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Final Coffeeneuring Ride – #7

I had a mission for this ride; bike shop then coffee.  My work bike has been making all sorts of noises lately.  The kind of noises that scream “clean me!” while also slowly driving you nuts.  I cleaned the bike in the basement then headed to the bike shop to deal with disc brake noise.

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They have been doing some remodeling at the shop and it’s looking great.  Ronnie took care of my squeak and I browsed around the shop before heading out for coffee.

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Coffeeneur #7

  1. Sheetz, Route 11 Bloomsburg, PA
  2. 11/14/15
  3. Sheetz Bros. French Roast coffee, black, to go
  4. I was going to get Dunkin Donuts coffee, but there was a huge line.  I went further East and got a Sheetz coffee knowing that I would get to fight the headwind coming home.  My husband and I already drank a pot of coffee in the morning, but I wanted more.  He remarked that he didn’t want anymore so I went for my cup while he was (asleep) on the couch watching football.
  5. Sheetz isn’t really bike friendly.  There’s plenty of stuff to lock to, but no bike rack.  I just leaned my bike against a wall where I could keep an eye on it.  I wasn’t in there long and I brought my thermos to carry the coffee home.
  6. 7 miles on my Trek 520 touring/commuter.

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Bike friendly? No.

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Into the thermos for the ride home.

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I wish I was headed the same way that flag is blowing.

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Back home to watch some football on the couch with my coffee. And wouldn’t you know it, my husband wanted another pot of coffee later in the day.

Another year of Coffeeneuring done.  Thanks to Chasing Mailboxes for hosting again.

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Coffeeneur #6

Coffeeneur #6

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My regular riding partner is finally back. She was in NC with her husband and they rode the Hincapie Gran Fondo and the Bookwalter Binge.  I’m glad they are back. We decided to ride on our own since the other choice was with a bunch of A group guys.  We’d rather our own pace.

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Coffeeneur #6

  1. Retherford’s Village Produce on Rt 487 in Benton, PA
  2. 11/7/15
  3. Apple Cider, cold
  4. We did our favorite ride climbing up to Waller.  We have a pit stop at the top for a snack and restroom, then we drop into Benton and loop back. I was hoping to find cider at a local farm on the way through Benton.  They had fresh cider signs!  We asked about the cider and they only had gallons.  The owner offered to sell us whatever we wanted (smaller amount). We each dumped one of our water bottles and filled them with delicious cider. Cider is my new favorite drink.
  5. It was a bike friendly stop because it was outdoors.  We rolled right up to the stand.  Really nice people too.  Their son wrestles for Penn State and their daughter plays field hockey for another college (which I can’t recall).
  6. 48 miles on my Trek 1.2 road bike

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Heading back to town.

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Coffeeneuring #5

Sunday, November 1, 2015

The jackets are all puffed up from the wind. It was a struggle at times going against the wind.

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Coffeeneur #5

  1. Bloomin’ Bagels II, 7th Street, Bloomsburg, PA
  2. 11/1/15
  3. 1854 Dark Roast, black and a PB & J on a blueberry bagel. To go.
  4. I met a few of the guys at the park for a club ride. We did the Catawissa rollers, went into Mifflinville then looped back up on a ridge and into Lightstreet instead of the flats.  We fought the wind most of the way. We had a couple steep kickers too. It was a tough weekend for me.  Two club rides with guys only. I have to work a little harder to keep up. I stopped at the bagel shop to get a coffee and bagel to go.
  5. Not really bike friendly. There is no bike parking. I lean my bike out front and keep an eye on it from inside.
  6. 37.5 miles on my Trek 1.2 road bike

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Watching them prepare my bagel.  They just remodeled the serving area to keep the customers flowing through more efficiently.

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Coffee to go in the bottle cage and a bagel in my jacket pocket.

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Coffeeneuring Ride #4

Saturday, October 31, 2015
Happy Halloween

The window of the bike shop painted by local high school students for Halloween.  They paint windows downtown every year.

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Coffeeneur #4

  1. Briar Creek Farms, 7th Street Bloomsburg, PA
  2. 10/31/15 HALLOWEEN
  3. Apple Cider, cold
  4. I met a few of the guys at the shop for a club ride.  We did the Millville loop.  I had my mind set on apple cider the whole time, but where could I get it? I thought maybe someone at the Farmer’s Market would have it, but nope. Then I thought maybe Briar Creek Farms would have some local cider. Bingo! They had Rohrbach’s cider.  We had a windy day, but beautiful skies. The apple cider hit the spot.
  5. The store doesn’t have bike parking.  It’s kind of out of the way, so I’m content to just lean my bike against the wall outside. Not very smart on my part.
  6. 42 miles on my Trek 1.2 road bike

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Inside Briar Creek farms.

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Cider!

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Mini Tour Day 1

Day 1 – 9/29/15.  Bloomsburg, PA to Harrisburg, PA, 82.58 miles.

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The day finally arrived to set out on my first solo mini tour.  I left home for a three day journey to Salisbury, MD to ride the Seagull Century.  I guess I kind of over-packed for the length of the trip; 3 days on the bike, 2 days at my cousin’s house and then home by car.  I had two rear panniers, a dry bag to keep on top of the rack and my handlebar bag.

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Bike bags are packed and ready to go.

I left home at 9AM.  There was just a little bit of rain falling.  It’s fair week after all and it always rains fair week.  I’ve done the ride to Harrisburg many times, so this was nothing new.  I start with the regular route to work, but I keep heading South.  When I got to the covered bridge I realized I didn’t turn on the Strava app on my phone; that’s the easiest way to track the ride.  I did have my Garmin/odometer running too. It’s easier on the battery life, tracks speed and distance and I can use it to navigate if necessary.  So day one on Strava is 3.77 miles short.

Moving along my biggest “hills” of the day were on my daily commute route.  It’s a fairly easy ride to Harrisburg elevation wise, it’s the traffic and busy route that are tough.

I stopped after 22 miles to get a drink and use the restroom.  The cashiers at the convenience store started asking me about riding my bike in the rain.

“Where are you going”?  Salisbury, MD.

(Looking shocked) “How far are you going today?”  Harrisburg.

“Why are you doing this?”   Because I’m on vacation.

They were quite amazed and just kept asking silly questions.  As I stood there talking to them my parents pulled in.  They were headed to my house to pick up my son then they were going to the beach to meet me (my husband had to work).  There’s no school here this week because of fair week ( I know, it sounds ridiculous!)  We talked briefly then I was on my way.

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I stopped at mile 49 for lunch.  Subway.  I had a veggie and guacamole sub and some chips.  The rain was still only an on and off drizzle.  The biggest nuisance of the trip so far was the stopping and changing. Stop to take off the rain coat, stop to put on the rain coat……..

After lunch I was approaching the bad part of the ride.  Exit Route 11 on to 22/322.  It’s like merging onto a major highway. BicyclePA Route J – Not bike friendly!  I hate this section!  You go from insane traffic, then onto a secondary road that parallels the highway (picture below), then back onto the highway and finally off of it.

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When you get off 22/322 it’s calm again.  There’s a boat launch along the Susquehanna River by Fort Hunter Park (below) that I usually stop at.  They have a port o pot; rest stop #3.  Almost into Harrisburg.

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There’s a short ride along the river (below) before getting on to the Capital Area Greenbelt.

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The Greenbelt goes back along the River where you enter Harrisburg.

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There’s a view of the Capitol Building from the riverfront path.

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I’ve been on the Greenbelt so many times, but never saw this sign. I guess it’s because I usually take the path to the right across the bridge onto City Island.  This time I stayed left and headed to my brother’s house.

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From here I headed off the Greenbelt and through the city.  I didn’t mind the city riding; it was only a couple miles.  After almost 6 years, I still have trouble finding my brother’s house.  I tried to use my phone to navigate the final mile or two, but I couldn’t hear the directions.  I was so close, but going in circles. I finally made the correct turn and knew where I was.  I arrived.

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I went around back and parked in his basement. Everything was wet, but not soaking wet.  I carried everything up into the dining room and sat it all on a towel on the dining room floor.  I decided to get rid of some stuff. Today was flat and the load wasn’t bad, but tomorrow was rolling and I needed to shed a little weight.  I pulled a few items out to leave behind, I showered, got ready to go get food and our parent’s and my son stopped by.  I gave them my extra gear then they headed South to their house.

We went to get food.  Mediterranean food.  A falafel wrap, some hummus and a delicious mango drink.  Delicious.

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Back to the house, some TV and time for bed.  My home for the night (below).

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Just Keep Pedaling

30 days of biking September bonus round. Day 14.

One of the perks of climbing is the view.

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Climb number 2

I took the day off and rode the Triple Bypass route with some friends.  It starts flat (with a bonus headwind), but then you go up and over 3 climbs of 1000+ feet. One after another.  I told myself to “Just keep pedaling.”  I almost made it. The first climb kicks to 19% at the end. My legs were still tired and heavy from Saturday’s race and Sunday’s ride.  The sleeves were down. With the top almost in sight I cracked and said “That’s it.” I was off the saddle and walking for about 50 yards.  The five of us regrouped at the top, I pulled the sleeves back up and then descended.

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Top of the first climb

There was a gorgeous and breathtaking scenic overlook just a few hundred feet down the road.  Staying true to road cycling style, we did not stop to enjoy the view.  It was a long, surprisingly cold (freezing) and fast drop.  A short stretch of flat(ish) road and we were climbing again.

This next one was longer, but not as steep.  Just keep pedaling.  This time it worked.  I kept pedaling. The hill kept going up. The sleeves came down. My memory is already fading about the climbs.  The second and third are blurring together. There were more views to behold.  Then the sleeves went up and we went down, down, down again.

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Ready for the first big descent

This time we had a little bit more flat terrain, but it was among traffic in South Williamsport.  We stopped for drinks, snacks and a restroom.  With our bottles full we pedaled out of South Williamsport then on to the last climb. Pull the sleeves down, just keep pedaling, another long climb, but again not as steep as the first. I kept pedaling all the way to the top.  Put the sleeves back up and start down again.  Beautiful views, but we’re not stopping. More traffic going down this time. The guys go so fast they pass a dump truck.  Susan and I don’t feel the need to pass the truck. We finally get down the hill and the guys are waiting for us.

The flat stretch back finally treats us to a tailwind for part of the way.  The guys are pulling us faster and faster. It’s tough to hang on, but we do. We make it back to the cars. What a ride!  We are officially ready for the Tour de Shunk century next weekend.  Just keep pedaling.

Triple Bypass

Triple Bypass

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Horsey 100 – part 1

My husband and I left home for Kentucky on Friday (way back on May 22nd) morning. We had about 600 miles of driving ahead of us. What a great guy, he drove most of the trip. Since I was a passenger for so long I tried to get some pictures. Most of them didn’t turn out so well since we were going 70 mph.

Taking pictures at 70mph isn’t easy. i missed the MD sign, but got WV.

So many mountains in WV! When we finally got to Kentucky I missed the sign. I only got “Wel” for the Welcome to Kentucky.

I almost completely missed the KY sign; I only caught the edge.

We arrived at our hotel late according to B. Check-in was at 3 and we arrived around 4:30; late.  We unloaded, B relaxed after a lot of driving and I went to Georgetown College to get my registration packet and shop at the mini Expo.  I bought socks, Sword berry sport drink mix,  a cap and some Gu.  I went back to the hotel, got my gear ready for the ride and we both relaxed and went to sleep early.

I got up early and rode to the start. The suggested start time for the century was 8am, but I left around 7:30 so I didn’t have to rush.  The plan for this trip was to ride with two of my regular biking friends from home.  They had been in KY since Wednesday but I managed to miss them at the registration pick-up (we were late). They planned to do the metric century on Saturday and tried to get me to do that one too. I made my mind up a while back that I was doing the full century and I didn’t give in; I would ride with them Sunday.

The campus of Georgetown College ready to start the century ride.

I rode by myself for a while then met a small group that invited me to ride with them. They were really nice people, from Kentucky, but I can’t remember all their names.  I stuck with them for 50-60 miles, through several rest stops. I finally went on my own because I didn’t want to spend so much time stopped at the rest areas.

Spending the day behind bars.

 

Kentucky’s capitol building.

 

A tilted garden over a fountain at the capitol.

 

An old distillery.

 

  

I wasnt’t expecting this; a castle in Kentucky.

 

The fanciest farm we saw. A huge house, several huge barns, a pond and it’s own horse track.

 


 

The end of the century. Brian wanted a picture so I rode around the circle and crossed the finish line again.

My husband wanted a picture of how greasy my leg was after the ride.

 

Four months to update this, but more to come. Dancing in the streets, another ride with friends this time and a long drive back to PA.

 

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