Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Fifty Plus (50+) Share the victories, challenges, successes and special concerns of bicyclists 50 and older. Especially useful for those entering or reentering bicycling.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-02-09, 04:19 AM   #1
cranky old dude
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 4,259
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
A Black & Blue start to August (photo-documentary)

First off, this is not a post about falling and there are no gory injury images. I apologize for the mis-leading thread title.

What I do have to report is that yesterday dawned sunny and bright and cloudless. The humidity was low and everyone’s spirits seemed high. Every where I rode people were friendly. They waved, said hello, drove courteously and everyone seemed happy. I wanted to pinch myself to ensure that I wasn’t dreaming but was afraid to, in case I was as I didn’t want it to end.

I’ve included some pictures from the ride. Now since I generally ride the same areas from ride to ride I can’t show many overall views that I haven’t shown already, so I’ve decided to make this a bit of a Home & Garden picture show. I almost always ride through sub divisions and housing tracts with a few miles of MUP’s mixed in. The wet, cool weather we’ve been having has been very beneficial to the area gardens and flower beds making the rides through the various neighborhoods very pleasing to the eye. Add to that the fact that for some magical reason, everyone seemed to be in great spirits yesterday and very industrious (there were garage sales all over the place along with many roadside treasures discarded from home cleanups or room renovations) and you can start to get a feel for how enjoyable yesterday’s ride was.

Let’s start with an image depicting the peace and tranquility that reigned as the ride began shortly after dawn. I didn’t do a great job showing it but there is a carpet of wildflowers in the foreground…..



Here’s an original garden out in front of someone’s house. They’ve used everything but the Kitchen sink as a planter here…..



Ooops……



One shot of the MUP. This is one of my favorite stretches and goes like this for about a mile. I didn’t see another person on the entire length of this wooded section this morning….



How can anyone ride by these without stopping to admire their beauty…….



Some more……




Here’s a few of the little houses along the lake front. What we’re seeing here is the backs of these houses, the fronts face the lake. Most of the lake side of these homes consist of large windows providing panoramic views of natures big show…..



Another……..



One more…….



Now for the source of the thread title, Black & Blue. I started this ride on one bike, came home, had lunch, and then finished it on another bike. I started out on my Black Bike…..

cranky old dude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-09, 04:24 AM   #2
cranky old dude
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 4,259
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
......continued

And then, just for the heck of it I switched over to my Blue bike……



Oh, by the way, someone forgot to tell this guy about the recession…..



Too much house to fit on one picture……



And here’s a parting shot of the little roadside treasure that now adorns our back porch. I love finding little prizes like this on my rides……



August is certainly off to a great start.....

Black bike rode…….60.54 mi.
Blue bike rode……...40.47 mi.
Total……………….102.01mi.
cranky old dude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-09, 04:36 AM   #3
cyclinfool
gone ride'n
 
cyclinfool's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Upstate NY
Bikes: Simoncini, Gary Fisher, Specialized Tarmac
Posts: 4,051
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Great find!
Great Pics
Great ride
Great Day

We had it here too.
cyclinfool is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-09, 05:40 AM   #4
Red Baron
Senior Member
 
Red Baron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: On a Road in Central Bluegrass KY
Bikes: Not enough
Posts: 1,249
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Great Pic's, I like your style !!!!!!!!!
__________________
**Fate is a fickle thing, and in the end the true measure of a person is not fate itself, but how they master it**
Red Baron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-09, 07:18 AM   #5
PrairieDog
Senior Member
 
PrairieDog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: On the Llano Estacado
Bikes:
Posts: 193
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I want to live where you live! Thanks for sharing the pics, Lenny.
PrairieDog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-09, 07:22 AM   #6
The Weak Link
Banned.
 
The Weak Link's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Post-partisan Paradise
Bikes: GF Wahoo '05, Trek T1000 '04, Lemond Buenos Aires '07
Posts: 4,938
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Which of the bikes do you prefer to ride?
The Weak Link is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-09, 08:46 AM   #7
gcottay
Senior Member
 
gcottay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Green Valley AZ
Bikes: Trice Q; Volae Century; TT 3.4
Posts: 3,772
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Theft Alert!

When taking the pictures of your bikes, did you notice the young guy stealing them?
gcottay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-09, 11:55 AM   #8
cranky old dude
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 4,259
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Weak Link View Post
Which of the bikes do you prefer to ride?
Not intending to sound flippant here but to answer honestly, all of them.
If I had to get rid of all but one bike, I guess I'ld keep the Easy Racer.

Quote:
Originally Posted by gcottay View Post
Theft Alert!

When taking the pictures of your bikes, did you notice the young guy stealing them?
Ha ha, I lost so many bikes that way!!!

Last edited by cranky old dude; 08-04-09 at 12:48 PM. Reason: Ooops, added lost
cranky old dude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-09, 11:57 AM   #9
linux_author
370H-SSV-0773H
 
linux_author's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Penniless Park, Fla.
Bikes: Merlin Fortius, Specialized Crossroads & Rockhopper, Serotta Fierte, Pedal Force RS2
Posts: 2,750
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
my latest treasure was a 1992 Specialized Rockhopper for $40 at a local flea market...

my first MTB!
linux_author is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-09, 02:30 PM   #10
kjc9640
Slo Spoke Jim
 
kjc9640's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Altamonte Springs, FL
Bikes: 1982 Raleigh road bike & love it
Posts: 2,071
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Super ride and narration, loved it
to you cranky...
kjc9640 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-09, 03:46 PM   #11
billydonn
Council of the Elders
 
billydonn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Omaha, NE
Bikes: 1990 Schwinn Crosscut, 5 Lemonds
Posts: 3,761
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Very enjoyable... thanks. Kind of seems like it should be a May or June post (i.e. springtime) but we have to take it as it comes, eh?

Side note: I do seem to notice that all those gloating Florida and Arizona winter posts about how nice and glorious it is there seem to be completely absent in July and August. Ha!
billydonn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-09, 05:06 PM   #12
Robert Foster
Banned.
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Southern california
Bikes: Lapierre CF Sensium 400. Jamis Ventura Sport. Trek 800. Giant Cypress.
Posts: 3,498
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by billydonn View Post
Very enjoyable... thanks. Kind of seems like it should be a May or June post (i.e. springtime) but we have to take it as it comes, eh?

Side note: I do seem to notice that all those gloating Florida and Arizona winter posts about how nice and glorious it is there seem to be completely absent in July and August. Ha!
They are still riding I am sure. For some it is the end of racing season. One of my Riding buddies is in Flagstaff this week and he tells me it is still pretty nice.
Robert Foster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-09, 05:11 PM   #13
cccorlew
Erect member since 1953
 
cccorlew's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Antioch, CA (SF Bay Area)
Bikes: Roubaix Expert, Motobecane Ti Century Elite turned commuter, Cannondale F500 Mtn bike, Some old French thing gone fixie
Posts: 6,769
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Nice photos! Looks like a great day.
cccorlew is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:51 PM.