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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*!

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