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Gainesville

Date
March-21-2024
Miles
48
Bike
Soma Saga

Day 2 - Another full day. I had a great camping sit at my WS host Robert last night but it was a bit cold and I did not get up early. I started out on the road I should have taken yesterday and got back to the route in about 5 miles. Then I was back on the same rail trail as yesterday for a while, before traversing a number of highways to connect to another rail trail. The highways were not pleasant. Some had a decent shoulder, some did not. All had heavy traffic, most of which was considerate.

The rail trail from Hawthorn to Gainesville was 17 miles of pure bliss. Even some hills and swoopy curves towards the end. Several side trails and scenic stops.

Once again Google Maps failed at  getting me to my WS destination, at first anyway. Eventually it pulled though but not before some extra miles and grief.

Wonderful Warm Showers host Kathy fed me a great meal and wonderful hospitality.

Keystone Heights

Date
March-20-2024
Miles
67
Bike
Soma Saga

Day one and it was a long one. The route was great, but I messed up following Google Maps to my WS host and added 10 extra miles. 
Woke up early, got breakfast at the hotel, and got on the road just as the sun was coming up. It was cold, 45 degrees. It’s about 10 miles through town to where the bike trail starts. As the trail is through the trees it was shaded and didn’t warm up until about 10:00. Very nice smooth paved, well maintained rail trail. 
The first segment ends a big bridge crossing the St. John’s waterway, which has a nice separated bike lane, into Palatka. Then through town and on a highway for a while before the Palatka  - Lake Butler State Trail. Another gorgeous rail trail which I was enjoying so much I missed the turn off for my WS host. 
I did finally make it to Robert’s and set up camp under the pines by a lake. And now I’m in my hammock enjoying the warm late afternoon sun. 

St. Augustine one more time

Date
March-19-2024
Miles
17
Bike
Soma Saga

The weather changed and today was cold (50s) and windy. Big ride starts tomorrow and it will be 45 in the morning. So I had to dig out all my cold gear which had been buried at the bottom of my bags. 

Around St. Augustine again

Date
March-14-2024
Miles
23
Bike
Soma Saga

Loaded with most of my gear I rode around some very nice neighborhoods. Then later I rode back through town and over the lion bridge 

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At the Lion Bridge

Around St. Augustine

Date
March-13-2024
Miles
13
Bike
Soma Saga

Tried to find the bike path east but evidently it’s out a ways and I didn’t get that far. Lots of traffic. 

Vilano Beach

Date
March-12-2024
Miles
23
Bike
Soma Saga

Reassembled my bike and went for a test ride north on A1A. Very nice to be riding in warm sunshine. I had a nice tailwind heading north for 8 miles which made for a slow slog coming back. Then over the bridge into St. Augustine and a ride through old town before returning to my motel.

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Bike by the beach

 

Town

Date
March-08-2024
Miles
12
Bike
Ravn

Super warm day. Had to get in a short ride. 

Imagine

Date
March-05-2024
Miles
16
Bike
Grando
Buddies
Tuesday group

Cold, cold but dry. Last ride with the Tuesday group for a while.

Southtown

Date
February-25-2024
Miles
13
Bike
Soma Saga

Recovery ride before the rain comes back. 

Thompson MIlls and Philomath

Date
February-24-2024
Miles
53
Bike
Soma Saga
Buddies
Tenners

Fog was lifting as we started but got dense out in the valley. Cold all way out but then cleared on the way back. Sunny and warm in town so I stopped for lunch and then rode to Philomath. 

Town

Date
February-23-2024
Miles
15
Bike
Soma Saga

Quick trip to town but so nice and sunny I added a few miles. 

Albany

Date
February-22-2024
Miles
40
Bike
Soma Saga

First out Crescent Valley and Mountain View to Adair. Then on to Albany. Sunny upper 50s no wind. 

Imagine

Date
February-20-2024
Miles
20
Bike
Soma Saga
Buddies
Tuesday group

Rain to start, but it stopped by the time we got to town. The usual good time was had by all.

Loop around town

Date
February-19-2024
Miles
15
Bike
Soma Saga

Seemed like a nice day, but then it rained. But then it stopped.

Thompson MIlls

Date
February-18-2024
Miles
41
Bike
Soma Saga

A bit warmer and no rain. Some headwind on the way back. More miles on the Saga after the big upgrade.

Philomath

Date
February-16-2024
Miles
25
Bike
Soma Saga

Cold and cloudy. No rain but a little wind. Fine tuning the Saga. 

Imagine

Date
February-13-2024
Miles
14
Bike
Grando
Buddies
Tuesday group

Cold and cloudy but dry. 

Bike shops

Date
February-13-2024
Miles
15
Bike
Soma Saga

First test ride plus finishing touches on the Saga upgrade. Details in the service log. 

Adair Villiage

Date
February-10-2024
Miles
21
Bike
Grando
Buddies
Tenners

Started out with club but had to split off as I had no power. Nice day though. Partly sunny, upper 40s.

Imagine - Philomath

Date
February-06-2024
Miles
27
Bike
Grando
Buddies
Tuesday group

A little cooler but no rain and some sun. Philomath after Imagine then back to the river and a loop through campus. 

Helmick Park

Date
February-03-2024
Miles
43
Bike
Grando
Buddies
Tenners

Fabulous sunny day. A little cooler to start but warmed right up to the low 50s. Not bad for February. I split from the group on the return and did Airlie De’Armond Wiles Tampico. 
 

Philomath

Date
February-02-2024
Miles
22
Bike
Grando

Another dry day. A little cooler and windy but I’ll take it. Met up with some fast riders at Timber Towne. 

Lewisburg Saddle - Soap Creek

Date
February-01-2024
Miles
23
Bike
Ravn

February off to a good start. Partly sunny, mid 50s. Up Jackson Creek. Made the grunt climb which gives me hope. Mud up above where trucks are hauling boulders. Was thinking about Dimple Hill but opted for Soap Creek and a coffee stop in Adair. Strong headwind coming back. 

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Valley View

Imagine - Southtown

Date
January-30-2024
Miles
23
Bike
Grando
Buddies
Tuesday group

Still warm. A tiny bit of drizzle but mostly dry. 

Around Town

Date
January-29-2024
Miles
16
Bike
Grando

Still warm, but now foggy. Not complaining. Salvaged the month at least.

Albany

Date
January-28-2024
Miles
35
Bike
Grando
Buddies
Brent, John, Lori, Melissa

Warm and dry. Even some sunshine. Little wind. A nice April day in January. 

Peoria Road

Date
January-27-2024
Miles
30
Bike
Grando
Buddies
Tenners

Wasn’t planning on riding as the forecast was saying rain, but then I noticed it wasn’t raining and the updated forecast said no more rain! And then I saw it was 58 degrees!

So very nice ride on the farm roads off of Peoria Road. Moderate headwind going out, nice tailwind coming home. 

Imagine - Southtown

Date
January-23-2024
Miles
22
Bike
Grando
Buddies
Tuesday group

No more ice! It even stopped raining for a day and we got a little sunshine. 

Town

Date
January-19-2024
Miles
11
Bike
Ravn

After a week of ice the roads have finally thawed out enough to ride. Short loop to document the flooding. 
 

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Flooded park

Shedd

Date
January-06-2024
Miles
40
Bike
Grando
Buddies
Tenners

Rain. Cold and rainy. Spirits were high though.

Kiger Island

Date
January-05-2024
Miles
31
Bike
Grando

Rain stopped and there was some blue sky, but a cold south wind. Loop back around town to get the miles. 

Philomath

Date
January-03-2024
Miles
23
Bike
Grando

First ride of the year. Managed to get out during a break in the rain. 

53rd Street

Date
December-30-2023
Miles
20
Bike
Soma Saga

Late start and then had to fight the rain, but eventually the sun came out. 

Imagine

Date
December-26-2023
Miles
23
Bike
Grando
Buddies
Tuesday group

Warmer and not raining. Fog rolled in but then lifted. 
 

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De Armond loop

Date
December-20-2023
Miles
35
Bike
Ravn
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Gravel ride

Sunny day. Not as warm as yesterday but quite nice. The gravel roads are in great shape. Even saw Mt. Hood. 

Southtown

Date
December-19-2023
Miles
31
Bike
Soma Saga
Buddies
Tuesday group
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Tuesday riders at the river

Down to the river, out and back on the bike path, coffee at Bihdis and then a loop out the 34 bike path. Nice day after a bunch of cold ones.

Around town

Date
December-14-2023
Miles
21
Bike
Soma Saga

No rain, no fog, no wind, no sun.

Imagine

Date
December-12-2023
Miles
21
Bike
Grando
Buddies
Tuesday group
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Tuesday riders on the bike path

 Clear and sunny and not to cold. We had 12 riders which is not unusual.

Willamette Park

Date
December-05-2023
Miles
14
Bike
Soma Saga
Buddies
Tuesday group
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Down by the river - at flood stage

Warm with a little drizzle and light rain. We wanted to see how high the river was so rode down through Southtown on the river path. Then to Bodhi's on 1st for coffee.

Southtown

Date
December-04-2023
Miles
22
Bike
Soma Saga

It stopped raining long enough for a quick ride through town. Very warm at 61°