I have not posted a View in a couple of months. I’ve been quite busy with our daughter’s College Graduation out in Milwaukee, my wife’s re-introduction the “Driving scene”. In addition, the two rides I was stressing over and kinda training for are both history now. I hate goals and to have two big rides looming in the future with just a minimal amount of riding under my belt through the first five months of the year was driving me to cram in as many miles as I could. The rest of the season promises to be very laid back and enjoyable.
I was also quite disappointed with the quality of my last View and I’m hoping the break has allowed my feeble old brain to rest enough to post something at least slightly interesting. It seems sorta silly to invest all the time and energy to post these if I can’t make them somewhat enjoyable to read.
July started out fantastically. Though I worked the “Night Shift” the first four days of the month, the weather was great and I managed to get some sweet early morning rides in on my homeward commutes. The following are a couple of pictures I snapped on the morning of July 5th as I was heading home to the start of a mid-week weekend.
Here’s my “Fair weather Commuter” parked on a small bridge on the Lake Ontario Parkway Trail....
The reason it was parked is that I was leaning against the rail and thoroughly enjoying the sunrise over Buck Pond. Though my work hours may suck, I do get to enjoy watching the sunrise on quite a regular basis.
Later on Tuesday I dropped my Tour Easy off at the LBS for some service. I was able to retrieve it late the following day and on Thursday the 7th I took it out for a nice 50-mile test ride. All is well with the big black bike. I stopped at one of my favorite neighborhood sights and snapped this photo. I’m sure you’re all bored to tears with all the photos I post of the Charlotte Light, but like I said…it is one of my favorite neighborhood sights.
This photo is quite busy, but I composed it that way on purpose. I love gazing to the East from this spot and seeing not only the Charlotte Lighthouse but also the old Hojack swing bridge and the Genesee River. This is a stop I make during almost every pleasure ride I take. It’s not unusual to catch me sitting on one of the benches just taking in the view.
By Friday the 8th I had logged almost 150 miles for the month and decided that today was a good day to spend with my bride. One of our ventures was a nice leisurely stroll on the Genesee river trail. I’ll include this in the post as it is one of my frequent biking locations. One of the great advantages to riding or hiking along rivers and ponds is the opportunity to view and enjoy abundant amounts of wildlife. Today’s stroll was no exception. Along with the usual ducks and swans we caught a glimpse of a Great Blue Heron with wings outstretched as it landed in the reeds. My wife was overjoyed seeing all the little turtles from the walkway across the marsh.
“Aw c’mon, jump in already. I’ve been waiting my turn forever and it’s hot up here!!”
Well looky there…Segway tours on the Genesee River Trail. Looks like my little neighborhood has been “Discovered”!!
By mid-month the heat has been very consistent and folks are starting to wonder if it will ever rain. I really don’t care as long as I get to ride! It’s been great with two months of weather that has basically been clear and dry, in fact the driest it’s been since 1933 I believe.
In case you’re not totally tired of seeing pictures of the same old places, here’s some from a 50 miler I rode on the 14th. Notice the beautiful clear blue skies.
The gatehouse at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. While tooling around in the cemetery I happened upon two new recumbent enthusiasts on beautiful tadpole trikes that they had only just purchased. They had several questions regarding my favorite cycling area’s and routes. We had quite a nice chat, I’m looking foreword to seeing them again soon.
A couple more Lighthouse pictures....