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BillyD 08-01-22 05:10 PM


Originally Posted by genejockey (Post 22594947)
Pour gasoline down the hole and light it. What's the worst that could happen?

I hear the underground fire in Centralia PA is still burning, BTW. 60 years, all from a fire in a landfill.

I did similar for a ground nest of hornets that were terrorizing Mrs BD, but I used smoldering charcoals instead. :notamused:

BillyD 08-01-22 05:13 PM

I mean, I’m normally an animal lover, but if you can’t behave on my property you have to go.

Trsnrtr 08-01-22 05:28 PM

Level up achieved. Booster #2 completed.

Bah Humbug 08-01-22 05:30 PM


Originally Posted by BillyD (Post 22595264)
I did similar for a ground nest of hornets that were terrorizing Mrs BD, but I used smoldering charcoals instead. :notamused:

I think I remember the posts about that. I had never heard of ground nests and am now paranoid.

Bah Humbug 08-01-22 05:31 PM


Originally Posted by BillyD (Post 22595269)
I mean, Iím normally an animal lover, but you canít beehive on my property. You have to go.

Fixt. Or close... not bees I know. :)

genejockey 08-01-22 05:39 PM


Originally Posted by Bah Humbug (Post 22595291)
Fixt. Or close... not bees I know. :)

Oy.

DougRNS 08-01-22 05:40 PM

This is a tunnel on the Silver Comet trail. It's about a tenth of a mile long.
https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...19d18e1c4f.jpg

seedsbelize2 08-01-22 06:23 PM


Originally Posted by Trsnrtr (Post 22595285)
Level up achieved. Booster #2 completed.

I need to get on that this week.

indyfabz 08-01-22 06:29 PM


Originally Posted by t2p (Post 22595216)
at one time we rode near (and at times on) the railroad tracks in Franklin PA - traveled over some trestles and through a couple of tunnels (on the tracks)

the long tunnels were a challenge - tough to just maintain your balance

the train tracks in that area were transformed into rails-to-trails ... we have ridden some of that area with our bicycles but have not ridden through the long tunnel on the Allegheny River trail ... we did ride through the shorter tunnel on the nearby Sandy Lake trail (pictured above)
.

The ART in 2014 during the day from Franklin to Shippenville via Emlenton. At least the tunnels now have reflective striping. The bridge is the one from the Sandy Lake Trail. The buck had just shed some antler fuzz.


https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...617f7338b.jpeg
https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...d8ad312bb.jpeg
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...dbb2cd0cc.jpeg

indyfabz 08-01-22 06:35 PM


Originally Posted by DougRNS (Post 22595304)
This is a tunnel on the Silver Comet trail. It's about a tenth of a mile long.

Hiawatha Trail. 1.66 miles across St. Paul Pass between ID and MT. Unlit, and curves. Drainage ditches on each side. Water dripping from the ceiling. One of about a dozen tunnels in 14 miles. Coolest rail-trail I have ever ridden.


https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...18f063986.jpeg

MoAlpha 08-01-22 06:49 PM

Just signed up for blood lactate testing, with the goal of finding the ďrealĒ power and HR targets for low intensity workouts. I am going full fitness geek at a ridiculously advanced age, but itís only the price of a pair of good clinchers.

MoAlpha 08-01-22 06:53 PM


Originally Posted by BillyD (Post 22595264)
I did similar for a ground nest of hornets that were terrorizing Mrs BD, but I used smoldering charcoals instead. :notamused:

When I was young and dumb(er) I repeatedly ran a lawnmower over one of those on different days and wondered why I kept getting stung on the legs.

big john 08-01-22 07:10 PM


Originally Posted by indyfabz (Post 22595346)
Hiawatha Trail. 1.66 miles across St. Paul Pass between ID and MT. Unlit, and curves. Drainage ditches on each side. Water dripping from the ceiling. One of about a dozen tunnels in 14 miles. Coolest rail-trail I have ever ridden.


https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...18f063986.jpeg

What is the purpose of the doors?

DougRNS 08-01-22 07:56 PM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 22595375)
What is the purpose of the doors?


WhyFi 08-01-22 07:57 PM


Originally Posted by MoAlpha (Post 22595362)
Just signed up for blood lactate testing, with the goal of finding the “real” power and HR targets for low intensity workouts. I am going full fitness geek at a ridiculously advanced age, but it’s only the price of a pair of good clinchers.

I assume that this means some suffering when hooked up to contraptions? I'm surprised to hear about the cost - much more reasonable than I'd have expected.

indyfabz 08-01-22 08:00 PM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 22595375)
What is the purpose of the doors?

They were installed to help winterize the tunnel. IIRC, they keep our blowing snow and moderate the temperature inside, preserving the surface, They also keep out people, who should not be there during the winter. The trail crosses the Bitterroot Range of the Rockies. Winters are no joke up there.

The Big Savage Tunnel on the GAP also has doors that are closed and locked from around November to April for the same reason.

abshipp 08-01-22 08:12 PM


Originally Posted by Eric F (Post 22595259)
I didn't limit myself to casual/easy riding. I can ride almost all the same stuff on this 26" singlespeed that I do with my much-newer 29" HT.

Today I worked on a sadly neglected Cannondale F1000 which would be a great candidate for exactly this kind of build. Did you find a "magic ratio" or use an eccentric hub/BB?

I rode a singlespeed 120mm hardtail in Illinois a lot, then converted it back to 1x10 once I moved down here. Sold it earlier this year and now have a 130/115 Giant Trance 29. It's definitely slower than the hardtail going uphill but it's very rocky around here so it's nice to not get so beat up on every ride.

abshipp 08-01-22 08:14 PM

And while we're doing tunnel pictures...

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...ef4e0785d8.jpg

LesterOfPuppets 08-01-22 08:22 PM

Snoqualmie tunnel, 2.3 miles of spookiness:
https://storage.googleapis.com/produ...8be6a8dbe3d9dc



All the best tunnels have you fill out waivers first, though :)
https://storage.googleapis.com/produ...628c22444f1835

Eric F 08-01-22 08:40 PM


Originally Posted by abshipp (Post 22595422)
Today I worked on a sadly neglected Cannondale F1000 which would be a great candidate for exactly this kind of build. Did you find a "magic ratio" or use an eccentric hub/BB?

I rode a singlespeed 120mm hardtail in Illinois a lot, then converted it back to 1x10 once I moved down here. Sold it earlier this year and now have a 130/115 Giant Trance 29. It's definitely slower than the hardtail going uphill but it's very rocky around here so it's nice to not get so beat up on every ride.

Yep - Magic. 32x19 turned out to be the correct chain length and the right gearing for the roads and trails in my area. Iíll ride it again sometime, but right now, Iím distracted by the newer machine.

t2p 08-01-22 08:53 PM


Originally Posted by BillyD (Post 22595264)
I did similar for a ground nest of hornets that were terrorizing Mrs BD, but I used smoldering charcoals instead. :notamused:

every 3-5 years or so we get a nest in a hole in the ground

often stick a piece of firewood or two in the ground and pour 2 stroke premix into the hole / on the wood and light it

it will burn for a while ... bees then gone

t2p 08-01-22 08:57 PM


Originally Posted by indyfabz (Post 22595236)
In 2013 I saw two young folks walking. In 2020 I saw the 2 people in the tunnel. But those were weekdays. I did see a good number of beer cans and campfire rings.

About the two people in the tunnel: I had my riding glasses on, and they were shining lights towards me. I only saw two people. In camp that night I looked at the dayís photos as I was sitting around the fire. An intense chill came over me when I realized there had been three people. What made it more scary was that I was the only one in the fairly large campground.

wth

t2p 08-01-22 09:10 PM


Originally Posted by indyfabz (Post 22595341)
The ART in 2014 during the day from Franklin to Shippenville via Emlenton. At least the tunnels now have reflective striping. The bridge is the one from the Sandy Lake Trail. The buck had just shed some antler fuzz.


https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...617f7338b.jpeg
https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...d8ad312bb.jpeg
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...dbb2cd0cc.jpeg

we rode on the train tracks - including over the tall trestles and through the tunnels - during the 1980's when trains were still running on the tracks

this was the best / fastest way to get from one section of trails to the next

obviously this carried some danger

I was most concerned about a train coming at us while we were riding on the trestle ... I mentally rehearsed stopping quickly - pushing bike off trestle - and then climbing to edge of the trestle and then hang by my hands as train passed by

probably would not have worked


one time I rode 6 miles down the train tracks to the truck where we parked to get a tow strap - and then 6 miles to my friend with broken-down bike - and then towed the friend (on the bike) 6 miles back to the truck

big john 08-01-22 09:18 PM


Originally Posted by DougRNS (Post 22595413)


big john 08-01-22 09:40 PM

I hate tunnels on the road bike, even short ones. Having cars and trucks that close with no escape scares me, not to mention visibility. We go through this tunnel both ways on one of our Tuesday rides.
https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...3860fb421d.jpg
On another road this short tunnel had dirt spilled in it from dump trucks that were clearing storm drains. A friend hit a pile of dirt and fell and broke his hip. Luckily he didn't get hit by a vehicle.
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...5824f6dded.jpg


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