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Where Eagles Soar...

Sunday, October 17, 2010

...fingers FUMBLE! Argh! Saw a SPECTACULAR eagle spreading those wings SO FAR as it was gliding about in a circle...stopped, reached for the camera, fumbled, fumbled some more...POOF, the eagle was gone...!

Ah well, it was a mighty fine day riding in countryside that doesn't get much finer than through the upper Catskill area of the Cannonsville Reservoir up into Delaware County's capital seat Walton north into Trout Creek and circling around back down into the Cannonsville area again. The terrain was mostly rolling hills with the exception of a tough climb north of Walton. It always feels so fine once I've nailed such a hill!

On with the pics!

Hitting the Open Road!



Such a beautiful valley!



Passing by a foggy, babbling brook...



Some wonderful views of the remaining fall colors:





Little falls, tucked away:



Taking a break on the road:



I love this pic...clouds had gathered while I was crossing a bridge. I could see the sun was going to come out soon so...



This ride was shorter than usual, 37 miles. So I pushed myself harder. I would zoom to the head of the pack, see a shot I wanted to take, stop, the group would pass me by as I fiddled with pictures and then I would hop on my bike and zoom up to the front again. Kept doing this leap frog sorta thing with a few conversations with some other cyclists here & there in between.

One of the VERY NICE things about this ride was that among the 20 or so cyclists there were some I hadn't bumped into since early summer when I started to get going on this whole cycling kick. Couple of them were very complementary about the progress I was showing on the bike, especially in picking up my speed and ability to climb hills. Although I *know* these things, it's always great to *hear* it and have it be confirmed: nope, it's not my imagination, I really AM getting pumped up on these wheels!

More and more I am convinced that before 2011 is over I will have completed a multi-day cycling tour to who-knows-where with who-knows-who! The fun part is scheming & dreaming that up! :-)

Hope everyone out there is having a blast following your dreams and making them *REAL* and *MEMORABLE*!

Don
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_MAOMAO_ 10/27/2010 2:38AM

  Those pics are *aaaahhhh* so fabulous Don. I'm glad you're having such a blast, bicycling everywhere. There's no feel that matches that wind as you ride down the road. Well, running down the road's great, too!

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CHANGE4FIT 10/25/2010 2:33PM

    Great pics Don. Congratulations on the progress you continue to make. I love your postive attitude.
PJ

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KMATIS 10/25/2010 9:14AM

    Such a beautiful area for a bike ride and I'm sure it allows you to appreciate the beauty much more than from a car! I can't even imagine riding that far! emoticon

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LADYGWEN25 10/25/2010 9:05AM

    beautiful photo's Don..they always make your rides look magical. :)

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ZELLAZM 10/24/2010 11:26AM

    Nice photos of your trip - I look forward to hearing where that multi-day bike adventure will take you!
Have a good new week,
Michelle

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ZESTYLADY 10/23/2010 11:33AM

    Oh man! it's like a vicarious vacation for me! Take me with you!

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JESPAH 10/19/2010 6:55AM

    Oh how lovely.

I really should take the camera for the Worcester treks as we're seeing foliage during the commute. One of the perks of living in the Northeast!

And I'm so glad you're not only making progress, but that it's becoming obvious to many others as well. External validation is such a huge thing, and SP is definitely about that.

As for the eagle, you DID take a snapshot. 'Cept it's in your head. :)

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_VALEO_ 10/19/2010 3:22AM

    I love the fall colors! Thanks for sharing your ride and your photos.

"ride was shorter than usual, 37 miles"... made me smile. Glad you mentioned it was shorter! You definitely are a biker!

No doubt about it, you have the physical condition to do cross-country skiing, and I hope you'll have some snow to practice.

Have you been able to go for a Nordic walk lately?

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THEFATCYCLIST 10/18/2010 3:26PM

    Great pictures, it looks like it was a beautiful ride.

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L*I*T*A* 10/18/2010 12:54PM

    awesome & great pictures too.........
blessings and hugs...............lita

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/18/2010 12:24PM

    Had an awesome weekend myself, kayaking Very Challenging Things in the 'dacks. :-)

Here's to having FUN out there!

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DAYHIKER 10/18/2010 10:01AM

    What a beautiful ride that was! Thanks for the pictures! I have no doubt that you will make that multi-day ride next year! Thanks for the prod to make life real and memorable because it is too easy to let the urgent overtake the important!

Cindy

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CARRIE1948 10/18/2010 8:26AM

    Sounds like a plan

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COLOURFULME 10/18/2010 1:42AM

    Love all the pictures...great.....thank you!

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 10/17/2010 11:55PM

    Awesome, Don!

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OUTDOORGIRL69 10/17/2010 10:54PM

    I am so glad that you are doing great on your bike & all that you have accomplished. You always give us the great pictures to go with the trip. Wish you had been able to get the eagle but you will next time.

Thanks again for the pictures.

God Bless
Ida

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FRECKS96 10/17/2010 10:43PM

    Congrats on another wonderful ride. It is such a gorgeous area and your pics are beautiful!

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