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I'm tired. Ride Report.(24 posts)

I'm tired. Ride Report.MB1
Aug 27, 2001 5:33 AM
Miss M and I usually decide where we are going to ride by consensus. Last week she suggested it would be fun to get some dirt miles in. I thought it sounded like fun so lets do it..

About 90 miles into Saturdays ride I notice she is starting to back off a little. We have been riding pretty well and having a lot of fun but we still have 30 miles with plenty of daylight left so no problem. I asked her if she wanted to cut about 10 miles off (this would also cut off a couple of nice dirt sections) but she says she is good to go. I say "O.K., fine" and just cruise for a while.

We exit the last dirt section about 2 miles from the car and now all we have is a moderate climb and decent back to the car. Well I am a little tired but I have been taking it pretty easy so I go for it on the climb and figure I will just wait for her on the decent.

Naturally she blows by me just at the top and flies down to the car. We stand next to the car with enough sweet mother earth (mud) caked on us to start a small vegetable garden Miss M looks at me with a big smile and says, "That was fun, lets do more dirt tomorrow."

You know I got my ticket punched on Sunday. It was poetry in motion.

I hope it rains during tonight's commute so I won't have to clean the bikes.

Weekend total.
Dirt Miles 100ish
Road Miles 85ish
Endless Smiles
question for mb1orion
Aug 27, 2001 5:46 AM
i peeked at your profile, and found that we live in the same town (although I just moved here). i am wondering where you were able to do 100 in the dirt. most of the off-road stuff ive found near here is good for maybe 30. any ride location advice is much appreciated, road or off road.
Miles and Miles of dirt around here.MB1
Aug 27, 2001 5:55 AM
I was riding my cyclocrosser that is perfect for the mix of dirt and pavement you find around here. The riding is not particularly technical but the miles add to the difficulty (more like fire roads than singletrack). Bull Run Mountain in VA, Sugar Loaf in MD, the C&O TowPath, and lots of other unexpected places. E-mail me with your phone and I'll call you.
re: Miles and Miles of dirt around here.cyclopathic
Aug 27, 2001 6:12 AM
and how did you ride Sugarloaf? it is closed for biking on weekends!
Dirt around SugarloafMB1
Aug 27, 2001 6:22 AM
Greenfield Road, Mount Ephriam, Harris Road and Sugarloaf Mountain Road are all open. Lots of dirt there and unnamed roads off of these roads. A little further away Hunting Quarter and River Road between Edwards and Whites ferry is dirt.

I believe it is only the trails in Sugarloaf Mountain Park that are closed. We didn't ride through any keep out, private, posted or closed areas.
re: Dirt around Sugarloafcyclopathic
Aug 27, 2001 6:33 AM
have you been to Green Ridge yet? it has 100-200mi of fireroads, good climbing too
Going out to Deep Creek in a few weeks.MB1
Aug 27, 2001 8:28 AM
Looking forward to some more dirt. You may have noticed we like long rides and that we like start close to home as much as possible. Where is Green Ridge?
I'm going out to Deep Creek Sept 8th - 15thSpinchick
Aug 27, 2001 8:31 AM
You going to the adventure race in Herrington State Park?
Humma & I have a date with some dirt on the 9th.MB1
Aug 27, 2001 8:50 AM
One of us talked the other into going for a 150 mile mostly dirt epic on that weekend weather permitting. (Memory fails of exactly who talked whom into what).

The 14th, 15th & 16th Miss M & I will be doing 3 long rides around Deep Creek with a group we met through Randonneuring. These people ride so much they make us look normal.

If you are looking for a fun ride, on the 29th of September I am leading a reprise of the NSA/OCE Century out of Nokesville Community Park (near Manassas). This was a really flat century where Humma & I met. As he noted it makes quite an impression when a guy on a beach cruiser shows up for a century ride. Since Miss M & I were on our track bikes his bike almost made sense. I wouldn't be surprised if several people from this forum show up for the ride.

I'll be posting it a couple of times in September.

NSA/OCE= No Shifting Allowed/Or Coasting Either
BEACH cruiser! The Hummer is offended ...Humma Hah
Aug 27, 2001 2:26 PM
... while it does admit to the occasional donut run, and has run the occasional coast road, it LOATHES beach cruisers the way roadies loathe couch potatoes.

As I recall, I'd already talked myself into a flat 150, and mentioned it. You countered that the flattest place for a 150 is the towpath, then a few weeks ago invited me to run it with you.

What's the penalty for coasting and shifting this time? Should I bring donuts and deny seconds to the shifters?
Oh great, now you sound like the Trollman...nm Hmm, could it be?MB1
Aug 28, 2001 5:00 AM
it's about 16-18 micyclopathic
Aug 27, 2001 9:15 AM
before you hit Cumberland. It is also hooked up to C&O, so if you put your panniers or drag Yak you could ride all way from DC stay overnight ride there, come back. You will see big sign on I-68 can't miss it.

BTW PPTC dc brevet group has at least 2 centuries every weekend good cue sheets and timed lunch stops, I usually do Sat. check it out at training rides.
You may have noticed us on our Santana.MB1
Aug 27, 2001 9:20 AM
But we have kind of gotten into the mode of mot driving to rides. Why waste time driving when you can be riding? We find ourselves riding with them more in the winter.
re: waitcyclopathic
Aug 27, 2001 9:25 AM
Chuck and Crista ride one I am confused!
Theirs is small, ours is medium.MB1
Aug 27, 2001 9:44 AM
When we show for the rides we rarely stop. Our last ride with them was Point Lookout, we finished at 4:15. Keith was the only rider that finished before we left. Sure do like Crista's rides and routes.

Look for us more often as it gets colder.
Aug 27, 2001 10:21 AM
then I know whom I'd be drafting on.
I hope you guys don't climb as well 'cause there's no way I can descend as fast as Chuck I am too light
We don't go fast, we just don't stop.MB1
Aug 27, 2001 10:31 AM
But you are welcome to come along and keep us entertained.
re: Dirt around Sugarloafjaybird
Aug 27, 2001 9:12 AM
He is in MD, Not the Sugarloaf in VT...
sorry should be Maine not VT... nmjaybird
Aug 27, 2001 9:14 AM
re: I thinkcyclopathic
Aug 27, 2001 9:21 AM
there's at least one Sugarloaf in every state, I passed one in Mass on 400km brevet. Very popular name!

Riding in VT is awesome, I have crossed it twice from Brattleboro to Rouses Point the week before last climbed Mnt Terrible, Killington, Middlebury Gap. VT 100 is the most scenic road in US.
re: I thinkjaybird
Aug 28, 2001 6:31 AM
Yea, better have your climbing legs on if you go to VT... Especially areoound Killington...
I'l BET your tired!...dirtbag
Aug 27, 2001 8:32 AM
...I'm glad SOMEone got to enjoy a little sweet mother earth this weekend, we had some pretty bad tstorms roll through NW Indaina here and all that I got in was some asphalt attack time. I did do a lot of PM work on my bike and my sons bike... and a friends bike so the weekend was'nt a complete waste. Hot tub time for you I bet!! Take three margaritas and call me in the morning.
re: I'm tired. Ride Report.Giles
Aug 27, 2001 10:32 AM
How long does it take you to do these rides? It seems like you must have been riding all weekend.
Yep, all day. That is the point. If there is a point.MB1
Aug 27, 2001 10:48 AM
Saturday we started around 8ish and finished at 6:30 118 miles. It was a hard ride. Sunday we started at 9 and finished at 3 67 miles. Sundays dirt sections were much harder than Saturdays.

For comparison we did 134 miles the previous Saturday, started about 7:15 finished at 4:15. It was pretty flat.

We don't usually push ourselves, we like to keep a steady pace the whole way and have something left for tomorrow. When we are on the tandem we can race in the "Over 100 (older but wiser)" category.