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So much fun, I did it again

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

I had so much fun riding around Lake Lemon on Tuesday that I did it again last night. Sarah had to work late again, and it was the Summer Solstice, so it was an ideal time to do it. It was hot, but not too bad.

I was a little nervous about my glueless patch, but I think Velocipete is right: I might as well keep riding, and just patch again if I have a problem. I didn’t have any problems with the patch last night.

The route I rode was modified a bit from my original route around Lake Lemon. Here’s the new route. I took Mount Gilead Road instead of State Road 45 for part of it, which adds a big descent, followed by a big climb. Unfortunately, I got stuck behind a truck with a trailer filled with bales of hay during the descent.

Stuck behind a truck hauling hay
It figures I’d get stuck behind this guy.

He was moving pretty slowly, so I didn’t get to ride the descent at full speed. I probably could have passed him, but I wasn’t about to try it. He turned off before the climb, not that that would have mattered because I climb that hill at about 6 mph anyway. After the climb, the road curves around a bit, and I saw a bird singing on an electrical wire. I got Tim Hardin’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Bird on a wire” stuck in my head.

I had to backtrack slightly to get to Tunnel Road, but it wasn’t a problem. I enjoyed the descent down to Lake Lemon on South Shore Drive. I took a small video while riding, simply holding my digital camera in my hand in movie mode, but it won’t play on my computer, and my YouTube upload failed. I think my camera uses a weird codec. It worked with Google Video, though, so here you go:

North Shore Drive was fun again, and I took photos of a couple of things I didn’t before.

Like a movie set Alongside the water

The first one I think looks like a movie set. The second, with the trailers/shacks by the river, looks like a scene out of the Vietcong video game.

Once again, I had to walk part of one hill on North Shore Drive. I read somewhere that it reaches 20% grade. If I can get strong enough to pedal up it just a little longer, I’ll be able to make it. It’s steep, but not a very long climb.

I really enjoy riding in that area. It’s just really beautiful out there, and there are a lot of different ways you can go. It’s also not far from Morgan-Monroe State Forest, which I also like a lot. There were a couple of scenes I had to capture along Anderson Road.

Anderson Panorama

Barn and tree Do not cross when flooded

Pleasant View Cemetery Handlebars

The tree/barn shot I took with Sarah in mind. She has a thing for photos involving a single tree, and while this isn’t quite that, it captures the spirit of what she’s talking about, I think.

I messed up and missed the Bethel Road turn on my way back. I was going to ride across Lake Griffy, which is always fun, and adds another big descent and climb to the ride. My legs are a bit sore anyway, so I probably didn’t need that extra climb.

Instead, I ended up riding Old 37 a little longer and rode through Cascades Park. I would have taken some photos there, it’s a pretty place where Sarah and I have spent some time, but it was getting a little too dark to take photos at that point.

4 Responses to “So much fun, I did it again”

  1. Marty Says:

    I’m amazed how nice the shots you get from the saddle are.

  2. John Says:

    Movies!!! Nice. Great photos too. Maybe we should start a production company.

  3. Apertome Says:

    Thanks, guys. Marty — sometimes I’ll stop briefly to get a better shot; sometimes I just shoot while I ride.

  4. furiousball Says:

    Hey there’s your bike computer! I nearly lost mine this weekend and had to retrace me and my son’s route. Didn’t take long, we found it in a few minutes. I dropped it while taking some pictures from a bridge.

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