Thursday Morning Solo Ride

Thursday Morning Solo Ride

Nice morning for another bike ride. Had a nice one yesterday. And now it is time to start riding regularly again so I’ll be prepared for my 1200k event in early October. Sketched out a 45-mile loop to ride this morning, and got too hot when I got to Lawrence High School. So cut the ride short and headed home via Princeton Pike. Click on the map below to see the route at RWGPS.

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Mid-Day Metric Century on CX Bike

Mid-Day Metric Century on CX Bike

It was kind of damp out this morning after all the rain we had yesterday and even some into the night. By 10 it seemed to have dried up enough that I thought about going for a bike ride. Originally I thought I’d pull the CX bike out and head from home to Trenton and then get on the tow path and head up to Frenchtown. However, I got to thinking I might want to explore Nigel Greene’s “Breakfast in the Burbs” route he has listed on the RUSA site. It wasn’t too difficult to download the route file from RWGPS and upload it into PlotaRoute and tinker with it so it would be about 100k instead of 121k. I’m not one to ride over 50 miles at once very often. I can make an exception for an event or a 100k route. Anyway, 15 minutes later I had the GPX file installed into my Garmin eTrex 20x and at 11 I was driving over to Lahaska, PA (Peddlers Village) to start my ride.

Really nice route. I must say that Nigel put together a winner. I might just use some of it in some 200k brevets I’m designing. The ride took 4 hours and 40 minutes. I only made one stop for a quart of chocolate milk (mile 45/ Wawa). The temp was a little warm, but not overly so. Nice day for a ride. Click on the map below to see the route in RWGPS that I rode.

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Sunday Morning PFW B+ Ride

Sunday Morning PFW B+ Ride

I hadn’t given much thought to a bike ride today. The weather was pretty nice for one, but I really had not made any plans to get in a ride. I checked the PFW ride list to see if their was a ride I might like to join, and quickly was reminded that Gary’s ride was offered. I totally lazed out and drove the car over to Etra Park for the start at 9. Nice size group. Nobody pushed me to work hard. I stayed in the middle and the back of the group mostly. Ralph had a few flat tires. So the pace got slowed up a bit. The rest stop was at the Wawa on Monmouth Road. I didn’t really get one because I had stayed back with Ralph (and his second flat) and Gary while the others pushed on. Click on the map below to see the route at RWGPS.

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200k Calendared Rando Ride

200k Calendared Rando Ride

We really lucked out today. There was a break in the hot weather so my 125-mile group ride from Easton was very pleasant to do. The high temp was somewhere around 80, but that was only toward the end of the ride. The first third of the ride was in overcast or light misty rain. I was riding with three others: Chris N, Bill O, and Joe R. We maintained a relatively slow or casual pace. That was good for me because my legs are not up to their norm currently. I was able to get some miles today without too much strain on the heavy legs.

Today’s ride was actually a pre-ride or scouting ride for the official ride that is to take place a week from today. I’m getting mentored to be able to organize these rides, and pre-rides are part of the deal. The course was designed by Chris N. And I must say it was a real nice loop. Maybe a little hillier than I really like, but with the pace the way we did it I had no problem with the 6000+ feet of elevation gain. The roads were nice and so was the scenery.

The new feature in this route compared to most of the others I’ve done this year was that not all the controles were really there for refreshment and bathroom break. The third controle was there to keep the riders honest regarding staying on course. The segment of the loop between controles 3 and 4 included a good rest stop at a Wawa. Definitely proved to be a great stop for me! Click on the map below to see the route at RWGPS. CLICK HERE for preliminary results.

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Thursday Morning Solo Ride

Thursday Morning Solo Ride

No big plans for a ride this morning. But I needed to get out on the bike and do a few miles. I first wanted to see the progress on US-206 which has been detoured at Lovers Lane for a few weeks. They are working on the bridge at Stoney Brook a mile down the road. After going down there to see the construction work, I headed out Princeton Pike to Trenton. Eventually made it to the Delaware River and crossed over into PA. Up the river to New Hope, and then back into NJ and back to Princeton. Click on the map below to see the route at RWGPS.

I haven’t been feeling all that good on a bike for about a month. Rides that I have done have been too long. Rest is required to recuperate. I felt OK today, but didn’t push it. Just spun along for the most part. Got kind of hot out before I was done. Good thing I kept the ride short.

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68-Mile Sunday Morning Group Ride from Etra

68-Mile Sunday Morning Group Ride from Etra

It was a nice morning for a bike ride. I hadn’t ridden since last Saturday since I’ve been kind of in a funk riding. Too much distance on the few rides I’ve done in the past three weeks. Needed a rest. The Princeton Freewheelers had a scheduled ride to depart from Etra Park (Hightstown, NJ) this morning at 9. I left the house at 8 to ride the Cinelli over to the ride, do it, and then ride home. There were probably 30 participants in the ride. Only about half of them did I know. I haven’t really been doing PFW rides much for the last three years.

Gary W and his wife lead the ride and strung together a bunch of roads I knew but had not done in the order they did them. The pace was pretty good, but I was not tracking it. I heard several riders say the average moving pace at the end of the PFW ride was just shy of 18 mph. I did not use my big chainring (53T) much, but I did a little. Mostly I just spun along in the 42. I was in the unfed state during the ride since I had not eaten since 4 PM yesterday. Since the ride was not fast for me, I was OK just burning stored body fat during the ride. Click on the map below to see the route at RWGPS.

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Scouting Report 2

Scouting Report 2

This scouting report pertains to the scouting of the EM1000k route outlined by the following Cue Sheet. I scouted the first 320 miles of this route earlier this month (July 4-6) which was the subject of this Blog Post. I found time yesterday to drive back to Ogdensburg, PA where I had left off, and continue to examine the remaining 300 miles of the EM1000k route. This time, however, instead of riding a bike to cover the terrain I drove my car.

I got to Ogdensburg around 9:30 in the morning. And I was able to arrive home after the day’s activities around 9:15 PM. What a full day of driving. I thought most of the roads were really nice for bike riding. There were a couple of stretches of roads that weren’t great, but not worth complaining about. Definitely none of the roads I drove today were as bad as the worst I rode on earlier this month during the first scouting session. I never encountered any road that had too much traffic to make them a hassle.

I encountered no detours that will be lasting. In the town of Northumberland I had to depart the main road through town for 3 or 4 blocks, but that will all be taken care of in several weeks. I only had to go one block over to avoid the construction work.

There were a couple of issues with the directions on the cue sheet that need fixing. At mile 436.2 the last little bit of Abby Lane becomes a one-way street the wrong way. You must take a right and a left to get to US-15 before arriving at the Comfort Suites controle stop. At mile 520.5 the street name should read Market St, not Woleber Rd. At mile 521 the cue sheet says Apple St is not marked when in fact it is. And at mile 576 there is no need to detour away from Harmonyville Rd. Apparently there was road construction on Harmonyville Rd when the cue sheet was drafted.

Before embarking on the scouting missions for this route I changed the cue sheet at mile 611 because I knew of a detour at Trumbauersville Rd. I followed the route as I have provided in the RWGPS map linked to in this post. I think the detour directions are as follows: X I-476, L Old Woods Rd, BL Wright Rd, and TR Esten Rd.

The only other issue was Controle 16 is no longer a Hess Mini Mart. Instead it is a Speedway Store.

Below is an image of the 300-mile route I drove yesterday. If you click on it you can see the route at RWGPS. I have marked the controle stops on the map, and I have created comments on the map identified by brown “i”s. Yes, I like historic covered bridges. You will see two “brown i” references to them on the map.


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