Hi Bloggers. I had a late summer bike ride today. I was taking pictures down by the river. There are a number of painted rocks there. Lots of feel good affirmation type of quotes and sayings. It’s very colourful. One of the rocks had painted on it ‘accept yourself as you were designed’. Yes, I think that makes for a nice title for today’s photoblog.
If you know anything about me from following my blog, you know I like nothing more than pulling on my lycra shorts and riding on the trails around the city I live. Its fitness, its fun, and it feels wickedly kind of nekkid ;). No underwear, as per usual.
Ok, so I went out the front of the house this morning. The sun is shining, its not yet too hot to enjoy the day. There is no breeze at all and its a super comfortable 20C or about 70F. ‘That’s perfect for a bike ride’I though to myself. Even the bugs are having a day off. Unbelievable.
I started my ride after pumping the tires in the shed. 50 psi, I like them kind of hard. As I pedalled off I thought about how damn nice it feels with no shirt and just a thin layer of spandex between me and the world. There was very little traffic, I took the back streets. My mission today was to ride from the south traffic bridge all the way up the river to the north traffic bridge. It probably took me about 1-2 hours, but I had no agenda, no where to be and only myself to answer to. Awesome.
The air had a mild coolness about it as I rode onto the river trail. I stopped to grab some pictures at the area with the bench seats. A sweaty jogger came up the trail and stopped to check her watch before making the arduous climb up the steps to the parking lot above. The river level has come down a bit. It snakes its way gracefully alongside the city. In a way it divides the city, yet provides a focal point that brings us together.
I crossed the first bridge and rode along the river trail on the far side of the bank. A lot of people are out enjoying the mid summer weather. There are families and joggers, and bike riders, and everything. I rode by the skateboard park. A surprising number of people are using the park so early in the morning. I rode past the area that later would host the yoga in the park.
I continued on through the pathways at the city centre. I continued north, and rode past some bicycle cops. Eventually, I found myself at the far north bridge. I crossed over it, taking some pictures as I crossed. Some people were fishing in the river. As I went onto the trail on the other side, I passed by a guy on his bike, out with his kids.
The trail winds in and out of river bank tree stands, and occasionally opens up to panoramas of this beautiful city. A small furry mammal crossed the path and entered a burrow. ‘Was that a ground squirrel?’ I thought. A bee buzzed its way across my path. At the University crop area a harvester was collecting what looked like grain, loading it into trucks that drove along side it.
Soon enough, I was back at the Broadway area. The last piece of the trail that I took on was a windy dirt side track. It was a real rush scooting along and taking the turns and rises and falls among trees and bushes. I passed a couple of joggers, and had a close call with a bike rider coming the other way. It was a great day for a ride, and I’m happy to share it with you all, enjoy!
Today I got the bike out again. We had a rain shower earlier. Actually, it was looking like it was going to be gloomy very early. Before sunrise there was a sort of foggy blanket over the sky. I was thrilled at about 10 am when the fogginess in the sky cleared to reveal a crystal clear blue sky. I even packed my bag for a few hours at the beach.
Soon after that, the clouds came out of no where, started to group up, and later into the day we had some rain. As I was out on my bike ride it cleared and this afternoon is really nice – sunny but mild.
I rode my bike down Broadway ave, then rode along the river path. I had a plan to cross on the railway bridge. I stopped for a little ride around the university.
I rested my bike on the grass to get a picture of the communications dish. While I focussed my energy on the dish, the voices in my head became clear and concise. It was a message from space. It seems that I was intercepting government comms between the Trudeau government and Putin. The message was clear – we need to do more yoga, and love each-other. Apparently, I have been chosen to spread the message from the Government of Canada. “Be nice to each-other, for fucks sake.”
With the sun shining and the long days, I like to get out and ride my bike. It’s something I do a lot in the summer. You have to make the most of the good weather here because this place is under snow about half the year, but when the summer comes, there are a few glorious months where this place is awesome!
I slipped on my favourite pair of mid length lycra shorts. No underwear (again). These are quite supportive and comfortable. It feels nice to just wear the lycra shorts and no shirt on a ride. Feels very free. Breezy, nice! 😉
I rode under the traffic bridge. There is a suspended cycling and walking path that runs underneath. I like the lines of the concrete and steel work.
The river is running swiftly and it is deep. As the season progresses normally the level goes down a bit. Last year the level was quite low.
I stopped down by the canoe/kayak club. Some ladies were training in a dragon boat. Every year there is a big dragon boat race. I will be in it again this year.
There is a jetty that has plenty of space to launch a canoe or boat. The river is running fairly quick so upstream paddling would be demanding.
There is a trail alongside the river. I rode this, it was a lot of fun.
I crossed back over the river on the University Bridge.
Some of the nicest real estate is on the south side of the river, the views are of the city and they are up on a ridge. Its really nice.
Hey bloggers, I thought about not including pics here, because I kind of like pictures to be clear and focussed, but these are more looking like that greasy film over the lens thing, so I’m going to apologise in advance. They’re probably not that bad but not my usual standard. No reason not to share my blog, right?
So anyway, after getting home from work, I pulled on some lycra shorts (sans underwear, cause it feels really nice and it’s more fun!) and set off on a ride with absolutely no plan. I rode towards the city, down by the river. It was a glorious sunny day. Very few clouds, low wind level and warm temperatures.
One of the first things I noticed that the bugs are out. Mosquitos. If I stop for any time at all, they seem to find me. They will actually go well out of their way, going around other people to get to me, I’m sure. The most of the bugs out were those little black fly things that seem to swarm under trees or wherever. The tend to get in my mouth and eyes so I’m pretty set on keeping my mouth shut while riding. I stopped for a selfie by the river. It only cost me a couple of mozzie bites. Fuckers.
I rode up the river and crossed the University Bridge. There were plenty of people out, and you need to ride the brakes a bit as the crossing is kind of down hill heading towards the city, as a lot of people are crossing the bridge on foot. A few guys on mountain bikes passed me and as I rode along the footpath they descended into a dirt trail that runs along the river bank. They were going pretty quick, weaving in and out of the trail curves. I was hardly keeping up.
I rode alongside the city and headed through a recreational area. There were a bunch of young people drawing with chalk. I stopped to ask what that was about. They were a gay youth group. I met a young guy and shook his hand. I asked them if they were getting bitten by mosquitos.
I rode further along and there is a road which parallels the river. A few guys came past me on dirt motorbikes. Two of them were up on the back wheels, and they were flying past me. I pulled off the road onto the dirt siding, because if they took me out I would have been fucked.
I crossed the river, and from the vantage point I had I watched a CN train go by on the rail line over and above. Two locos hauling a very long train rumbled by. I can’t help but get excited by locos and trains. The bridge is kind of old and grungy, a lattice work of old iron. It’s really a site.
So by now it was getting kind of dark. I explored a further section of the trail before heading back home. It was a nice ride!