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Today's spin bike ride

Wednesday, October 28, 2020: I really like an APP called "RideWithGPS" but it has not been working properly for a couple weeks. I have been trying everything with the help of the RWGPS support. When searching for solutions I discovered another APP called "Wahoo Fitness" which automatically posts to two other APPs, RWGPS and Strava. So today's spin bike ride was recorded on Wahoo then posted to RWGPS. Today's spin bike ride is the longest I've done so far. I always ad on to the ride with a warm up and cool down. I'm not sure what is meant by "Low Impact" because this was a very tough class. I had a very wet T-shirt by the time I was finished.

Cool day for cycling

 

Saturday, October 24, 2020: The temperature was 56 when I began today's ride and 57 when I finished. I should have put on a vest but I never got uncomfortably cold.

I'm feeling like I need to spend more time on the spin bike during "off" days because my endurance seems to be suffering. I'm losing strength yet my spin bike rides "hurt".

Today's ride was one of my favorites. It was the Driver Valley Road loop with very little traffic and usually a nice view of wildlife. Today it was only one deer.

Click my photo for a nice view of the weather.

North and South Umpqua RiversRiding partners
Saturday, October 17, 2020: Riding with a group of seven today. This was a 38 mile ride and about all I could do. I need to spend more time on my spin bike or out riding on my own. I'm losing my endurance. This was a 50 degree day so we dressed warmly, almost too warm toward the end of the ride. Still a great ride. Nice stop at the Lighthouse Bakery and Cafe for a muffin. Click the photos.
Echelon Ride ReportEchelon Ride Report
Wednesday, September 30, 2020: I did two rides on the spin bike for a total of 45 minutes. There is NO coasting on a spin bike as there is on a road bike. In theory, half the riding on the road is level, easy riding or coasting down hill while the other half is working. On a spin bike you are always working and legs are always moving. So, in theory, a 45 minute ride on the spin bike is equivalent to 90 minutes on the road. I'm still learning how to use the software. I did get my heart rate monitor to work so I was able to ride to my usual heart rate of 135 - 145 bpm.
Echelon Connect Sport Partial assembly Nearly complete
Tuesday, September 29, 2020: The recent wildfire smoke followed by rain was a hint of what the winter weather will do to my ability to ride this winter. We usually head south during the winter months but because of the COVID virus, we are staying in Oregon this winter. I had the experience years ago of riding rollers all winter but riding a "spin bike" will be a new experience. This one comes with a three month membership to online spin classes and video cycling. Changing this bike just a little with my pedals and a better saddle should make it into a bike just right for me. This bike is made especially for Wal-Mart. They also make one identical for Amazon. When researching, I learned both the Wal-Mart and Amazon bikes are difficult to find. The Roseburg Wal-Mart happened to have one so I picked it up. Click each photo for assembly views.

Riding during "Bicycle Travel Weekend"

 

Sunday, September 27, 2020: Glen on the left, Erik on the right. Glen drove to Cottage Grove with the two of us for the Bicycle Travel Weekend loop ride from Cottage Grove to Lorane then to Creswell back to Cottage Grove. It's a nice 43 mile ride with some good climbing in between. This was a free organized ride which Glen learned about it then invited his riding friends to join him. This was all new territory for me, two fun towns, Cottage Grove and Creswell. There were about twenty riders but we left all of them behind within the first seven minutes. Glen set a blazing pace to begin the ride, I needed a little more warmup but apparently he didn't. You see I have my GoPro, I chose to video long rides to use as "Training Videos" during the winter months when I can't ride due to the weather. Here is a short video as we started out in Cottage Grove. I slowed it down so you can see some of the stores. Click this photo to see our group.

Erik, first to the top Glen, second to the top Randy is the rear guard
 The four amigosMonday, Labor Day, September 7, 2020: Glen organized another ride today since it was Labor Day and everyone was off work, we did another 50 mile ride. Well, they did 50, I did 46 since I started at a different location. I'm standing on the left, then Glen, Randy and Erik on the right. You see those great 100 Valleys of the Umqua Jerseys? I have ordered one so I can be a part of the team too. Glen has one, just for got to wear his. This ride began early, I had to set my alarm for 5:15 am to be able to get to the starting point by 6:30 am. I guess I need to organize the next ride so the starting point is nearer to me. All the roads today were new to me which made it a positive ride. We were actually riding for about 30 minutes before the sun started to show above the mountains. Erik is now talking about a century ride this weekend. I'd like to have had more warning but if the guys are doing it, I'm going to give it a try. I've done many century rides but the last one was about nine years ago. It may take a lot of ibuprofin to get me to 100 miles. I won't have my new jersey by then so I will have to look through my storage bin for something to wear.
Entering Crater Lake National Park Climbing toward the summit My first glimpse of the lake
The view from Crater Lake LodgeThe loop around Diamond LakeThursday, September 3, 2020: This was a warm day with 3000 feet of climbing to reach Crater Lake Lodge from Diamond Lake Lodge. Glen organized the ride and invited Randy and myself to push him up the mountain. The ride to Crater Lake Lodge is about 21 miles but if you add a loop around Diamond Lake on the return ride, the total ride is 50 miles. The photos don't show as much smoke as what we actually saw coming from the California wild fires. We had an early start so the traffic and the forecasted warm temperatures for the day did not bother us. The afternoon ride back down was quick where we were within a few MPH of hitting the 45 MPH speed limit. It was a reward for the climbing we did to get to the summit. Another reward for this ride, beside the incredible scenery, was the pizza and ice cream at the end of the ride. We sat outside the pizza restaurant comparing heart rates. Randy is a runner so recorded the lowest average around 135 BPM (if I remember correctly). Randy reports his resting heart rate is in the 30s, incredible! I was second with an average heart rate of 140 BPM but I had the highest maximum heart rate of 172. Glen's average was 156 BPM (if I'm remembering correctly). It all just means we were working hard most of the time. Click each of these photos for larger views. I also did a video of the ride. I believe it does a good job of showing the strength and endurance it takes to do a ride like this as well as the grandeur of the scenery along the way. Turn up the volume.
Erik chugging uphill
Glen chugging uphill
Saturday, August 29, 2020: Only a thirty mile ride today but some steep hills to climb. Erik and Glen are showing me their hill climbing talents. This was another early morning ride so some cool riding weather. We were finished by 10 am. Click on the photos for another view.
Erik focused on the road Riding along the Umpqua River More of the Umpqua River
A one lane bridge over the Umpqua On the bridge The Lighthouse at the 50 mile mark

This is what Erik saw most of the ride.

 

Saturday, August 22, 2020: It has been a while since I last rode a century ride. Erik and I rode a Metric Century today. That would be 100 Km or 62+ miles. Neither of us planned on a century bet we did plan a 50 mile ride. Erik wanted to show me a nice single lane, paved road on the far side of the Umpqua River. We rode 6 mile down that road then 6 miles back. "Erik, you realize you just added 12 miles to a 50 mile ride." I said. We had to make sure we did 62+ miles (we actually did 65.5 miles). Before you say, "but you were on your eBike, Dale", I never come higher than the lowest assist setting and my average heart rate for today's ride was 139 BPM. That's working! Our "rest stop" was at the 50 mile mark at the Lighthouse Bakery. Click on all these photos for a view of more great riding in Oregon along the Umpqua River. Thanks Erik for the two photos of me.

The Umpqua River, thanks Erik for the photo
Sunday, August 16, 2020: I went on a great ride with Erik and Glen yesterday on a route which they introduced me to. I have already marked the route in my memory because it will be a nice ride from Sutherlin, probably 50 miles or so. Click the photo for a view of Glen and I as we pass Erik who took the photo. The above photo was taken by Erik or Glen, it's the Umpqua River (second largest river in Oregon) as it passes through the Umpqua Valley. Yesterday's ride was 30 miles. I did another ride today with Erik. I showed him one of my best routes on Driver Road then past the Mildred Kanipe County Park. We did both rides early finishing around 10 am due to the excessive heat forecast for both days. It was 105.7 degrees yesterday. Here is a link to a nice video of today's ride with Erik. Watch for wildlife, the Rochester Covered Bridge and the great Oregon summer countryside. And, of course, enjoy the music!
Skogs is the new Tolly'sOakland, Oregon will see a revival
Wednesday, August 12, 2020: I called this ride, "Three Firsts". Today was my first time to wear my new sunglasses. I have some wonderful cycling glasses with interchangeable colored lenses, changed for the weather. However, I can't read my computer with those glasses and the style which hides prescription lenses behind the cycling lens offer only ONE prescription. I need distance vision and reading vision lenses. So I ordered these sunglasses with progressive lenses. They work great in bright sunlight. I have been using an old pair of progressive glasses which turn dark in the sun. However, they are shaded by my helmet and don't turn dark enough. Perhaps I'll use those on a cloudy day. The second "first", I did the entire route on one click above "OFF". I usually ride two clicks above off for the assistance setting but today was on the lowest assistance setting. My first ride with Glen and Erik was on my Torelli road bike. I couldn't keep up with them. When I last rode with Glen and Erik I was on my fitness bike set two clicks above off; I could easily keep up and left them behind on the hills. I want to try to match their speed and the lowest assistance setting will likely be perfect. An additional benefit, after 27 miles today the battery was at 84%. So I used only 16% of the battery to do 27% of a traditional century. Now I will have a new goal, a traditional century. Of course, I need to do a metric century first, that's coming up. The third "first", today was the first time I listened to music (in my right ear only) the entire route. I lived on the California side of Lake Tahoe for 13 years from 1977 to 1990 (age 30 to 43). During the winter months I would switch from cycling to Nordic Skating. I loved both sports. I also kept in shape by riding my road bike on rollers in an unheated bedroom. Even unheated, I still needed a fan blowing on me because the sweat would pour off. I enjoyed rollers but hated a trainer where the wheels were locked in. You can't snooze while riding rollers. I would put on headphones and listen mostly to two albums. Who Are You (1978) and Who's Next (1971) were the two albums so those albums were in my right ear today. Just hearing the music from those two albums brought back memories. I added a third album today, All Rights Removed (2011) by Airbag. Airbag is a group from Norway, a group I discovered after subscribing to Spotify. They are extremely talented IMHO but perhaps you had to be introduced to Rock and Roll at UC Davis in the 60's to appreciate them. Here is an image you can enlarge of today's ride. The photos were taken in Oakland, Oregon. Much of downtown Oakland has been purchased recently by two couples. SKOG's was Tolly's restaurant for many years and was a popular restaurant but could not seem to be profitable the last few years. I hope Skog's has good success. Several other store fronts in town are due for renovation with the new owners. It is going to be interesting to see the transformation.

Erik is pushing up the hill

 

Saturday, August 8, 2020: Glen organized a Glide Loop Ride today which included our friend Erik and myself. This is a nice 50 mile ride to the tiny town of Glide, Oregon on highway 138 driving toward Crater Lake. We stayed off of 138 taking North Bank Road out of Wilbur riding along the North Umpqua River. We stopped at a wonder coffee shop in Glide then returned using Buckhorn Road. There is some good climbing along the route and some good descents. I made a short video of our adventure. Click the photo for a view of the North Umpqua River.

Meet Trevor, the new owner of my Torelli road bike

Wednesday, August 5, 2020: Meet Trevor from downtown Roseburg. Trevor saw my Craigslist ad for my Torelli road bike and acted on it. He is now the new owner of this fine, lightweight bike which will give him years and miles of pleasure.

I have had several cyclists interested but Trevor was the first to recognize what a great bike it is. He is a mountain biker and new to road riding. Have fun Trevor and take care of that bike!

In case you missed it, here is the day I bought that bike.

So why did I sell such a fine bike? I have been riding a road bike since I was 11 years old. I have done many century rides (100 miles) and know what training is and know what I should be able to do on a bike. I was expecting my eBike to get me into shape again to perform well on the road bike and I believe I am in as good a condition as is possible after 1 year of riding (training). Yes, I feel great, I've lost 20 lbs and really enjoy riding. But I can't do on my road bike what I use to do and I don't enjoy the road bike nearly as much as I enjoy my eBike. When you read the reports of my riding by clicking the print-out in the upper right corner, you'll see my heart rate is right where it should be, average of 140 BPM. That shows I'm working but I can't do on the road bike (speed and distance) what I can do on the eBike (not like I use to). And I enjoy the eBike much more. I don't expect anything to change as I age so chose to sell the Torelli.

Cycling with two left socks.

 

Monday, July 20, 2020: Cycling with two left socks.

Today we had breakfast with Gwen's daughter Lesa and her partner, Jeff, in Roseburg. I took my bike and rode out Garden Valley Blvd to Oak Hill Road for a round about route back to Sutherlin.

This was the hottest day of the year so far this summer which did not make for a pleasant ride although I finished before 1 pm. I did get to try out my new cycling socks.

Sweat in my eyes

Thursday, July 16, 2020: It was a warm day today, 91 for the high but 85 when I was riding. Still the stinging sweat filled my eyes so I couldn't open them. I did 40 miles. My goal is to build endurance to ride a metric century (that's 63 miles). The one I have picked out has 3300 feet of elevation increase too. I'm just waiting for a cool day to do it. Today's ride was on much of the route I have planned for the century ride, virtually no traffic.

Calapooia Creek Lots of interested farm animals Nice ranch for sale
More farm animalsMonday, July 13, 2020: I took a different route this ride. The main street through the city of Sutherlin is Central Avenue. Two miles outside of town Central Avenue changes names to Nonpareil. Nonpareil is paved for another 16 miles into the mountains toward the southeast. At the end of the pavement the road turns to gravel and continues into the mountains onto forest service roads. One of these forest service roads will lead to Highway 138 going east to Crater Lake. The other way will take you to the tiny town of Glide then on to Roseburg. I've never been on those gravel roads. Today, I rode around the Plat I Reservoir then on to the end of the pavement on Nonpareil before returning home. It was 40 miles and 2 hours, 20 minutes. It was a great ride, as always. Very little traffic with lots of new scenery to see. Click all the photos for more views. I crossed Calapooia Creek three times. Note how clear the water is on this ride compared to further downstream on the previous rides.
I like this houseCrossed this creek multiple times

Friday, July 10, 2020: I nice long ride today. Weather began overcast and cool then cleared after an hour and I was dressed to warmly. Still, I enjoyed this ride, one of my favorites. Note how the area is no longer green but turning brown with the summer. Summers in western Oregon can be dry, unlike what we experienced during our trip to the northern mid-west states last summer. Here is the short video from today's ride. Click these photos for more views.

Umpqua, Oregon Post OfficeLighthouse Cafe and Bakery

Sunday, July 5, 2020: My ride today took me past the tiny village of Umpqua in the center of the Umpqua Valley created by the Umpqua River, the second largest river in Oregon. It is also the name of my favorite ice cream, Umpqua brand, Espresso Madness! I did a 40 mile loop today which I call the Cole Valley loop named for Cole Road thru the valley. I also did some experimenting with my GoPro camera you see attached to my helmet. In the photo, the camera is facing to the rear, so that's the first thing I tried. Then I set the camera on "Time Lapse" while riding thru Cole Valley. Normally, in a time lapse video, the camera is sitting on a tripod and the activity is happening around the camera. In this case, it's mounted on my helmet and I'm passing thru Cole Valley. Here is a link to that video.

Preparing for the ride "Look like you are enjoying this ride" We saw no covered bridges on this route
Friday, July 3, 2020: Great ride today with my friend Glen and his friend (now my friend, too) Eric. Glen chose to do the Row River Trail which is a "rail to trail" route starting in Cottage Grove, Oregon. Because it is a rail to trail, there are no steep climbs or descents, perfect for riding my Torelli road bike. The ride began in the rain on a day when the weather forecast was for 80 degrees and only partly cloudy. The rain turned to heavy mist then finally cleared. This was a great ride through the trees and along Dorena Lake. Great for a hot day but not so good for my cycling program which follows my route using GPS. The software lost the GPS signal at one point and reported our ride to be only 39 miles when it was really 41.2 miles. Still, I did get a short video of the ride. Click these three photos to enlarge.
Ride reports and remote control A ride junction Arrived at dog training
Thursday, July 2, 2020: Today, Abby must attend the vet at the same time of her training class. Gwen is taking Abby to the vet while I ride my bike to the training class. Click these photos for more views. I made a very short video of today's ride.
Riding North RoseburgGreat road riding in these parts
Wednesday, July 1, 2020: Off for a fitness ride while trying some new features on my GoPro. I took 45 minutes of video on this 1.25 hour, 20 mile ride then edited it down to a bit more than 7 minutes. Take a look, you will at least learn what this area of Oregon looks like on July 1.

Glen and me, after today's ride

 

 

Sunday, June 14, 2020: Glen wanted to do a ride in the Sutherlin area. I took him around the Plat I reservoir then onto Driver Valley Road. This is not his first ride in the Sutherlin area so he knows to expect to see no more than two cars on Driver Valley Road. It is one of the best road rides around.

Glen has pushed me in the past. He has made me work harder than I wanted and kept me in the rear of the ride all the time. However, Glen has been slacking off for one reason or another an has gained 20 lbs so today HE was lagging behind and breathing hard. I'm feeling pretty good, especially knowing I am 18 years older. However, if Glen gets back into the cycling groove, I could be in trouble again.

Plat I Reservoir

Riding in the rainStearns HardwareFriday, June 12, 2020: I had planned to ride with a friend today but he cancelled due to the rain. I didn't let the rain stop me so off on a ride of my own. I did the Driver Valley Loop but added in the Plat-I Reservoir which I haven't seen in about four years. It is very close, only about five miles and this was my first time to ride around the entire reservoir. I didn't see good access to this lake so not sure if it is used for recreation. Also, I'm not sure if it has any fish to draw the fishing crowd.

I did have to put on my rain gear but not sure how good it is. Yes, it's waterproof, but that's the problem. I get about as wet inside the gear as outside from sweat. Waterproof rain gear does not let perspiration out so I began to feel damp inside the gear.

I did pass through Oakland, Oregon again but this time rode by the Oakland High School. I was there one other time to watch a football game. Also, Stearns Hardware store is one of my favorites because I know the owner by first name. It is a very small hardware store so inventory is limited but I can count on Bill to have the nuts and bolts I often need. Click all three photos for more views.

Roseburg bike trails Veteran National Cemetary in Roseburg Bike trail under Interstate 5
Tuesday, June 9, 2020: We did some shopping today at Costco and I thought to bring my bicycle along. I wanted to try some new areas. I rode from Costco along whatever bike trails I could find. My goal was to find the bike trail leading under the Interstate 5 bridge crossing the South Umpqua River then ride through old town Roseburg then back to Sutherlin. This was my first time to ride many of the trails I found. I saw more cars in this one day than I would see in a year on my Sutherlin rural rides. Click all the photos for another view. Also click here to see the short video I took of the ride under the bridge.
The beginning of Driver Valley Road Historic School House Mildred Kanipe Memorial Park has lots of roaming Peacocks
Mildred donated the land to the county A remote vineyard Only ten miles to go
Friday, June 5, 2020: One of the best rides yet. Great country for road riding, very little traffic and perfect weather today at 68 degrees and little wind. I haven't done this ride in four years but thought I was feeling strong so rode it today. I wasn't as strong as I thought, legs were weak with ten miles to go, but I would do it again. Here is a map of the ride. You can also find the details by clicking the ride above. Click on all the photos for more views. The Mildred Kanipe Memorial Park is a favorite place for the Equestrians and for wildlife viewing. There was a large equestrian group in the camping area. Peacocks roam freely in the park also. You can hear them screaming before arriving at the park. I also made a video. It's 8 minutes long but worth watching to the end.

Alpacas are curiousMore views on the route

 

Saturday, May 23, 2020: I did the Wilcox loop today but in the reverse direction. That doesn't sound like much of a change but I did it to create more interest and to turn all the downhill runs into climbs and all the climbing to descents.

When you ride in the reverse you see lots of new things so I took some more photos.

Click these photos for more views.

Steep grade

Country roadHazelnutsFriday, May 15, 2020: The first clear day in a few days so Gwen cleaned the whole place and gave me the job of an Abby bath.

After the bath, however, I went on another great rural ride with some steep ascents and descents. I call this ride the "Cole Loop". It combines part of the Roger's, Rochester, Oakland loops but adds Cole Road. Cole Road has the steepest climbing and descending of anything I've ridden so far. It also has lots of new farms and rural dwellings to view. You just don't find this kind of riding in the area of Arizona we like to winter park.

Click the top photo for a unique fence decoration on one of these rural dwellings.

Driver Valley Countryside
Deer in the road Rochester Covered Bridge Historic Oakland Bed and Breakfast
Thursday, May 7, 2020: I did one of the best rides in Oregon today. I call it the Driver Valley Loop. Today's ride was a perfect 33.5 miles but can be made shorter or longer easily. The Driver Valley Road will add ten miles to any of my loop rides. Today's ride included the Oakland, Rochester and Wilcox loops plus Driver Valley Road. Driver Valley Road has one short steep section then the rest of this rural ride is rolling green hills. The other nice part of Driver Valley is the lack of traffic. Today I saw ONE car going the opposite direction. In addition, the historic town of Oakland with cafes and coffee shops is at the 21 mile mark of the ride so once Oregon is open again and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, refreshment can be had at 21 miles. Click all the photos for more views.

Donating a perfectly good road bike

Tuesday, April 21, 2020: Today was to organize the shed/workshop then work on the bicycles. The most important is to get my yellow Fuji road bike ready to donate to the Umpqua Valley Bicycle Outreach program. It is a program to train youth how to ride long distances and how to repair their bicycle. My Fuji bike and I have a long history together. I purchased it in 1997 and assembled it myself. I've made improvements over the years. The last serious riding on this bike was training for, then riding a century over a steep mountain route. That was a great year for riding and a story worth reading. I bought my current road bike that same year but it didn't replace the Fuji. I still road the Fuji often. I figure I put about 20,000 miles on the Fuji but now it is time for someone else to take over.

After cleaning up the Fuji I worked on my Yamaha CrossConnect Ebike. It has 1,500 miles on it. The rule of thumb is to remove and replace the chain at 1500 miles so I carefully measured the chain and it seemed to have stretched. However, once removed I learned it had not stretched at all. I cleaned it with the intention of reinstalling it however I lost half of the final link so installed the new chain. I'll order the link I need or pick one up at a bike shop and install the old chain again after another couple thousand miles on this bike. You might wonder, why replace the chain if it stretches but it still works. A stretched chain will wear on the rear cassette and the front chain rings making them unusable with a new chain so you are stuck with the old chain unless you replace the cassette and chain rings. It's much cheaper and easier to replace the chain when needed.

Ok, I also replaced the tires with Continental Ultrasport II tires. These are high pressure, light weight tires. They will likely improve my speed and endurance but sacrifice ride comfort. I tried out the new chain and tires on a quick 21 mile ride through the Rochester Covered Bridge.

Wild Iris alongside my routeThis time it's the road bike at Rochester Covered Bridge

 

 

Monday, April 20, 2020: This time it is the road bike on the Oakland to Rochester Covered Bridge to Hiway 138 route.

It wasn't as enjoyable as the previous ride. For some reason my RideWithGps software was not speaking to me most of the ride. Maybe that made the difference. I finally figured out why she wasn't talking around mile 19. Each mile she calls out my time, distance, elapsed time, heart rate and pace in a very pleasant voice. For nineteen miles she wasn't talking to me. That threw off my timing for sure.

When I arrived at the one way Rochester Bridge a pickup truck was waiting to drive through from the other side. I waved him through because I needed to take photos. He stopped when he came to me and asked, "Did you follow the stock market today?" I answered that I had followed it until noon. He then started talking about the price of oil. I told him I had read the oil companies were willing to pay $37 per barrel if someone would take it. They no longer had anyplace to store the oil. So the price of oil was a NEGATIVE $37. Then he told me, "When I was just learning to drive the price of a gallon of gas was $.19 per gallon." I answered, "So was the price of a hamburger!" With that, he drove off and I got to take my photos.

Click the photos for another view.

Country ridingRochester Covered Bridge

 

Wednesday, April 15, 2020: I went to the optometrist today. He said my eye change is so slight I don't need new glasses. Good news.

I took my EBike on the Oakland loop today but added the Rochester Covered Bridge built in 1933. It is a one lane bridge, still used to cross Calapooia Creek which is pretty high this time of year. Adding the bridge only added two miles to the route but took me onto a longer stretch of busy route 138.

Click both photos for more views of the bridge.

Verizon in the countrySpring in Oregon

 

 

Sunday, April 12, 2020: Doing the same Medium loop through Oakland and on to Hiway 138.

I stopped several times to make adjustments to my riding APP since it was the first ride with the new phone.

 

More spring in OregonOakland, Oregon City Hall

A little different route which took me in front of the historic Oakland City Hall which is also the library. Of course, most are closed due to the COVID-19 virus scare.

It is hard to compare the EBike ride with the road bike ride since I made so many stops on this ride to make software adjustments and to take photos. This ride was slower by ten minutes and the average speed was slower. We will do a few more rides to compare.

One of the steeper hillsOregon is green in the spring and early summer
Thursday, April 9, 2020: We made our first Oregon trip to Costco this morning for essential items. We found plenty of paper towels but no toilet paper. We didn't need either. Our main purpose was to check with the Verizon booth for a phone upgrade but learned they did not open until an hour after we left. After unpacking, I took the E-Bike onto the "medium loop", about 19 miles around the farm country and through historic Oakland. A fun ride with the spare clipless pedals I installed yesterday. I may have pushed it a little hard so may wait a day to do the same route on the road bike.
Loop ride through Oakland, Oregon
Wednesday, April 8, 2020: Today I rode my road bike, first ride since August, 2017. Since that time I had been having a mysterious right leg cramp until last summer when it mysteriously began to disappear after two years. I first bought the Costco bike to begin cycling again. I was feeling so good I traded the Costco bike for the Yamaha E-Bike. I used those two bikes to loose 20 lbs and get into good enough condition to return to riding my road bike once I returned to Oregon. Today was that ride. Two days ago I rode my easy loop through the hills and historic Oakland back to Sutherlin on the E-Bike. Today I did the same route on the road bike. Click the photo for a view with the road bike. That gave me a chance to compare the two bikes. Here is some of the comparison of the two bikes and the ride. The road bike is one third the weight of the E-Bike and has a wider range of gears. On today's ride it took 8 minutes longer on the road bike and my average heart rate was 7 beats/minute higher. Here's the way the ride went: 1) The road bike felt much more squirrelly than I had remembered. 2)The vultures began to circle me before I left the park. 3)At two miles into the ride today the front derailleur stopped working. I stopped to learn if I could make a quick repair. The vultures began to laugh, circled lower and were calling their friends. 4) No repair so I rode the rest of the route on the small chain ring. 5)Yes, I could tell, especially on the hills, that the little assistance I get on the E-Bike (I always keep it set to the second lowest assistance level) is still helpful. 6) The ride on the road bike is considerably more uncomfortable. The bike is not forgiving on a rough road. This is expected since the E-Bike has a shock fork but I hadn't remembered how rough riding the road bike was. 7) My road bike has clipless pedals. I have ridden on clipless pedals for 40 years so it wasn't difficult to return. I have an extra set of clipless pedals and have put them onto the E-Bike to learn if that improves my pedaling on the E-Bike. 8)My intention is to continue to ride both bikes. 9)The vultures were disappointed.
Dips Roadside memorial Roaming cattle
Thursday, March 5, 2020: Not a lot of choices for riding around here while staying on the asphalt. I road two miles farther on route 42E. It's a straight road so to keep from boredom I weave down the center of the road between the lines. Click each photo for more roadside views.

Highway 60, nice shoulder

Monday, March 2, 2020: Back on the bike after a couple weeks off. The riding from the Desert Gold RV Park promises to be good. The photo shows Highway 60 as it leaves the park, nice wide shoulder and this shoulder goes the entire length of 60. I only rode 60 for about a mile when I turned off onto 42E, a road with very little traffic. Both 60 and 42E are straight roads, so boring in that way. Also virtually no climbing but there is often a headwind to fight.

The report on this ride shows how straight, out and back ride. It shows 16 miles but I rode 20+ miles. My phone got wet in a rain storm and quit working at 16 miles. So today's ride was trying to stay ahead of the rain storm following me starting at mile 10.

Click the photo for a view of the rain in the distance which grew bigger and caught me at mile 9.

More views of the desert roads

Saturday & Sunday, January 25-26, 2020: Two days of desert riding and road riding with beautiful weather. I plan to spend more time road riding and less on the desert. My bike is just not a good desert road bike. Wider tires with less pressure are needed, this bike frame won't allow for that. I did make a helmet video and a drone video of the same desert road to give you a better view of the roads.

I explored 50 feet into this mine "Game Water" System Large area to catch the dew

Dome rockRough riding

 

Tuesday, December 31, 2019: What else but a ride in the desert on New Year's Eve. I continued to ride toward Dome Rock and the three mountain peaks remembering a "Game Water" System located behind the peak. The last time I was here, I had a real mountain bike and stronger legs. It was nine years ago. First, I found a mine and explored for about fifty feet. Another 30 minutes of riding and I found the "Game Water". The large, white panels collect night time dew which runs into a trough (of course, it will collect rain water also but I believe dew is the main water source. The water is collected from the trough into a huge tank. The tank feeds a small watering trough where animals can drink. The state of Arizona has a camera at the trough to capture photos of animals drinking here. I will have to do a search for those photos once I have good Internet access. I took more photos of the rough riding conditions. Yes, I got another pinch flat on the rear tire even though I had inflated the tire to 57 pounds. I guess I will have to go to 60 pounds. Fortunately, my patched spare tube held air so I was only delayed long enough to change the tube. There are other desert roads out this way I would like to explore but I will want more water, food and more spare tubes before coming this way again. This was my longest ride yet in the desert with the best scenery. Click all the photos for more views. Here is a view from Dome mountain toward the east.

Yes, I've ridden this bike 1000+ milesGood times riding in the desert couldn't last, my first flat
Pretty good road dips.Haven't seen the cattle yetSunday, December 29, 2019: Yesterday, I wasn't so lucky in my desert riding. I got a "pinch flat". That is when you hit a sharp rock hard enough that it flattens the tire to the point the tube is caught between the rim and rock which pinches the tube enough the rubber cracks. The solution is to have more air in the tires which gives less control on this rocky surface. The rider must find a fine balance between the amount of air pressure in the tire at the sacrifice of bike control. Of course, a wider tire would also help but this tire is as wide as the frame will allow. So I replaced the failed tube with my spare tube and finished the ride. Today, I couldn't take the chance of desert riding since I have no spare so I did a road ride. I bought this bike on September 10. During my ride yesterday my odometer passed 1000 miles. I feel pretty good about doing 1000 miles in 3.5 months. My desert riding is less than half my road mileage so the number of miles will slow down if I continue to desert ride but the amount of effort over the time of the ride is about the same. Click all the photos for more views. Every time I fix a flat tire I'm reminded, it was my grandfather who taught me how to do it. I'm hoping there will be a time I can pass this information on to my own grandchildren.
I wish all these roads were this good I hate riding in a wash, gravel is too deep. Love the clouds but they eliminate our solar power
Friday, December 27, 2019: Riding in the desert again after getting propane and water this morning. Cool day again for a ride. These desert roads are more for a mountain bike, not a gravel bike but I still enjoyed the ride. As I learn the roads, I'll find the routes I like best. Today I rode due west toward Three Hump Mountain then around the mountain. Some smooth gravel but lots of large rocks and washouts in the roads. Still, I haven't fallen yet or gotten a flat. My friend Ray introduced me to a new APP, What3Words. Every 3 meters x 3 meters on the Earth have been given a unique three word location title. This enables me to give anyone a three word location which is then easily found. Try finding the location where I took the panorama behind the middle photo. Here is the three word location: ///built.demonstrated.snails. Put those three words into the APP or at their Webpage. Click all photos for more views.
Had to watch a YouTube video to learn how to remove the rear wheel There are roads in the desert Found one of the mines in the desert
Sunday, December 22, 2019: Since we moved to the desert I need to install the new gravel tires I purchased several weeks ago. However, the thru axle on the rear wheel is different from the front. Since I had no idea of how to remove it, I watched a YouTube video showing the removal. I was able to remove and replace both tires easily. I was concerned about the clearance for the rear tire since the gravel tire has a width of "42" while the tires which came with the bike had a width of "37". As it turned out, the rear tire has plenty of clearance but the front tire is hitting the fender. I believe I'll remove the fender. These gravel tires have puncture protection but there are tiny thorn bushes all over the desert floor, hope the protection works. It has been many years since I have spent much time offroad and these desert roads are tough with all sizes of rocks which roll from under the tires. Today I didn't fall nor did I get a flat. I did hear rocks slap against the rims which made me wonder if I really want to take the chance of bike damage by riding offroad. Perhaps I should at least order a few replacement spokes. When we leave the desert I'll get some serious road tires for this bike. Here is a satellite view of today's ride. Click each of the photos for another view.
Almost every ride included D'Hanis The tiny D'Hanis Post Office The sun is always low in the sky
Not just Texas Once important to Texas ranchers Ate here a couple of times

Passed this every other rideLone Star Alamo Area SKP RV Park entrance

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, December 16, 2019: This is our last day at the Lone Star Alamo Area SKP RV Park near Hondo, Texas. We are driving west tomorrow toward Arizona. This is my likely the last ride in this area, don't really expect to every be here again. It has been an enjoyable month of exploring the area by bicycle where I found several good routes for road biking. No bike lanes but very little traffic. My last ride was probably my shortest ride with the most photos because I wanted to remind myself of the adventures I had here. The weather has been surprisingly warm with several days in the 80s, that is warmer than Arizona this time of year. I actually did this ride on December 15 so if you want to see the route, look for the December 15 "Last Texas Ride" in the "RideWithGPS" links above. Click all photos for more views.

Hondo water towerMust flood here sometime

 

Sunday, December 8, 2019: I rode the same route today hoping to learn how much was left of the Javelina. However, the Javelina was gone. Some Texas rancher has picked it up. I can only guess what it would be used for. Perhaps bacon and eggs at the local Mexican restaurant but you didn't hear ME say that.

I have seen the Flood Gauge at low spots on the side of a road around on my rides. We have seen no rain in the three weeks we have been here but there must be some time when the rain is heavy enough to need the Flood Gauge.

Clear day and mid-70s so nice riding weather. 10 mph wind from the southwest made for an easy ride when heading northeast and a cooling ride into the wind.

I will admit to a mistake on my part. My heart rate monitor has been giving me strange readings the last few rides. I ordered a new one yesterday. Today I noticed the sensors which should go next to my skin were partially blocks by my new bib shorts. I wish I had noticed that yesterday. The heart rate reports today seemed more realistic but low. I guess I can check those with the new belt arriving tomorrow.

Vultures are having lunch On the lunch menu Not sure I understand the warning
Saturday, December 7, 2019: On a new route today which took me through the town of Hondo, Texas. On the way I spotted a huge crowd of vultures on the ground. I knew what that meant so stopped to take a photo before they flew off. Most did move before I could take the first photo. We learned this summer in a National Park lecture about vultures, the feast will not begin until the animal is dead 24 hours and not older than 48 hours. When riding forward, I found they where planning to feast on a Javelina. While taking the Javelina photo I noticed the vultures where all circling in the air nearby waiting for me to leave. I'm not understanding the Texas warning signs. Texas drivers need to be warned about mud (see below) and water on the road, why? Click all the photos for more views. Some more Hondo history is behind the road water warning sign. This was the smoothest ride so far. Very nice asphalt the whole route. Unusual for this part of Texas and nice 22 mile distance so I could get back to watch all the college football championship games.
Ranch ride Ranch ride Ranch ride Ranch ride
Wednesday, December 4, 2019: This is my longest ride in this area to date. I call it the "Ranch Ride" due to the number of ranches I passed today. I planned a 33 mile out and back ride but the route I planned on the computer did not exist in reality so I continued into a large loop not really knowing the exact mileage which turned out to be 45 miles. The asphalt today was better than what I'm use to. The roads were better because they are the major rural roads but still very little traffic and all the Texas drivers are careful to give me lots of space. Another little treat was a live Armadillo crossing in front of me. By the time I got my camera ready I only got a 7 second video. I didn't know they could move this fast. You can see this route by clicking the link above or check it out here.
New route today Really? Not as bad as other roads!
Monday, December 2, 2019: A new route today. It is a 20 mile out and back route (I prefer loops) on good asphalt. I may ride this more often for such a smooth ride. After the long ride yesterday, these 20 miles felt good. Click all the photos for more views. Tomorrow, no riding. We are driving into San Antonio to the River Walk.
History on this ride Zebras on the route Indian fighter is down then avenged
Sunday, December 1, 2019: This is my usual 36 mile ride in Texas but in the reverse. The link is a "Flyby" so click the video "go" arrow to start the view of the ride. I call this the "Zebra Ride" because this is only the second time I've seen the Zebras on the route and the first time I have been able to capture them in a photo and on a video. Nice temperatures today with 67 as a high and little wind. US 90 was busy with lots of folks returning from the Thanksgiving weekend. I made a 12 minute video of this ride. That's long but it will give you a December view of this area of Texas and of the roads I've been riding on. You will also see both of these rural Texas towns. This area is 50 miles west of San Antonio. We are moving west in about two weeks. Click all these photos for more views.

You don't find these in OregonA new friend on today's ride

 

 

Tuesday, November 26, 2019: Today's 36 mile ride was another into rural Texas on mostly single lane paved roads. The Old US 90 is 12 miles of the route between Sabinal and D'Hanis. It is a very rough pavement, single lane. I usually see, at the most, 1 - 2 cars, but today it was busy with about a dozen. I enjoyed taking photos of the animals along the way. In addition to these animals, I saw a Bald Eagle, hawk, deer and smelled a skunk but none would stand still long enough to photograph. Here is a cow who was interested in my ride. The weather was perfect for riding, a cool start slowly warming to about 75 by the time the ride was over. Click these photos for more animals.

Sabinal, TexasRiding rough single lane Texas roads

Wednesday, November 20, 2019: Still riding to find a longer workout ride. I found it today. I was looking for about 32 miles but 35.5 miles on this route will work find. This route is 30.5 miles on single lane, light traffic, rough asphalt with 5 miles on a four lane freeway with wide shoulders. It takes me to Sabinal, Texas at the furthest point then returning to D'Hanis. This route has lots of hawks although I viewed one up close and it looked more like a falcon to me. Also every other rural house has a dog who likes to chase cyclists. Fortunately, so far, they just chase and bark. Today there was a strong wind which was appreciated when riding north but created more work when riding south.

I'm trying out an upgrade to Relive videos so put on headphones and watch this video on your laptop. Then scroll down the video page to see all the photos from today's ride.

Making bricks in D'HanisClick for the video behind

Tuesday, November 19, 2019: Nice ride today on rough roads but empty of traffic. 10% gravel, 10% smooth asphalt and 80% rough asphalt. These were rural, single lane roads on a warm 80 degree day. Lots of bouncing but the lack of traffic made up for it. I'm searching for a nice 30+ mile route for a daily workout. Our location at Lone Star Escapee Park is about a quarter mile from the railroad tracks. We hear 12+ trains each day and night. I caught one while on this ride. Click the photo at left to see a short video. I rode through the tiny town of D'Hanis. I saw their only manufacturing facility, bricks. This ride turned out to be 24+ miles, but I have an idea of how to extend it. Click for another way to view my ride.

Riding rural roads around Fredricksburg Rock fences Many cattle guards and loose livestock

Sunday, November 17, 2019: Today was a travel day from Fredricksburg to Hondo, Texas. But yesterday, I was able to get in a 20+ mile ride into the rural area of Fredricksburg. I have the lady at the visitor center to thank for this great ride. She drew a neon pink line along the route. It is a popular route because I came across several other riders on the route. It was mostly on single lane paved roads with very little traffic. In fact, I saw more loose livestock than cars. Click the photos for more views. Track my route.

We have arrived at the Lone Star RV Park, one of the Escapee parks in Texas. We expect to stay at least two weeks and possibly a month. There is lots to explore around this area. San Antonio is a short 30 mile drive.

Georgetown Lake dam road Joining the San Gabriel River bike trails Historic Georgetown cemetery
Sunday, November 10, 2019: Nice ride to the bike trails along the San Gabriel River in Georgetown, Texas. Since this is a Sunday the trails were busy with hikers, other than that, this was a perfect ride with perfect weather. The trail had one very steep section but the bike made the climb easily. Click the photos for more views.
Ride to Florence, Texas
Saturday, November 2, 2019: This is my longest ride since I began riding again. This was a great ride into rural Texas onto single lane paved roads. The main roads on the route had at least 10 foot shoulders another plus. Additionally, the asphalt on the route was pretty smooth. I planned ahead and had a small ham and cheese wrap which I ate in Florence. Perfect weather. The only negative, about ten miles into the ride a bubble bee (at least it felt like a bumble bee when I flicked it away) landed on my lower lip and began biting (or stinging). That hurt and bothered me the rest of the ride with my lip swelling triple size. By the end of the ride the swelling was reduced somewhat but still stinging. This is such I nice ride, I'll try to do it again someday before we leave. Click the photos for a view of the route.
Thursday, October 31, 2019: Check out the new Widget above from Ride With GPS a new APP I'm trying with cycling. While traveling I'm always in a new area. An APP which would help me find good cycling routes would be helpful. This APP promises to be that help. It tells me when and where to make turns to follow a preplanned route and their are many route published by other cyclists. I can also create a route myself by outlining the route on the map. Of course it also has a "Widget" I can use to publish my rides on this Webpage.

Steep hills and deep dipsRiding in Missouri

Thursday, October 17, 2019: We are parked at the Ruark Bluff East Corp of Engineers Park near Greenfield, Missouri. The park is on Stockton Lake. I've not seen the horse and buggy warning sign since Wisconsin. Unfortunately, I didn't see any Amish today. I rode into Greenfield, 25 mile round trip, which is the county seat of Dade county. They have a nice looking courthouse but the business buildings around the courthouse are old and mostly empty. The road between the campground and Greenfield was rolling hills with deep dips and steep hills. I kept my Ebike at the second level of assist standing on the steep climbs rather than shifting into a higher assist level. That worked to get me to the top of the hills. Very nice 70 degree weather today with little wind. It was interesting exploring Greenfield, not as clean and organized as some of the Wisconsin towns I explored. Click the photos for more views. The previous ride was 30 miles and I had not charged the battery. It was at 66% when I began the ride. After 25 miles, the total was 55 miles and the battery showed 35%.

Tahoe Pyramid Trail Joe in front Dale and Joe
Joe and Scott, always behind 64 steps Crossing the Truckee
Sunday, October 6, 2019: Joe, Scott and I decide to ride the newly finished Tahoe Pyramid Trail between Hirschdale, California and Verdi, Nevada. I was thinking of a nice paved trail down the scenic Truckee River Canyon but instead, it was a full on mountain bike trail. This is an incredible trail from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake, 114 mile trail. I borrowed one of Scott's bikes. I was very interested in the trail since we often stay in Verdi while visiting the Reno area. Unfortunately, the second half of this trail (the part closest to Verdi) may be a little too crude for my bike. I have ridden the trail east into Reno and that will be better on my bike. Today's ride ended with a "Dale's Pale Ale" provided by Scott. Click all photos for additional views. Also, watch the short video I made of the ride.

Riding back to Columbia

 

Wednesday, September 25, 2019: While Mz Ruby is waiting to get a diagnosis, I take myself for a ride back into Columbia. I actually find the Hominy Creek Trail again which leads to Steven's Lake and Park. So this time I wasn't lost and did not have to stop to look at the map or ask Google Maps to save me again. Gwen drove off this morning to get away from all the noise and activity around Freightliner and I forgot to get my helmet out of the car so I am using her helmet. Click the photo for an interesting old car I found. While riding Steven's Lake I also found Columbia's idea of Stonehenge. It is so easy to create a ride animation, I did it again. You'll see that I am ten miles outside of Columbia. You'll also see where I took the photos.

Hominy Trail

 

 

 

Monday, September 23, 2019: Today I spent 2-1/2 hours mostly lost in Columbia, Missouri trying to find the Hominy Creek Trail. By the time I found the trail I had learned it was only about three miles long but it took me ten miles to find the trail. Now that I knew the trail was short, I took all the side connecting trails no matter how short or how long. That added to the mileage but by the time I found my way back to where I had started it showed only 21 miles on my trip computer so I rode on down the road another ten miles to get a decent ride. So there was nothing linear about this ride. It was all over the place with spikes like a cactus. Here is an animation of my ride. Still, this was a fun ride and I felt great at the end of the 31.5 mile ride. It took longer because of the many times I stopped to consult the map. Click the photo for another view.
The Katy Trail Trailhead nearest to Columbia Huck Finn slept here The trail is closed due to flooding
Evidence of flooding, sand bags to protect the neighborhoodLewis and Clark slept hereThursday, September 19, 2019: Missouri has a state park called Katy Trail State Park. It is 240 miles long and the state takes responsibility for the trail. I started at the McBaine Trailhead, the closest to Columbia. I met a large group of riders who where taking six days to ride the entire trail. They were riding from one bed and breakfast to another. I later learned that there are a lot of B&Bs along the trail. I had planned to ride 30 miles to Boonville but learned from the group, the trail was closed nine miles from this point due to flooding. There were no signs so I decided to see for myself. In nine miles I found the signs and sent Gwen a text telling her to meet me at the Columbia Visitor's Center at the end of the MKT Trail which would give me a 27 mile ride. The Katy Trail is along the Missouri River in this sections so it was my first view of the Missouri River. Lewis and Clark followed the Missouri River in their exploration to the west and I came across a marker showing one of their campsites. There was also evidence along the trail of floods threatening some of the neighborhoods. I found a wall of sand bags which looked like they may have held back the Missouri at one time. Here is an animation of my ride today. Click all the photos for more views.
I found the MKT Trail in Columbia

Lots of bridges on the routePassing lakes along the way

Wednesday, September 18, 2019: Another great ride today in Columbia, Missouri. I went looking the the MKT Trail (Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad). It is a short, ten mile, trail which connects the center of Columbia to the Katy Trail a 240 mile long trail through the center of Missouri. On my way to finding the MKT Trial I stopped by the Mizzou Stadium. I had hoped to attend the Tigers game with South Carolina this weekend but the forecast is for rain and I can think of other ways to spend four hours other than sitting in the rain. But I still wanted to see the stadium (click the top photo) and imagine what it is going to be on Saturday at 3pm. Here is an animation of the ride I did today. I'll admit to being lost about half the ride and ended up saving myself by using Google maps. I did find a mosque is downtown Columbia, my first mosque. It has been a hot day so the sweat poured of me. I weighed myself after the ride just for fun and I lost four pounds during the ride. Click these photos for more views.
 
Riding the MRT

Sunday, September 15, 2019: We are visiting Clark's Ferry, Corp of Engineers Park a few miles downstream from Davenport, Iowa. I drove into Davenport today and rode the MRT, Mississippi River Trail, Davenport Section. It is a well maintained, paved trail along the shores of the Mississippi River. The river seemed high to me and there were several sections where the water was just reaching the trail pavement. You can see a new bridge construction between Davenport and Moline, Illinois in the distance. Click the photo for a panorama of another section of the trail. Also, the trail turned onto an island for several miles and the bridge to get there seemed new. Here is an animation of today's ride.

I need to explain about the pedal assist bike I ride. I must be pedaling to get any "assistance". The harder I push on the pedals, the more assistance I get. If I lightly push, I get next to no assistance. So I get the same workout as with a non-assist bike, but I'm going farther and faster. I'm making my mind think I'm in better condition than I really am by riding this bike but I'm getting into BETTER condition while riding. I hope to transfer my conditioning to my road bike when I return to Oregon. This bike will carry me about 40 - 70 miles depending upon the terrain, with conditioning, my road bike will take me farther than that.

 

 
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