Part 1 – 12/30/10: I’ve had a little time off. Visited with the family a bit and did a bit of mindless vegging. One thing I haven’t done is ride much of anywhere in the last week. With all the extra goodies around and all of my sitting around, I was starting to feel a little lethargic. Didn’t feel like fighting with traffic and I had some new toys to try out so a few mindless hours of spinning on the NCR trail was exactly what the doctor ordered. I didn’t bother to wake up early since I didn’t expect the trail to be crowded. Amazingly enough there were a dozen or two other brave souls out today too.
Falls lumped over with ice
Old Caboose in New Freedom
Big P stands for his obligatory New Freedom glamor shot. Riding it on a rail trail is like using a steamroller to press handkerchiefs. Still made for a fun time. Stuffing this bike in the trunk of my Saturn proved to be quite a challenge the first time around.
The most and least expensive gifts I received this year. Niner YAWYD top Cap and Garmin Etrex Vista HCX. After 2 years of wanting, not wanting, then wanting again, I finally broke down and begged for it on my b-day when REI put them on sale for $170. Haven’t played with it much yet. Just learned how to upload rides to Garmin’s connect site. Still working on uploading tracks built on the computer or using route building sites. I figured out how to get tracks in, but not how to automatically set up alerts for turns/waypoints. An empty trail was a good place to play around with it because if I ‘drove distracted’ I could weave a little without risking life and limb. Might get a more detailed basemap when my dividend comes in, but I had never intended on trying to replace a standard map and cuesheet – only to use it for tracking my rides and elevation data.
While it wasn’t very cold out I did some more experimentation with clothing and I’m finding a good balance. Getting better with adding some layers to my legs, which in turn is helping my feet.
I went to the half way point and decided I’d had enough for the day. 42 miles was good to burn off a few holiday cookies and remind my legs what it feels like to move again. Activity and elevation profiles can be seen on the Garmin Connect Site.
Part 2 – 1/1/11:
I had the idea of waking up early on New Years morning to greet the sun and a new year. We didn’t get to bed until around 1:30a.m., so I didn’t bother with the alarm. I did wake up around 7 which wasn’t early enough to take twilight photos, but was early enough to enjoy the morning. I took Pugsley out on an exploration towards Robert E. Lee park in N. Baltimore. The Garmin wouldn’t lock on satellites when I stepped out the door and I had a few problems for the first 1/2 hour of the ride. It was kind of annoying, but worked itself out. I also found my only dislike to date with Pug. I missed a shift when climbing a big hill near my house and bent the middle chain ring so I had to spend most of the ride in the granny and top gears. Once I got home I bent it back in to shape, but noticed in the process that the rings on the Truvativ Hussefelt cranks were all stamped steel and kind of cheap. It’s not a big problem for me because they’re 4 bolt 110/74’s and I have a ton of that stuff from my singlespeed experiments of yore. If it bends again I’ll replace ’em.
Back to the ride. Straight up Roland towards the park. Once there I checked progress on the bridge that I haven’t visited since April.
After that I went up Falls Rd. to try and find another entrance to the park from the back side closer than the parking spaces past Padonia Rd. Finally found a trailhead on Copper Hill Rd. I got a few yards off the beaten path and came across a stretch of hilly, rocky, icy trail that was a little more than I bargained for this morning…
There’s lots more to explore there, but I need some water, food, and bike handling practice. Pug likes to roll over stuff, I need some work. Check part 2 on the Garmin Connect Site.