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Old 09-23-07, 02:22 AM   #1
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Friday's ride (pics)

Well, I've made up my mind to follow in Hip's slipstream and start my own blog (not that I have much time to do so), someplace to post my pics rather than tie up space here. So this will be my final photo essay.

Anyway, Friday, I headed down to the Racine County bike trail for an easy 10 miles. I still had to work that night, so I had to keep it short. Although I really didn't feel like it, I threw my camera around my neck just for the heck of it, and pedaled out.




While it's a 20 minute drive to get here, I do find it peaceful and a nice break from the city.




A few miles down the trail there is a cow path crossing. I've ridden over this thing a dozen times and thought "Wouldn't it be cool to see some cows down there?" ... oh well.



A little farther up the path I see them up on the hill.




Riding on, I enter a business park (only one business so far) and as you can see it was a breezy day.



Just past the flags, something catches my eye ... what the .... ????




HUH???



Are these Sandhill Cranes???



I spent probably 20 minutes shooting pics of these guys and about 3 or 4 cars stopped to see what I was looking at. One woman drove around the block 3 times ! It must have been during one of these distractions that turned my attention away ... just for two seconds ...



DARN!!!

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I must say, that was pretty cool. But I'm spending too much time not riding, better get moving ... head back.

Just as I enter the gravel path again, I look up:



Wellllllll, look who moved across to this side of the path. I get closer and talk to them, you know, the typical:

"Hey girls, howz it going?"

Initially, they seem interested




But then one seems really interested and moves closer and closer. I start getting nervous ...
does she (it is a she right???) want her nose rubbed, or want to head butt me across the road??




Suddenly that thin barbed wire fence doesn't seem so secure, so I move on. They seem to take cue
from me and start mooving too ... under the bike path and I get that picture I've been dreaming of the
past year!






How can I possibly top that? So, I saddled up and rode back in.



A fine ride it was.

(Saturday I spent several hours poking around the Bong Recreational Area on my bike ...
I'll leave that for my first blog entry. Will post the link when I get it. See 'ya there.)
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