Waiting to ride

It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.   Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.

~ Ernest Hemingway

I went for a bike ride today.  M and I met up with a friend and we rode a part of the Towpath Trail that we haven’t ridden yet.  It was a fun ride, especially since we had the added company of our friend (who probably has ridden that section of the trail because she is a cycling machine, putting in an incredible amount of mileage on her bike).  The day was hot and humid, but Isaac’s rain held off.  We rode 8.7 miles, and had a picnic lunch afterwards.

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Scenes along the way

Allegheny River & Samuel Justus Trails. Not too far from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

I know.  I promised us all a break.  It’s coming.  Soon.  I have this fabulous internet connection for the next few days so I thought I’d take advantage of it.

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Sunday in the garden

In the Costa Rica greenhouse garden. Cleveland Botanical Garden.

I have gone back to the Cleveland Botanical Garden, sorting through some more of the photos I took over a week ago during my last visit.  It’s another beautiful day here in the Bogs and I could bring you photos from today, but I wanted to finish going through the Orchid Mania images before starting on something new.

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Riding around the neighborhood

Quite a pair

M and I went out for a bicycle ride around the neighborhood yesterday evening.  It’s something I ought to be doing more often.  Read the rest of this entry »

317: The goldenrod is blooming

There is a patch of goldenrod in the timothy grass meadow that decided to bloom today.  I’m not sure if that is early or not for the goldenrod as I’ve never really paid attention in the past.  Next year I’ll have a date to compare it to.  The yellow looks very pretty out there amongst the greens and purples.

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255: Cycling ’round the neighborhood

Country road

Exploration comes easy on a bicycle, the unknown is everywhere.

~ Daniel Behrman

If you take a right out of our driveway and go half way around our country block (about 2 miles or so), you’ll come to a road that runs behind the woods that start at the back of the pond.  Our part of the woods extend back about 100 feet or so and there merge with the neighbor’s part of the woods until they come to the road.  There is a little bridge where you can follow the creek out of the woods.

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250: Scenes from a bike ride

Ready, set...

The city of Akron was co-founded in 1825 (so it is younger than the township in which I live) by Paul Williams and surveyor of the Connecticut Western Reserve General Simon Perkins.  It was interesting to learn this because the street where we met M the Younger and his wife, Merdi, is named after Paul Williams and we have often wondered if it was named after the composer/songwriter (we were obviously unsure of any possible local link, not knowing much about him) or someone else.  History mystery solved.

The really important thing you need to know about Akron, for the purposes of this bike ride, is that the name is derived from the Greek word ἄκρον which means a summit or high point.

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