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Go to Hill Len! Ride Report.(15 posts)

Go to Hill Len! Ride Report.MB1
Jun 17, 2002 8:46 AM
So this flatlander says he wants to see how the other half lives. We'll show him.

Now I got to admit that Miss M was less than thrilled when I said to her one evening at the dinner table "Uh, dear I was wondering if you would like to ride with someone I met on the internet?" You can be sure that made for a lively dinner conversation.

I turned in a few "Get out of jail free" cards for that one but she came around. Two things she wanted to be sure of were "I don't want to just ride 100 miles" and "He does use gears doesn't he"? I guess she still hasn't entirely recovered from meeting Humma but as I point out to her favorite bike lately is the SS (so perhaps Humma is on to something there after all).

My Len, what big cogs you have. I voted for the triple but he did ok with the 34 (Miss M said "I've got chainrings smaller than that."). ;-)
We were late but at least it was wet.MB1
Jun 17, 2002 8:49 AM
As usual before we even get out of bed I turn on the weather report. It is raining. It is going to rain for a couple of more hours. Forget the 6:30 start, I woke Len up at his hotel and told him to sleep in for a couple of more hours. The roads were still wet at 8:30 but at least it wasn't raining. Besides Len's bike was too clean and shiny anyway, I'll take care of that.

Here we are climbing out of Great Falls. It was funny to ride behind them, Len spins and Miss M mashes. The contrast of their pedaling styles and sizes was about to give me many hours worth of entertainment.
The flatlander got off and walked!MB1
Jun 17, 2002 8:53 AM
Len gets off and walks!

Well actually we were stopping for a snack after climbing Sugarloaf. I figured to get some incriminating photographs just in case.

I think we kind of suprised him at about mile 70 when Miss M and I got into a conversation about if we wanted to ride 115 or 130 miles or something in between (we ended up shooting for about 125). Not a normal conversation I imagine but fairly typical for us.

I'll point out than Miss M had me go to all the bother to make up a nice cue sheet (that we sometimes were on) that as usual we pretty much ignored. I imagine we amused Len no end....
Len, you dirty boy!MB1
Jun 17, 2002 8:56 AM
After about 120 miles Len's bike no longer looked pristine but still it was lacking something. "I know," says Miss M, "Let's do some single track!"

Sure it ain't the finest picture but you try riding with one hand on twisty downhill single track with a camera in your face.
Sunday strangeness.MB1
Jun 17, 2002 8:59 AM
Miss M and Len got along famously so she felt much better about Sundays ride. We were wondering if anyone would show though.

Here is the group photo. The big guy in the middle (someone thought is name was George something...)decided to pass, the rest of us had a pretty good time.
Len = strange resemblance to Tyler HamiltonJS Haiku Shop
Jun 17, 2002 10:08 AM
tyler hamilton?
something you're not telling us?
quit leanin' on me!

that guy in middle...
are those shaved legs with knickers?
what a freak-a-zoid!

Miss M has that look
"just take the stupid picture!"
now she's "net-famous"

hey! no MB1!
you should have made self-portrait
camera with timer?

alas, sorely missed
picture, MB1 in kilt
(might have scared off Len)

DC ride '03
bring it on, MB & co
J-ku is en route!

request this, must I:
round-up Humma for sno-cones
SS century
Len = strange resemblance to Tyler HamiltonLen J
Jun 17, 2002 10:11 AM
Yea, the only difference is that he can ride fast......

and oh yea, he rides professional.......

and ah he has his own fan club.

But other than that he & I do both wear cycling shorts & a helmet.


PS MB1 in a kilt might have scared me away, LOL
My life as a poster is complete, my own haiku!MB1
Jun 17, 2002 10:50 AM
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Life is good.
You never know who you'll meet in DC.MB1
Jun 17, 2002 9:02 AM
We meet a famous cyclist.

Unfortunately he was wearing sandals so he passed on the ride too. We made do although we noticed Len grinding a few gears (he clamed it was an auto-shift but I am not so sure).

Maybe next time...
Does every city have undiscovered riding jewels?Alex-in-Evanston
Jun 17, 2002 9:47 AM
You're making me wonder if I just haven't looked hard enough.

Thanks, your posts are always great fun.

Not in Chicago...I've lookedKristin
Jun 17, 2002 12:27 PM
Sorry do disappoint. I've looked. What you've seen in Evanston and the norther burbs is about as good as it gets. Wasn't that a pretty colour green? The only thing in Chicagoland so green are the chemlawns.
Have you ever ridden the roads around Palos Heights?Alex-in-Evanston
Jun 18, 2002 6:06 AM
I've ridden the mountain bike down in the Palos forest preserve, and the roads around there look quite good. Since you're pretty close (I think), I'd be curious to hear if you could string together a nice route on those ridges and forest preserve roads.

Sorry, I haven't forgottenKristin
Jun 21, 2002 10:50 AM
I have been tossing this around in the back of my head. Two questions, would you want to ride a string of forest preserves and rail trails? They do carry a lot of idle riders and joggers, ect... Also, have you ridden at Knock Knoll yet? Its another big MTB trail in Naperville. That's where I got my shin scars. Was the first and only time I tried single track.
Also, are you looking for a nastalgic sort of rideKristin
Jun 21, 2002 11:10 AM
And all day, meandering kinda deal, or a get-in, get-out and get-on-with-in kinda ride?

The Prarie Path is a pretty ride through some nice towns, but from Elmhurst to Wheaton, it intersects streets about every 10th of a mile. Since the path riders don't have the right of way, it requires some patience.
Every city I've ever been in does, even in China.MB1
Jun 18, 2002 4:39 AM
The thing is to string them together to get a good ride-much harder to do. I've always had good luck searching out the older tourists (racers are always willing to ride in traffic) and touring clubs for tips on good routes.

We zig zagged all over the place both days but Len not knowing the area couldn't tell.