Dad during his battle with cancer.





Well, on July 28th, he left us, peacefully, in his sleep.
I'm sorry for your loss. Memory is what sustains us. About a week before my Dad died (also from cancer), he drew a self-portrait:

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Old 08-11-18, 10:35 AM
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@DQRider Oh man, sorry to hear that. You have my sympathy.

I just got back from a quick 13.65 mile ride (my normal ride, same thing every time...) down to the James River and along Riverside Drive and back. 55:19 was the time, including the nasty hill near the Univ of Richmond, but I make it up it like "the little engine that could".


The route....




Anyone want some Sushi? Ironic photo... My '85 Fuji was made in Japan, so look across the street, and you'll see Osaka Restaurant & Sushi Bar!




Lastly, here's the new traffic circle/roundabout that they build last year at the end of Riverside Drive.

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Short Greenway Ride

I just installed new Campy brake pads and Continental Grand Prix Classic tires and went for a test-ride on a Greenway by me. I was skeptical about the tires since they insalled so wide compared to my old 23c tires, but I am more than happy with how they handle. And miraculously, no brake squeal!


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@DQRider so sorry for your loss. My father passed in 2012 just shy of his 82nd birthday and I miss him and think of him most every day. I am glad you had your son and bike rides to occupy you during this time and I hope the family gathering is fun in addition to the mourning, my siblings and mother and I had alot of laughs through the tears remembering dad at his memorial. I joked that I grew up in a bilingual household ; English and Ron oddly I knew what he meant by thing or whatsit even when my Mom didn't. Seattle has been graced with many talented Japanese baseball players and I don't think he ever pronounced their names the same way twice.

Nice Peugeot I missed out on a lower end Montreal Express that was dirt cheap so I am always on the look out for an 80's Pug MTB. From 10 feet away that bike doesn't appear to need a repaint but based on your past bikes I am sure it will turn out to be a beauty when you are done.

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Old 08-12-18, 11:20 AM
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Back on the Bike at Last!
I've been battling "the cold that refuses to die" for the last month. Finally I felt well enough for a ride yesterday. My wife and I took the tandem and our son-in-law joined us with our two grandchildren in tow. Even when he's towing 95 pounds of kids, trailer, blankets, and diapers we still work hard to keep up.

We all celebrated with cupcakes halfway through the ride.





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Hanalei Bay


Cloudy day but nice ride to Hanalei Bay on my 95 Trek
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Normally don't ride except to commute for the most part and that sucks but it is what it is.

Today I went on the Providence Bridge Pedal, they kick the cars off of I5 and I405 so we can ride on Interstate freeways, pretty cool to have them to ourselves. They run the route back and forth over a bunch of the other bridges too. Basic route was 18mi starting at the top of the Marquam bridge of I5 and going the wrong way down it to also go the wrong way over the I405 Fremont bridge.

I did almost two loops of the route and rode both of these three times. Pretty cool, I had never done it before, Although we used to go up to the top of the Fremont and fly into downtown back in the day

Sorry, no pic's, forgot the camera, thought it was in my pack where it normally is but no.
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Rode around Asheville a little this evening (Cannondale SR600, clunker challenge # 4 bike), to finish with a little over 60 miles total for the week (big achievement for me).
I went on a few different roads than I normally ride, took a pic at the industrial metal finishing company that does my plating for my restoration work.

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Got in a nice evening ride to meet up with my wife and kids at a cool spot to get fries and hot fudge sundae.
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Just returned from a short break in Norfolk, England. Cromer was our base - well known for its crabs. Yes we did buy some fresh crab. Also enjoyed some very special ice-cream - Christmas Pudding flavour (https://www.ronaldo-ices.co.uk/news-a...e-creams-2014/) Took my sons bike and mine for a ride and here are some photos of the morning ride.

All packed up ready for our cycle ride in Norfolk - Upper Sheringham Park! The Honda Stepwagon is a great vehicle and can swallow a lot considering it is a Japanese van.


Close to Welbourne Station - spot the train!


The North Sea coast


And the steam train is now approaching


A short break with my Nigel Dean touring Reynolds 531ST steel framed road bike. A great ride even over some non surfaced roads.

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Old 08-13-18, 07:40 PM
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Originally Posted by DQRider View Post
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Back on July 15th, I posted about riding to see my Dad during his battle with cancer.





Well, on July 28th, he left us, peacefully, in his sleep. Now relatives are arriving from around the country to mourn his passing.


One of Dad's favorite sayings was, "When life throws you lemons, make lemonade."


My son Sean flew in from Hollywood to attend the funeral. My lemonade recipe included a ride with him down on my favorite paths in Hastings on Tuesday night.





I was extremely frustrated with the lighting conditions during our ride. It seemed that this particular cloud was determined to block the sun from illuminating any of my shots:





So I had to set a ludicrous ISO of 1600 - 3200 in order to get a fast enough shutter-speed to avoid blurring. This rendered all my photos grainy and dull - My apologies for the poor image quality.


Still, it was a beautiful ride, and we had a very poignant conversation about our memories with Dad. I was riding a bike that I just recently completed stage 1 construction on - a 1984 Peugeot Canyon Express:



Stage 1 construction means mechanically fitting all the components and testing them so I know that they will work together on the finished bike. Stage 2 is stripping it down to bare metal and painting. Stage 3 is final assembly.

This bike is one of the first generation mountain bikes from Peugeot; the top-of-the-line, above the "Orient Express" by virtue of being a lighter frame and having better components. So I am making only minimal modifications with the focus on comfort and reliability. I really like the way it rides so far. There is a lot of surface corrosion to repair, and I will be doing a full repaint and custom decal application over the winter.




We stopped at the usual places in Hastings...



Including my favorite restaurant in the old part of town, "El Mexican" - (Which Sean thought was a hilarious name for the place - and said he would have a lot of fun showing his Mexican friends out in CA.)

When we arrived they had been closed for 15 minutes. But when they saw us pawing at the door like lost puppies, they let us in and fed us "street tacos" with chips and salsa.

After thanking them profusely, we rode back to the truck and headed for home. This was a badly-needed break from the hassle of funeral arrangements and all the other crap I have to deal with in the wake of Dad's passing.

I look forward to the ABCE (All British Cycling Event) coming up next month, after all this unpleasantness is behind me.

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Old 08-16-18, 08:07 PM
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The smokey haze in Puget Sound for several days has me riding a usual route very modestly. But I rode with Eddy, so noteworthy enough for a pic.

Our smoke is supposedly coming from BC wilderness fires.

Prayers for all facing natural disasters.





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Old 08-17-18, 07:30 PM
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Yesterday I was free from all other obligations so I decided to go exploring in an area that I had yet to visit. I took a 6:30 train on the MetroNorth Commuter Line to Southeast Station which is around 50 miles north of NYC. I arrived there before 8AM and from there I just freewheeled it and rode north then east into NW Connecticut. My plan was to ride into Massachusetts and turn around at Great Barrington but I decided against it and turned around just before reaching the state line. I turned back to catch the 2:18 train from Wassaic, the northernmost station, back home. Two hours to relax on a comfortable train after riding through 82 miles of beautiful farmland, communities and a busy Route 22 at some points. A kinds older gentleman even invited me over to his house to refill the water bottles before the ride home which I did happily after being unable to find any open store in the tiny hamlet of Wassaic.


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@DQRider, thank you for sharing the poignant and touching memories of your father. I am sorry for your loss. It is clear that you and your father developed a lasting bond that your will cherish and strengthen through your bond with your own son. No need to apologize for the lighting. All the photos in your post are perfect. The photo of your son gazing pensively into the sunset, with the sunset t-shirt and the fallen bike on the roadside, is so evocative. I am fortunate that both my parents and in-laws are all still alive, but I know I won't be able to say that for much longer. Your post inspires me to make the most of what time we have together.
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Originally Posted by Korax View Post

Cloudy day but nice ride to Hanalei Bay on my 95 Trek
EPIC Photo! Thanks for posting it. You riders who live in these beautiful places need to realize how lucky you are and appreciate what you have. Of course, the best yardstick by which to measure is how many tourists your locale attracts. Hawaii... man. Good for you!

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If there was ever a single photo to define a life lived to its fullest, that first one would be it. My condolences.
Oh man, thanks for writing that. You are absolutely spot-on. Dad did it Right, all the way to the end.

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@DQRider, thank you for sharing the poignant and touching memories of your father. I am sorry for your loss. It is clear that you and your father developed a lasting bond that your will cherish and strengthen through your bond with your own son. No need to apologize for the lighting. All the photos in your post are perfect. The photo of your son gazing pensively into the sunset, with the sunset t-shirt and the fallen bike on the roadside, is so evocative. I am fortunate that both my parents and in-laws are all still alive, but I know I won't be able to say that for much longer. Your post inspires me to make the most of what time we have together.
You're right, gaucho777. That is SO important. Dad and I were on the golf course in May, and he was gone by the end of July - it happened that fast. Thanks for the compliments on the photos. I'll post some more shortly...

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Crash Day

So Dad's funeral was last Friday, the 10th. Here's a self portrait I took that morning, before I donned my black suit and we headed for the cemetery:







On Saturday, I rode down my favorite local trail to take my mind off my troubles. Still riding the 1984 Peugeot Canyon Express, making those tiny adjustments that yield the perfect ride, or reveal faults that you just can't live with or fix; making the bike a good candidate for sale. I installed a rack on the back to make the bike usable for local grocery runs and errands.



First I pedaled around the trails at Thompson Lake before bombing down Simon's Ravine:











Since I've photographed this trail so many times, with beautiful views of the river, I tried to feature the land-side this time, which is dominated by the railroad:














This can be a sort of guerrilla art gallery sometimes:






But of course I must give The River its due:





After stopping for refreshment at The Mississippi Pub, and staying perhaps a bit too long, I rode home in the dark. That is a Cateye Volt 1600 headlight on the Bullmoose handlebar, so I had plenty of illumination on the trail ahead. At one point, coming around a blind left-hand curve, that pool of light revealed a municipal trash-can thrown down across the trail, with its contents strewn everywhere. I steered to the right, aiming for a gap in the rubbish, but my front tire caught sand on the edge of the trail and then The Rocks... where I landed Hard.


When I regained consciousness, I realized that I hadn't brought my old-school flip phone with me. So I had to pull my right hand back into alignment - the wrist was broken - and ride three grueling miles to the trailhead. There, I laid bleeding on a bench and waited for somebody to come by and dial 9-1-1.


I'm typing this slowly, with a cast on my right arm, a week after this little misadventure. Cuts, contusions, and concussion were added to my "distal radius fracture" in the medical report by the nice doctor at Saint Joseph's hospital. I won't be riding or wrenching on bicycles for a while. This is a time for contemplation. I turn 55 years old tomorrow, yet I find myself in the same sort of predicament I was in twenty-some years ago. Dad must be frowning on me, from his vantage point up in the heavens. I'm sure there's a lesson in this somewhere...


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@DQRider, so sorry to read about your mishap. May the perpetrator be cast into irons. Heal quickly. The sooner you can show us more great photos the better.
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@DQRider, so sorry to read about your mishap. May the perpetrator be cast into irons. Heal quickly. The sooner you can show us more great photos the better.
Thanks Jim. Only trouble is: my Leica was between the rocks and my bruised ribs. The nice bamboo hand-hold I bought for it worked to save the camera body; but because the lens is mated to it, any precise calibration is now lost. I think it actually added to my injuries, since I wear it on a diagonal strap across my chest, and that is where the most painful bruises are.

Look, please never mind... I need to keep a broad perspective here and realize that these injuries are the result of my lack of vigilance and self-control. The fact that I was grieving does not alter the laws of physics. Riding through a dark tunnel illuminated by a single bright beam of light is fine if you are only cruising. But if you are trying to exorcise personal demons by veloci-therapy, at the very least you should be wearing some kind of helmet.

Oh crap, did I really just type that? I must be delirious. Concussion will do that to a guy.

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Thanks Jim. Only trouble is: my Leica was between the rocks and my bruised ribs. The nice bamboo hand-hold I bought for it worked to save the camera body; but because the lens is mated to it, any precise calibration is now lost. I think it actually added to my injuries, since I wear it on a diagonal strap across my chest, and that is where the most painful bruises are.

Look, please never mind... I need to keep a broad perspective here and realize that these injuries are the result of my lack of vigilance and self-control. The fact that I was grieving does not alter the laws of physics. Riding through a dark tunnel illuminated by a single bright beam of light is fine if you are only cruising. But if you are trying to exorcise personal demons by veloci-therapy, at the very least you should be wearing some kind of helmet.

Oh crap, did I really just type that? I must be delirious. Concussion will do that to a guy.

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