The city wanted to build affordable (???) apartments here, but they also wanted to preserve the teetering walls (that’s all that remains) of the historic cannery building. So the plans retain the old walls, and construction is underway along the Greenway. Not sure if the graffiti stays. More at Bill Bikes
I was already resigned to no more rides this month, I even finished my website monthly ride page and published it two days ahead of time. Today I revised it. The sky brightened and when the temperature went up to +3C/37F, I grabbed my camera and went for a last ride in January. My camera … Continue reading "January Challenge Day 18"
Needing to be back to drive Lucy to Horseback Riding camp, I opted for a ride around the lagoons in the neighborhood. There are some very pricey homes around the lagoons and actually everywhere around here. But the great water views cost the most. Of course the lagoons are gated for the rich! I have … Continue reading "JANUARY RIDE #15 – FINAL RIDE FOR JANUARY"
Why it is as cold in northern California as it is at home. Wait, I just checked. Nope at home it was in the 20s this morning! But 39 here this morning felt a bit nippy in itself. The clear blue sun-filled sky made up for a lot of strong headwind I had on today’s … Continue reading "JANUARY RIDE #15"
Putting the B in February -or- Febberery if you are from around here 😉 I’m thinking with all the Bareness around this time of year for most of us, we should look for denuded View Blockers that display: Interesting Branches, Bark, Bumps, Burls, or even a Bare area devoid of much of anything (Helen suggests … Continue reading "February Challenge"
It never matters how many or how few the miles when I get to ride with these guys! Here we are in Elk Grove, California and …… it rains! BUT, my Pacific Northwest gals did not flinch about riding to Walgreens for some needed items. Did not matter if it was only a 5 mile … Continue reading "JANUARY RIDE #14"
Another cold ride We have had snow and wind and ice and I hadn’t ridden my bike in nine days. However, I think it was mostly the dreary grey sky that kept me off my bike, not all days saw snow and ice on the roads. Today the sky was dreary grey, too, but there … Continue reading "January Challenge Day 17"
Hello Cycle365.Lifers, The featured photo shows me at Sorrento Beach, the waves on the ocean are the only natural falling water you’ll see around here this time of year, boy, I wish we could have a huge thunderstorm, this never- ending sunshine I find quite boring. Actually, in winter we have some impressive waterfalls just … Continue reading "Waterfalls and 2022 Cycling Roundup"
There came a hint of sun that helped get me out for my ride. I was fooled by the diffused sun that was soon to be taken over by the clouds and cold air. But the ride was good. Nothing too exciting and I was not sure I would find something to share from this … Continue reading "JANUARY RIDE #13"
A lovely day, hitting at least 70° F, so I scooted downtown to see the new “Unum” piece at Courthouse Square. Very nice, although a crew was working on it and blocking my shots. Unfortunately, no sign of our ice sculpture contest. A little more at Bill Bikes
The morning started out with a hazy sun, no wind and pretty warm air (28-degrees F). The roads have even been clearing themselves of ice. I daresay, the riding was quite pleasant. That’s a darn good thing too, because this weekend I’ll be waking up to sub-zero temperatures again. Oh well, whatever. I had ridden … Continue reading "Hastings, Minnesota: Serving You Heaps of Snow Since 1867"
Holy Smokes!!! What is THAT?? The Sun?? Better take advantage, even though its cold and windy — they say a winter storm is coming Short ride south to the North Fork Diamond Back just west of the North Fork on 4000N There goes Skinny Schwinny headed back to town — the greenish tinge is winter … Continue reading "A Short Ride!"
This weekend, I rode downtown and couldn’t help but notice there was more activity going on than usual on a Saturday morning. I conducted an investigation (which involved nothing more than asking a guy on the sidewalk what was going on) and learned the annual Hastings Chamber of Commerce Ice Sculpting Contest was taking place … Continue reading "MY Town Celebrates Ice"
In a way I am surprised, and pleasantly so, to have gotten 12 rides this wet and stormy month. And I must say, being the challenging month it has been, Rich’s challenge has been spot on! And a motivational tool for me to ride more than I might have. Thank you Rich. Colder and damper … Continue reading "JANUARY RIDE #12"
The rain stopped a few days ago. Santa Rosa Creek much reduced in flow. But tons of debris remain on and along the Greenway. The photo shows piles of detritus covering the banks of the creek at Willowside Road.
Lots and lots of snow today and it’s still going strong. So I guess yesterday was really the last day on my bike for a while. It was kind of a borderline day. The roads and paths were clear, at least the ones I chose, and it was around 2C/28F. With some snow from above … Continue reading "January Challenge Day 16"
What a beautiful day! It was still a bit chilly, but even the filtered sun in the thinly clouded sky was plenty to keep me happy. As we are showing our usual rides, here is a photo of the road I take just about every time for one of my routes from home. A lot, … Continue reading "JANUARY RIDE #11"
Yesterday’s heavy rainfall left this morning with heavy dampness on the ground and in the air which made my ride start later than I like. That had me shorten my ride once again to get home before it got colder and darker. Throughout the ride I had only a few minor sun breaks peek out … Continue reading "JANUARY RIDE #10"
When I looked at the weather forecast yesterday, I said to myself, well no riding my bike for the next ten days. The temperature wasn’t expected to rise above freezing and snow was predicted. So the snow and -6C/21F this morning didn’t surprise me. But it didn’t feel that bad when I was out on … Continue reading "January Challenge Day 15"
Bright sunny crisp day, too cold (for me) to go far today so just a gentle trundle. This ancient bridge spans Swift Ditch close to its confluence with the Thames. Swift Ditch is a back water of the main stream and cut the long corner of the river as it flows through Abingdon. The land … Continue reading "Bridges and a Smiley Face"
Nancy wrote a great story yesterday about the tree stump in her neighborhood that is frequently redecorated to fit every occasion. That reminded me of a similar story in my own neighborhood. This story is more recent in its development, but what it lacks in history, it makes up for in gaudy flamboyance. This particular … Continue reading "Yo Ho Ho, and a Bottle of Rum / A Pirate’s Life for ME . . ."
Yesterday’a morning peek out the window showed me mist, fog, wind and dark clouds. I was not too hopeful for a ride but by about 11:00 I could not deny the (one) sun break and no rain so I saddled up. I did not go far and did a shortened version of my neighborhood loops … Continue reading "JANUARY RIDE #9"
Two days of 2C/36F. Monday we had a touch of sun and with all my warming winter things on it felt okay. Today at 9:00 it was still below freezing and I again couldn’t face getting on my bike for the ride to tai chi. In the afternoon I made up for it and took … Continue reading "January Challenge Days 13, 14"
Sometimes 42 degrees feels so cold to me. That was the case as I started my morning ride. The sun was out most of the day, it never got what one would call ”warm” even though the temp climbed to 45, and the slight headwind added to my sensation of being colder than I expected. … Continue reading "JANUARY RIDE #8"
The sun rose at 7:45 a.m. to reveal a clear blue sky. Plus, the air temperature was already 33-degrees ABOVE zero with a predicted high of 37-degrees. WEIRD! I doubt the spring-like thaw will completely take care of MY Town’s ice problem, but it should put a little dent in it. Either way, I was … Continue reading "What’s That? Blue Sky?"
Its now 5 years since my father in law, Doug, passed away. Every year since our youngest son Neale and myself have done a ride in Doug’s memory. We try to cover together in kilometres the number of years he lived (86). We meet at a mutually convenient place around 6 miles from where each … Continue reading "5th Annual D K Drew Memorial Ride"
Just another loop for ride 10, and again mild weather. The woods are looking so drab these days. The paved path through the forest in the featured picture is what we call the autobahn. It’s a popular route leading out of Munich to the south and is teeming with cyclists in good weather. Ride 11 … Continue reading "January Challenge Days 10, 11, 12"
As they say — what a difference a day makes! Yesterday it was sunny and temps climbed to 59 degrees from morning 47. Needless to say — I went for a nice bike ride, and am so happy that I did (as usual) as today will be filled with clouds, rain and temps back down … Continue reading "JANUARY RIDE #7"
Managed to get a couple times today between bouts of rain, it’s a reoccurring theme to my and others rides in recent postings. The Three Amigos in Steventon, I had to return and capture all three. Not so placid today. This and the following shots are from this afternoons trundle, checking out the flood waters … Continue reading "Between the Showers"
I’ve been making an effort to get out for brief rides in the rain, of which we’ve had no shortage for the past three weeks. I have reservations for an expedition this summer, pedaling that will probably feature plenty of wind, rain, and chill. So I gotta test various combinations of gear in similar conditions … Continue reading "More riding in the rain"
It has been a different kind of winter here in MY Town. True, the cold temperatures have been pretty normal, and the amount of snow hasn’t been too far above the average. The main difference has been the ICE. Almost every snowstorm has been preceded by freezing rain. Then the snow covers the frozen rain. … Continue reading "More Winter Stuff"
Two sunny days in a row! I almost let this one get by me as I took my bike into the shop for some minor work and it was cold and damp, not at all inviting for a ride. Once back home, the sun came shining through and I hopped onto Susan’s bike for an … Continue reading "JANUARY RIDE #6"
I failed dismally this to find the restored section of the Wilts and Berks Canal located in the village Grove. Its not that big a place but I couldn’t locate it. Found my way to the village green in West Hanney for a quick bite. This innocuous looking bridge is called Gallows Bridge on my … Continue reading "A Failure and a Gruesome Location"
In my previous post I also wrote Day 9, but I was getting ahead of myself, in other words confused. Anyway, today’s ride was Day 9 for sure. Kind of grey, but on and off we had some pale sun, so it wasn’t a bleak grey, and it was warm enough that I didn’t need … Continue reading "January Challenge Day 9"
When Illinois gives you a 50F sunny afternoon in January, it best to take advantage of it Parked at the Visitor Center and rode most of the roads and alcoves north of there Diamond Back got the call to duty today Riding into Hickory Hollow View of the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River … Continue reading "Kennekuk Park Revisted"
As I wrote on my fb page — today day was indeed a gift after the other weather that has had us grumpy and somewhat housebound lately. Sunny ALL day and 50 degrees is beautiful on this early January day. I got my friend Shelly to ride with me along a local trail where these … Continue reading "JANUARY RIDE #5"
It hasn’t been sunny every day, but we have had a couple of very bright days. If January would just continue in this vein. January 6 is Three Kings Day. I have no pictures of the three kings making their rounds, but there were a lot of cyclists out in the mild weather. Janos’s bike … Continue reading "January Challenge Days 6, 7, 8"
ERRANDS. Errands by bike will most always get me on the saddle ;’-). Today I wanted to get out early enough to miss the forecasted wind advisory and rain! I was on my bike at 8:45 to miss those weather things. Note, this is only the 4th ride I have been on this year!! First … Continue reading "JANUARY RIDE #4"
It has rained practically every day for almost two weeks, and more rain is forecast for tonight and beyond, but today should be dry. That means I need to mount up and pedal out the Greenway to see how Santa Rosa Creek is doing…. More at Bill Bikes
I got back from my monthly trip to Iowa yesterday. I was down there for five days this time instead of the usual two days. In addition to his cancer treatments, now my dad has some cardiac issues to be dealt with, including a valve replacement surgery. That means quite a few more trips to … Continue reading "Waterfalls and the Aftermath of a Winter Storm"
Today was a case of rain, then sun then torrential rain. These snowdrops are the first of the year for me, taken while the sun was briefly out. This unusual house could be yours for snip at a guide price of £325,000 ($393,000 or 368,550 Euros), it has been on the markets for months, can’t … Continue reading "Flowers and a House"
This month is not allowing much riding for me. This first week we were driving for two different days and there has also been some weather! Today was almost dry until the final 7-8 minutes of my ride when I did get some fat rain drops. It came and went periodically so I did not … Continue reading "JANUARY RIDE #3"
A rainy day It still isn’t cold and I have all the rain gear you could need, so in spite of some predicted rain I went out with camera. Janos came along this time, but had bike problems, fortunately close to home, and turned back. I planned a small loop, hoping to find something I … Continue reading "January Challenge Day 5"
As I have exhausted the local supply of waterfalls, with last weeks offering, I chose the following as today entry. This set of weir gates is only opened during periods of high water levels as we are experiencing just now. The building in the background with the chimneys is the Lock Keepers house. Looks as … Continue reading "Waterfalling Wednesday"
No waterfalls yet, but we didn’t get rained on either. And if you don’t know what to take a picture of, a selfie is always good in a pinch. Again I didn’t need my heated gloves. Today we had 9C/48F which didn’t feel that warm with the cold wind blowing. I was glad to get … Continue reading "January Challenge day 4"
Well, as you can see, it was a rainy day. I wasn’t willing to face a ride to tai chi at 8 a.m. Janos drove me. I’m getting soft, or softer. But in my defense, I did get on my bike for an afternoon ride, 6C/44C, and threatening rain. Janos declined the invitation to join … Continue reading "January Challenge day 3"
We were up for a little camping trip as the weather promised to be dry, in the 40s, and some sun possibilities. Though I thought I might get 2 days of riding, I ended up with but one for a variety of reasons. But it was a good one and I will not complain as … Continue reading "JANUARY RIDE #2"
(Posting early to provide some lead time) Bill suggested we do a Waterfall Wednesday, similar to what his ace support crew’s hiking group does Illinois has 16 (count ’em 16 waterfalls, none of which are around here After posting that miniscule waterfall emanating from a drain pipe I decided to go big time with our … Continue reading "Waterfall Wednesday"
Had to run an errand into Abingdon this morning, delivering a chocolate cake to my mother in law. As the sun was shining brightly I would take the longer less direct route there. Recently flooded fields off of Peep O’Day Lane, this is a walking / cycling route to the edge of Abingdon. This is … Continue reading "A Little Unexpected"
We are still having exceptionally warm weather, around 16C/60F, and although I have removed a couple of layers from my cycling outfit I am still over dressed because I never quite believe it could be that warm. But I would rather be too warm than too cold any day. I was expecting the forest paths … Continue reading "January Challenge 1 and 2"
We even had some sun breaks on this 45 degree day! Our annual Rainbow Rider group — FROSTY (First Ride Out Starting The Year). Part of the ride was on the Centennial Trail and I came upon these nice horsemen who waved to me and wished me a Happy New Year ;’-).
Not only will I be displaying scenes FROM the trails, there will also be photos OF the trails themselves. What more could anybody ask for? My New Year’s resolution this year, as it has been every year since about 1990, was to ride my bike on the first day of the year. Beyond that, I … Continue reading "Scenes From MY Town’s Trails"