Surly fat bike in the city

Surly fat bike in the city

I bought this fat tired bike to ride trails after having a pretty bad wreck with the other bike.  Now I find I really love riding it about town, you get a pretty good workout and all the citizens and drivers wave and give you respect that you don’t always get when you are sharing the road with folks in a hurry to get to Walmart.

 

Bike Races

Bike Races

Huntington, West Virginia

I’ve posted bike race photos from Huntington in years past, I returned this year to try it again.  The lighting in the city during the evening races will test you a bit but I came away with a few shots.

 

The Surly Ice Cream Truck on the Clay Lick Loop

The Surly Ice Cream Truck on the Clay Lick Loop

While closing out 2016, I think biking photos probably dominated the blog.  I’m on track to have 110 bike rides in 2016 compared to about 40 in 2015, I’ve been out of shape for most of my life so that’s a bit of improvement.   This bike has changed trail riding, making it a bit safer for me and now I just have to figure out how to incorporate other forms of photography into this activity or else find an additional activity that is equally as healthy. It was a pretty good year, or at least ended up mostly that way (with a few exceptions).

 

 

Old Olds (digital painting)

Old Olds (digital painting)

A digital painting from an image I took on a photography road trip with Dennis and Mike a few years ago.  I remember saving this blurred photo but had no idea how to use it but the digital painting app seemed like it might be useful here.  Our trip was just a day long but most productive and great fun, a day in which you look back and treasure for the rest of your life.

 

Fat bike trail riding

Fat bike trail riding

Completing the seasons on the trails means returning to photographing the browns of last winter, not a joyous occasion.  I love the woods this time of year, being able to see the contour of the land and admire the interesting and large trees.  But very difficult to photograph to give the same perception and feeling that you get with your own eyes. 

 

The Surly at Greenbo in late fall

The Surly at Greenbo in late fall

While you were away, I also spent a lot of time on the trails of our local state park.  I have miraculously avoided injury except for mysterious knee and leg pains from time to time.  It was a great fall for fat bike riding, taking it slow and easy.

 

One more from the trail

One more from the trail

One more from the trails at Greenbo, this being the lakeside trail.  Most of the folks who bike at the park are younger, much younger than I.  Think of 20 to 25 years younger.  So these things come much easier to them.  This lakeside trail is one of my most favorite but the trail itself is mostly just wide enough for the bike.  Then at many spots, it falls off on one side steeply toward the lake.  When you are a beginning rider or one that is cautious about getting injured, then you tend to take things a bit more cautious and slower.  Now with trail riding, momentum is your friend and that requires speed to carry you over the roots, rocks, and dips.  Caution is the enemy of momentum.   So I have found myself being too cautious at times and slowing up then falling over the hill, bike and all.  Once when riding with the young folks, I was in the back and went over the hill and they kept going none the wiser.  When I finally caught up, they said where were you?    I still encourage my older friends to join me, “hike n’ bike” is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and pretty safe, walking through the more tougher spots.

“Boredom or terror, you choose”

from the Sopranos

Bike at the abandoned Boy Scout Campground (Greenbo)

Bike at the abandoned Boy Scout Campground (Greenbo)

Here’s another shot with the Prisma app, not everyone’s cup of tea I know but maybe my most successful faux painting to date and I’ve tried a number of programs/apps over the years.  The story is this:  I’ve been feeling really poorly but after a checkup, a good bill of health was received.  So what do you do?  Go have  donuts and think about it.  With the fine fall weather upon us, I thought I’d just bite the bullet and see how a trail ride feels.  It was a magic cup of tea, I think it could pull anyone up and out of the doldrums. So when a good friend complained of the same thing, I agreed:  trips to the YMCA or your particular favorite type of body movement might just be the ticket.

This shot was at the old backwoods Boy Scout camping area of the local park I bike at (which is the 2nd biggest in Kentucky).  It takes on the abandoned look periodically, I’ve witnessed this a number of times and I’ve been coming here since I was a young teenager (though by foot back then).   A very good picnic table survives and I’ve purchased a tiny inexpensive backpacking stove, the plan being to bike into the back area of the park and brew up coffee during cold fall and winter mornings.  We did this a few times last year with a couple of friends and had a nice time, it always helps to have a destination and a purpose when you are aiming at exercise.

Hope your week is starting off well.  I’ll lay off the faux painting apps a bit (or maybe not, I’m a sucker for ’em).

 

Donut ride

Donut ride

Dave\’s Donuts
Flatwoods, Kentucky

Finally finished an ongoing project, so maybe things will return to normal.  I celebrated with a bike ride to the donut shop, I doubt the calories burned equaled the calories consumed but they were good!

 

 

Portsmouth Motorcycle Club

Portsmouth Motorcycle Club

Portsmouth, Ohio

I recently went down to Portsmouth to participate in an urban bicycle ride that Bill Kirby has organized for Thursday nights.  The city has suffered from a poor public image, as well as general poor health of the population, and this bike ride does a whole lot to change both.  Maybe towns and cities should focus on these kinds of activities.  I’ll throw in two or three other shots from the ride, later on.

 

On a bike ride

On a bike ride

Awhile back I took a longer bike ride from the home and came across Jonathan Lewis at the Raceland bike parking lot, he had ridden with a few others to Greenbo Lake State Park and back.  A bit out of my grasp right now.