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Addiction LXXIX

Old 09-05-20, 01:53 PM
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Originally Posted by big john View Post
I still feel awful. I hope she's ok. I know the feeling of being unsure of which way to go and knowing the wrong decision could be life threatening.

As for GPS, one of the off-road recovery guys I watch on video frequently rescues people who followed the GPS into the boonies in a rental car until they are stuck.
It’s even worse on the water because the little reefs and rocks between you and the next waypoint only show up at large scale. Bunch of pros in the Volvo Race failed to zoom in and missed an entire island in 2014. Fortunately, no one was badly hurt.
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Today:
Ride
Eat lunch
Cut grass
Spray 1 gallon of weed killer on my steep slopes on the side of my house (no questions will be taken about this @Velo Vol)
trim a shrub that got too big too fast
2.5 hours of outside work but at least it wasn't too hot/humid. All of this was done without any coffee. That's dumb..
Now it's nap time.
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Originally Posted by big john View Post
Sunny and hot, with a high near 116. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
I left at 6:45 with the mtb and climbed the hill behind the neighborhood. First 5 miles gains about 2000 feet. I passed a young couple on mountain bikes and she was hurting already and he was waiting for her up the road. She said she was hot and we were still in the shade. Uh oh. Top of the hill I go 2 miles to the fire station and refill my 100 oz Camebak. It's all dirt at this point. Coming back down a walker flags me over. He is lost and looking for the road 2 miles back, the one I climbed. He doesn't speak any English and he doesn't have any water or anything with him. I told him there was water at the fire station so he went that way, I think.

I pass the road I climbed to take a rough dirt road back down and I catch up to the couple I saw on the climb and she has a front flat and they are walking. They are miles from the bottom and cars can't go there. This could be bad, so I offer to try and patch the tube. He says no, it has to many holes from thorns/goatheads. They don't have a tube and he refuses to try and pump it up and ride until it goes flat again. I only have a 27.5x 3.0 tube and the flat is a 26er. We might be able to stuff it in there but he clearly doesn't want my help and has underestimated how far they have to go.

He tells me they have GPS and we are in cell service but I tell him there is a gate at the end of the road and you have to know how to get out. I explain it and ride off.
After a while I encounter 3 women walking and they have come from the next valley over and also don't know where they are. They appear strong and are moving quite well and they have water. I tell them how to get out and ride to the bottom. I started worrying about the couple because it's getting hot. I ride to the bottom to confirm the 12 foot gate is closed,, then I have to climb back up but I really start worrying then. I took a stick and wrote "gate" and "no" in the sand and put sticks in the shape of arrows pointing to the trail out. I then started riding up the hill and eventually saw the 3 women. They were tired but close to the bottom where they could call for a ride. I told them how to get out and went up some more looking for the others but I never saw them. A guy on a horse said he saw them but I waited a long time and a runner came down and he didn't see them.

They must have taken one of the horse trails down. I was running out of water and I don't know what else I could do, so I went home. Tragedies happen like that and I would hate to think there was more I could have done They're probably fine and I just worry too much. He could have put her on his bike and rode hers on the flat, I've done it before. I wish he had let me try and fix the flat. It was already 100 when I got home.
too many words. I'll wait to see the movie.
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Old 09-05-20, 02:10 PM
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Originally Posted by DougRNS View Post
too many words. I'll wait to see the movie.
Yeah, I know. I was just feeling like telling someone when I got home and you guys usually listen.
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha View Post
You done good. GPS and mobile phones are responsible for a significant number of backcountry deaths.
Hubris. Everything works great, till it doesn't work at all.
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Old 09-05-20, 02:17 PM
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Actually unpainted bikes are the fastest. #Science
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Thing to hoist cell booster antenna which wife wants for upcoming cruise so she can communicate with daughter and read the paper every morning.
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my wife has had a close exposure to a person who has tested positive to cv-19 with flu like symptoms. This was a week ago and my wife wasn’t notified until last night. So, off to a testing facility this am. Neither of us has symptoms though we both have had light headaches which is unusual for both of us. I have a chest ache but this is common for me during hay fever season.
be negative and think positive
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
Well, it's exactly what it sounds like.
Creme cheese is gross.

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Spray 1 gallon of weed killer on my steep slopes on the side of my house (no questions will be taken about this @Velo Vol)
Gradient?
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QFT
Weight savings offset by superfluous water.
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Thing to hoist cell booster antenna which wife wants for upcoming cruise so she can communicate with daughter and read the paper every morning.
Papers still come out in the morning?
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
Actually unpainted bikes are the fastest. #Science
What about half painted bikes? Are they half-fast?

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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post

Papers still come out in the morning?
No, but my wife does.
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No nap
no ride,
and I said F it to the grass

Just picked up a trailer to help with the move tomorrow but the light plug is doesn’t plug into my van so I have to run back to the store and get an adapter.

Painting is complete.







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Big maritime disaster down Bah Humbug way.
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Big maritime disaster down Bah Humbug way.
You think they just swamped each other's boats?
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Just picked up a trailer to help with the move tomorrow but the light plug is doesn’t plug into my van so I have to run back to the store and get an adapter.

Painting is complete.
Man, you're doing serious work. Unlike mowing the yard.
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Creme cheese is gross.
You could not be more wrong.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06 View Post
No nap
no ride,
and I said F it to the grass

Just picked up a trailer to help with the move tomorrow but the light plug is doesn’t plug into my van so I have to run back to the store and get an adapter.

Painting is complete.
That's a lot of painting. Kudos.
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Old 09-05-20, 04:50 PM
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Later, I was passed, fast, by three elite juniors, two boys and a girl, who couldn’t have been older than 14, all chattering away while powering uphill.
I hate when that happens.
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No, but my wife does.
How far can one pick up cell service? Isn't it limited by curvature of the earth?
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You could not be more wrong.
I've been wronger before. I'm on solid footing here.
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Oh boy.

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Creme cheese is gross.
First, it’s CREAM cheese not creme cheese. I will forgive the typo.

Second, it is not gross. It’s good. Ideally a big schmear on a bagel or possibly in cheesecake.
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So after the ride, I did my husbandly duty and accompanied mrs datlas on a 2 hour hike in Valley Forge. I should have Strava’d it but was not thinking about that at the time.

I expect to sleep well tonight.
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First, it’s CREAM cheese not creme cheese.
Correct.
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Second, it is not gross. It’s good. Ideally a big schmear on a bagel or possibly in cheesecake.
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I should have Strava’d it
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
How far can one pick up cell service? Isn't it limited by curvature of the earth?
Yes, it’s line-of-sight, but the signals don’t propagate far enough for the curvature of the earth, were the it not flat, to be a factor. Anyway, my idea is to hang the thing as high as I can when we anchor in remote and scenic locations.
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So after the ride, I did my husbandly duty...
Reported.

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... and accompanied mrs datlas on a 2 hour hike in Valley Forge.
Oh... well that's not what I'd expected.

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I should have Strava’d it but was not thinking about that at the time.
Didn't happen.

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I expect to sleep well tonight.
TWSS.
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