Another long dry spell for my photography. What I have for you today is not about photography but a cool thing that Dubuque has done for the biking enthusiast. So I have 4 images today to help tell the story.
I got back on my bike last week because I wanted to drop a few pounds and get back in shape. Yesterday I did a 23 mile ride with some big hills. This is my Trek “Fitness” bike. I purchased it three years ago and really enjoy riding it. It is a 27 speed bike and I like that it has wider tires than my road bike and I can sit more up right on it.
You’ll notice on the back of the bike is a carry all bag. I’m a pack rat so I take all my bike tools for any kind of repair (including fixing a flat tire.) Money for snacks or water, first aid kit, rain gear, a towel, a small air pump, and of course a camera. The camera is a little Nikon Coolpix L810. It doesn’t shoot in RAW but it is small, durable, and holds a charge for a long time.
So my halfway point yesterday was at the end of the paved bike path where it turns into the Heritage Trail. There is a large lake, a parking lot, and picnic tables with grills. Many people park their cars in the parking lot and walk or ride the Heritage Trail or they fish in the lake. Yesterday the parking lot was full of cars with bike racks on them and there were 15 or more people fishing. The park is the halfway part of my ride so I like to stop here and rest my butt. 🙂
New this year they have installed a bike repair station. The station is equipped with every tool you would need to make repairs on your bike. You can download repair instructions on your smart phone by scanning the QR Code on the machine. It also has directions for mounting your bike in the proper position to effectively work on it.
Additionally it has an air pump with pressure gauge. All the tools are attached to steel cables that extend out far enough to allow access to the area that needs repair. Hopefully some idiot will not destroy it. It is really a thoughtful addition to the bike path.
Going on another ride today.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
I shot the above image with the little point and shoot camera I keep on my bike. Even though the heat index was 105 degrees I decided I needed to get a bike ride in. Just goes to show that the best camera is the one you have with you. 🙂
I did an in town 20 mile ride without any big hills. Stopped every 5 miles and re-hydrated so I made it just fine, but OMG was it hot!
I had planned on going to the Dubuque Arboretum yesterday as they have a bunch of new flowers out, but after cooling down and getting a shower I didn’t want to get hot all over again. 🙂
Hopefully they’ll still be pretty this coming weekend.
That’s all I have for today. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have some more images from our dinner party Saturday night. I felt like a black and white rendition for these was appropriate.
I had a close call yesterday on my 27 mile bike ride. I was only 6 miles into the ride and was going at a pretty good clip when I came to a bumpy part of the road. There was a car just getting ready to pass me on the left when my seat broke and went flying into the street. I was lucky enough to maintain control of the bike and got it stopped without incident.
Jeanne came and picked me up and we went to the bike shop. The repairman said in all his experience he had never seen a piece that holds part of the seat together break. He had a hard time finding a replacement piece because as he said, “They just never break.”
I was very lucky that it didn’t end up badly. But 45 minutes later I was back on the road completing my ride.
This is an image of Steve and Becki’s little dog Mia. Waiting at the bottom of the steps for Becki to return with some treats.
That’s it for today. Back at it so I gotta run. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy Monday! ~ 228
If you read the blog yesterday you are expecting a post about the rising Phoenix. It was not my intent to mislead you when I said that. Things change and I found some very interesting things to photograph yesterday that I wanted to share today. Well interesting to me anyway.
I had a reasonable day yesterday. My vision continues to be a worry but I’m getting along with it. I went for a bike ride yesterday and got a full 20 miles in. Not too bad for my 3rd time out. There wasn’t much left in the tank when I rolled into our driveway but made 20 and that made me happy.
The image above was taken by Angie with my little Nikon Coolpix point and shoot camera that I carry on the bike. I rode over to her house because I wanted to show Joshua that Grandpa had a bike too. It took him a little while to process me because he has never seen me in this get-up before. You can see he is not real interested in holding my hand.
Angie asked me if I had a snack with me in case I got a little low on energy. I told her I didn’t so she gave me some fruit chews to take with me. It was a blessing because I needed them to finish the ride.
Along the route I found this flower-pot just hanging by the side of the road in between some shrubs. I loved the colors so I stopped and grabbed a shot with my little Coolpix.
I love being on the bike and enjoying the sights and sounds at a slower pace. I also enjoy the challenges of making it up a hill with some gear left. I haven’t found too many of them lately but that will come. I made it up the biggest hill on my route yesterday without stopping and that was a great accomplishment to me. 🙂
Finally out on my photo run I came across this interesting group of birds. A Blue Heron sharing the dead tree log with geese and ducks. Again not something you see everyday so I thought it worthy of a capture.
That’s it for today, I’m going to take a nap. My stomach got me up way too early this morning.
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day (even if it is a Monday) and be careful.