It was so hot today, with the humidity, so I waited until just before sunset and put my bike in my truck and drove to the waterfront trail. It was still 90 F when I set out, but much cooler than it had been all day.
This is the route I took; I started at the green sign, and turned around and went back at the blue sign.
|My bike and my truck|
|Sunset over International Bridge connecting twin Soo's|
|My Townie and Tall Ships|
Seaplanes docked outside of Bushplane Museum.
They worked great, but they have a MAJOR downside. They attract moths! Many moths. HUGE moths. I discovered the problem within seconds of turning my lights on. Something with big wings flew into my neck, freaking me out, almost making me ride directly off the path and into the water...all by accident, of course. I automatically swatted the winged creature away, praying it wasn't a bird or bat (I didn't want to hurt a bird, or be hurt by a bat). I'm not great with balance and taking one hand off the handlebars in order to swat at myself like a mad woman caused my bike to veer off the path, toward the water. Luckily, I had the presence of mind to step off the pedal and use my foot as an impromptu break. I'm assuming the first creature was a moth, although I can't really be sure, because as I sat there, stunned, I was BOMBARDED by moths. Yes, I know they're attracted to light, and my bike with it's 3 front lights and two reflectors was lit up like a beacon...but still! It is NOT nice to be attacked by moths. Especially big ones. I don't generally mind moths; I think they're cool and some are very pretty...but it is awful to have them fly at my face like crazed kamikazes.
We used to live nearby and this was part of our evening walk for years. There were no park benches then, and no pretty lights, and the waterfront trail didn't come this far when i lived there. I used to walk along a dirt path, and then cut through a parkinglot to get here. I'd sit on a big curb with Mac next to me and we'd watch the sun go down. He used to sit leaning against me with his head on my shoulder, or right beside me, with his paw on my leg or arm, lol. He was such an affectionate dog. I miss him.
|Behind the old Soo hospitals, now a part of the hub trail.|
I finally figured out that I'd have to hold my breath until my glasses were back on my face to avoid steaming them further. Sheesh!
|My old house, second from the corner|
The big green house was owned by my neighbor Norma, and her husband. They were a lovely elderly couple. Norma moved shortly after I did.
There used to be rose hedges running all alongside my driveway. I started them when I first bought the house and it took 8 years for them to grow into actual big hedges, full of pink roses, riotous in their growth. The guy who bought my house cut them all down. I want to cry whenever I go past. I hope he left my other roses in the back yard, and my lilacs, and cherry and apple tree. Well, not mine anymore, but I hope they're still there; especially the fragrant climbing roses that covered my deck and perfumed the air in my...his...kitchen. I hope the lilacs are still there too. I still have one jar of lilac jelly left from when I made it about 4 years ago now.
I thought about turning right and heading down to the Pine Street Marina, and then on to Belleview Park, but it was downhill to the Marina, which meant uphill to come back, and I was tired and hot and sweaty so I figured I should turn around. The hill is tiny but it's enough to trigger my asthma and I was already sounding like Darth Vader every time I took a breath so I didn't want to push my luck.
The tall ship looks like a ghost ship at night; so very cool.
I'm reading a blog called "Going Slowly", about a lovely young couple who did a bike tour around the world, and they always commented about how they moved slowly, but they still did waaaay more miles than I ever could, and much faster. If they were going slowly, I must be practically going in reverse, lol. Mind you, they were young and fit and thin and I am middle aged and over 100 Ibs overweight so for who I am and the shape I'm in, I'm doing great. My fitness tracker said I burned over 1000 calories tonight. I sure hope to lose weight while biking, but even if I don't, I love it anyway.
|Bike and truck at end of ride|
Biking must give me energy. I'm going to have to start biking in the mornings instead of the evenings. I'm so not a morning person though. OK, enough babbling; time for bed.
Goodnight all...er...goodmorning. :-)