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    I'll make my annual goal set at 5,000 miles this year, but a few obstacles definitely tried to derail this year's achievement, including...discovery of heart disease after minor stroke (May 2021), cardiac ablation in October 2022, and Covid just 2 weeks post-ablation.

    Generally my goal is to ride 100 miles per week, although I am thinking that for 2023 I will ride less for the remainder of the Winter, having looked at the effects of the last few years of riding in the slop that contains multiple corrosive agents.

    Here's my stats for the past few years....annual mileage followed by elevation...

    2022: 4,778 / 300,712

    2021: 5,613 / 434,262

    2020: 6,202 / 470,538

    2019: 10,083 / 525,082 (Festive 500 completed)

    2018: 7,830 / 403,957 (Festive 500 completed)

    2017: 6,314 / 309,357

    2016: 6,151 / 371,250

    2015: 5,400 / 407,083

    2014: 5,864 / 400,869

    2013: 2,858 / 260,174

    Here's a link to my Strava => https://www.strava.com/athletes/403203

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    Outstanding photo of the sunlit trees "guarding" the path. I might have leaned my bike against the wood rail fence, however.

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    It was interesting to see the bikes a few posts back with the double tubes. I guess these are common work cycles for the Dutch folks.

    https://workcycles.com/product/workcycles-double-tube/

    Seeing these bikes brings to mind a documentary on YouTube about banana hauling bicycles in Burundi. Wow!

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_gQiOoUwfk

    200 kg of bananas going down hill on a bicycle!

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    Quote Originally Posted by robsryder View Post
    \ I might have leaned my bike against the wood rail fence, however.
    Sometimes I do.

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    Pete, sorry to hear about your health issues. Hope things improve this year.

    I noticed on your mileage that you notated F500 years. This was the first year we attempted a version of it. About 50 miles per day on the trainer for the week of Christmas through New Years. It was a great head start to the usual Jan 1st resolutions. Much better than my normal holidays activities: eating and drinking way too much.

    Last year was a fairly low mileage year for us (about 3500 miles) because we were doing a lot of hiking training (usually a few hours a day, 5 days per week) in the Adirondacks. This was to get us ready to trek to the Manaslu (8th highest) base camp in the Nepalese Himalayas. That ended up being a fantastic trip but we were off bikes for the whole month of September. The training worked out well, although hiking at <5000ft doesnít quite prepare you for spending days at 16000.

    We did one gravel race in June. I crashed and was only able to finish after some lengthy on-trail bike repair. Michelle did fantastic, though. This year we hope to do more gravel events.

    Iím excited to focus on the bike once again and look for 2 wheeled adventure. I doubt the BMWs will get a lot of attention, though. We wonít even make it to the national rally because it is the same weekend as our favorite gravel bicycle race. So little time.

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    Today was the 46th annual BRR ride. It's a bike ride from Perry to Rippey Iowa and back to Perry. 24 miles.
    This ride is held no matter the weather. Today was comfortable with temps in the 30s, sunny and winds 10 to 15 during the ride.

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    Debbie likes to wait next to the fireplace.
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    My bike in 1967 as a 15 yo was my brotherís Yamaha 55. Years later I owned a Yamaha Thumper and then in 2020 got into bicycling. N+1 later, I now have a Kish titanium singlespeed, Rocky Mountain Altitude e-bike, Orbea road bike, DR650 and my current BMW R1100RS. Years of bikes, motos, teleskis, kayaks and sailboats have confirmed that I love things that lean. Clearly, this forumís group have the same philosophy.

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    Just saw bmwdrís post. Welcome! This thread is sporadic - this time of year doesnít see a lot of posts because we arenít all crazy like Lee. I convince myself that it is ok to just drink tea, sleep, and ride on the trainer while watching bike races. Not the most exciting stuff for photos.

    I had never thought about the Ďleaní aspect - by golly you are onto something. I like that same stuff.

    If you have a chance to post some pictures of your rides, it would be appreciated by a few of us. Bonus points for getting both bikes and motos in the same shot.

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