|daylight savings sucks||MJ|
Oct 28, 2002 10:35 AM
|it is totally dark by 5:00pm - it's going to be a long commuting season until March|
Oct 28, 2002 10:44 AM
|No, daylight savings rules. However, right now we have switched back to Standard Time, which makes for our early sunsets.|
Oct 28, 2002 10:47 AM
|Get some lights||pmf1|
Oct 28, 2002 11:40 AM
|Yeah, I dread it too, but by this time of year, days are so short its dark until past 7:00 am in the morning and dark again by a little after 6:00 pm. I leave the house at 6:30 and its pretty much pitch black last week. At least its light in the morning now.|
|Look at the bright side......||Dave Hickey|
Oct 28, 2002 11:52 AM
|In less than 60 days, the days start getting longer.|
|I like riding home in the dark better than riding in. nm||dzrider|
Oct 28, 2002 1:34 PM
|Ride banned trails at night, while Rangers are sleeping. ;-)||grzy|
Oct 28, 2002 2:24 PM
|Caught me by suprise yesterday.||Scot_Gore|
Oct 28, 2002 2:35 PM
|I went out riding yesterday, pretty gloomy all day. Stopped at a friends house to gab. Took off at 3:45, thinking plenty of time to get home. Around 4:45 I begin to notice it's getting dark and suddenly remember....oh yea...the time changed. Called the SAG.
|My solution||Psalm 147-10_11|
Oct 29, 2002 6:09 AM
|I get so bummed this time of year when the clocks fall back. After it rained all day Saturday and having had church and family commitments on Sunday, I was feeling pretty blue about my lack of riding.
Yesterday, on the spur of the moment, I took the day off and did the Flattest Century of the East route by myself. It was exactly what the doctor ordered. Beautiful fall foliage, crisp air and 100 miles of riding past the ocean and through inland farms. A great day (I'll post some photos later in the week when I catch up on work).
I hope this will be the first of my annual "Standard Time" Century ride. Now instead of dreading the day the clocks change, I can look forward to my last century of the year.
Anybody wan't to join me next year?
|Absolutely! Remind me next year, we'll hook up.||RhodyRider|
Oct 29, 2002 6:35 AM
|Where d'ya live, BTW? And, can we find a detour around New Bedford? :-))
(Geez I hope you don't live in NB!)
|I'm in Mansfield, MA||Psalm 147-10_11|
Oct 29, 2002 7:03 AM
|This was the first time I've done the TFCE route. After 48 miles, I stopped for lunch at a place called Celia's(?) right after the bridge in South Dartmouth. I was thinking this was such a beautiful ride through the vineyards, etc.
Then, I started up again and rode the next 15 miles through New Bedford... UGH. I would love to find a detour around that! Not only were the roads congested and under construction, but the flattest century didn't seem so flat. Once through New Bedford, the ride was scenic once again. I especially like Rochester.
Is there a cue sheet or map posted on-line somewhere? I couldn't find one and trusted that I'd be able to follow the arrows. I'm happy to say that the route was very well marked.
Where are you in RI?
|I'm down in S. County, RI -||RhodyRider|
Oct 29, 2002 8:21 AM
|North Kingstown actually. Lotsa great riding down here, all the way out to CT, hilly country roads with more surprises and challenges that one might think.
I might have my TFCE cue sheet at home still, I can check this evening. Or you could email the good folks at http://www.nbwclub.org and see if they'll help you.
|S. County, RI -||Psalm 147-10_11|
Oct 29, 2002 9:24 AM
|We often vacation down in Narraganset during a week in August. I always bring the bike and really enjoy the riding. This summer I spent a morning following a route that left the middle school and went up through North Kingston. Very nice. One memorable road went past the home of a famous artist (whose name I have forgotten). The home had a grist mill out front and offered tours to the public.
When I mentioned the idea of going to the house to my boys, they thought I was nuts. We went body surfing instead.
Good idea about writing to nbw about the cue sheet.
|Gilbert Stuart's home & snuff mill...||RhodyRider|
Oct 29, 2002 1:51 PM
|It is most gorgeous, and very historic. I live about a mile from there, I ride past it all the time, the hill leading up from the house to Rte 1 is epic (in these parts, anyway!)
Stuart was a very prolific portraitist of George Washington, in fact the image you see on your dollar bill is his work, I'm pretty sure.
|The fastest I've ever descended was on that hill||SingleThreaded|
Oct 29, 2002 3:19 PM
|The first time I hit that hill last year I was on the back side of a 45 mile loop. It was the only time I ever had to get off the bike on an ascent -- I feared a heart valve was going to burst. Went back the weekend after with fresh legs and felt like I was literally dropping from the sky.|
|No doubt, descending Gil Stuart is a rich reward for||RhodyRider|
Oct 30, 2002 6:41 AM
|having climbed it! Have you ever climbed and/or descended Yawgoo Road, by the ski area? I recorded my fastest-ever speed on that one, almost 49 mph, and its a gut-buster going up. Also, deeper in the woods down there (in Richmond, I think) is Old Mountain Road, it is awesome. And Shannock Hill Rd north of Charlestown...imagine, real switchbacks in RI!|
|I use my gut as an inclinometer||SingleThreaded|
Oct 30, 2002 7:41 AM
|I've climbed the Yawgoo road alot but it doesn't put the strain on my 235lb body like the top third of Gilbert Stuart does. Plus, I've gotten uninvited canine company on the Yawgoo road protecting their turf. And the Yawgoo road continues sloping downward, albeit gradually, even past the ski area. Looks like you end up out on the tracks somewhere. Gilbert Stuart gives you that ski jump landing return at the museum to coast out. I've hit those two hills you mentioned out in Charlestown/Richmond last winter on cold mornings when the temp was already in the 20s, just perfect for achieving that sub-zero wind chill.
I learned on Gilbert Stuart, that I can aero tuck and fall nearly as fast as I can spin down steep hills (51.7 spin, 47 coast). That, as well as a road crossing squirrel once, and a minivan backing up the hill the second time, have kept me from ever trying to go faster.