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Massachusett’s New Bicycle Safety Law

For once, our Governor, Devolve Patrick has actually done something that I approve of.  He passed into law last week the Bicyclist Safety Bill, S-2573 after a long 8 years of being considered.  It was spearheaded by the Mass. Bicycle Coalition (aka, Mass Bike).  It puts Massachusetts on a path to be considered a “bike-friendly’ […]

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Christmas Present

Hello Everyone and welcome to 2009. Bike season is roughly 2-1/2 to 3 months away and I figure I would start off my new blog site with a posting about what I got for Christmas.  I know the Mountain Bike gang will be excited almost as much as they were when I first bought my […]

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Carlisle, Part 27

Carlisle is a staple in our ride repertoire, hence the name of this blog. It is central to all of our workplaces. It is painfully familiar to us since it is one of the only places that I could actually lead a group of newbies through and not get lost. It is a quick ride […]

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Threshold was breached at the TIMBA

39 degrees Fahrenheit at ride time…32 degrees when finished. For those of you that know me, that means one thing. My cold weather threshold has been breached. If it keeps up, last night was my last ride of the season. My slimness can’t take the cold. If the Gringo would have been on time, the […]

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The tight twisties of Bedford

So I never did clean off my bike from the mudville spa of Townsend two weeks ago. It was so dirty sitting on the rack in the cellar that my kids wouldn’t even go near it and they usually can’t keep their hands off the wheels. I think it actually had less squeaks last night […]

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Saucy Townsend Massachusetts

Saucy??…Soupy might be the better adjective to use Thursday evening in Townsend. It was just NatGeo and I as the Gringo was feeling under the weather and TiTim was “preparing” to head off to Maine for some R&R with the misses. It had rained the night before and I didn’t think much about it […]

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Hit the Leo once again

We did Leominster State Forest almost completely in the dark last night. We were here last on July 3 during a very rainy session. We got started late due to the normal circumstances of one of the gang members not able to get out of prison on time. So on the first trail we […]

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Riding the Beaver After Dark

You can never go wrong riding the Beaver after dark. That is what we did last night in Hollis. We shook it up a little and tried a new route and parking place. We did the same trails but in a different order and we actually added about 3 more miles to the ride. Apparently […]

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Going back to Calla, Calla, Calla

To paraphrase LL Cool J, we went back to Calla Tuesday night…Callahan State Park that is. We rode our first ride of the season here back on April 3rd. I like to thing that we are in better shape now than back in April, but not by much. Unless you supplement an occasional road ride […]

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Pearl Hill State Park…phew!

We were at Pearl Hill State Park in West Townsend last night. It was a great night weather wise. BUT…if you are going to ride here, be in shape. I seemed to be getting out of shape or something because this place was kicking my butt. Starting out you have to climb some hills. No […]

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My cats have got to eat.

We hit the Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest last night and my theme for getting quickly through this week’s pain was where the title of this blog came from. More on that later. It was a steamy night. Sort of like August should’ve been…hot and humid. Maybe that means that the season will last well into December. […]

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Weirdo Wednesday

I had some things to do tonight so I persuaded the Gringo to go biking last night instead of tonight. He hadn’t been to Carlisle in a while so we went there. That just happened to be the last place that we rode back on July 31 while he was sick. The following week we […]

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Greasy Carlisle

Greasy, Greasy, Greasy. That is the only way to describe the conditions last night in Carlisle. A rain shower had just passed before we got there soaking the ground. The rocks were treacherous on Stone Row and the roots were insufferable on the back part of Tophet. But all that made for a fun ride. […]

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TIMBA Part Deux

Last night we were back at the TIMBA Playground already this season. We are definitely getting the most out of our membership dues this year. We were just here on June 12th, sans the gringo.

It was a hot one out there. When you are sweating profusely BEFORE you even swing your leg over the […]

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Back in Town

Townsend that is… We were here last on April 17 when we all had a good mud bath and I had trouble with my powertrain. My…how time flies.

I didn’t get a chance to post this earlier because I was getting ready for a camping trip (which was a great time despite a few aggravations). […]

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Love the Leo..except when it rains

Second time out this season at Leominster. We did a ride here at the end of April. Tonight was a little warmer…it was in the 80’s with very high humidity. We were sweating just getting our bikes ready. Of course we were Banquet venting at the time so the heat was there but not oppressive […]

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Bedford Loop

Despite having forgotten a bunch of stuff for last night’s ride including my Garmin Edge, we survived. I was able to put my work issues behind me and enjoy the nice loop at Bedford. For the upteenth Thursday in a row, we lucked out with very nice weather for biking. It was a little […]

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Nam!

As in Vietnam. It’s been two years since I have been back to Vietnam in Milford, MA. The reason is simple. It was the scene of a very nasty and scar-producing crash for me. On my way home that night, I should’ve stopped by the Hospital but instead I went home to lick my […]

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TIMBA Playground

TIMBA stands for TiTim’s Mountain Biking Association. We pay him dues each year in the form of beers and he let’s us use his playgound. Since we only ride there once or twice a season, I think we get the shaft as far as the dues, but it keeps TiTim happy and frankly a happy […]

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Beyonce Loop and the Mid-State

Let’s get the title of this blog out in the open. There is one trail created by the MoFo’s of Westminstah. It starts with some knolls and just continues throughout the entire trail up and down these small rolling hills. When Gringo said it has some knolls in it, TiTim blurts out ‘Beyonce Knowles’. The […]

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Hayes Woods Groton Conservation Loop

Welcome back folks. The sinus infection is gone and it’s good to back on the mountain bike. The whole gang was present for last night’s Hayes Woods Groton Conservation Loop. It was a really nice night as temps were starting to creep up but yet still in the comfy range for biking. The mosquitoes […]

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The Beaver!

Love the Beaver!! As any healthy active man should. The course has some nice riding in it. Here is a map from the Beaver association outlining the trails. Some fast gnarly downhills and some great technical singletrack if you know where to look. A little slippery out there as the Beaver usually is. The mud […]

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Burbank Hospital…the trail.

Uh, Burbank. We haven’t been here in a while. I think TiTim and I rode here early last year or maybe it was 2 seasons ago, late in the year. Been a while in any case. Here’s a review on it. They have some nice, well-maintain sections out there but it is always difficult to […]

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Rotten Groton – Ant Hill

Now how do I ride this again??? We rode Groton Town Forest last night. Actually I think that we park and start out out briefly in the Town Forest part. But then quickly move out of the forest into the powerlines.

We head to some railroad tracks that go across a trestle. Believe […]

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Chinese Ketchup

Let’s talk about chinese ketchup (or is it catsup?). Guess it depends on what part of the world you are from. The official name on it is Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce made by Huy Fong Foods in California. This is how Huy Fong Foods describes it:

“Our most popular hot sauce.

Sriracha is made from […]

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