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Puerto Rico Ride report(23 posts)

Puerto Rico Ride reportrrodrigz
Dec 6, 2003 9:46 AM
Wife went jogging, I went riding on my cousin's Look 381. Hint, leave at sunrise unless you love sunburn.
The hills are short but nastyrrodrigz
Dec 6, 2003 9:53 AM
Things get intense quickly, going up this hill my shoes were a little loose and I almost pulled off my feet on the upstroke. The view? I could hardly hold my camera still after the effort.
My knees hurt just looking at it.(nm)PEDDLFOOT
Dec 6, 2003 11:51 AM
Did you climb up el junque?djg21
Dec 6, 2003 3:39 PM
That's no short hill!!!
No, but I wishrrodrigz
Dec 6, 2003 6:54 PM
I was at "the foothills" so to speak. I agree with you, El Yunque is awesome.
"gentler hills"rrodrigz
Dec 6, 2003 10:11 AM
The views are always inspiring, but once you start going uphill speed decreases and there is no wind effect, you feel the heat rising from the asphalt. Suffer,sunburn,sand,sea,sweat,skyblue, am I in hell or sizzling in heaven?
Up and downrrodrigz
Dec 6, 2003 10:19 AM
Not all is torture amongst the idle rich, some is downhill thrills, winding turns, waterviews, wowie-zowie.
wife just climbed hillrrodrigz
Dec 6, 2003 10:28 AM
just about to part
Another hillrrodrigz
Dec 6, 2003 10:43 AM
Right now, in Baltimore, I'm buried in snow.
Vieques in the distancerrodrigz
Dec 6, 2003 10:49 AM
The island of Vieques, where marines used to practice bombing is seen in the horizon. It has a phosphorescent bay called "Mosquito bay" which is worth the trip at night.
Off into the beaten pathrrodrigz
Dec 6, 2003 10:54 AM
Ran into mountain bikers but didn't have the prescence of mind to take pics.
The pointrrodrigz
Dec 6, 2003 10:59 AM
There's a little beach at the base of the point, seen thru the grass on the right hand of thre picture, where the local teens go to party, make out, etc.
Time to cool offrrodrigz
Dec 6, 2003 11:06 AM
Hop in the water. Cool. Sand, major pain in the rear, dried saltwater, major irritant. Recommended only at the end of the ride. Had to do it.
It's not all hillsrrodrigz
Dec 6, 2003 11:12 AM
The flats are nice, but there's nothing like those hills and views. When you get up along the clouds the temperature cools off and you're surrounded by mist.
It's not all hillsMellowVelo
Dec 6, 2003 11:32 AM
So Bright - So Green - So Blue - So Not FAIR!!

I'll Trade ya.. we got plenty hills here, most aren't as steep as yours but if you want 'em we got em. Only downside is that it's raining and gray everywhere.
Great report. Thanks (nm)PEDDLFOOT
Dec 6, 2003 11:56 AM
Fajardo?Dave Hickey
Dec 6, 2003 12:29 PM
I get down to PR 5-6 times a year. I've ridden the east coast once. Most of my rides have been in the southwest area. It's a beautiful Island to ride on..
Compare how lush the east coast is vs the southwestDave Hickey
Dec 6, 2003 12:32 PM
It amazing how green everything is on the east coast compared to the southwest. This picture was taken last April near Ponce
why the north is greenrrodrigz
Dec 6, 2003 2:13 PM
Dave, the reason is that the trade winds come in from the north. As the moisture in the winds hits the central mountain range, it condenses and precipitates which is why part of the central mountain range has been preserved as a tropical rain forest. By the time the winds hit the south, the air is drier. I was at Palmas del mar, a resort town in the sotheast. Next time you go to Puerto Rico try to get to El Yunque in the rain forest. There are parts that feel like a cross between Alpe D'Huez and Angrilu with all the steep switchbacks. Puerto Rico is great for riding as long as you ride early and avoid traffic.
Fajardo?djg21
Dec 6, 2003 3:41 PM
I like that area too! I tend to stay in Isla Verde and ride from there up into the areas around el junque and Fajardo.
I vote we have a RBR ride there. Soon! nmMB1
Dec 6, 2003 4:00 PM
Let me point out the obvious...53T
Dec 6, 2003 4:51 PM
Your wife is beautiful!
Thanx (nm)rrodrigz
Dec 6, 2003 6:01 PM
Thanx