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Forum: Northeast
10-24-21, 07:23 AM
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Posted By rholland1951

Interesting ride. Between the Bruce Freeman, the...

Interesting ride. Between the Bruce Freeman, the Minuteman, and the trails along the Charles, the lion's share could be done on trails.

rod
Forum: Northeast
10-23-21, 10:50 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Took the GT out Saturday afternoon and rode...

Took the GT out Saturday afternoon and rode East....
Forum: Northeast
10-22-21, 07:59 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Friday evening, I took the GT out on the...

Friday evening, I took the GT out on the Minuteman just after sunset. For a few minutes, some of the clouds had a little residual tinting, then night fell....
Forum: Northeast
10-21-21, 08:32 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Rode the GT over to Watertown this afternoon to...

Rode the GT over to Watertown this afternoon to read to my granddaughter Ida and hang out with my son Sam and daughter-in-law Jess. Good visit. Rode back at sunset. Sprinted in traffic both ways....
Forum: Northeast
10-20-21, 10:51 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

So, I appear to have fallen a week behind on ride...

So, I appear to have fallen a week behind on ride reports. Here's an attempt at a concise synopsis of a week's worth of rides on the 1987 GT Karakoram, shod with René Herse Humptulips Ridge...
Forum: Northeast
10-11-21, 11:04 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Took the GT out on the Minuteman in the late...

Took the GT out on the Minuteman in the late afternoon for a sunset ride, pink clouds and deciduous trees showing off their anthocyanins. Depending on where you looked, there might be a crescent...
Forum: Northeast
10-09-21, 11:00 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Rode East on the GT this afternoon, surfing the...

Rode East on the GT this afternoon, surfing the hills and playing dodgem with the traffic in Arlington, Medford, Malden, Melrose, and Stoneham, the weather cool and breezy in a way that invited and...
Forum: Northeast
10-08-21, 11:15 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Took the GT out Thursday afternoon, not quite...

Took the GT out Thursday afternoon, not quite early enough to go have a look at what might or might not have been doing at the Cranberry Bog, but plenty of time for a spin out to Depot Park on the...
Forum: Northeast
10-07-21, 09:54 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Rode over to Watertown in the late afternoon to...

Rode over to Watertown in the late afternoon to look in on my son Sam, his wife Jess, and their daughter--my granddaughter--Ida. All are well, and Ida is running around naming everything she sees;...
Forum: Northeast
10-06-21, 06:28 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Took the GT for a sunset ride on the Mystic...

Took the GT for a sunset ride on the Mystic Valley Parkway, the air cool and pleasing as I cranked along....
Forum: Northeast
10-06-21, 01:10 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Retired. While it's not quite true that there's...

Retired. While it's not quite true that there's nothing else to do, the opportunities to ride do present themselves somewhat more frequently than formerly...

rod
Forum: Northeast
10-05-21, 05:05 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Took the GT out to Depot Park on the Minuteman on...

Took the GT out to Depot Park on the Minuteman on a gray, cool, damp, mid-afternoon ride....
Forum: Northeast
10-04-21, 05:00 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Speaking of coincidences... on Sunday, I paid a...

Speaking of coincidences... on Sunday, I paid a visit to my son John, who has recently moved into Somerville, not so far from the Lowell Street terminus-but-not-for-long of the Somerville Community...
Forum: Northeast
10-03-21, 10:26 AM
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Posted By rholland1951

Saturday afternoon, I took the 1987 GT Karakoram...

Saturday afternoon, I took the 1987 GT Karakoram for a ride East....
Forum: Northeast
10-01-21, 04:22 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Had one of those odd rides that begins fatigued...

Had one of those odd rides that begins fatigued and just sort of stays that way. I limited myself to a gentle spin up to Lexington Center and back, even though there was time for more....
Forum: Northeast
09-29-21, 04:24 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

More rides than ride reports lately. A random...

More rides than ride reports lately. A random sampling follows.

Friday: chasing the clouds dancing over West Medford and the Mystic Lakes. Here they are, dancing over Jerome Street....
Forum: Northeast
09-23-21, 09:14 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Out on the GT up the Minuteman before dinner...

Out on the GT up the Minuteman before dinner again. The Mile 4.0 Cairn Builders are using smaller stones to build smaller totemic figures; sustainable cairn building? Or just another supply chain...
Forum: Northeast
09-22-21, 09:21 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Took the GT out wearing a new set of spectacles,...

Took the GT out wearing a new set of spectacles, first ride on the first day with this prescription, the first change to my optics since before the pandemic had me avoiding such routine clinical...
Forum: Northeast
09-22-21, 12:14 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Boat like that, you need extra braking power. ...

Boat like that, you need extra braking power.

rod
Forum: Northeast
09-21-21, 02:27 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Today's schedule was blocked by the need to wait...

Today's schedule was blocked by the need to wait for the Gas Man, who said it was Very Important that he come sniff for Gas Leaks. Dogs feel sniffing is Very Important, too, and I like dogs, so I...
Forum: Northeast
09-18-21, 09:14 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Took the GT East Saturday afternoon, riding hills...

Took the GT East Saturday afternoon, riding hills for thrills, with occasional chills, and no spills....
Forum: Northeast
09-17-21, 06:52 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

WATCH FOR PEDESTRIANS AND BICYCLES AND... oh...

WATCH FOR PEDESTRIANS AND BICYCLES AND... oh yeah, CARS....
Forum: Northeast
09-16-21, 06:53 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Took the GT on a utilitarian ride, off to...

Took the GT on a utilitarian ride, off to Watertown to read to my granddaughter. This was a hoot, she loves being read to, and there's more to her every time I see her. The ride from East Arlington...
Forum: Northeast
09-15-21, 04:35 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Tuesday, took the GT for a mid-afternoon ride out...

Tuesday, took the GT for a mid-afternoon ride out the Minuteman to Depot Park and back....
Forum: Northeast
09-13-21, 10:44 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Hopped on the GT and rode up Mass. Ave. past...

Hopped on the GT and rode up Mass. Ave. past Arlington High School, which was still busy being reborn....
Forum: Northeast
09-12-21, 05:47 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Took the GT on a quick sprint up the Mystic...

Took the GT on a quick sprint up the Mystic Valley Parkway, filling a little time before the Pats game. Summer was still in session at Shannon Beach....
Forum: Northeast
09-11-21, 09:36 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Saturday afternoon, I took the GT and rode East,...

Saturday afternoon, I took the GT and rode East, on my hilly route through Arlington, Medford, Malden, Melrose, and Stoneham....
Forum: Northeast
09-10-21, 10:53 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Took the GT for another quick sprint up the...

Took the GT for another quick sprint up the Mystic Valley Parkway before dinner, poor planning on my part, perhaps, but there's something to be said for go fast and finish quick at times. There was a...
Forum: Northeast
09-08-21, 06:28 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Wednesday afternoon, rode out to Lexington Center...

Wednesday afternoon, rode out to Lexington Center on the Minuteman on the GT. That ought to do it for the preposition stack....
Forum: Northeast
09-07-21, 10:03 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Tuesday, took the GT out before dinner for a...

Tuesday, took the GT out before dinner for a quick turn up the Mystic Valley Parkway as far as the Aberjona River. The sunset colors over the lakes seemed premature to me, but I guess those colors...
Forum: Northeast
09-07-21, 09:15 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Jim, I've often wondered when those granite...

Jim, I've often wondered when those granite markers were installed, and by whom. Sounds like a lovely ride. Spy Pond and Upper Mystic Lake have both been closed, off and on, over the last couple of...
Forum: Northeast
09-07-21, 09:11 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Yikes! Don't feed the fish! rod

Yikes! Don't feed the fish!

rod
Forum: Northeast
09-07-21, 03:25 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Word...

Word (https://biketothesea.us17.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f8c193009bd382d3ea7d456b0&id=8b4b2631e8&e=ec759f40b2) that the Saugus River bridge, a.k.a., Bridge 1, on the Northern Strand Community...
Forum: Northeast
09-05-21, 10:35 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Saturday was beautiful, and I took the GT East,...

Saturday was beautiful, and I took the GT East, for the usual round of hills and traffic....
Forum: Northeast
09-03-21, 10:48 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Friday afternoon had the feel of a liminal space...

Friday afternoon had the feel of a liminal space (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liminality) between Summer and Autumn, so I took the GT up the Mystic Valley Parkway to see how the transition was...
Forum: Northeast
09-02-21, 11:04 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

The transition from Wednesday night's deluge to...

The transition from Wednesday night's deluge to Thursday afternoon's benign weather was a little bizarre, but I'll take it. I rode the GT out to Watertown to visit with my son, Sam, and...
Forum: Northeast
08-31-21, 06:54 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Monday afternoon, I was feeling kind of beat, but...

Monday afternoon, I was feeling kind of beat, but took the GT up to Lexington Center in an attempt to clear the cobwebs. The afternoon's glare felt a little oppressive....
Forum: Northeast
08-29-21, 10:10 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Got out on the GT for a quick spin up to...

Got out on the GT for a quick spin up to Lexington Center and back before dinner. I found myself ruminating on the change of the demographic and equipment mix on the Minuteman over the years. We're...
Forum: Northeast
08-29-21, 12:08 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Saturday, the weather had already changed, and I...

Saturday, the weather had already changed, and I took the 1987 GT Karakoram and rode East under overcast, drizzly skies. I chose to regard this as a pleasant change from the preceding...
Forum: Northeast
08-27-21, 11:26 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Had a mid-afternoon ride on Friday, the last hot...

Had a mid-afternoon ride on Friday, the last hot day of the most recent heat wave. The weather broke as I was taking the bike out, with a noticeable temperature drop and some harmless (actually,...
Forum: Northeast
08-26-21, 10:00 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Rode the old GT out to Depot Park and back in the...

Rode the old GT out to Depot Park and back in the heat of the day....
Forum: Northeast
08-25-21, 11:55 PM
Replies: 9,510
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Posted By rholland1951

Took the GT out before dinner on the Mystic...

Took the GT out before dinner on the Mystic Valley Parkway on another hot and hazy day; was that ozone, or particulates from a distant fire that made the air visible? I wondered at that a bit, but...
Forum: Northeast
08-24-21, 10:18 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Found myself squeezed for time Tuesday afternoon,...

Found myself squeezed for time Tuesday afternoon, so took the GT Karakoram up the friendly neighborhood Mystic River and along the Eastern shore of the Mystic Lakes, a quick ride before dinner to...
Forum: Northeast
08-23-21, 06:33 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Rode the 1987 GT Karakoram out to Depot Square...

Rode the 1987 GT Karakoram out to Depot Square and back on a delightful Summer day before it reverted to Henri's wet remnants. This, the ride itself, made me glad, and other comments are beside the...
Forum: Northeast
08-21-21, 10:55 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Saturday, took the 1987 GT Karakoram East, ahead...

Saturday, took the 1987 GT Karakoram East, ahead of Henri, who was somewhere South of there, chasing his tail (while the weather forecasters were chasing his tale). I noted that the Kurukulla Center...
Forum: Northeast
08-19-21, 04:50 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Quick sprint to Lexington Center under...

Quick sprint to Lexington Center under post-hoc-ominous clouds on the GT, with a little rain in the face to remind me that my timing of the ride was pretty random, given the attention I had paid to...
Forum: Northeast
08-18-21, 10:00 PM
Replies: 9,510
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Posted By rholland1951

Today's weather had more than a little of Summer...

Today's weather had more than a little of Summer in it, and I took the GT out for a little ride along the Mystic Lakes before dinner. Clouds, treetops, raindrops, sails, and swans were peaceably...
Forum: Northeast
08-17-21, 10:06 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Rolled out on the GT to Depot Park on the...

Rolled out on the GT to Depot Park on the Minuteman mid-afternoon, once again cranking hard and focused on making time. Just took a picture of Sam at the start, who explained that nobody is...
Forum: Northeast
08-16-21, 06:48 PM
Replies: 9,510
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Posted By rholland1951

A conversation with a low-level healthcare...

A conversation with a low-level healthcare bureaucrat left me in a foul mood. A quick-paced ride astride the GT up to Lexington Center on the Minuteman largely cured that. Fastest time on that route...
Forum: Northeast
08-15-21, 11:15 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Took the GT Karakoram for a quick spin up the...

Took the GT Karakoram for a quick spin up the Eastern shore of the Mystic Lakes Sunday before dinner. The fact that the sun was so low before 7pm reminded me that the long days are passing, the long...
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