Wednesday, September 05, 2007


I almost got splattered on my ride home today. A young girl going the opposite direction tried turning right into me....not very smart...she saw could tell she just has no idea of pedestrian laws...yes, I had my feet on the ground and had the "walk" sign and the right of way. Anyway...

Here a pictures of yesterdays sunrise on my ride to work. Big flocks of Sandhill cranes are filling the skies, loudly squawking, heading south. This horse checks me out every single morning. It watches me intently, as if it is trying to figure out what exactly I am.

The nice old man with the not-nice, would-be cyclist-eating dog, isn't walking the monster in the mornings anymore. I suspect it's too cold. The only other commuter I see now is Camo-backpack/duffel-bag guy. We give each other big smiles, waves and say friendly greetings which are lost to the wind as we pass each other. He has been the most consistent commuter I have seen. Maybe I will stop and actually try to talk with him some evening, but I'm fairly shy so we will see if I can get the guts up. I have seen various other people commuting over the summer but they only seem to last a max of 5 commutes and then I never see them again.

Capt'n Balance pointed out today that I rode to work every day for at least 2 months, getting up an hour earlier than I would be if I was driving and then asked me when I was going to stop. STOP???? Why would I??? I told him I will keep riding as long as I can and maybe will ride my studded tire clad Kona to work as long as the paths are clear of deep snow. He doesn't like that idea. But I gotta do what I gotta do.


oldmanandhisbike said...

Ride like there is no tomorrow. It will come all too soon!
I love my teenagers, but if they drive like some of the kids I encounter on my rides, I would never let them behind the wheel again!
Very nice pictures, but they "feel" like Fall!

A Midnight Rider said...

Stop what?

Those guys are riding to Maine and they are only in Minneapolis now? Gonna get chilli.

A group going the other way just got to Washington. Team Northern Tier

Michelle said...

Feels like fall...WINTER! There was snow on the mountains this morning! I will post that picture later.

One of the things I like about the Bike the US for MS guys is their fundraising...cuz I got MS and it sucks. But I am in awe of anyone who does just about any ride :)

oldmanandhisbike said...

Don't say that W (winter; there I said it) word yet!
I do not want to see snow until at least November 11 (last race of the season is on the 10th).
Keep riding!

Karen Travels said...

I love Charlotte because spring comes so early, but I the price I have to pay is that fall comes so late! I am looking for signs here of fall - and getting nothing. Temps are still in the 90s!! So, I am definitely jealous!!


p.s. Someone asked me what I was saving for now that my trip is over...I said, on a whim...A BIKE!

SD_pedalpower said...

I'm also feeling the cool temps and I will take 40's compared to 90's anyday.

I love the horse photo. We do not have the family farm anymore but at least I still can ride a couple of miles in any direction and see nothing but countryside and farms.

Michelle said...

I will take 40 over 90 pretty much anytime also!

I don't want to see snow before November either....but that doesn't happens in my world.

Karen...Woohoo! It's a good goal, trust me!

D A N O said...

I think I seen those cranes flying over Wisconsin last week!
I for one, cant wait for winter but fall is the BEST time of the year!