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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
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November recap

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

November was a low-mileage month for me, but I’m still riding, at least. I know it’ll get worse before it gets better, the main challenge for me being the dark. I don’t mind cold weather too much, but it’s really hard to be motivated to ride when I can’t see. I could use some better lights, but they’re just too expensive.

Miles ridden: 256.91
Road miles:  134.93
Commute miles:  57.58
Mountain biking miles:  56.50
Errand miles:  10.29
2007 total (as of today): 3422.63

Highlights:

October recap

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

I’m a little late posting this, but here’s looking back on October’s riding.

Miles ridden: 479.58
Road miles: 402.13
Commute miles: 77.45
Mountain biking miles: 0
Year to date total: 3144.31

The first thing to note is that I did not achieve my mileage goal of 500 miles for the month. I did, however, hit the 3,000 mile mark for the year.

Looking at my statistics, I was surprised to see that I didn’t go mountain biking once in October. I know why, but I am still surprised that I let a month slip by without hitting the trails.

I had a number of great rides in October. Here are highlights:

I also cracked the rim on my rear wheel doing Dr. T’s Funky Fifty.

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