A Rewarding Ride

Should we go out, should we stay in…? I have a goal for the year, 6,000 km, and I can’t waste any days decent enough to ride if I want to make it. It was 6°C when we left and 4°C by the time we got home and that was good enough.

Our reward:

We were riding into the sun and it began to sprinkle. I thought there has got to be a rainbow somewhere. I’m glad we got off our bikes and looked behind us. Very excited to capture the full arc and a bit of a double rainbow!

While riding through the woods, I spied this colony of fungi. edit: I just checked and learned it’s a troop, not a colony!?

The ride through the woods was a muddy one. When the frozen paths thaw they are particularly muddy. By the time we got home the bikes were a mess and we were also covered with sand and grit. I think we will have to avoid those paths for a while.

I'm a US born ex-pat, having lived most of my adult life in Munich, Germany. Cycling and photography are my favorite things.

8 response to "A Rewarding Ride"

  1. By: Laura Posted: December 16, 2020

    Very interesting fungi. Lovely rainbow pics. I’m sure you’ll make your goal. That’s quite a feat!

  2. By: Scooter Posted: December 16, 2020

    What a stunning rainbow shot! And how well planned, to have it centered over the bike path.

    I’d never heard of mushroom troops before, but I like it. One source I found states that cluster is also appropriate: “ Mushrooms that are in a close group but not close enough to be called a cluster are said to be in a troop.”. So it’s a judgement call, apparently. Tc his definitely looks like a troop to me.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: December 17, 2020

      Thanks, Scott. Yes, and I thought troop was a more colorful word than cluster. Fungi colonies grow in a petri dish or old bread apparently.

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 17, 2020

    Wonderful rainbow photo! And, a long shadows too.!

  4. By: BobinVT Posted: December 17, 2020

    The double rainbow over the bike path is a great photo. And love the colors in the fungi photo.

  5. By: NancyG Posted: December 17, 2020

    Oh, that rainbow arching completely over the trail is incredible. Perfect timing. I like “troop” of mushrooms as well.

    I know you will reach your goal. Especially, like me, you are not really counting miles ?. Might reach my goal as well.

  6. By: The Navigator Posted: December 17, 2020

    Well, yes, that was worth the ride! Gorgeous rainbow and the fungi looked like they came out of a storybook! Good luck on attaining the goal!

  7. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: December 18, 2020

    A double rainbow, brilliant. 6000kms, is more than a hundred kms a week, all the best.

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