Last Bike Ride of 2016

Sunset at Emerald Lake

Beautiful day, high 30s, almost no wind. It was late in the day, so that added to the beauty of the ride. Here are 5 shots from the ride. The first is at the Smoky Hill River and the last four are at the opposite end of town, at Emerald Lake. Happy New Year!

600 Miles in Two Months

Sunset on the Smoky Hill River

This post marks big milestone in my cycling “career.” I just finished riding every day in November. I guess you could call it an unoffical “30 Days of Cycling.” No particular reason, but once I had reached 20 or so days in a row I decided to try and complete the cycle. (sorry) It wasn’t … Read more

Pale November

Pale November

Though it’s been unseasonably warm lately, it’s November & this weathered thistle reflects the general mood. [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”] [/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

October Country Ramble

Quivira Rd Crossing, Looking west

I took a nice country ramble on my bike today, retracing a route I last rode two years ago, in the afternoon of the evening Sheryl had her heart attack. What’s ironic is this spot is so remote, that two years ago I had the thought (premonition?) “I wonder if I have cell coverage out … Read more

Smoky Hill Cliffs

Cliffs along the Smoky Hill River

We finally made it to an obscure, hard to get to location northwest of Knaopolis Lake. It was worth the drive and worth the wait! Thanks to my brother Steven for turning us on to this road! [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” … Read more

Kanopolis Drive

Grasshopper and Sunflower

Roaring dam spillways, bugs and sunflowers, cool twisty roads along the rough canyons, these are a few of my favorite things! We took a pre-holiday drive out to Kanopolis Lake this afternoon. There was a bit of traffic on the way out, mid-afternoon, but by early evening when we we came home the road was … Read more

Old Fall River Road

Elk on the Old Fall River Road

It’s hard to believe it’s been two months, but on July 1st, we ventured along the very scenic, narrow, unpaved and remarkably beautiful Old Fall River Road, east of Estes Park in the Rocky Mountain National Park. The road is 11 miles long, and it took us about 90 minutes to travel. It was a … Read more

Racing the Storm

Stormy Bike Ride

It was so hot and miserable today, and windy to boot, that I had mostly decided to pass on riding my bike. Then a storm blew in, and while it was still hot, the cloud cover and greatly reduced wind induced me to take off. I’m glad I did! Besides the natural joy of riding, … Read more