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After Isabel, an illustrated ride report.(26 posts)

After Isabel, an illustrated ride report.MB1
Sep 22, 2003 6:28 AM
In DC the storm only lasted about 24 hours but what a mess it left behind. On Friday we tried riding but we could barely get out of the house. What with the power out and all at least we got a nice extended chance to meet and greet the neighbors.
A city Saturday.MB1
Sep 22, 2003 6:31 AM
Still without power at home we decided to go to work where at least there was power. Of course it wasn't all that easy to even get to work (this is the last 100 feet of my commute).
More Saturday.MB1
Sep 22, 2003 6:34 AM
Miss M tried to ride but kept running into closed intersections and downed trees. I don't know how she managed to get in 95 miles but she did.
LenJ says, “Let’s Ride.”MB1
Sep 22, 2003 6:37 AM
We hadn't ridden with Len for a long time. First a car hit him, and then a car hit me. Before Isabel hit we had hoped to get together and ride on Sunday.

Len called me at work on Saturday and said the roads down his way were fairly clear and the riding was fine. After riding around DC for 2 days Miss M was pretty skeptical about road conditions anywhere around here but I talked her into it.

Sunday morning bright and early we met Len in Southern Maryland hoping to ride 100ish. With my knee and leg still weak I was going to have to use gears. They were riding Single Speed. Boy was I envious!

Check out Len's new Street Dog. Sweet....
That's a lucky man...Fez
Sep 22, 2003 6:56 AM
Serotta when he wants gears, Gunnar when he doesn't want gears. If we could all be so fortunate...

I didn't get a chance to ride due to the storm. In my area, roads were dicey, and traffic was pretty chaotic due to no working traffic lights.

Also, no power since Wednesday meant I would have to lug the bike up and down 10 flights of stairs in cycling shoes.
Lucky, maybe.........Len J
Sep 22, 2003 10:24 AM
but it's still cheaper than Golf, Boating or many other hobbies that I could have. And it keeps me in better shape.

I belonged to a Country Club several years ago that was costing me $3,600/yr in dues not counting incedentals. My wife's reply anytime I want to buy something biking related is usually: "It's cheapre than Golf!"

Maybe I'm lucky she married me.

Len
I'm similarly lucky...Fez
Sep 22, 2003 11:27 AM
My wife bought me a new Ti bike this year.

It wasn't a surprise - she couldn't have possibly known what exactly I wanted - but she really wanted me to get another bike since she knows how much enjoyment I get from riding.

So now I have an all weather bike and a fair weather bike. Life is good and I have no excuse not to ride.
Lucky part 2Fez
Sep 22, 2003 11:33 AM
And I forgot to add that I was pretty lucky to escape the storm with no more than the inconvenience of a power outage for 3+ days. I am really thankful for that.

Some folks here experienced huge losses from the storm and my heart goes out to all of them.
Looking forward to the NSA-OCE ...Humma Hah
Sep 22, 2003 6:59 AM
... things out here in Manassas are fine. We didn't lose power, very few trees lost, mostly leaves and twigs scattered about. I expected Vint Hill would be without power and roads blocked, but it was fine. My sister down south of here also got hit pretty lightly. I can't swear the NSA-OCE route is clear, but if Manassas is any indication, it surely will be passable by this weekend.

We'll let you use gears.

Further west, climbing into the Blue Ridge, some of my co-workers got pasted.
That's a lucky man...Fez
Sep 22, 2003 7:33 AM
Serotta when he wants gears, Gunnar when he doesn't want gears. If we could all be so fortunate...

I didn't get a chance to ride due to the storm. In my area, roads were dicey, and traffic was pretty chaotic due to no working traffic lights.

Also, no power since Wednesday meant I would have to lug the bike up and down 10 flights of stairs in cycling shoes.
Off to a good start.MB1
Sep 22, 2003 7:09 AM
After 2 days of struggling to get around DC Miss M was amazed by how clear the roads were. Len says, "See, I told you so!"
The photo that belongs here.MB1
Sep 22, 2003 7:16 AM
Off to not so good a start.MB1
Sep 22, 2003 7:11 AM
Len says, "Oops."
A happy camper.MB1
Sep 22, 2003 7:14 AM
For the most part we weren't really drafting. We just took turns at the front and chatted away the miles. Here is Len behind me smiling for the camera.
What the heck???funknuggets
Sep 22, 2003 8:56 AM
How on Earth was this picture taken??? Lets see, while riding in traffic, with a car passing on your left, you were able to turn around, focus, take a picture without...

A. Running off the road
B. Veering into traffic
C. Running into something ahead of you

Several things occur to me.

A. You are daring
B. You are lucky
C. You are skilled

Thanks for the pics!!!

Chris
You gotta have the "skills"...biknben
Sep 22, 2003 9:20 AM
I like taking shots like that. I call them "over the shoulder", "under the arm", "between the legs", and a few other names. Just get the camera at the approximate angle and snap a few shots. Chances are good that at least one will come out nice. Later on you can just delete the ones that are bad.

While riding with MB1 and MissM in June, I got a nice shot of them riding together behind me. I deleted the pictures of my shoulder, my ear, and my helmet.

This is one of the things I love about Digitals. I prefer candid or random pictures. Pictures of people being themselves. Portaits and poses bore me. Doing this with a regular camera would cost me a fortune in film and developing. Now I can take hundreds of shots, check them all out, keep what I want, and print/develop the good ones.
A not so happy camper.MB1
Sep 22, 2003 7:19 AM
Miss M said "Now Len, about those nice cleared roads???"
Now this is more like it.MB1
Sep 22, 2003 7:22 AM
Really the roads were amazingly clear and the riding conditions were great. Mostly we just rode along nice and easy (until Miss M got to the front and started putting the hammer down).
Can’t blame this one on Len.MB1
Sep 22, 2003 7:25 AM
About the half way point there was a bunch of detour signs. You never know if a bike can get through the detour or not until you try.

Not.

Oh well, what are a few extra miles?
Going Home.MB1
Sep 22, 2003 7:29 AM
We finally made it down to the bay. As we rode thru towns we could see pretty extensive flooding and folks hard at work repairing the damage. The roads were open and we just kept riding.

I do kind of wonder how much draft Len actually got off Miss M.
Wait for me!MB1
Sep 22, 2003 7:31 AM
The last 20-30 miles were a bit hilly and what with me being handicapped by having to stay in the saddle and shift and all Miss M and Len kept getting further and further ahead on their SS's.
Home alone.MB1
Sep 22, 2003 7:34 AM
This is pretty much all I saw for the last 10 miles-nothing but open road ahead of me.

Still and all, we agreed it was a great 110-mile ride. It was also Len's first century since his accident a year ago and my second one since my accident. I felt a lot better than last week and seem to be improving every day. Miss M was glad to get in a nice easy ride and the detours were a bonus that added 10 miles to the route.

Now we are all looking forward to the NSA/OCE Fixte Century next Sunday-hope to see you there.
I 'm stilled amazed.....PEDDLEFOOT
Sep 22, 2003 9:16 AM
...how a 110 mile ride can be considered a nice easy ride.Thanks for the pics.I to would like an explanation on how you took that picture of Len when he was riding behind you in traffic.
I 'm stilled amazed.....Len J
Sep 22, 2003 1:32 PM
What you don't know is that he took 10 pictures to get that one.

Every once in a while I would look up & see his camera in his hand, under his arm, or down by his side or over his shoulder, attempting to aim at me. Sometimes he would obviously be aimed at nothing but sometimes right at me.

The beauty of a digital camera is he could delete the bad one's.

Len

PS Don't let him fool you, the only one who may have had an easy ride was Miss M. I know it was hard for me.
As always, Miss M & MB1 were great hosts.............Len J
Sep 22, 2003 10:21 AM
and fun people to ride with.

Beautiful weather, great companuy, nice roads (with the exception of the powerlines, trees and missing bridges), what more could you want?

I honestly wasn't sure that I had a century in me when we started, especially on a single speed! During the first 30 or so miles we had several difficult short steep "Eastern" climbs, & I have to admit I wasn't feeling real confident, but maintaining a fairly even pace and the good company allowed me to finish feeling pretty good.

The devastation along the Bay was sobering, and Mark's comments that it was nothing like DC makes me realize how lucky we were over on the Eastern Shore.

I too am looking forward to the fixie century next Sunday.

Thanks again Mark, and thanks to Miss M!

Len
looks like it was more of a cyclocross outing!Sao
Sep 22, 2003 3:39 PM
Great pics and commentary, as always.

Thanks.