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Swalfoort

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Sep 25 2013 at 6:17pm #

Coffee – I’ve used this local coffee house for multiple tags now. Sorry that it is a repeat. But first tag at this location with the new bike.

The Fire Escape on Church Street in Ben Avon. Great biscotti, great reading library, so-so coffee.

yummy biscotti coffee only fair


Swalfoort

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Sep 25 2013 at 6:20pm #

All sorts of education happening at the Community Presbyterian Church in Ben Avon: Sunday School (large permanent sign in middle of lawn), Pre-School (colorful placard sign to the left in photo) and Youth Groups for multiple age ranges (corner of white sign saying “youth”).

pre school and sunday school and youth.group


Swalfoort

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Sep 26 2013 at 11:18am #

By my estimation, the last tag (Education and Coffee) ended at midnight.

It’s too nice outside to not have new tags…..

So, I spun the random.org wheel and came up with the new tag setters:

Tag 1: Education
Rusty Red
Jeg
Pinky
Me

Tag 2: Coffee
RustyRed
Jeg
Pinky
Stu
Me

Next tag setters are JEG and Pinky.

Second person to set the next tag also sets the expiration of the round.

On your marks, get set…….GO!


buffalo buffalo

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Sep 26 2013 at 11:24am #

StuInMcCandless wrote:The “Upload image” button wasn’t there

I suspect the upload function is blocked, or nonfunctional, in mobile browsers; it doesn’t work on my Android phones, either. (Possibly it uses Flash, which to my understanding doesn’t exist on either iOS or Android.)


StuInMcCandless

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Sep 26 2013 at 1:28pm #

…which is strange, as it worked fine a few days earlier, and again two minutes later. Just then, it wasn’t there. Baffling.


jeg

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Sep 27 2013 at 6:32am #

Tag #1: Pretzels (or things in the shape of pretzels) Why? Because they are delicious. I officially became a student again today (yay!) and the (fairly long) daily commute to the university includes a train transfer in a station that pretty much requires me to walk right past a stand that sells delicious, fresh-baked soft pretzels and seems to be (surprisingly for Germany) often open past the posted hours. I have a feeling my wallet and perhaps balanced eating will regret this in a few months.


pinky

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Oct 1 2013 at 8:08am #

Sorry I’m late.

Tag #2: Unofficial paths, trails, or roads
Roads and trails don’t always go where we need them. Tag an unofficial path or trail that gets you where you’re going.

Closing date: Tuesday 10/15 at 11:59 PM


Swalfoort

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Oct 2 2013 at 8:24am #

Tag #1, Pretzel –

This was hard to find, so I found something “pretzelish” (sign) where I think they make things that come in pretzel shapes, or will if you ask the baker nicely!

If I find a better tag, I’ll repost.

pretzelish


Swalfoort

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Oct 2 2013 at 8:28am #

Tag #2, Hidden Passages

This was a great tag, as I recently discovered a new route into work from the north side……

The parking lot behind the Clark Building on the North Side lets out at a pedestrian gate on Federal and East General Robinson.

Waiting for those stoplights on Tony Dorsett Way really used to annoy me.

passages

Technically yes, it is probably trespassing. But I can’t quite tell against whom….City? PennDOT? Parking Authority? SEA? Steelers? Pirates?


StuInMcCandless

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Oct 2 2013 at 10:46am #

@swalfoort – You left out an important detail about that particular secret passage: It has a portajohn! I made use of that feature on a recent Sunday excursion, looking for a tag.

OK, on with the program.

Tag #1: Pretzel. Pretzel flavors do not normally include tar, but for this, I’ll make an exception. Whoever was repairing Babcock Blvd near Thompson Run Rd, inbound, one day decided to make this curly-cue design on the road. It always did remind me of a pretzel.

Tag #2: Secret passageways.
This is my trolley trail stream crossing, just off Perrymont Road in McCandless. The Harmony interurban’s tracks are still embedded in the concrete abutment just off-camera to the right. This mile of trail is almost driveable in spots, used by Equitable Gas as a transmission line, and comes out behind a car wash at the corner of Babcock and Three Degree Road in Ross.


Swalfoort

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Oct 2 2013 at 10:55am #

Hey, Stu! No one asked for a tag ID on portajohns……but, yes, is a notable feature for this particular shortcut. And I often continue to use those parking lots as I continue east along East General Robinson, past Federal. There are pedestrian access points at each corner. Just watch the transition to the ADA ramps at the corners. They can be tricky.


RustyRed

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Oct 4 2013 at 11:50am #

Tag #1 Pretzels!

I just rode through PNC Park since they have it open for folks to watch the NLDS game #2… lo and behold: Super Pretzels! I would have bought one for sure if they were open. *drool*


Swalfoort

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Oct 4 2013 at 12:03pm #

Dang, I looked all over that area for a pretzel, even checking the ground after a game for pretzel wrappers, but came up empty!

Nice grab, RR!


pinky

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Oct 14 2013 at 7:35am #

This unofficial path lets you cut through the fence from the West End Bridge stairs to the North Shore Trail, skipping the casino employee parking lot with its scary drivers and gaping potholes.

Just look out for the suicidal bunnies, especially now that it’s darker outside.


RustyRed

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Oct 14 2013 at 11:55am #

Tag #2 Secret Passageways Here’s a lesser used trail up the hill between the Science Center and the Fred Rogers memorial. I hadn’t even noticed it until I saw another cyclist using it… probably best to use this when there are many oblivious walkers on the narrow paved portion.


StuInMcCandless

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Oct 14 2013 at 4:31pm #

I would love to have been able to use this for the pretzel tag, but it didn’t really work for the game. From the air, and certainly on Google Maps, the southern interchange of McKnight Road and Babcock Blvd very much looks like a pretzel.

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=mcKnight+road+at+babcock+blvd&hl=en&ll=40.514798,-80.003654&spn=0.003756,0.008256&sll=40.431368,-79.9805&sspn=0.240686,0.528374&hnear=McKnight+Rd+%26+Babcock+Blvd,+McCandless+Township,+Allegheny,+Pennsylvania+15237&t=m&z=18

Let’s try embedding the map itself:
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The tar pretzel is about a quarter mile to the SE of this corner.


Drewbacca

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Oct 14 2013 at 10:01pm #

I’m still looking for a pretzel, no luck and I’ve been on my bike a lot. :( I also thought about a highway interchange but have failed to find a good vista.

I did find an OK Tag #2: Unofficial paths, trails, or roads… actually, I found a great one that I believe is only used by deer ;) but I had a hard time getting my bike in the picture along with the deer, so I’ll got with my second choice.


pinky

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Oct 15 2013 at 12:45pm #

RustyRed – where do you pick up that path? I could always use shortcuts in that area.

Also here’s my pretzel – Max’s Allegheny Tavern. Yummy German food, including stuffed pretzels:


RustyRed

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Oct 15 2013 at 2:29pm #

pinky wrote:RustyRed – where do you pick up that path? I could always use shortcuts in that area.

Sure, it’s short but it helps looks like you’d bypass a few slow, clueless walkers who hog up the paved path. … and judging by how short the grass is clipped, the grass is being eaten by geese… so for every pedestrian avoided, you might surprise an even slower goose.


Drewbacca

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Oct 15 2013 at 11:02pm #

One of my regular trails reminds me of a pretzel, that’s good enough for me. ;)


pinky

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Oct 16 2013 at 7:37am #

Ding ding ding – time’s up!

Pretzel
Drewbacca
pinky
RustyRed
StuInMcCandless
Swalfoort

Path
Drewbacca
RustyRed
pinky
StuInMcCandless
Swalfoort

And the winners are…
StuInMcCandless
Swalfoort


StuInMcCandless

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Oct 17 2013 at 2:37pm #

OK, I’ll go first. I look out my window on this drippy afternoon and wonder just how I plan to get home, especially if it’s going to drizzle like this. As I do not plan to sleep under my desk, I know I will make do somehow. I’ll tough it out and slog my way through the rain, or maybe I’ll wimp out and take a bus. We all have moments like these, don’t we? But we all know we’ll overcome that hurdle.

So Tag #1 is We Shall Overcome. How do you surmount that hurdle, whether physical or mental, and get you and your bike from A to B?


Swalfoort

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Oct 17 2013 at 3:07pm #

I recently attended the Bike Pittsburgh annual meeting, where I ran into many of the Bike Pittsburgh members who have volunteered their time and energy to do bike counts for me over the years.

To acknowledge my appreciation for the fine work that volunteers do in this City, I decided to make that my next tag.

So, TAG #2 is your favorite LOCATION/PLACE to VOLUNTEER, or your favorite organization that uses VOLUNTEERS.

Multiple entries are encouraged……but only the first one from any individual will count towards selection of the next tagsetter!

This round closes at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday October 29th. Not quite two weeks, but permits time for a halloween related tag next round…..


Drewbacca

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Oct 17 2013 at 3:12pm #

ahhhhh!!! I could have taken a sweet photo last night with a group that I volunteer with, a bike advocacy group, but amazingly I was the only one there via bike. I don’t think there is another meeting before the photo deadline. :(


Swalfoort

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Oct 17 2013 at 3:14pm #

Stu – Can we permit some latitude in the recording of your tag? By virtue of the fact that I will be focused on something that is already a challenge, I might not be able to/interested in taking a photo that includes my bike in the photo.

The location that comes to mind immediately is that section of California Avenue that merges into something that might be Route 65. On my ride in, I think of it as the quarter mile of sheer terror. Stopping in the midst of merging traffic that wants to move at 50 mph to get off my bike to take a photo is probably not healthy.

Could I take a photo from some angle, even if it means I can’t get the bike in the picture? Or do I have to find another hurdle? Or take a photo of something NEAR the hurdle that I can get my bike in….?


StuInMcCandless

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Oct 17 2013 at 4:29pm #

Seems like a reasonable request. I myself was thinking about using a staircase climb as an example, as I use the steps behind the West View McDonalds on a regular basis (to avoid climbing Horseshoe Curve on Rt 19), but to do the photography job properly, I may have to have someone take the shot of me holding the bike the way I do to go up the steps. Prior to now, we’ve had mainly solo shots, our own selves taking a pic of the bike in some spot. I don’t see any reason why we can’t have someone else take the picture.

So yeah, if we need to bend or create rules a little bit to get a point across, sure, go for it!


Swalfoort

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Oct 17 2013 at 6:18pm #

@Drewbacca;
but is there a particular intersection or roadway you are hoping to improve? Get a shot there. Or of a fellow volunteer. We can acknowledge volunteerism in a lot of creative ways on this one.


Drewbacca

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Oct 17 2013 at 7:47pm #

Swalfoort wrote:@Drewbacca;
but is there a particular intersection or roadway you are hoping to improve? Get a shot there. Or of a fellow volunteer. We can acknowledge volunteerism in a lot of creative ways on this one.

I’m sure I’ll come up with something, I’m just having a DOH! moment because I walked my bike right into the meeting room rather than lock it up outside, it would have made a great photo. I should have taken one regardless.


RustyRed

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Oct 18 2013 at 8:03am #

TAG #2 your favorite LOCATION/PLACE to VOLUNTEER

I love this tag! I’ve volunteered for many orgs like the Aviary, Central Blood Bank, BikePGH!, ZombieFest…

…but, I’m biased with this topic, having 3 relatives with MS and having been employed by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for the past 11 years. I’ve met some amazing volunteers over the past decade at various events (like BikeMS *cough* *cough*) and at the office. In fact, I may have already met you if you’ve done ‘Escape to the Lake’ at one of the rest stops or the start/finish line.

Please don’t forget us next year when the weather turns warmer again! We’d love to have you ride in one of our bike rides and gladly accept volunteers for Walk and Bike events!


pinky

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Oct 18 2013 at 8:56am #

How I overcome the mental hurdle when it’s crappy outside:
This is a shot of my bike with my husband’s. In the last year, we got these sweet bikes and added fenders, nice panniers, lights, and pretty much everything we need for inclement weather.

When it’s pouring rain (like Wednesday morning), and we look at each other and debate driving, I just think: “Fenders, pannier, bike.” Why gear up if I’m only going to bike in sunshine and blue skies? It would be a huge waste of money.

So here’s to cost-per-use on crappy days:


srpit

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Oct 20 2013 at 5:09pm #

Volunteering:


StuInMcCandless

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Oct 20 2013 at 6:56pm #

For my own tag, We Shall Overcome, which doesn’t count but I’ll throw it in anyway as an example.

Stairways. I love steps, going both up and down. This is me taking a selfie while surmounting the steps of the West End Bridge. I have a good enough hold of the bike with one hand that I can control the camera with the other. I highly recommend becoming comfortable with staircases, as they are great for cutting out nasty hills or stretches of unpleasant streets.


Swalfoort

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Oct 21 2013 at 9:27am #

Work Around: This is a photo of my bike on the Shadeland Avenue Bridge. I still have a bit of a dislike for hills. It’s both physical and mental. The availability of the Shadeland Bridge as a bypass to the large “dip” in Brighton Road at Woods Run is really a great work around for me.

work around hills


Swalfoort

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Oct 21 2013 at 9:31am #

Tag 2: Volunteering. I set this tag, so am ineligible to post for this one, but I had an AWESOME time volunteering for Venture Outdoors yesterday on a kayak trip with their Women on the Water series. This is a photo of kayaks all set out for one of the last trips of the year. This was taken from the Seventh Street Bridge.

volunteer


Swalfoort

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Oct 21 2013 at 9:40am #

About a week ago, Pinky posted the following, as it related to rainy days:

When it’s pouring rain (like Wednesday morning), and we look at each other and debate driving, I just think: “Fenders, pannier, bike.” Why gear up if I’m only going to bike in sunshine and blue skies? It would be a huge waste of money.

I’ve sort of adopted this checklist now as a “bike to work” mantra (still mostly in fine weather). My version is a little different, but with as few as 5 “check items” I can make myself be motivated to ride. I think my five are: lights, lock, pannier, work clothes suitable for day’s schedule, and off site obligations (day or evening). There is actually a sixth check box, as I think about it. That has to be how my knees feel on a given day.

Thanks to Pinky and her husband for making the decision making process this simple. Asked once at night (for packing work clothes) and once in the morning, and I can actually get myself on the bike more often. That’s awesome!


pinky

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Oct 22 2013 at 7:22am #

I agree – it really does help to pack the night before. Then I wake up, look outside and see crap, but then look at my neatly packed pannier. It makes me sad to unpack the pannier in order to drive.


srpit

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Oct 23 2013 at 9:01am #

Hmmm. My photo for volunteering somehow disappeared. It was there right after I posted that, but when I looked at the thread again it was gone. Trying again:


srpit

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Oct 23 2013 at 9:03am #

I don’t know why that photo is clipped off on the right. Tried uploading it three times, two different ways and it’s still not displaying right. I give up.


StuInMcCandless

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Oct 29 2013 at 8:32am #

Volunteering: I’ve taken it upon myself to rid the old trolley trail of a stand of invasive Japanese knotweed. I wish I would have thought to take a picture of the bike in front of it the other day in sunlight. Here is the best I could do before dawn this morning.

Below are the “before” and “after” pictures I took on Sunday morning. Of course with the bike behind the camera. D’oh!

Before. Note the gas line marker pipe in both pics.

After.

This involves pulling these up at the roots, then digging down below that to dig out the roots, too.


Swalfoort

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Oct 29 2013 at 8:39am #

Today is the last day for this tag…….

New tag gets set after midnight tonight…

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