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Discussion: Phelps Flat

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May 26, 2016 11:38 PM # 
Is the cutoff road you took. It has been in better shape some years than others, depending on how recently it has been graded. I haven't been on it in a few years. You went a lot faster than I do, not that it surprises me.
May 27, 2016 12:02 AM # 
It was actually in good shape, hard-packed smooth dirt with just the occasional pothole that could be pretty easily avoided. Just about as quick as if it had been paved, and, as I discovered on the way back, skipped a good hill.

Perhaps you need a new shiny bike, the most important word there being "shiny" :-)

My "advisor" tells me to pedal circles. I am trying and it seems to help.
May 27, 2016 12:26 AM # 
I do have a shiny one, although I don't ride it as often. It is pretty nice, but my "advisor" was pretty sure I needed the orange one, which is also fine.
May 27, 2016 1:19 AM # 
By the way, pavement is really nice on that route. The only odd part was the last 4 miles down the west side of the river -- no potholes but it seemed like the surface was coarser, quite a bit more rolling resistance. Does that make any sense?
May 27, 2016 9:31 AM # 
Makes a lot of sense. They chip sealed it a year or so ago with some really course stuff. It has smoothed out some. For a few months it was pretty much impossible.
May 27, 2016 10:06 AM # 
I was going to ask if it was chipsealing. I hate that stuff.
May 27, 2016 10:55 AM # 
Yeah, it was chip sealing. Makes it so that a 1 or 2% downhill feels flat. I remember Charlie saying something about how bad it was, don't know why I just didn't go back on the east side.

By the way, I saw the protest signs,"Stop the Byway." Seems to be about this. Classic NIMBY?
May 27, 2016 1:04 PM # 
There was huge opposition to a rail to trail conversion (not paved) in Townsend. Seemed to come largely from homeowners (and one business) who have illegally expanded their back yards across the old rail bed, and their friends. The town wouldn't go for it, but a nonprofit was formed that's taking the lease from the MBTA, and it looks like it's going ahead. NIMBY in the most literal sense.
May 27, 2016 3:22 PM # 
Yeah, it's a sad story. Happens every time there is some kind of public access way proposed. Every time. Then the project goes ahead and everything is totally fine, of course. The NIMBY grumps get over it, etc.

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