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(Not Very) Cold (But Windy), (Not) Dark, and (Not Really) Faraway From Home :)

I used to be a craft beer geek starting from 2015. I had to stop drinking ales & stout since January 2020, as insulin resistance forced me to get rid of sugars. Also, the brewing trends resulted in mass making of the type style of IPAs I despise: so-called "New England", "Juicy", "Hazy", "DDH", "TDH", "QDH" ones; full of aroma but not really bitter; just juice. No reason for me to be involved in craft beer world anymore.

Yesterday, a respected Artezan Brewery (which is located in my neighbourhood) announced: "We made Black IPA by name of 'Cold, Dark, and Faraway From Home' for you. We used unique techniques such as [...] to make outstanding Ale. All of you who crave for bitter ales won't be disappointed!" Wow. Only 10 km away if I take the Sunny Street... This afternoon, I rode on a Range Extender of my Vado SL only. I was riding against a massive headwind. 70% of the RE got used for only a 10 kilometre ride!

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Hard to believe! These workers could seal the entire Sunny Street in one day! I had to walk my e-bike to avoid asphalt where it was still hot.

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The Cold Black IPA (Cascadian Dark Ale) at the left, and West Coast IPA at the right.

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When walking my Vado SL behind the brewery, I first met the co-owner's son, Albert, who told me many details about how they brewed the "Cold, Dark..." When I was inside the store, I also met his father and co-owner Jacek M himself. I could congratulate "Hasintus" on the occasion of his birthday!


The return trip should be easy. I reduced the assistance by half and was riding pretty fast with the tailwind. The single Range Extender would do but I had to continue my ride to a store in Pruszków, where the RE charge dropped down to 8%. Reluctantly, I had to switch to the internal battery of the e-bike. It was rush hours. Again, I realized how good thing riding e-bike was; I could avoid massive traffic jams!

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Unless you are contemplating a divorce maybe its not the best idea to show her any @Chargeride videos! ;)
Mrs DG liked the video, although she commented that it may be a bit much for our hybrid bikes, but we could walk with the bikes…

I’d have problems walking up there these days. Did a lot of walks and climbs in the Lakes, remember doing Helvellyn via Striding Edge, which was fun, but I was 30 years younger then.
 
(Not Very) Cold (But Windy), (Not) Dark, and (Not Really) Faraway From Home :)

I used to be a craft beer geek starting from 2015. I had to stop drinking ales & stout since January 2020, as insulin resistance forced me to get rid of sugars. Also, the brewing trends resulted in mass making of the type style of IPAs I despise: so-called "New England", "Juicy", "Hazy", "DDH", "TDH", "QDH" ones; full of aroma but not really bitter; just juice. No reason for me to be involved in craft beer world anymore.

Yesterday, a respected Artezan Brewery (which is located in my neighbourhood) announced: "We made Black IPA by name of 'Cold, Dark, and Faraway From Home' for you. We used unique techniques such as [...] to make outstanding Ale. All of you who crave for bitter ales won't be disappointed!" Wow. Only 10 km away if I take the Sunny Street... This afternoon, I rode on a Range Extender of my Vado SL only. I was riding against a massive headwind. 70% of the RE got used for only a 10 kilometre ride!

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Hard to believe! These workers could seal the entire Sunny Street in one day! I had to walk my e-bike to avoid asphalt where it was still hot.

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The Cold Black IPA (Cascadian Dark Ale) at the left, and West Coast IPA at the right.

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When walking my Vado SL behind the brewery, I first met the co-owner's son, Albert, who told me many details about how they brewed the "Cold, Dark..." When I was inside the store, I also met his father and co-owner Jacek M himself. I could congratulate "Hasintus" on the occasion of his birthday!


The return trip should be easy. I reduced the assistance by half and was riding pretty fast with the tailwind. The single Range Extender would do but I had to continue my ride to a store in Pruszków, where the RE charge dropped down to 8%. Reluctantly, I had to switch to the internal battery of the e-bike. It was rush hours. Again, I realized how good thing riding e-bike was; I could avoid massive traffic jams!

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Your bike is the same grey as my friends Specialized.
He waited some time for it to arrive in that colour and then was mercilessly ribbed because it looks pink from certain angles.
Every conversation about his bike ends with..
Its not pink!!!
 
We are experiencing a single sunny day with +16 C now. The real Spring might come in a week (or I hope so).

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Nearby the Podkowa Leśna Mall, after having done some essential grocery shopping. The little bridge behind me can only be used by pedestrians and cyclists.

I would be better of by wearing a light balaclava and thin gloves. A wintery wind's still blowing despite warm air temperature!
 
Seriously, you should have filmed the descent. Go do that ride again and this time video the race to the bottom. I will grab a glass of wine and enjoy your adventure from my comfy lounge chair (only because this incessant rain in Virginia has a chokehold on our weather's throat for weeks and just won't give up, not even for a moment for me to throw a leg over my bike. Everything outside is so soggy and wet it stinks of damp and dreary. The only thing happy is the grass. And mold.)

So go. Ride those rocks. Film that crazy. I'll go get my wine glass and bottle ready....
 
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Seriously, you should have filmed the descent. Go do that ride again and this time video the race to the bottom. I will grab a glass of wine and enjoy your adventure from my comfy lounge chair (only because this incessant rain in Virginia has a chokehold on our weather's throat for weeks and just won't give up, not even for a moment for me to throw a leg over my bike. Everything outside is so soggy and wet it stinks of damp and dreary. The only thing happy is the grass. And mold.)

So go. Ride those rocks. Film that crazy. I'll go get my wine glass and bottle ready....
ha, I would of but my gopro switched off, you can see I had to use to my phone for the video at the top.
First time its ever failed me.
 
"At The Girls" (Coffee & Food) in Rozalin

I made 60 km total as of today and feel tired. The SW wind was getting stronger and stronger. As the day was warm and otherwise gorgeous, I went for an afternoon ride, heading upwind (as I typically do to return with tailwind). Last Sunday, I was reminded by my cycling mates of the existence of the "At The Girls" cafe in Rozalin (that happens to be located in the SW direction from my place). The cafe -- unknown to me yet -- seemed the ideal target for the ride.

Note: All pictures are unprocessed. I'm too tired to improve them now.

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"At The Girls - Coffee & Food" is a favourite bikers' haven, following destinations such as "Góra Kawiarnia", "Klimatyczna", and "At Marta's".

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The Girl Of The Day pouring Strawberry Milkshake. I was tempted very much but thought of my insulin resistance and overweight...

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Nice interior indeed (the cafe has two rooms).

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Staszek The Roadie saw my post on FB and greatly recommended trying hot cocoa. He was right! The cocoa was thick and delicious!


I also bought two separate pieces of Cherry Cheesecake for take-out. It was because... There is my Facebook friend Marta, with whom we have never met in real life. She happened to be working in Młochów, which is very close to Rozalin. So I brought one of the cake pieces for her to celebrate meeting each other! No picture, as the selfie of me and Marta turned out to be terrible! :)

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On my way back. Yet another -- brand new -- bike path! (and a school in the background).

I realized that about 90% of the distance ridden today led through bike paths! I really appreciate actions the local governments took to build the infrastructure. Yes, there are perfect and less perfect bike paths in the neighbourhood but these do exist...

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The notorious Moszna Stack as seen from SW at perfect visibility conditions. The stack is still some 3 km away from this place.

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I'm so happy to ride my Vado SL! The bike I take care of, have equipped in everything I needed, and which is so modern! The bike feels "just-a-bike", and I decidedly don't feel myself like being a Superman when I'm riding it. It reminds me of my limitations, and forces me to get a good workout. (I would only not take that bike in the high mountains - the motor is not powerful enough as for my legs).


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Ride Map.
 
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Those stacks are incredible, I think I found a vid of someone climbing it, but they all look the same with the red/white bands.
Searching for that name shows a Moszna castle, is that near you?
Or is it just a name of the stack.
 
Searching for that name shows a Moszna castle, is that near you?
No, there are several locations by the name of Moszna. The word meant "a sack" in old Slav languages (like a depression of terrain). Nowadays, the word just means "scrotum" :)
The Moszna Castle in Greater Poland is famous. The Moszna Stack is famous because you can see the stack from any airplane flying over Warsaw :) (There is even a taller stack in Warsaw but the Moszna one is special because it is perfectly visible).

See this (the Moszna stack climbing):
 
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(I have inserted a video. I'm surprised the height is only 256 metres; I was told it was 300 m).

I wonder why he was climbing: there is a lift inside the chimney.
 
Yesterday I rode the long way to the Post Office. Nothing happened there except a little girl shouting 'Hello bicycle man'. Her mother for some reason apologized but I was energized and went further than planned. Pointing past the cattle to the draw, hidden ponds and woods beyond is where my smaller pastures intersect. While here after strays I was told by the farmer the draw was from 3000 Yankee Cavalrymen off loaded from a narrow gauge railroad. This force confronted the Rebels the next day in The Battle if Yellow Tavern where a celebrated Confederate General was killed. A simple swivel to the other side of the road reflects this past.
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I made it out on a ride today and remembered to bring my water and a camera. After the stressful stretch was successfully navigated--the road behind my house for a few hundred feet, the ride became enjoyable. I rode up Salmon Creek for 11 miles, then reluctantly turned around because I didn't want to overdo things so early in the season. The posterior is needing some toughening in. There were no cafes to stop at--that would have been an additional 11 miles up. There were cows and a few dogs and horses.

Here is the view from where I turned around.
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There were tractors but thank goodness, no Russian tanks to be towed. The tractors sit, waiting for work.
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I am glad I turned around because the wind was not my friend on the way home.
 
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