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Old 05-23-22, 08:03 AM
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Wow. I've seen wild turkeys in the parks and fields in Arlington, but never in anyone's driveway!
We get them more or less yearly, in the Spring, typically for only one day. Amateur ornithological theory is that they are juveniles looking for a flock. They do look kind of clueless, so this theory may have merit.

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Old 05-23-22, 08:41 AM
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Sunday afternoon, in the heat of the day, I took my somewhat under-utilized 1982 Specialized Sequoia born-again go-fast up the Mystic Valley Parkway to have a look at the Mystic Lakes scene in this first visitation of Summer heat.


Nothing under-utilized about the Mystic Lakes that day. Lots of creative parking, and lots of towing to keep the lots clear enough to permit folks to leave in the unlikely event that they wanted to leave. The tow trucks lined up. Cops directed traffic.


People thronged the Lakes, moving in and out of the water, happy to have some relief from the heat. Epidemiological precautions were conspicuous by their absence.




Thunderheads were already forming, but nothing was delivered.


Some people actually swam.


Others worked on their circus skills.


A cheerful good order prevailed. This way to Summer.

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Old 05-23-22, 03:29 PM
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After running errands (by car) this morning, took a late afternoon ride up the MM to Bedford today. Wonderful weather after the weekend's heat (though it was not as hot as had been predicted).

The azaleas at the Lexington visitor center (and everywhere else) are in bloom:



There were enough people out to make the ride feel sociable, but not so many that the MM had that "OMG, this is crazy" feeling it has on the weekends.

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Old 05-23-22, 03:38 PM
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Originally Posted by rholland1951 View Post
Sunday afternoon, in the heat of the day, I took my somewhat under-utilized 1982 Specialized Sequoia born-again go-fast up the Mystic Valley Parkway to have a look at the Mystic Lakes scene in this first visitation of Summer heat.

I didn't realize Specialized was selling bikes that far back. A quick Google found this blog which shows a bike the same vintage as yours: The Retrogrouch: Old is Good: Specialized Sequoia

Looks like you are running a relatively modern (compared to 1982) drivetrain. I guess that is the "born-again go-fast" aspect.

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Old 05-23-22, 08:31 PM
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Grabbed the Rawland Nordavinden because I felt like riding it, took it on a quick sprint to Lexington Center on the Minuteman because that was all there was time for, both "quick" and "sprint" were somewhat truer than usual, which gets us back to why I felt like riding it in the first place.




Had recourse to the bell a little more often than usual. Sorry about the noise.

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Old 05-23-22, 08:33 PM
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I didn't realize Specialized was selling bikes that far back. A quick Google found this blog which shows a bike the same vintage as yours: The Retrogrouch: Old is Good: Specialized Sequoia

Looks like you are running a relatively modern (compared to 1982) drivetrain. I guess that is the "born-again go-fast" aspect.

Tom
Good framesets often find surprising uses. In this case, I got the benefit of the previous owner's go-fast conversion project.

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Old 05-24-22, 10:34 PM
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Took the Surly Long Haul Trucker out for a ride on the Minuteman before dinner, enjoying its rock-steady stability, dialed-in comfort--after 13,000 miles and more, it should be dialed in--and delightfully familiar handling. This old touring bike makes me happy.


A man sleeping on the lawn of the small park that houses the statue of Uncle Sam gave me pause. Homeless? Intoxicated? Exhausted from long Town Meeting sessions? There's a story there, and I don't know what it is, but suspect that the real wonder is that we haven't had more people sleeping on the Town's lawns.


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Old 05-25-22, 06:58 AM
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haven't fallen asleep on a outside on a lawn in a long time. I'd prefer not to be around traffic sounds tho. the sounds of birds & children playing would be far better
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Old 05-25-22, 07:14 AM
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haven't fallen asleep on a outside on a lawn in a long time. I'd prefer not to be around traffic sounds tho. the sounds of birds & children playing would be far better
Good day for it, anyhow.

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Good day for it, anyhow
oh man, if we could have THIS weather all summer long ...
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Took advantage of the fabulous weather this afternoon to ride the MM out to Bedford and then the Narrow Gauge Rail Trail up to Billerica. Yeah, count me in for having this kind of weather all summer. (of course, summer doesn't start for 4 weeks...)

The surface of the NGRT looked and felt like it has been graded since I rode it last month. I could see subtle grooves running parallel to the direction of travel, like from dragging a rake, and the deep ruts near the Bedford VA are gone. On the the other hand, the northern most half mile, past the gate at the Billerica line, still retained its loose rambunctious character.

Fawn Lake was bucolic as always:



Hoping for many more rides like this during the rest of the year.

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Old 05-25-22, 11:11 PM
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Towards the end of a hectic day, went for a ride before dinner, and before Town Meeting, to clear my head and oxygenate my blood. Never can tell when you're going to need a little oxygen.


Took the Surly Trucker DeLuxe, shod with Compass Rat Trap Pass Extralights. When these tires were more of a novelty, I used to refer to this bike as my "Monster Trucker"; it still answers to that name. Rolls over everything, at speed. Tyler Oulton built this up for me, and it's probably the bike that best reflects his approach to bicycle builds.


559-55 tires, 13EEEE shoes: end-to-end drive-train compatibility.


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my new favorite riding temperature, is now the low 70s. what an afternoon

the MM had the typical traffic curiosity

good breeze blowing. wearing two short sleeve layers was good at 5pm
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Rode the Ebisu All Purpose Bicycle over to Watertown to visit my son, Sam, and his daughter--ipso facto, my granddaughter--Ida.






Good ride, good visit.

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