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    1/2 day cycle ramble: modem-killer



    Today was an experimental bicycling photography ramble for a bicycling Meetup group I'm involved in.
    I'm 2nd from the left.




    This was my big idea, and I believe it was a moderately successful experiment. The idea was to take a horribly long time to bicycle 11 miles, photographing whatever we found interesting.


    I brought way too much stuff.


    The first half of the loop is the most interesting






    It is also the easiest to keep out of the way of other path users, so by our lunch stop, we decided to just ride on - nonstop.

    Anyway, I had about 1/2 no-shows from the signups, but the 3 people who dragged themselves out of bed to join me for coffee and pastries (or whatever) at the cafe before we got on the bikepath at 8am seemed to have a good time.


    It was about 40 degrees at 8am, warming to near 60 at noon.

    We proceeded to loaf our way around Lake Natoma (a wide spot in the American River near Folsom, CA formed by the Nimbus Dam), stopping wherever and whenever we felt like it.


    Poison Oak is everywhere. I stayed out of it.


    There are times I wish I could easily "do" dirt on my trike. Next time I might rent a mt bike for this ride.


    Loitering at the overlook above the river,


    we were entertained and astounded by the rowing meet. Boatloads of rowers are LOUD and FAST. Boy, do they yell. It was pretty exciting. I was rooting for the home team (in green).






    At lunch, I achieved a short but useable 1-tree-hang at the Nimbus Flats Boat Launch area. This is my DIY double layer with the ends of the tree straps larks-headed around the whipping. Quick and dirty - what I usually use for day hikes.


    I got the hairy eyeball for daring to bring a hammock when I already had a lounge chair on wheels.
    Hey. I like my comfort.

    Then it was up and over the Hazel Bridge to the other side of the lake.


    and back to our starting point.









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    Awesome...

    And you didn't take to much stuff, you were just training for a bike tour

    I miss that area, I lived in Orangevale for about 4 years as a teen. I used to ride my bike around Folsom lake all the time....but that was 25 years ago. I bet a lot has changed.
    I miss my 4.8Lb base weight as a ground dweller...But I sure DON'T MISS the ground.

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    It is a FAB place to ride a bike. And, ahem, hang a hammock.

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    Now that looked like a great way to spend your saturday morning! Great scenery and I've gotta say... The coffee and pastries look delicious! Thanks for the write up!

    BTW, I love your avatar. Very happy lady....

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    1/2 day cycle ramble: modem-killer

    There's nothing like a day of exercise followed by a nap in a hammock!
    Mike
    "Life is a Project!"

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    Looked good to me! Thanks for sharing.
    YMMV

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    Free advice worth what you paid for it. ;-)

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    Nice photo journal of a great outing... like your ride.

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    That looks positively fabulous. Anxiously awaiting warmer weather so our bicycle dirtbaggery can begin here up north....

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    Looks like a great trip!

    Thanks for sharing this it looks like a beautiful place! I'm hoping to do some riding/hanging myself once it warms up around here. Oh, and I will probably need to make up my mind on a hammock too since I don't own one yet...

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    1/2 day cycle ramble: modem-killer

    Wow! What a great day. So much green! I'm jealous!!
    Chase your dreams without fear or hesitation!

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