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Tour de Rain... (Ride Report)(10 posts)

Tour de Rain... (Ride Report)biknben
Jun 1, 2003 5:10 PM
Well, my MTB race was cancelled due to rain. I'd never had that happen before. Considering the amount of rain we've had and what happens to the trails during a race, I can't blame them. I didn't feel like rebuilding my bike afterwards anyway.

I slept in and then got myself ready to ride. The forecast called for rain and wind with temps in the 60s. This time they got the forecast right.

Ah yes...another day in the East:

This would be my third consecutive day in the rain. I didn't even bother to dry my shoes out. I put my wet gloves on and off I went. I once again took out the fixed Surly with the full fenders.

After an hour the rain let up to a drizzle. Since I was riding the FG I tried to avoid climbing but there were still some respectable rollers. Knowing I was about to start overheating, I took off the rain jacket here and took my camera out of its plastice bag.

I headed for the woods hoping for some protection from the wind:

I stop here for a photo Opp. This creek is usually just a trickle:

Out of the woods and into the farmlands. The storm is moving out. My planning is paying off. I set out into the wind and stayed in the trees. Now I was out in the open with a tailwind for the rest of the ride.

I make a pit-stop and notice this guy flying a kite. He is ENJOYING the wind. How dare he!?

I meander my way to the Delaware-Raritan canal. Canal Road is popular with many cyclists in the area. I wouldn't see one today though. A nice, 40-mile long, tow path is off to the right on the other side of the canal.

Now, I'm on the home stretch. I big corporate center is great to ride through on the weekends. During the week, I would not advise weaving all over the road taking pictures here.

Welcome to hell. Thankfully, I was making a right and not a left. I'm known to ride agressively in traffic. Intersections like this are the reason why.

For the Sci-Fi buffs. This is the exact location where H.G. wells said the invaders from Mars landed in his book War of the Worlds. Now it's a tractor/mower supply store.

This is as good as it gets in Jersey. These bike lanes are very rare but are popping up in newer developments.

Thankfully, this is the last rise in the road. This ended up being my longest ride on the fixed gear at 58 miles. You don't realize how much you coast until you can't.
Nice report.KG 361
Jun 1, 2003 5:18 PM
Try the fixed for 100 miles =) Then you REALLY appreciate coasting! (Actually, it wasn't that bad.) I plan to do a longish fixed gear ride on Tues. Perhaps I'll give the new digital cam a spin, too.
re: Tour de Rain... (Ride Report)flyinbowlofmilk
Jun 1, 2003 5:47 PM
I just love the ride report. the picture cheer me up,after a lousy weekend for me. It's just what I needed. That taking all thing into consideration,like having a flat front tire on my old bike being fixed,and a broken spoke on my new road bike being fixed. That not to mention that I missed my ride to a RR by 5 or 10 mins. But again thanks for the pictures and ride report. Your east coast cycling friend(from Raleigh,N.C.)


Thx for the pictures.PeterRider
Jun 1, 2003 5:59 PM
I've been to Jersey for the first time about a year ago, was surprised to see how green it is, after all the dry vegetation from soCal. How could it be so green without some rain...

What camera do you use ? Those pictures are good !

re: Tour de Rain... (Ride Report)AllUpHill
Jun 1, 2003 6:09 PM
Nice ride; thanks for sharing. May I ask what camera are you using (digital I assume, not scanned)? I'm in the market for a new one. It looks like yours has vibrant, accurate colors, good exposure and sharp detail.
Nice bike and ....Live Steam
Jun 1, 2003 6:10 PM
even nicer ride report. Though I really don't like to, I have been riding in the rain as opposed to not riding at all. I break down the bike after each ride in the wet, so it is becoming a real bear now. I can't take much more of this. What part of NJ are we seeing? That Grovers Mill Co. looks familiar.
Wow, so greeen! Send a little of that wet stuff our way...rwbadley
Jun 1, 2003 8:24 PM
We could sure use it!
I like your shots from the bike. I have tried a few 'moving' pictures, but I get distracted with the whole situation.
The camera...biknben
Jun 2, 2003 2:40 AM
The camera is a Casio Exilim Ex-Z3. I'm very impressed with it. Credit card size and less than 3/4" deep. Takes a good pic and seems easy to use.

The route was a big circle around Princeton, NJ.
Nice pics - thanks for sharing. 58 miles on a FG = GREAT!! (nm)jtferraro
Jun 2, 2003 7:19 AM
re: Tour de Rain... (Ride Report)paulg
Jun 2, 2003 12:34 PM
I'm an easterner myself and had the pleasure of riding during the N'or Easter yesterday. My family thought I was crazy but I had to put the new "breathable" rain gear to a real test.

If you've never tried Gore-Tex socks, get them!! After one hour in soaking rain with deep puddles, I came home with bone dry, warm feet. Amazing....could've ridden all day like that.