An arch, or at least something arch-like

Did a mostly gravel ride today, and noticed that these downed trees on the trail form something of a natural arch. And, I even remembered to include the bike in the photo.

On another note, smoke from the fires out west have reached the east coast. We’ve been having some really bizarre looking sunrises and sunsets, as well as AQIs over 100, which is unusual in the rural area where I live. Fortunately down to 76 this morning, which puts it into the ‘moderate’ range.

This is a horrible photo, since it’s taken through a screen. It doesn’t come close to capturing how strange this sunrise looked in real life. It looked more like a moonrise than a sunrise.

Retired guy who likes to ride his bike in Vermont.

10 response to "An arch, or at least something arch-like"

  1. By: gregblood Posted: September 18, 2020

    I had heard that the west coast smoke had hit the east coast, but I sure didn’t think you’d get AQIs into the hundreds. I think your sunrise picture is great and the screen enhanced the picture rather than detracted from it. But then, I’m definitely not a photography purist.

    • By: BobinVT Posted: September 19, 2020

      Fortunately, our higher AQI numbers were very short-lived. We’re back to numbers under 30 now. But, even that brief, modest experience was enough to make me really feel for all the folks out west dealing with truly high levels of pollution.

  2. By: Suzanne Posted: September 19, 2020

    Gravel riding isn’t all that bad, is it! When we moved to where we are now living, outside of the city, at first I objected to gravel, then I accepted it (and got better at riding on rough surfaces) and now I really enjoy the gravel sections of our rides.

    • By: BobinVT Posted: September 19, 2020

      I’m a fan of gravel, if for no other reason than the reduced amount of car traffic. I try to get in a little bit of gravel on almost every ride.

  3. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: September 19, 2020

    I wonder if all that smoke could cool down the land as the sun is obscured. Gravels OK unless it’s corrugated or washboard as you guys say.

    • By: BobinVT Posted: September 19, 2020

      I had to deal with a little bit of washboard in the beginning of this ride. The real challenge was the roots and rocks popping up on various places on the trail.

  4. By: NancyG Posted: September 19, 2020

    I like the shot through the screen. Adds a dimension of some sort.

    I have basically hated gravel riding. But I say that because the gravel trails I have ridden are worse than ‘gravel’. Those trails have been filled with big rocks, root, limbs and sometimes boulders. If I get to ride on better terrain I could actually learn to relax and enjoy it I bet.

    • By: BobinVT Posted: September 20, 2020

      I suspect you wouldn’t have liked this ride too much. Some was on fairly smooth gravel roads, but most was on a trail with all those rocks and roots you mentioned.

  5. By: The Navigator Posted: September 19, 2020

    That sounds like a very pleasant ride and a nice natural arch over the trail. Not surprised you got in all that smoke as it made its way east. Smoke from the bushfires in Oz last summer made it all the way around the globe:,pushing%20smoke%20across%20the%20Pacific.&text=%22The%20smoke%20is%20expected%20to,the%20US%20space%20agency%20said.

    • By: BobinVT Posted: September 20, 2020

      Thanks Em. Interesting article. Just one more reminder that we’re all in this together.

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