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It's Over  //   Friday - November 18, 2005

Remember that nice weather I've been mentioning? Well, it's over. Hope you got out to enjoy it. Day time was warm and beautiful on Wednesday but by ride time a big storm blew in and the temperatures dropped quick. If it wasn't for Jay's prodding we may have bailed and just rode some bar stools. Instead, four of us sucked it up and rode the paved BWI trail in the dark in a howling rain storm that left us cold and soaked to the bone. It didn't help things that I was wearing my Fox summer gloves which did little more than soak up the H2O. The rain was coming down so hard my shoes never had a chance to drain, they were literally filled with water the whole ride. Some burritos and Mexican beers helped warm the core post ride though.

Last chance to catch the BIKE exhibit at the Columbia Art Center this weekend. On Saturday the author of Bicycle: The History will be talking about his book. Details for that event can be found at this link and directions and gallery hours for the show can be found here.

Sunday is Patapsco trail work: grab a shovel, do some work, then ride.

- riderx

Action  //   Tuesday - November 15, 2005

So much going on this post could be like a book but no time for that, so it will be rat-tat-tat machine gun style.

Wednesday ride: Smaller than normal group, not sure why since it was nice out. New guy shows up running some sort of micro-wattage light but hanging tough. We split off into two groups early on and he was in the other group. Lights out, avoiding the man, six stitches in the nose thanks to a hidden ditch. Ouch. I'm sure he'll be back though.

Friday: It's that time again for a certain seasonal brewing tradition - pumpkin ale and the oatmeal coffee stout (a.k.a. the breakfast stout). Kind of, sort of smooth for the most part considering we haven't been on the regular brewing schedule. The morning started with some spicy bloody marys and went on from there. Beer should be ready soon, can't wait.

Saturday ride: Early AM, meet up with a few regulars and some not so regulars. Get a nice 3 hour ride in with the Indian summer continuing to spread sunshine and fall colors. The trails are thick with leaves, tough to find your way on some of the less travelled routes. Hard to beat a day like this.

Sunday ride: Out again in the stellar weather, this time with my MTB chick at Loch Raven. Fast singletrack and plenty of playing on the log piles. Major accomplishments as she conquers some big log piles. Blue heron and lots of geese spotted along the way on the edge of the water riding.

Sunday night: The Black Keys are in town and put on a smoldering show. Raw is the best one word description I can think of. Fuzzed up, dirty blues rock sounds that are primal and make their recordings sound as polished as some boy band - and if you haven't heard them before, those records aren't exactly slick and clean. Bonus points for opener Nathaniel Mayer who was bringing the old school R&B funk to the stage and making the ladies swoon. This old man knows how to groove and his backing band laid down the sounds just right.

If you are in the Mid-Atlantic, take advantage of this beautiful weather we are having and hit the trail. And if you aren't here, well I hope your riding is just as good because it doesn't get much better than this. I know Ma Nature is just waiting to unleash the cold on us, so get it while you can.

- riderx

 

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