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Ride Report - First Good Day of Spring(20 posts)

Ride Report - First Good Day of SpringGeoCyclist
Apr 6, 2003 4:03 PM
After six weekends of rain, or snow, today was the first good day of spring. We adventured out on our tandem and found a new road to ride. It was a beautiful day and a great ride, even considering the most unbelievably steep hill. Check out the following photos. First photo shows the mountain that we planned to ride over!
re: Ride Report - First Good Day of Spring - The hill!GeoCyclist
Apr 6, 2003 4:10 PM
The road narrowed down, and then it got steep. My wife was wondering just who's idea it was to ride over this mountain. Yes, those are groves in the pavement so the cars can get up the hill!
re: Ride Report - First Good Day of Spring- top of the hillGeoCyclist
Apr 6, 2003 4:14 PM
Relieved to see the top!
re: Ride Report - First Good Day of Spring-The other sideGeoCyclist
Apr 6, 2003 4:17 PM
A view of the valley on the other side of the mountain.
re: Ride Report - First Good Day of Spring-The other sideBaadDawg
Apr 6, 2003 4:21 PM
super pics. Is the California?
Just another ride in Japan!GeoCyclist
Apr 6, 2003 4:30 PM
Not California, just across the ocean in Japan! About 50 kms East of Hiroshima.
That's Japan!?!?Kristin
Apr 14, 2003 8:30 AM
It looks JUST like northern California.
re: Ride Report - First Good Day of Spring- Cherry BlossomsGeoCyclist
Apr 6, 2003 4:21 PM
Yes, it's cherry blossom time in Japan! The contrast of a single Cherry tree in bloom with a backdrop of evergreens was something to get a picture of.
re: Ride Report - First Good Day of Spring- Cherry Blossomsflying
Apr 6, 2003 4:32 PM
Wow very pretty area!
Do the home there use corrugated metal roofs?
The 1st pic that showed some homes looks just like some homes here in Hawaii.
RoofsGeoCyclist
Apr 6, 2003 6:27 PM
Yes, there are a variety of materials used for roofing. The majority of the homes in our area use tile.
re: Ride Report - First Good Day of Spring - End of the rideGeoCyclist
Apr 6, 2003 4:25 PM
All good rides must come to an end!
re: Ride Report - First Good Day of Spring- No we didn'tGeoCyclist
Apr 6, 2003 4:28 PM
The hill we couldn't get up! I missed this pic while posting
Very scenic, I'm jelous(nm)IAM
Apr 6, 2003 4:36 PM
re: Ride Report - First Good Day of Spring - Bridge and blossomsGeoCyclist
Apr 6, 2003 6:35 PM
The classic cherry blossom photo. We ride by this bridge on most of our rides; as it's just a few kilometres from our home and on the way into the mountains.

That's the last of the photos from our ride. I hope everyone had a good weekend ride!
Very nice photos! Lower gears needed on Tandem?rwbadley
Apr 6, 2003 7:30 PM
Those hills look pretty steep, what is your low gear on the tandem? I found it sure helps to have (like a) 28x32 minimum.
Great ride, pretty country; thanks for the tour.

RW
nice pics...might want to try a polarizerkenyee
Apr 7, 2003 5:38 AM
...if you can attach one to your camera. It'll make the skies look bluer and the trees greener.

Thanks for posting. Looks like a tranquil area for riding. Were there no cars at all?
nice pics...might want to try a polarizerGeoCyclist
Apr 7, 2003 5:03 PM
I'm using a Fuji FinePix 40I pocket digital camera. I would love to use a polerising filter but there is no way to fit one on this camera.

Yes, there are lots of cars in Japan; however, I'm lucky that I can plan my rides to avoid most of the traffic. We went through a mega traffic jamb near the end of this ride where I took the bridge pic.
Had a pretty good one into DC on Saturday ...Humma Hah
Apr 7, 2003 6:58 AM
The cherry blossoms were in full bloom, and so were the crowds. Poking along between the tourists really hurt my average speed, but that was OK, and expected. Mostly, the clean public restroom at the FDR memorial was a real treat ... and all I could think of for about the last 12 miles coming in.

I hauled the cruiser up to the W&OD trail at Rt. 28 near Dulles Airport, and rode in. It was cool, with a little light sprinkle going, and consequently little traffic. I peeled off on the Custis trail and found out how surprisingly hilly Arlington is. The hills are not long, but a few are pretty steep, especially for a 42-pound singlespeed. I didn't have to walk any, though.

I came back thru Georgetown, stopped at a LBS to look around (what a treat ... a C-40 and other high-zoot rides actually in stock and on display).

The ride home slogged back thru Arlington and used the rest of my breakfast energy reserves, but I recovered once on the railroad grade. A couple of snacks revived me. But by about mile 50 I was starting to slow down again, and was passed for the first time all day. The sun was out, and also the fenderless roadbikes, and I must have been passed by about 8 bikes in the last 10 miles.

I tacked a little extra mileage on the end of the loop to make it an even 60 miles, the longest ride since sometime last fall.
Man that looks nice. nmMB1
Apr 7, 2003 7:27 AM
One big "boohoo" for the 6 wks of rain from those of us...Bonked
Apr 7, 2003 9:23 AM
in the north (where we just got more snow!).