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Fahrrad fahren
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Since <a href="http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=178870">other</a> fun <a href="http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=181290">stuff</a> has been taking up my limited biking time, Fixing Frederick has taken a hit. After a month, I finally got out for a short ride. I once again headed for Thurmont, MD on a beautiful, sunny Easter morning. The temperature was just cool enough to need a windbreaker. There was almost no traffic.

I started by heading south of town to get in Graceham Rd. Turning onto Graceham brought me directly into the wind, coming from the northwest. It was more work than I was looking for, but I was soon out of the fields and into the trees, which provided a break. Once back on the edge of town I went north, and crossed Roddy Creek Covered bridge, looping around on Roddy Creek Rd. to enter town once more. From there I explored city streets.

One of the high points of the ride was climbing on Altamont Avenue, between the RR tracks and the church, a short but super steep section. I made it by getting some momentum just after the tracks, charging up, and cutting sharp left across the hill right before the top as I ran out of steam. A year ago I would never have been able to do it in a 75 inch gear. I like this bike stuff. I crossed under 15 and hit two mountainside roads for a bit of climbing before heading back into town.

If I had more time, I could have finished up the whole town, but being Easter I needed to get home to get a few things ready for guests, so I cut things short. As it is, I'll need to hit town at least once more to complete the streets south of Rt. 550.

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Riding along Graceham Road.

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Spring is here. Hooray!

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Seiss Rd.

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Attractive home near Thurmont.

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Approaching the Roddy Creek covered bridge.

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On the bridge.

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This guy was out enjoying the morning.

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I passed through town and under Rt. 15. I climbed Mountain Rd. to Crestview. This orchard is at the end of Crestview.

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Back in town the yards are starting to look nice.

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Pretty garden.

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Today's Profile.
 

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Bacon!
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Like the roads and the cherry tree

Wow, cool roads. I wish I had those type out here. Our population is kind of spread out so we don't have all the neat side roads to go explore. At least not easily. Our trees are just starting to flower now.
 

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I like the spike in the profile there.

I'm thinking it is about time (depending on the winds) that we ride to Thurmont or Gettysburg on our fixtes-that is good country up there and there is enough daylight now to allow for a quick out and back.

Good post.
 
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