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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Bike Riding in the Valley

I'm glad that I spent most of yesterday riding the bike, enjoying the sunshine with temperatures in the mid 60's (f). I had almost forgotten the feeling of a strong pulse rate, the wind in my face, sweat, and fresh air in my lungs. The picture above is a "neat" pedestrian ramp to a bridge. It's fun to ride on a bike.
I rode about 20 miles by just walking out the front door and peddling wherever the road led me. Charleston is fairly "bike friendly" and there's always interesting sights along the way. I do a lot of riding "in the city" mostly because I can walk right out my front door and ride along the river.
The river runs right through the center of the valley and there are several bridges where I can cross and return home without without having to backtrack my route. There's also plenty of stops along the way to rest, grab a snack, or just relax.
If the weather gets any warmer (this is the beginning of February now) I'm going to have to cut the grass again. The weather is supposed to be in the 60's the rest of the week.
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Here's something I thought was amusing. It's actually a "kite" attached to a long pole. It allow grass to grow by scaring off small birds which normally eat the seedlings.

6 comments:

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

Nice pictures John. That looks like a nice ride along the river. Weather has been very mild to the north-west of you also. I've been riding my bike to work quite a bit lately enjoying that elevated pulse rate your talking about. Sure is nice to ride in February with just a light windbreaker.

Great to see your out and about on two wheels -Keep it up.

Mike W8MDE

PE4BAS, Bas said...

Nice story John, I can see you enjoyed your bike ride. Nice weather btw. Here in the Netherlands it's freezing and too cold to ride the bike. 73, Bas

Jspiker said...

Hello Mike,

Yes, it was refreshing to be active again. I think the human body was meant to be active and (as I'm sure you're aware) the bicycle the perfect machine. There's nothing quite like a good ride!

I do, however miss the Skiing.

Jspiker said...

Hello Bas,

The weather is absolutely crazy this year and I've noticed a big change in the wind speed. It's much stronger than normal.

I think we're in store for some major storms this spring, and more droughts in the mid west.

Paul PC4T said...

Hi John, biking is sure one of my favourite 'hobbies' and of course always my camera at hand. Nice photo's, 73 Paul

Jspiker said...

Hello Paul,

Me too...I hope I can do it for many more years.