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Best rides of 2007

Friday, January 4th, 2008

I’ve been meaning to post this for some time now, but I keep getting sidetracked. Before I get to the list of rides, some commentary. I got my road bike in January of 2007, after doing a lot of mountain biking the year before. This is the first time I’ve owned a road bike since I was a kid. I reconnected more with cycling in 2007 even more than in 2006. I started road biking again, and loved it. I started commuting in March, and have ridden to work most days since then.

A few statistics:

2007 total miles: 3586.48 (251 rides)
Road: 2468.40 (97 rides)
Mountain biking: 412.95 (29 rides)
Commuting: 720.70 (119 round trips)
Errands: 30.47 (10 rides)

Now, onto my best rides of 2007, in chronological order. Each links to my blog post about that ride, and I’ll post one photo from each ride, if possible. It’s taking a lot of restraint not to list a hundred rides here.

02/05/2007: Snowy trails winding through blue forests

Snowy trail winding through blue forests

03/05/2007: Moore’s Creek Road exploration
Do you think this road is closed?

03/12/2007: My first bicycle commute

05/10/2007: Riding home on 45
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06/11/2007: Ride around Lake Monroe
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07/26/2007: Bloomington Rail-Trail
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08/13/2007: Two Thousand Miles

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08/20/2007: Franklin, NC by bicycle
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08/22/2007: Mountain biking at Tsali (no blog post about this yet)

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09/03/2007: Pre-Breakdown Shakedown

09/30/2007: Brown County Breakdown 2007

Dave and DJ resting before climbing up trail 18

10/07/2007: Dr. T’s Funky Fifty (made the list even though I cracked my rim)
Riding across Lake Monroe

10/13/2007: Hilly Hundred Day One
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10/14/2007: Hilly Hundred Day Two
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10/24/2007: A lovely evening ride
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10/28/2007: Nashville Ninety
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11/18/2007: Foliage peak at Brown County State Park
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11/26/2007: Black Friday mountain biking: Oriole West and Tipsaw Lake
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11/28/2007: Riding around Lake Lemon with Dan on Bike
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12/02/2007: Rainy Water Works Ride
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12/16/2007: Snowy Road Ride
Snow drifts in road

4 Responses to “Best rides of 2007”

  1. Dan Says:

    Looks like you had a great year.

    I’m with you; it would be tough to narrow down the list to a few rides. My best ride is usually the one I just finished.

  2. John Says:

    Yea, I remember most of them and often noticed and sometimes commented about how many of the areas look familiar. It’s a small world after all.

  3. Dave Says:

    I think everyone should do a list like this, assuming they have a way to remember the rides. It’s great to reflect back on a year’s worth of good times. If I were to do a list, we’d certainly share some of the same rides on our top ten list. Great summary.

  4. Marty Says:

    Nice collection of rides and pictures. I need to check out your photostream on Flickr more often.

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