Thursday, April 12, 2012
WAY overdue for a blog here...!
March was pretty awesome with opportunities for getting out on my bike and am up close to 300 miles so far this season. Here are some pics of my travels throughout our beautiful Southern Tier:
I tried to capture the Chenango River reflecting in the rising sun while cycling my way to work one morning:
Here is the Chenango River as I'm coming down the Cheri Lindsay trail with Clinton Street bridge and the office where I work on the other side of the river:
Some views of our local RiverWalk which extends through downtown Binghamton and Confluence Park where the Chenango and Susquehanna rivers join:
Atop Depot Hill Road (oof!) in Port Crane:
Dorchester Park in Whitney Point:
Sporting my new Light & Motion vis 360 on my bike helmet...can definitely notice motorists giving me more elbow room when I've got this lit up and blinking! Have learned to use my handy-dandy rear-view mirror (under $10!) perched on my glasses:
This was a particularly stunning day out on 17C around the Campville area. I know I'm biased, but it seems that when our skies are bright and sunny they have hues of blue that cannot be found ANYWHERE else!
Recently our Spinning class was moved, to my disappointment, from a room with tall glass windows overlooking our downtown RiverWalk and the view across the river, including lots of sky, sun, clouds to allow the imagination to roam.
Now? We're in an internal room with no outside windows and a row of MIRRORS in front of the class...UGH! Initially I was careful to position my Spinning bike in front of the line in between mirrors which mostly hid myself from self-scrutiny. Our Spinning instructor kindly turns the lighting on low, but we are still pretty visible in those dastardly mirrors!
Recently I decided to nudge myself and put my bike right in the front row in full view of a mirror. While I can't say I was totally kind & loving toward myself I can at least say that I was pretty impressed with my strong legs pumping me along during all the standing climbs and runs on the bike.
On a different note, I recently went to a concert in which Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary) performed locally. He's heading for 74 years old in May. What a human being! So warm & genuine! So vibrant and alive!...silly one moment and deeply profound the next. I didn't realize how much of an activist he's always been. He took turns with the audience: a request from THEM, followed by HIS choice...which was always a heartfelt, deep song with messages he was intent on conveying. He's been very active with the Occupy movement and performing at their various locales, sometimes his daughter or son joining in the fun. We recently discovered that he's returning to the Walton Theater in Walton, NY on April 28th and plan to catch him again. Peter is what I want to BE when I "grow up!" :-)
In other news...although I was less than certain about a cycling buddy being willing to join me on a tour up toward the 1,000 Islands later this summer, a few weeks ago he e-mailed me: "So how are the plans coming along for OUR trip this summer?"
This has revved me up BIGTIME! Stay tuned for more about plans for our summer cycling tour in July!