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Ride around Lake Monroe

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

On Saturday, we finally got a break from the rain that had been falling for several days.I decided to to the “ride around Lake Monroe,” which roughly follows the Hoosier Hills 60K route. This time, I didn’t get lost, nor did I get a flat tire. (Last time, I did both). Amazing!

It was in the upper 60s and sunny — fantastic riding weather. It felt great to be back on the bike after a few days of rain, and only commute rides. My road bike made me feel strong and fast. I savored the feeling of the sun warming my face, while the cool wind felt refreshing.


Riding on 446

I enjoyed a fast descent toward the lake and rode across the causeway. An SUV passed me and leaned on their horn as they did so, startling me and almost detracted from the exhilarating feeling of riding across the lake. I’m not sure what they hoped to accomplish by blaring their horn.


Fishermen on Lake Monroe

I started the climb away from the lake and really took my time. It’s over a mile of climbing but by not pushing it, I manged the climbing without too much difficulty, and even enjoyed it. I saw a lizard sunning itself on a rock. As I rode by, it looked at me curiously, then darted under a rock.


Looking toward the climb on the opposite side of the lake


Looking back; Leaving the lake below

After the climb, 446 is fairly flat and gently curves; it’s easy for a few miles. I turned on Chapel Hill Road, which was a fun ride. Parts of this road are flat and easy, while others have some rolling hills and tight turns.


S&M Bait & Tackle


Handlebars


Front wheel in motion


Old Chapel Hill Church


A car passes with plenty of room on a curvy road


Cresting a hill


Rolling farmland

I took a break at the intersection with Coveyville Road.


My bicycle at Coveyville Road


Barns, etc.


About to ride downhill

I flew down the hill, hitting I believe 41 mph. It’s a short hill, but it’s steep. After that it’s flat for a couple of miles, and it’s a bit of a shock to the system to suddenly find yourself in wide open fields. Then there’s a big climb.


Fields yellow with wildflowers


Bottom of the Valley Mission climb


Getting a sense of how far I’ve climbed

My ride back from this point was about 15 miles, mostly uneventful. I mostly stopped taking photos and focused on riding. I did, however, have to get a shot of this:


Buddy Bill’s has an interesting way of handling bad checks.

All told, I rode a bit over 40 miles.

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

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Cataract falls in infrared

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Infrared bridge

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The falls in infrared, another perspective

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Normal shot

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

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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.

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Cagles Mill Lake

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

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Barn

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Hill

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Hill, in infrared

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Field

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Road and fields

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