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Things you see when you’re out on a bike
Last Post 05/18/2020 10:40 AM by 79 pmooney. 8 Replies.
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Dale

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05/16/2020 05:18 PM
My fb cohorts have seen this but for those who avoided that cesspool here’s what I came upon when I was out for a ride. https://youtu.be/YlN5XZtYU7I
Orange Crush

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05/16/2020 06:08 PM
I didn’t click link but am fairly confident I know what’s behind it.

My bike leaned against a 1970s era Caterpillar D8K, Straight Tilt Blade, 3 Spd Powershift, Full Bush Canopy machine yesterday, still in operating condition to grade the local FSR.

I may or may not have scared a bear. There was a yelp (cub?) followed by trashing in woods but downhill speed was sufficient that nothing came of it.
Cosmic Kid

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05/17/2020 08:18 AM
I so wanted that video to end with a massive faceplant....
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
zootracer

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05/17/2020 08:51 AM
Give the guy credit....
79pmooney

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05/17/2020 10:58 AM
Yeah, I thought that was pretty cool. Far, far better than running that ATV as far up an embankment as possible without flipping, something a former sup pf mine used to boast about Monday morning. Other than getting a few small wild creatures scratching their heads (WTH?) I don't see drainage ditch runs being especially harmful to anything. And no, I didn't wish the guy a faceplant,
Nick A

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05/17/2020 03:38 PM
Reminds me of when some kids cut highschool to raft the flooded highway for a couple of exits.
longslowdistance

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05/17/2020 10:15 PM
In my midatlantic youth freezing rain meant ice skating on the asphalt neighborhood roads. Long gone, thanks CO2!

Orange Crush

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05/18/2020 09:50 AM
Posted By Frederick Jones on 05/17/2020 10:15 PM
In my midatlantic youth freezing rain meant ice skating on the asphalt neighborhood roads. Long gone, thanks CO2!



We would go out an rip our bikes either on local pond or on way to school through the frozen asparagus fields (built up in rows with frozen water between rows).
79pmooney

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05/18/2020 10:40 AM
lsd, skating, my love. I grew up just outside Boston. We had a tiny pond. It froze early and hard. Next door was a considerably bigger pond that hosted many a hockey game. (One winter, my dad plowed ti with the Jeep.) Skating, playing 'till the light failed, then sitting down on the cold granite blocks, sliding our cold feet into 20F boots and walking home on blocks of wood ... Knowing very well that what you did not do was park those cold feet in from of the fire. No, you kept your thick, stone cold socks on until your feet thawed - slowly.

My parents would take us to large ponds and rivers to skate. I loved skating the big open spaces and long rivers. Just skating. Forwards, backwards (and not having to turn every 30 yards). Maybe for miles.

Skating was one of my losses from my head injury. My body no longer knew how. I could learn, but it would be with all the falls I did as a kid. Nah. (With full hockey equipment I would have; not to play hockey but all that expensive gear means even hard falls are no big deal. It is also amazing how little all that padding slows skating. Those goofy outfits work as well as lycra does for us.

So most of the time I just don't think about skating. Not hard on the west coast where hockey barely exists. The memories and loss still hurt. (I can visit my favorite bro, sis-in-law and sons in Amherst; hockey world Massachusetts with its many rinks, teams, year 'round playing and a two story store that sells nothing but hockey equipment also year 'round!

Recently I bought a Joni Mitchelll greatest hits CD (for the 3 songs Tom Rush covered before anyone had heard of her). She mentions skating rivers, skating away on two songs. Takes me back. I was a really good skater long before I had much in the way of bike skills.

Just writing this makes me sad.

Ben
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