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      Post #58896, posted on 07-09-2015 GMT-5 hours    
      I just met a 68-year old man in Meadowview, Virginia who left Astoria, Oregon on June 6th, heading for Yorktown, Virginia. On a bicycle. He said he took up cycling several years ago when both knees gave out and prevented him from running marathons. Yeah, I feel like a total slug.

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      Post #58898, posted on 07-09-2015 GMT-5 hours    
      Why on earth should you feel that way? After all, you're almost a half century older than him.............

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      Post #58899, posted on 07-09-2015 GMT-5 hours    
      I'll go out of the house tomorrow morning at 7:30am because I have a doctor's appointment for a blood collection.
      His ambulance is in Bornheim, Hesse, 13km away. WHO CARES?

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      Post #58900, posted on 07-09-2015 GMT-5 hours    
      That's pretty crazy. If he was out for 34 days, then he must have done roughly 100 miles/160km a day. At a leisurely 15 mph/25 km/h, that's 7 hours of a cycling a day.

      Last year I rode the Seattle-to-Portland (204 miles/327 km) in 10 hours, two of the guys I was with were in their mid-50s. One of them had kids older than me. I was quite impressed!

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      Post #58901, posted on 07-09-2015 GMT-5 hours    
      Was this posted on the wrong site? Shouldn't a subject like this be on Jocks.com? Geez, who cares! What does this have to do with model airliners?

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      Post #58902, posted on 07-09-2015 GMT-5 hours    
      Gee Tom, I'm sorry it bothers you. This forum is called "anything goes" last time I checked. If you don't like it, you *always* have the option not to read it (and not to feel compelled to snipe). There are multiple other areas here exclusively devoted to models.

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      Post #58904, posted on 07-09-2015 GMT-5 hours    
      ^+1. I always find the OT sections the most amusing....

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      Post #58915, posted on 07-10-2015 GMT-5 hours    
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      That's pretty crazy. If he was out for 34 days, then he must have done roughly 100 miles/160km a day. At a leisurely 15 mph/25 km/h, that's 7 hours of a cycling a day.

      Not bad for a 68 old man! But then he's an ex. marathonist. Very few of us can do the same even if they were much younger. It's in the genes (not forgetting training of course).

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      Last year I rode the Seattle-to-Portland (204 miles/327 km) in 10 hours,...


      I guess that makes an average power of 200 watts or so? I can ride at 200 watts too - but only for two or three minutes at best LOL.

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      Post #58921, posted on 07-10-2015 GMT-5 hours    
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      I guess that makes an average power of 200 watts or so? I can ride at 200 watts too - but only for two or three minutes at best LOL.


      Sounds about right, my app said something in that neighborhood, plus ~9800 kcal "fuel burn." It was hot that day (~36* C), so I felt like quitting. Cycling is all mental. If you're serious about it, I highly recommend looking into doing some organized rides, it's a fun way to meet people. If you're as potentially unhinged about cycling as model building, just get a bike computer and download Strava to track your rides and track segment records. Then set yourself speed targets for different types of sections (e.g. >32 km/h on flats, 30 in a headwind, >20 on mild climbs) and go on rides where you can't bail out for various reasons, like:
      If you're lazy, go around a lake so you can't quit halfway (I do this)
      If you have an ego, go with friends who won't let you bail or slow down
      If you're lazy AND have an ego, make bets ("Bottle of whisky says you can't bike 160 km before the World Cup game and meet me at the pub by noon tomorrow"-> get hung over self out of bed at 0400, throw bananas in back pocket, start riding before tossing cookies, take picture of pub at 1000 and gloatingly send to friend with Strava screenshot )

      Sadly my season ended early from a knee injury last summer, but I'm slowly getting back into it.

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      Post #58922, posted on 07-10-2015 GMT-5 hours    
      I'm going to try LGB-SAN on my bike this September (100 miles). Its been on my bucket list for a while, though I'm a little worried about riding through Camp Pendleton. As a last resort I can ride on the I-5 (yikes!) between San Clemente and Oceanside. Hoping for a tail wind!

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      Post #58923, posted on 07-10-2015 GMT-5 hours    
      Good luck! What's wrong with Camp Pendleton, is it a rough part of town?

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      Post #58925, posted on 07-10-2015 GMT-5 hours    
      It's a massive Marines base. Apparently you can ride through there but only when there's no activity. After 9/11 access was completely closed but it has since started opening again. They check your ID and won't let you in if you're not wearing a helmet. I actually have seen guys riding on the freeway instead though once I saw the CHP ticketing a rider. I'd rather not go on the freeway!

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      Post #58927, posted on 07-11-2015 GMT-5 hours    
      I've done the Camp Pendleton ride before. As a piece of advice, call the base public affairs number before you start to make sure the beach access is open along old Pacific Coast Highway, the way folks used to drive LA-San Diego before Interstate 5 opened in the '60s. Yep, that's the road you'll be on. My mom and dad, a Marine officer, drove that road quite often when he was stationed at Pendleton. Red Beach will sometimes be full of amphibs, but most other times just lots of Marine and Navy families enjoying a nice summer day by the surf. Think of it as the best private beach in California during those times. I rode through once and it was dead quiet until a Harrier almost landed on top of me, it was that sudden. There are also tunnels under I-5 were you can instantly come face to face with a Humvee or a tank going in the opposite direction. Ask me how I know...

      The base has changed a lot in the intervening years. Like I said, call ahead to be sure of the rules and when they're open. They do sometimes stop access if Red Beach in particular is being used, or if there are other exercises planned. The CHP sometimes allows I-5 access if Red Beach is closed (they have in the past) but they're horribly inconsistent about it. They're supposed to allow access along the coast, or were, but you never know what kind of Chippy attitude-wise will pull you over. Best advice is to avoid I-5 like the plague, call the base, and confirm that old PCH access is open along Red Beach from San Clemente/San Onofre State Beach through the base to Oceanside.

      Riding through San Clemente, stop at The Riders Club. Its a ratty little hole in the wall, but the best burger in South Orange County. Spendy, but worth it. Did I mention they have superb beers on tap? Cafe Rae's is also good and just south of the Rider's Club, and there's a bike shop next door should your mount need some emergency work. Avoid San Clemente during midday as the traffic is heavy. The morning is best - quiet, reasonable, and not crazy.

      Best of luck! Its a great ride, especially when the weather is right.

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      Post #58931, posted on 07-11-2015 GMT-5 hours    
      Wow great info thank you! Yeah I'm not too keen on risking my life on the I-5.

      Best regards..Duncan

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      Post #58935, posted on 07-11-2015 GMT-5 hours    
      Best of luck and have fun! One last thing, old PCH is fairly torn up in places. I doubt its been resurfaced in decades unless the Marines have been busy lately. I haven't ridden the route for a few years so I can't comment definitively, but I recall how bad parts of it were. Make sure to bring extra tire repair goodies with you, and maybe a spoke wrench; the first time I rode it many years back the potholes wrecked my rear wheel and I hadn't brought a spoke wrench along, which made for a really sporty and wobbly ride home.

      Oh, and bring your water bottles. You can fill up at San Onofre State Beach but there's probably nothing on old PCH that's easily accessible, unless things have changed. The highlight of the ride for me back in the old days was getting to the south end of the base at Oceanside and hitting the vending machines for food and a soda before turning around and heading north for home, and that's all there was. Now, the base is much more built up with fast food joints near the Oceanside gates. Ah, good times...

      Bob

      PS. If you do have to use I-5, call the local CHP office to check on their rules. I think the local office is in San Juan Capistrano. They were supposed to allow I-5 access when the Marines closed access due to maneuvers because otherwise there was no bicycle access north to south, but that was some years ago and their policies may have changed.

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      Post #58957, posted on 07-15-2015 GMT-5 hours    
      It is actually aviation related....It's a Trans-con!

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      Post #58960, posted on 07-16-2015 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks for the great advice! I plan to ride straight to the waterfront in SAN (if I make it). I'll spend the night then go see the Midway the next morning (hopefully it will be OK after the fire). Then maybe a stop by Discount Model Warehouse to reward myself with a kit (good selection of airliners, picked up my cargolux 747-8 there for less than $40).

      Best regards....Duncan

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      Post #58970, posted on 07-16-2015 GMT-5 hours    
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      Thanks for the great advice! I plan to ride straight to the waterfront in SAN (if I make it). I'll spend the night then go see the Midway the next morning (hopefully it will be OK after the fire). Then maybe a stop by Discount Model Warehouse to reward myself with a kit (good selection of airliners, picked up my cargolux 747-8 there for less than $40).

      Best regards....Duncan


      I have the Midway on my agenda for a few weeks from now, now I'll have to check out Discount Model as well. My colleagues will give me funny looks if I show up at the hotel with model kits though