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    Default VSalon Member Ride Reports 07/15 - 07/21 Summer Vacay All Day

    Got up Monday morning and hit the bike path (yes, bike path - 20 of our 46 mile total) out of Asahikawa east through river bottom land towards the Sounkyo Gorge. Everything in this area is about water management, both to supply agriculture and to keep floods from crushing everything when the next cyclone (typhoon/hurricane) comes through. And Hokkaido had a bunch of them in 2018, so the evidence of damage is easy to see, as are the repairs. The bike path was actually fantastic, because it went through great bird habitat. So we (I) stopped a lot, and we saw lots of cool things. We saw several other cyclists, at least two of whom were doing an out-and-back from Asahikawa to Sounkyo and back, a distance of ~120 miles. Found a place along the way for lunch - basically a truckstop run by one lady we asked (using Google Translate) what she had for two vegetarians who ate fish, and she pointed to item 17 which turned out to be cold soba with raw vegetables and pickles and omelet with some sort of magic dashi poured over. Amazing! Straight out of Tampopo! Then we headed into the gorge and spent a lot of time looking up at cliffs and down into the river. Fortunately the road had wide shoulders and bike friendly tunnels.















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    Default Re: VSalon Member Ride Reports 07/15 - 07/21 Summer Vacay All Day

    blew off work yesterday for a quick trip to the Green Mtns to refresh myself. it worked.










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    30 and way plus miles within the city of Montreal. And only about 1 3/4 miles of that shared with cars.

    Down by the Lachine Canal and over to Île-des- Sœurs to ride the cross country ski trail through the woods around the southern end along the St Lawrence.

    To the 3 plus mile joint maybe 15 feet above the river and across it via the ice control structure. Up the hard pack pathway to Île Notre-Dame where part of my route was on the Formula 1 track. And a lap around the Olympic Basin which is 1.8 KM long and pretty cool to experience. Flat but marked so sorta a time trial along a rectangle. Was thrilled to see that, in addition to the regular scull athletes, there were about 15 wheelchairs on the floating docks with athletes and coaches working in the water.

    Up to Île Sainte-Hélène through garden paths and parkland to the Biosphere which is a museum...

    Biosphere by Jon Mandel, on Flickr

    Took a wrong turn and ended up lost in deep woods of what can only be called single track with the foliage on both sides brushing my arms. Realized that a Spectrum road bike can really go anywhere. Except for a really really technical downhill that would have been beyond my capabilities even on a full squish bike.

    All of a sudden there was another museum like building in a small clearing...

    Tour de Levis by Jon Mandel, on Flickr

    The clearing is so small and the trails to it so tight that I am amazed that anyone can find it and can't imagine it has a lot of visitors. Thanks to Goog, I now know that the top has an incredible view of the area and is a favorite wedding spot/ watch the fireworks/ etc. go to place.

    Back over Pont Jacques-Cartier to ride the cycleway back to the apartment.

    As a native NY-er, Montreal never ceases to amaze me at how incredibly varied it is. And it never ceases to fill me with envy of her cycling friendly infrastructure and people.

    What a joyful place to be and to ride.
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    Left spa life to head to a ryokan with a different view, but first we had to travel through several tunnels of varying bike friendliness and climb to Mikuni Pass, which we didn't go over but through using a very wet and cold tunnel with no bike lane. Much relief afterwards, and actually a café afterwards also with a nice curry and the best coffee of the trip. Astounding. All trip we've been warned about the bears - Hokkaido has their own version of the Alaskan Brown Bear - but today we saw warning signs with photos of a sow and two cubs, so radar (and bear bell) on. Now I am thinking about dinner and afterwards what looks to be an amazing bed.









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    Default Re: VSalon Member Ride Reports 07/15 - 07/21 Summer Vacay All Day

    Bikes and separate beds with big puffy blankets? That is vacation.



    No internet sarcasm here.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by rec head View Post
    Separate beds with big puffy blankets? That is vacation.



    No internet sarcasm here.
    A few years ago I would have disagreed. But now that our thermal capacities have gone in opposite directions....
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    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    All trip we've been warned about the bears - Hokkaido has their own version of the Alaskan Brown Bear - but today we saw warning signs with photos of a sow and two cubs, so radar (and bear bell) on. Now I am thinking about
    which is why I suggested Shiretoko. It's their stronghold. They are cool.
    Ussuri brown bear - Wikipedia
     

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    The buzzing of cicadas, the accumulation of duckweed and the arrival of the 2019 edition of the New England Humidity Festival were the highlights of this swampy ride through maynard and sudbury...

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    Quote Originally Posted by vertical_doug View Post
    which is why I suggested Shiretoko. It's their stronghold. They are cool.
    Ussuri brown bear - Wikipedia
    Brown bears are indeed cool, also apex predators and are not to be taken lightly, sprint at up to 35mph so one needs to be very careful in bear territory.

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    The bear attacks happen primarily 2 ways, the bears come in to raid garbage. Or the humans going into bear territory foraging for those yummy mushrooms, berries, bamboo roots. (Some elderly rural Japanese love to go into the forest to forage native foods) If you aren't doing either of those things, you're going to probably not have an encounter.
     

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    Default Re: VSalon Member Ride Reports 07/15 - 07/21 Summer Vacay All Day

    got a little high today
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    Quote Originally Posted by vertical_doug View Post
    which is why I suggested Shiretoko. It's their stronghold. They are cool.
    Ussuri brown bear - Wikipedia
    Shiretoko is our last two days, so we are looking forward to it.

    I had a near miss with a grizzly in Glacier National Park - a bear running along the tree line around the other side of a slope where we were standing at Logan Pass. A ranger came out of his office and yelled for us to get out of there because a bear was coming, and so we walked down the slope back to the car. When we turned around, there was the bear right where we had just been.

    So we've been employing the "watch my back" approach to natural breaks and carrying bear bells and so forth. Believe me, I don't want to see any bear that isn't 100% aware that I am coming and even then, I want a good football field of distance between us.
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    Tuesday morning I rode to the Croton train station and took the train to Grand Central to visit my daughter in Brooklyn.

    Met my buddy Danee the bike messenger, rode down to Astor Place to sell a tent to a friend. Set the thing up right next to the cube in the plaza.

    Next, we headed to Brooklyn, rode some laps and trails in Prospect Park, then met up with my kid.

    Ever try following a bike messenger through NYC? Yup, we ran a few red lights (probably more than a few lol like thirty)...

    Long day, left 9:30 am, got off the train, still did a gravel lap at Croton Point Park under a full moon when I got back to Croton, then headed home, got there around 11.

    Close to 70 miles....

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    Spent a few days on the road riding from Jackson WY to Bozeman MT with three pals. Jackson through Grand Teton National Park through Yosemite to Big Sky and then to Bozeman. First time in this area and will definitely be back! Did not need the grizzly spray but did almost run into a few bison. Also snuck into Carl Strong's place in Bozeman and he was kind enough to give us the grand tour- awesome.













     

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    Quote Originally Posted by riceburner View Post
    Jackson through Grand Teton National Park through Yosemite to Big Sky and then to Bozeman.
    whew, that was a hell of a detour!

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    it's so hot and humid here, but the greenery is booming.


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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryScientist View Post
    whew, that was a hell of a detour!
    Ha. Yup. Yellowstone....
     

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    a little over 50 in about 90 deg

    berry eater...

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    Last year's perennials.

    Next year's, too.

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    Thursday started climbing right out the front door of the inn. One day was too short. Food was amazing. Anyway, first climb of the day and my wife went right up. Nice. Then we dropped down out of the mountains to a spa town on Lake Shikaribetsu with a suicidal sounding woman slowly announcing the boat tour schedule over the PA. Weird. And then further down to a road side rest stop that was a combination horse riding/racing facility with a croquet golf course and a snack shop that sold bean pies and riding boots. And finally cut across the eluvium of Tokachidake, one of the active volcanos in the area (last eruption in 2004,) which meant major rolling terrain, finished by an up and over Karicachi Pass that was totally socked in with clouds. Longest day. 62 miles. 4525' of elevation.













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    Went to Canada to beat the heat but had to leave Montreal for the Laurentians to beat the heat.

    Yesterday, took the Seven out so I could leave early in the morning to ride.

    My wife said, “That bike looks heavier than your other bikes. When did you get that?”. Ummm, years. So, I think I can probably sneak the next bike in here without a big discussion. And when did she start noticing the weight of bikes?

    Went out on the P’tit Train du Nord figuring I would stay under shade for at least 20 miles of the ride. But it was brutal once in the farm countryside.

    IMG_1576 by Jon Mandel, on Flickr

    Was glad when I got home after a really sloggy from the heat 45 to join my wife in the lake.

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    Today, went south the same distance along a lot of this...

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    There were tons of trees and many flowers...

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    Turned around at the modern lumber mill that is next to the old (this is for real) Moulin Rouge...

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    Two days of long, hot, sloggy rides. But what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger or something like that. And being out in nature up here is beyond words.
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