With a little prodding from Stapfam, I lugged my camera around on a few rides and even managed to stop long enough to snap a few pix. I just wish my digital camera had a wider lens so I could get more of the scenes, that and more talent so you could really see how pretty this area can be. These are all taken along some of my usual routes, riding from my house outside Knoxville in East Tennessee. Lest you get the wrong idea, while there isn't much sign of human activity in these pictures I went through some busy roads to get to these spots.
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Here is a cow pasture with a scenic mudhole. The blue heron wading in the pool flew away just before I got this picture. I have one foot on the pavement here to give you an idea of the width of the shoulder (and note the barbed wire fence).
Greenway they just built in a new subdivision near here. So far only about 100 ft of the path is finished.
Another nice road. Back in the good old days the setback rules for houses weren't as restrictive.
At a local park on the Clinch River
Freshly mown hay with the ever present TVA powerlines. Those were some good blackberries on those brambles you may be able to make out in the foreground. I thought about gathering some for a pie, but they tasted too good straight off the vine. But I did save some for you guys, send me an email and I'll send you a map to the briar patch, I think there are still a few berries left.
Scene on one of my favorite riding routes. Note the Fred bag I added for the camera, how do you guys carry a camera? That bag would be OK if it wasn't quite so big.
Also, if you look closely you may see the now empty mount for my new Garmin Edge. It filled up with water on the previous ride (its 2nd time out, later in the ride with the picture at the picnic table) in a torrential downpour and went back to the factory for replacement. It turned out OK, they sent me a new unit and a spare cadence sensor, so now I have cadence on both bikes. And then I found out I am eligible for the $75 rebate on the unit (grins like possum, life is good).
Other end of the same road as the last picture. More powerlines (actually the same ones).
It looks like they have sprayed the kudzu here with weed killer, otherwise it would be creeping out into the road.
Another typical East Tennessee road sans shoulder. At least here there is a scenic creek and no barbed wire.
Local sports gathering spot. This is close enough to my house that I can frequently hear the beagles baying. The "Atomic" is a reference to Oak Ridge, just across the river a few miles, where I am employed squandering your hard earned tax dollars (except for you Stapfam).