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2012 Tour De Rook - Leg 35

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To the stats:
  • Thumbnail image for Tour_Rook.gifWind: 5 mph S
  • Humidity: 35%
  • Temperature: 58° F
  • Total Distance: 10.42 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 00:41:44
  • Top Speed: 26.0 mph
  • Average Speed: 14.9 mph
  • iPod: Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More.
  • Wind: 5 mph S
  • Humidity: 38%
  • Temperature: 55° F
I rode all the way to Finlayson and back. I was not planning on going that far. I gave myself a 45 minute time limit. I figured it had been so long since my last run that I would be out of shape and exhausted after just 10 to 15 minutes. 20 minutes later I found myself at Finlayson. Unless it is nice on Wednesday, this might just be my last leg of Tour de Rook 2013.

2012 Tour De Rook - Leg 34

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To the stats:

  • Thumbnail image for Tour_Rook.gif Wind:  12 mph N Gusting up to 20 mph
  • Humidity:  32%
  • Temperature: 68° F
  • Total Distance: 20.14 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 01:21:45
  • Top Speed: 20.0 mph
  • Average Speed: 14.7 mph
  • iPod: George Winston - Shuffle of the 4 Seasons Albums.
  • Wind: 10 mph NNW
  • Humidity:  35%
  • Temperature: 63° F

I had originally planned on going all the way into Moose Lake but the wind gusts kicked my ass. So I went 10 miles into the wind, and 10 miles back. Now I have some food in my toaster oven which I can smell as I type this. Oh, the reason for the weather stats before and after is because of the quickness to the change of weather as the sun sets. I have to say, by the time I actually pulled up to the front door, the wind was completely gone. However, I am sticking with weather.com's stats.

2012 Tour De Rook - Leg 33

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To the stats:

  • Thumbnail image for Tour_Rook.gif Total Distance: 10.29 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 00:41:04
  • Top Speed: 26.9 mph
  • Average Speed: 14.9 mph
  • iPod: America - America's Greatest Hits.
  • Wind: 15 mph W
  • Humidity:  22%
  • Temperature: 73° F
A quick run after having gone over a week without getting on the bike. It hurt to push myself, with my legs complaining something terrible about all the work they were doing after a long layoff. Too bad. Besides, I actually did exercise during the week. I took some good 15 minute walks twice a day at work. So, as far as I am concerned, my legs can shut the hell up.

Pictures From Leg 32

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Okay, as promised, pictures from yesterday's ride:

Butterfly.jpgThis picture, unfortunately, is not as clear as I would have liked. There are definitely shortcomings to using phone cameras. However, it was still a nice enough shot of a late summer butterfly. I tried to slowly, and carefully pull down the branch it was on, but it was tangled with another branch, which when it let go jerked the one the butterfly was on, spooking it off. It did not fly far, but landed at least 30 feet up higher. Unfortunately, the zoom on this phone camera was already maxed out for the first picture.


Pond.jpgAs Norene said after she received a text with this picture; a very peaceful scene. There is a bench at this location right along side the bike trail. I stopped both ways to stretch and to just enjoy the scenery.



Open Field.jpg

Now this picture is at the same location, but on the east side of the trail. I can not tell you how many different locations are similar to this one along the trail, both south and north of Rutledge. Yet, despite its common appearance, it is still a serine and calm scene.



Bike.jpgAnd here, finally, is a picture of my faithful bike; my intrepid partner on all of my Tour De Rook legs.


2012 Tour De Rook - Leg 32

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To the stats:

  • Thumbnail image for Tour_Rook.gif Total Distance: 40.70 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 2:56:04
  • Top Speed: 26.5 mph
  • Average Speed: 13.8 mph
  • iPod: Rock Mix.
  • Wind: 8 mph SSW
  • Humidity:  35%
  • Temperature: 72° F
Okay, I took the Willard Munger Trail from Rutledge to Hinkley and back. It was a beautiful day out. I would have like a bit higher temperature, but it was still nice. I stopped several times along the route to stretch, enjoy the scenery, and just plain rest. I am going to pull some pics from my phone and post them later.

2012 Tour De Rook - Leg 31

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To the stats:

  • Thumbnail image for Tour_Rook.gifTotal Distance: 11.32 miles
  • Elapsed Riding Time: 0:45:24
  • Top Speed: 26.4 mph
  • Average Speed: 14.9 mph
  • iPod:
    1. Various Artists - Do Something
    2. Crowded House - Recurring Dream
  • Wind: 6 mph SW
  • Humidity:  36%
  • Temperature: 81° F
I honestly like riding in 80 degree weather with mid to high humidity. Tonight's humidity was lower than I like, but the temperature was perfect. When I started out weather.com said it was 88 degrees. I do not believe it was that hot, because they also said the wind was 12 mph SSW. It appeared calm to me. However, I am accepting the 6 mph SW they reported after I finished because the return trip from Finlayson was easier.

2012 Tour De Rook - Leg 30

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To the stats:

  • Thumbnail image for Tour_Rook.gifWind: Calm
  • Humidity:  36%
  • Temperature: 68° F
  • Total Distance: 10.25 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 0:40:13
  • Top Speed: 19.3 mph
  • Average Speed: 15.2 mph
  • iPod: Hootie & The Blowfish - Cracked Rear View
  • Wind: Calm
  • Humidity:  55%
  • Temperature: 60° F
Okay, this time I did not get lost. However, I did before and after weather stats because I headed out just before sunset and knew there would be a dramatic difference. And yes, I took it easy. After Wednesday's 49 miles I needed to take it easy.

2012 Tour De Rook - Leg 29

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To the stats:

  • Thumbnail image for Tour_Rook.gif Total Distance: 48.74 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 3:45:29
  • Top Speed: 29.0 mph
  • Average Speed: 12.9 mph
  • iPod: Rock Mix.
  • Wind: 12 mph W
  • Humidity:  31%
  • Temperature: 73° F
Okay, time for some honesty: I got lost. Again. And again, it added 10 miles to my trip. However, today was always a planned trip from Rutledge to Barnum. The Willard Munger Trail connects the two with Willow River, Sturgeon Lake, and Moose Lake in between. At Moose Lake the trail is forced onto residential streets. It was there I took the wrong trail and ended up 3 miles or so to the East of Moose Lake. But, I did not fret. Instead, I took it all in stride, continued on, and made it to Barnum as planned. On the way back I suffered a bit. Nothing as bad as the last time I made the Prescott to Hudson loop around the St. Croix River in 2010. But that was just over 50 miles. And I was not in the shape I am today. All in all, a pretty damn good run for a man approaching 51 years of age.

2012 Tour De Rook - Leg 28

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To the stats:

  • Thumbnail image for Tour_Rook.gif Total Distance: 20.92 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 1:30:07
  • Top Speed: 34.5 mph
  • Average Speed: 13.9 mph
  • iPod:
  1. Cinderella - Long Cold Winter
  2. Nazareth - Hair of the Dog
  3. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
  • Wind: 6 mph SSE
  • Humidity:  76%
  • Temperature: 77° F
Okay, time for some honesty: I got lost. That is right. I took to Rochester, MN bike trails and ended up riding for a lot longer than I planned. Oh well. I still found myself feeling pretty damn good about the stats. Oh, and after the first 23 minutes I took a break and did my morning journal entry while enjoying a strong cup of Brazil Full City Roast at the Dunn Bros on Elton Hills Drive. Right now Norene is giving her orphaned kittens a bath. They just opened their eyes two days ago. Once she is done, I am hopping into the shower.

2012 Tour De Rook - Leg 27

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To the stats:

  • Thumbnail image for Tour_Rook.gif Total Distance: 5.87 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 0:22:33
  • Top Speed: 18.6 mph
  • Average Speed: 15.5 mph
  • iPod: Coldplay - Parachutes
  • Wind: Calm
  • Humidity:  95%
  • Temperature: 50° F
Just a quick run before work. At 50° it was actually refreshing.

2012 Tour De Rook - Leg 26

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To the stats:

  • Thumbnail image for Tour_Rook.gif Total Distance: 9.81 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 0:39:02
  • Top Speed: 26.5 mph
  • Average Speed: 15.0 mph
  • iPod: REM - Out of Time
  • Wind: 9 mph S
  • Humidity:  54%
  • Temperature: 76° F
The air seemed to have more resistance today. I mean, I did okay. Yet, it was just a more strenuous ride than yesterday. Of course, part of the problem is doing a second run in as many days. But even breathing seemed harder today. Oh well. I am off to make myself some supper.

2012 Tour De Rook - Leg 25

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To the stats:

  • Thumbnail image for Tour_Rook.gif Total Distance: 11.64 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 0:45:18
  • Top Speed: 19.0 mph
  • Average Speed: 15.4 mph
  • iPod: R. Carlos Nakai - Emergence
  • Wind: 2 mph S
  • Humidity:  54%
  • Temperature: 68° F
Not much to say. It was a comfortable ride. I did push myself a bit, but nothing overly strenuous. I did push myself a lot more when I stretched out. I forgot how good it felt to ride in the early evening.

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