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Tom12309

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  1. Tom12309

    July pattern(s) and discussion

    They do a 500 mile ultra marathon bike race in Furnace Creek. I read a ride report and there was a picture of one of the riders slumped in the entryway to a convenient store eating ice with the caption "thank God for AC"
  2. Tom12309

    July pattern(s) and discussion

    Headed out on the bike this morning got a mile down the road big flash thought "Halluie?" heard the roll thought "Aural halluies are always been voices commanding me what to do, that was lightnin' bucko" so I uied and headed home. I am more likely to be hit by a car then struck by lightning but since its 2-0 cars I'm thinking lightning is looking to even things up.
  3. Tom12309

    June 2019 Discussion

    The mosquitoes were driving me a little nuts when I was weeding the garden, I had sprayed a product called Repel on an old hat and they weren't bothering me around my head but were clouds of them all around my arms and legs. So I went back in and got an old T-shirt and sprayed that stuff all over it. They left me alone. It is intended to be sprayed on clothing and gear, used as indicated it really seems to work.
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    June 2019 Discussion

    Garden gauge had well over 1.5 inches in my Schenectady back yard.
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    June 2019 Discussion

    Around here the fields have dried out to where the farmers can get the equipment in to plant corn. June 9th seems late.
  6. Tom12309

    May 2019 Discussion

    I'm sort of getting tired of going for a bike ride in the morning and my arms numbing out where the nerve signal won't get to my hands so they can shift gears. That's March type stuff, not May.
  7. Tom12309

    May 2019 Discussion

    A proposal made is for a qualifying system. How many of those experienced people that died were held up by crowding from less accomplished types? I don't know but I speculate it contributed. That and that they seem fixated on bagging the trophy to the extent they discarded some basic principles, not the least of which is the one that at time checks you turn back if you haven't hit your markers. Would suck if they did but got fatally delayed trying to get back down because too many people. I saw it expressed as "no self reliance, no decision making, no discovery" which I think put it well. If it's worth being able to say you walked to the top of Mount Everest under those conditions then fine. Me, I respect my brother's daughter who climbed all over New Zealand and the Tetons with her boyfriend way more. No labels or titles, all experiences.
  8. Tom12309

    Spring 2019 New England Banter and Disco

    There was the guy that rode his bicycle over from Sweden, waited for weather to attempt Everest, got within a few hundred yards of the summit on his one chance, realized he didn't have time to get there and get back down so he turned back, returned to camp and got on his bike and rode home.
  9. Tom12309

    May 2019 Discussion

    You blaspheme!
  10. Tom12309

    April 2019 Discussion II

    HTFU installment number 1. Went to Margaretville yesterday, rode a 55 mile group ride with 5000 feet of climbing, five climbs first three on dirt the first with the last half mile averaging 20 percent. Nearly all the climbing in 35 miles. Paved descents in graupel was like getting your face shot peened. Average temperature about 35 degrees, 15-20 mph west wind gusts to 30. Feeling good about completing it well ahead of several of my club stalwarts until I saw one account. One guy from the club rode to the ride, did the ride, rode home. 160+ mile day, 10000+ feet climbing, started at 4am home at 5pm. Yesterday. I ain't complaining about the weather any time soon.
  11. Tom12309

    April 2019 Discussion II

    Looking forward to a bike ride down in Margaretville tomorrow. 40 degrees with a 20 mph west wind for 55 miles and 5500' elevation, good times. Beats what the Rasputitsa organizers are going through right now, though, relocating the route at the last minute off roads that haven't melted out or are under a foot of flowing water. That ride's going to be hardcore this year!
  12. Tom12309

    April 2019 Discussion II

    Now this is April - the Albany NWS discussion talks about low level cold coming south down the Champlain valley. 47 degrees in Schuylerville, ten miles away in Saratoga its 66. 10-15 degree drop per hour seen. Good stuff.
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    April 2019 Discussion II

    Some people got into it because it was fascinating and they wanted to understand it even the not real windy overcast 50 degree days in April. It's a big complex system that no human built. How is that not interesting in even its most mundane aspects?
  14. Tom12309

    April Discussion

    The picture I saw looked like there was staging up so maybe they were working on something and it went terribly wrong. What a loss for everyone but I feel so bad for the people for who it was their church.
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    Spring 2019 New England Banter and Disco

    Yup. Me, three sibs and my mom in a Pontiac station wagon.
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