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Old 07-15-19, 12:49 PM
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Originally Posted by mgw4jc View Post
Looking at highs in the mid 90s all week. Yippee!
Beats a week of highs in the 100s, I suppose.

But I'd say "Yippee!" to that forecast in the same tone I use when I pay my cable bill. They call it WOW! I call it wow...
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Old 07-15-19, 01:03 PM
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Yes I am serious. And don't call me Shirley.

looks pretty close to my forecast. maybe a touch warmer for you. @pdlamb i was thinking the same thing



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Old 07-15-19, 01:45 PM
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This morning, parked right in front of the sign for my employer, there was a makeshift bike trailer (a boom and hitch attached to the lower half of a shopping cart), and a pile of homeless stuff. But no person or bike present. I thought about circling back to take an ironic photo, but thought better of it. No telling if the guy was in the bushes taking a wee/toke/injection, or busted, or escaped unscathed. If it's still there this evening I will circle back after all.

I'd post my local forecast but I'm sure to be upstaged by someone in Phoenix or Houston. We haven't had any real heat waves yet. We were camping on the coast this weekend where it was 70 in the day and 60 at night... ahhhh
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Old 07-15-19, 02:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
.....I'd post my local forecast but I'm sure to be upstaged by someone in Phoenix or Houston. We haven't had any real heat waves yet. We were camping on the coast this weekend where it was 70 in the day and 60 at night... ahhhh
#jealous of the temps and camping vs working and the heat.
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Old 07-16-19, 05:26 AM
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A pleasant commute again this morning. My take a look mirror came off of my helmet. I need to get this fixed before my ride home this evening. It feels weird to not have the mirror.
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Old 07-16-19, 06:20 AM
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Encountered a section of closed road in one neighborhood going home yesterday. All the way across and for maybe 15 feet the asphalt was all torn up to the dirt underneath. I didn't noticed any warnings beforehand. I was able to easily hop on a sidewalk and keep going, but cars would have had a bit of distance to go back to another entrance and come around.

Easy ride in this morning with a side trip to the ATM. Got a bit sweaty around miles 10-12, but managed to slow it down a bit and cool down for the last few.
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Old 07-16-19, 09:28 AM
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Last night I rode down Liberty street and used the recently completed bridge to ride over the reworking interstate through town. It has been closed for few months. It really speeds up the ride home.

Instead of moving traffic around while they worked people voted to close it completely for 2 years. I personally think that it is working and better. They are ahead of schedule.

Left bridge is completed and the right bridge is the strollway/ bike path bridge i believe.


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Old 07-16-19, 11:08 AM
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They are ahead of schedule.
...said no one ever in relation to any City of Edmonton civic project. Bridges start a year behind schedule here.

Nice ride in, but a bit chilly again at 10C/50F. Wore long sleeves, but was pretty hot by the time I arrived at work. If we don't get some hot sunny weather soon, I think this will be the coldest, wettest summer in memory.
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There's no standard for instructions given to sternotomy patients. They tell us don't lift 5 lb, or 5 lb per hand, or 10 lb, or 8 lb. They tell us you can do normal activities after 3 months, or 16 weeks, or 6 months. But I've recently decided it wouldn't hurt any more than normal to fall down and I'm ready to ride a regular bike again. Tundra Man has already been back at it for a month and had his surgery a month after mine. But my surgeon told me, no bike riding for six months after my heart surgery due to fall risk, and that's why I bought the trike. I had planned to ride it through 7/26 which would be 5mo, and then put it up for sale... and riding it through August or it sold, whichever came first.

But now, my locally-shrinking employer has moved up my schedule. Our fence is coming down soon. That means I can't just leave the trike outside the back door without locking it. I don't care to leave it out in the sun at the bike rack, and it won't fit down the hallway into my cubicle. So it's back to regular bikes on that day. So I guess I'll put the trike up for sale now.
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Old 07-16-19, 03:53 PM
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There's no standard for instructions given to sternotomy patients. They tell us don't lift 5 lb, or 5 lb per hand, or 10 lb, or 8 lb. They tell us you can do normal activities after 3 months, or 16 weeks, or 6 months. But I've recently decided it wouldn't hurt any more than normal to fall down and I'm ready to ride a regular bike again. Tundra Man has already been back at it for a month and had his surgery a month after mine. But my surgeon told me, no bike riding for six months after my heart surgery due to fall risk, and that's why I bought the trike. I had planned to ride it through 7/26 which would be 5mo, and then put it up for sale... and riding it through August or it sold, whichever came first.

But now, my locally-shrinking employer has moved up my schedule. Our fence is coming down soon. That means I can't just leave the trike outside the back door without locking it. I don't care to leave it out in the sun at the bike rack, and it won't fit down the hallway into my cubicle. So it's back to regular bikes on that day. So I guess I'll put the trike up for sale now.
If it brings you any reassurance, I hit the ground last Friday after bouncing off the front fender of a car, and my sternum survived intact.

So that's one anecdotal data point for you.
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Old 07-17-19, 06:19 AM
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Looks like there is a trend of posting pictures. I thought about taking one of the dead worm that somehow got kicked up and was dangling on the quick release lever of my front wheel. But it was a little too gross.

I also thought that I should have taken a picture of the turtle I helped cross the road this morning. He was in between the double yellow lines on a road I take. I stopped, put the bike down, and moved him to the side he was facing. He was just a bit bigger than a baseball. I see squashed ones every now and then, but hopefully this guy will be okay.

I saw a deer grazing down a side gravel driveway just a bit after that. Wildlife kind of day I guess.
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Consecutive bicycle work commute number 769:

Got up at 5:30 like usual to go out for my morning walk/run. Was preparing when I looked at the radar and saw a huge storm front moving in. It wasn't raining at the moment, but I guesstimated that if I went for a walk it would hit some time while I was out, and then I would have to ride to work through the brunt of the storm.

So I decided to head to the client's office early and hopefully beat the rain. I packed my running gear so I could fit my exercise in over lunch.

Well, it kind of worked. The storm arrived sooner than I had anticipated. It was starting to rain as I rolled out of the garage, and by the time I reached the client's office I was thoroughly drenched. About 10 minutes after I arrived, however, the skies completely unleashed so at least I beat the heavier part of the rain. We've gotten enough rain that once again they just issued a flash flood warning. I've lost count of how many of those we've had this year.

The nice thing about arriving at the client's office an hour before everyone else is there isn't anyone around to see me walk in looking like a wet dog, and I had plenty of time to dry off and change into nice clothes before being noticed. Although pretty much everyone here is now used to me coming in drenched, either with rain or sweat, so it wouldn't have raised any eyebrows.

As I was watching the big part of the storm through the office window it occurred to me that I forgot to turn off my lawn sprinklers this morning. Oops.
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