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Archive for May, 2008

Crazy rain

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

It rained most of the day yesterday, and my ride home was quite wet. I was soaked to the bone by the time I got home — fortunately, it was in the 60s, so I wasn’t too cold. It rained pretty hard all night and the rain continues today. I drove to work so I wouldn’t arrive soaked. It looked like a possible inch of rain last night, and maybe another inch today. I’m wondering how much flooding we’ll get, with all this rain. I’m itching for some more rides. I managed to get some work done while it rained last night; it’s nice to get some of that out of the way so when it clears up, I can ride.

Cataract Falls, Cagles Mill Lake, Patricksburg photos

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Sarah and I spent Sunday driving around rather aimlessly, exploring the countryside for good photo opportunities. I brought my new lens, although it didn’t end up getting a lot of use. Instead I spent most of the time doing infrared photography. Hopefully soon I’ll write a post about the equipment and techniques involved in making these images. For now, I’ll just post some photos.

Sarah drove, which is unusual as she is just learning to drive. Country roads afford a lot of opportunities to practice the mechanics of driving without a lot of complicated intersections, or traffic. This also freed me up to navigate. I opened our Indiana Atlas and Gazetteer to the area where we were and started looking for interesting things to check out. The first thing to catch my eye was the Cataract Falls Bridge. I didn’t know if the bridge was noteworthy, but waterfalls are rather unusual around here, so I thought we should check out Cataract Falls. As it turns out, Cataract Falls is the largest waterfall in the state of Indiana.

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A couple of normal shots of Cataract Falls

Cataract falls in infrared

Infrared bridge

The falls in infrared, another perspective

Normal shot

Small falls by the main waterfall. Black & white infrared.

Lower Cataract Falls

After visiting Cataract Falls, we took the long way to Patricksburg, a small town we’ve gone to before and liked. On the way, we stopped at Cagles Mill Lake.

Cagles Mill Lake

We drove through Patricksburg but only stopped a couple of times on the outskirts of town.



Hill, in infrared


Road and fields

Morgan-Monroe Ride with Chris

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

On Saturday I rode up to Morgan-Monroe State Forest with my friend Chris. It was a great day to ride, in the mid-60s and mostly sunny, although winds were unpredictable and gusting to 20-30 mph.  It felt great to be out riding through the countryside again, something I haven’t done enough of lately. It was also cool to ride with Chris again. We’ve tried to plan rides a few times recently, but our schedules kept interfering.

Old Bethel Church

Chris and I were pretty close friends through high school, and I’ve only seen him a few times since we both returned to Bloomington. It’s always interesting catching up, especially since he has kept in touch with more people from our high school than I have. Our conversation topics ranged from politics to former classmates from high school to other rides we’ve done, etc.

Riding by these cows sparked a conversation about steak

There’s a great descent down Old 37 just north of Bethel Lane that’s a blast. We hit 39 mph on this hill, and it felt fantastic. I was glad to be out riding without a bunch of layers slowing me down. For a while it looked like it was going to rain, but the dark clouds quickly blew over.

Bryant Creek Lake

We stopped by Bryant Creek Lake to rest, drink some water, and stretch a bit. Throughout this whole ride I was surprised by how green everything is getting. There were probably a dozen butterflies sunning themselves on the bank. I didn’t get any decent shots of them, unfortunately.

Plants growing in the lake

As we rode through the state forest, many trees were losing their petals, and the wind was blowing them about. We were riding through a cloud of petals, and really got covered in them.

Riding through the forest

Petals on the ground

We stopped again at Cherry Lake. One thing I like about riding with Chris is the more relaxed pace of our rides. We tend to ride at a conversational pace, and stop frequently to check out the scenery. When I ride alone I usually hammer it more of the time.

Cherry Lake, with people fishing at the other end

Unidentified wildflower

The bikes

We saw this couple on recumbent tricycles a couple of times

We enjoyed a blistering descent down Bean Blossom Road. The road was flanked on both sides by wildflowers. White dogwoods and purple rosebud trees, violets and blue and yellow flowers on the ground.

Many fields are covered in yellow flowers, giving them a yellow-green glow

Approaching Anderson Lane

Our ride back was a little harder since we were riding into the wind for parts of it. We decided to go back via Cascades park to avoid riding into the wind for the last 4 solid miles of our ride. I saw a large bird (a turkey vulture, I think) with two smaller birds following it around. At one point one of the smaller birds flew right over the big one and — I think — landed on its back. Maybe it just hovered there, but it sure looked like it had landed on the bigger bird. Very weird to see.

Sometimes we had clear skies, sometimes they were more like this
All in all, it was a great ride. 42 miles or so.

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