On your left*

Early morning fog hovering over the pond.

I went on a bike ride today.  I went on a train ride, too.  The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has a Bike Aboard! program that, for a $2.00 fare (yes, you read that right — $2.00!!), allows cyclists to bike along the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail in one direction and ride the train back to where you started, or as in my case, the other way around.

Boston Mill Depot

I started out in Boston Mill, taking a few photos of the Cuyahoga River while waiting for the first train of the morning.

The Cuyahoga River is not this blue, but was reflecting the sky.

It was a lovely morning.  Cool, clear, a little breezy.  It didn’t stay cool for very long.  By noon it was near 90 degrees.

Waiting for the train.

Here it comes!!

I love traveling by train, even for such a short distance.  And it was a relatively short distance.  I haven’t been on my bike in about a month (and a day).  I blame it on the car crash which totaled the hitch for the bike rack along with the car.  Truthfully, I could have been riding around the neighborhood which would have kept me in great shape because we have hilly, country roads.

Traveling by train

The total mileage for my ride was 10.5 miles, and took longer than it should have because, as usual, I stopped to take photos every now and then.  I did pick up the pace and go all out the last 4 miles or so because the day was really beginning to heat up.  There is a poster in the bike shop I frequent which states something along the lines of “You sweat.  The wind cools you off.  There is no charge for this service.”  That sums up summer cycling pretty well.

The Botzum Depot, where I got off the train.

It felt good to ride again.  Well, mostly good.  I’m still working out the saddle sore business.  I invested in bike shorts and a so-called comfort seat.  The combination helped, but presented another set of problems that would require me to step over the line and enter the land of TMI.  Let’s just say that with all the investments I’ve made, I’m going to have to figure this out.  There must be a way to come to a happy (and comfortable) medium.

On the Towpath Trail.

I was surprised at how much like autumn it already looks.  Leaves are changing color, and quite a few are already carpeting the ground.  I’m sure that’s related to the drought situation.  The river looked low.  In some spots it seemed little more than puddles.

I stopped to say hello to this Green Frog perched on a lily pad.

I ventured off a bit to visit Indigo Lake.

And stopped at Szalay’s Sweet Corn Farm for a snack.

They had just hauled in a truckload of freshly picked corn.  Unfortunately I was there too early to have roasted corn for my snack so I settled for a peach and some fresh apple cider.  I went back after my ride to pick up some corn which I had for lunch.  That stuff is so sweet it almost tastes like candy.

I also stopped to smell the flowers. And photograph them, of course.

It was a fantastic way to start the day.  The ride got me to thinking about what I intend to do for my next challenge.  I will have completed my year of yoga and pescetarianism soon.  Less than a month to go.

Back on the trail after my snack.

If this winter turns out to be the usual northeast Ohio winter, cycling is not a year-round possibility.  However, I could challenge myself to get in a certain amount of mileage between now and when the snow starts to fly.

Riding on the boardwalk.

I’ll have to give it some more thought.  In the meantime, I also need to get ready for our group blogging walk.  Or blogging group walk.  Or walking (and riding, because I know one or two of you are planning to cycle) bloggers group.  Whatever the case, we should be able to set a date soon.  I’m thinking late September or the first week or so in October will be good.  What do you think?

Another look at the Cuyahoga River (taken before my ride).

That’s it from the not-so-boggy Bogs for today.  Thank you for stopping by and joining me on my train and bike rides.  I’m thinking of going for a swim in the pond.  Meet you out at the swim platform.  Last one in is a rotten egg!

Changing colors on a foggy morning

Wishing you a delightful and delicious day, evening, or night, wherever and whenever you are on the spectrum of time.  And a great weekend too!  🙂

*On your left:  For those who don’t have much experience with bike & hike trails, “on your left” is something you say to people you are passing so they will know you are coming around them (on the left).  If you have a bell on your bicycle, you could use that instead.  I do have a bell, but notice people seem to respond better to an “on your left” than the ringing of the bell.


31 Comments on “On your left*”

  1. Pat Bean says:

    Thanks for the morning outing. Especially loved the photo of the pond in the early morning.

    • Robin says:

      You’re welcome, Pat. And thank you for coming along. I was going to leave out the pond today, but remembered that you like to visit it. 🙂

  2. What a lovely trip; I love train rides, so the idea of a bike and train combo is marvelous! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks for this post! I haven’t been to that trail in years and love the idea of bike and train riding all in the same day. Now I can’t wait!

    When I started biking I thought the bigger the seat the better. I quickly learned this not to be true! I know of what you don’t speak. Find a seat, likely much smaller than you ever “think” you will want, and figure out the sit bones seating. What a WORLD of difference! 🙂

    • Robin says:

      I almost went for a big seat, Colleen, but the guy at the bike store strongly advised against it and gave me advice similar to yours (except he didn’t mention sit bones). I am surprised at how small the “comfort” seats are, but now that you mention sit bones, that makes sense. Riding more than once a month might help me toughen up a bit, too.

      Glad you enjoyed the post. The CVSR is a great way to go, especially if you want to do a longer ride. What I did today was probably just a warm-up for you. 🙂

      Oh, and I’ve been meaning to ask: Do you wear your Vibrams when you bike?

      • 🙂 My bike seat has gotten smaller and smaller over the years. And yes, more than once a month is helpful. 😉 Besides, I need more of your photos, and riding a bike gets you to more places, quicker!

  4. Joanne says:

    It’s morning here Robin, and I haven’t eaten breakfast yet, so your talk of a snack of a peach and cider, and eating corn, is making me so hungry! It’s a great idea to have a bike and train ride. I love seeing the area around your home. It looks so country-fied, the type of area that I feel at home in. All of today’s photos are fabulous, I couldn’t pick a favourite. I’m off to have breakfast now. 🙂

  5. mobius faith says:

    Great shots. I was on the towpath trail this morning. Rode from Ira trail head up past Peninsula (I think mile marker 23 or was it 22) and back. It was a beautiful morning for a ride wasn’t it? Peak time for Szalays Sweet Corn. Great stuff. And as for the train – I am sooooo looking forward to the Steam in the Valley Tour again. I’ve checked it out every year for the past few years and this year will be no exception. Have a great weekend.

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Terry. 🙂 We might have passed each other at some point. And yes, it was a beautiful morning for a ride. I hope your Labor Day weekend was good.

  6. A few things I need to note:
    1. The photos are, as usual, scrumptious!
    2. I am enamored of the photo of the train coming around the bend as well as the shot inside.
    3. Bike seats cause wedgies of the worst sort.
    4. Corn on the cob is The Devil and I can not abide the stuff!
    That said, I hope your weekend is wonderful – and maybe we will get some of the rain coming north from Isaac! muah!

  7. love this idea of Bike Aboard. Brilliant. There is a special glow to your pictures the last few weeks. Some kind of soft golden feel to them.

  8. I can’t believe how fall-like your pond looks! If it weren’t for the goldenrod and asters, it would still seem to be High Summer here…
    Took the Grands to the Fair in Central Massachussetts yesterday. Cool weather all week long, then 90 on Fair Day. It figures…
    Love the photos from your ride. Much more peacful than pushing a cranky kid in a stroller!

    • Robin says:

      The heat hasn’t made it seem very fall-like, Marie, but with everything a few weeks early this year, it’s not surprising that it’s beginning to look like autumn already. It’s hot and humid here today, with rain. Rumor has it things will cool down at the end of the week. I’m looking forward to it. 🙂

  9. Karma says:

    What a cool way to spend the day – thanks for taking us along! “On your left” reminds me of my waitressing days, only the phrase we repeated so often was “behind you!” for the same sort of reasons.

  10. bearyweather says:

    Sounds and looks like a great day … the train idea is super. Wish we had something like that around here … alas, they pulled most of the train tracks out several years ago.

    • Robin says:

      I’m sorry to hear that, Bearyweather. I really like trains and wish this country was more like Europe when it comes to trains and mass transportation.

  11. So pleasant and lovely to see the route you take with bike and train. I loved every image and the corn just topped everything for me – I love it so much and only Ohio corn will do!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Karen. 🙂

      Having grown up in New Jersey, I used to think only New Jersey corn will do, but this year the Ohio corn was vastly superior to the corn we picked up in New Jersey. So, I have to agree with you. 😀

  12. Kathy says:

    10.5 miles sounds like a lot to me! What a very delightful post from the frog to the corn to the trails. Your photography is just beautiful, Robin.

  13. Dana says:

    That Bike Aboard program sounds like something right up my alley! We can take our bikes on public transit here (even buses have racks), but I usually end up riding out and back anyway. (Too cheap to cough up the $2.50, maybe?) If it was a *train*, though, I’d be all over it.

    • Robin says:

      It’s a great program, Dana. Cheap too. Without a bike, it costs $17 to ride the same train. My guess is they are trying to encourage people to ride their bikes.

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