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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!

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    Thanks for sharing these beautiful pics, Don! Gorgeous! Can't wait to hear more about your upcoming trip...
    2246 days ago
    Glad your buddy isn't ditching on you and TOO COOL about seeing Peter!!! I am so jealous!! LOL I had NO idea you could even buy lights and rearview mirrors for your helmet, for pete's sake.....what WILL they think of next?? Keep it goin', sparky bud, thanx for the awesome pics! LOVED 'em!!! ( I did kinda chuckle about the mirrors in spin class, tho....but then I was always so self-conscious, I didn't even wear freaking shorts in public til I hit my 30's....lol)
    2251 days ago
    I enjoyed reading your blog and looking at the scenes of beautiful upstate New York! Several years ago, my husband and I were in Narrowsburg (NY), about an hour and a 1/2 southeast. We love NY state!
    And how cool to see Peter Yarrow! Still going strong emoticon
    2254 days ago
    Oh, Don, I am convinced I could never be mad, frustrated, sad or any other feeling less than EXUBERANT if I were fortunate enough to have that idyllic backdrop for my daily commute! (Chicago is just so much cold and gray concrete, spotted mostly by potholes. Blah.) And I think your bias is accurate -- that blue is indeed stunning!

    Please report on your nifty new light after your evening ride home tonight!
    2254 days ago
    Your trip! It sounds fab. Post pics ....
    2255 days ago
    Dude, I want a light and motion vis 360!!!! emoticon

    Seriously, I may be riding this summer just before daylight. Thanks for sharing such a visual blog!
    2256 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/18/2012 1:21:35 PM
    I needed this. I haven't done any cycling since Sunday. After reading your blog, I can't wait to get out in the morning. Thanks!
    2260 days ago
  • KA_JUN
    Beautiful pics, there is really something special about enjoying our surroundings traveling by bicycle!
    2260 days ago

    Stunningly beautiful photos. How great to see the legendary Peter Yarrow in concert. The man has heart and gobs of talent!

    Nice ride. I am a bit jealous. I ride hard mountain trails because of where I live. I think how cool it would be to tour. Even it means close calls with idiots behind the wheels of deadly instruments, namely automobiles.

    Keep on riding, my friend.

    Thanks, Bruce
    2260 days ago
    emoticon pictures. & great Blog
    2260 days ago
  • CATS_MEOW_0911
    Thanks for sharing, Don--great pics!
    2260 days ago
    Great blog! How beautiful! emoticon
    2261 days ago
  • FRECKS96
    Excellent pics! It really is gorgeous here! So proud to call this area home.
    2261 days ago
    Fantastic photos!! The sky is indeed a gorgeous blue. Up here in Canada our sky seems to be of a much lighter hue...today, anyway. I'm going to have to keep on eye on the sky throughout the season to compare blues! LOL!
    I tried spinning the other day at the gym when I went to a class called Cardio Jam. The instructor decided that we would spend half the class spinning in honour of the big race around Lac Simon in June.
    I sold my bike due to my left knee not liking it any more but hadn't ridden for over 10 years. I had to get off the spinning bike after 20 minutes cuz my knee got cranky, but I have many fond memories of riding all over the city where I grew up.
    There is a 1,000 Islands in Canada between Ottawa and Toronto. Is that where you are headed this July?
    2261 days ago
    So glad that you live in such a beautiful part of the world: love your pleasure in it too!

    And it's great to see your new safety equipment installed and functioning for those bike rides!

    Like you, I'd far rather look out the window at the gym than at myself in a mirror: but there are plenty who gaze very seriously and compacently at themselves and gotta admit, do enjoy sneaking a peek at some of these!!
    2261 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    what cool scenery for biking!!
    way to go with those miles!!!
    love Peter Paul and Mary.....
    Peter is so talented saw a special about the group no too long ago...
    hope your week is going well....
    blessings and hugs............lita

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    2262 days ago
    I really loved Peter, Paul & Mary. You are so lucky to have been able to see him in person. He impresses me as a very kind lovely man. I can't believe he's that old!!

    I love when you post pictures of where you ride - you have some fantastic scenery to enjoy during your rides. I am very glad to see you wearing a light & a rear-view mirror - safety first, my SparkFriend!!

    s on racking up 300 miles already this season - sounds like it's shaping up to be a great riding year for you!!

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    2262 days ago
    Glad to hear that you've been racking up the miles and what beautiful scenery, nothing but packed neighborhoods and busy streets in my area. You are looking fantastic. With warm weather coming, I'm looking forward to more of you fantastic biking blogs. Glad your buddy wants to take that trip, it's so great when you have a goal and something to look forward to. Enjoy your day my friend. emoticon
    2262 days ago
    It's a lovely locale!

    DH and I have driven through the Southern Tier between Toronto and NYC or New Jersey so many times, I love the names of some of the towns, like Painted Post and Horseheads! And or course Vestal, which gets a joke or two each time we pass it :-).

    Wow, Peter Yarrow. Given my demographic and musical tastes, PP&M were very much in my sights back in the day. Didn't know he was an activist, reminds me of course of Pete Seeger and his work for the Hudson River.

    Mary was the inspiration for me straightening my curls on more than one occasion, with that shiny fall of hair she had. I believe she has passed? Don't know about Noel....

    2262 days ago
  • JLITT62
    I was just thinking today that it's been a while . . . glad to hear it's been filled with good things!
    2262 days ago
  • LKG9999
    I got a new bike at Christmas and I'm really looking forward to new biking adventures this year. But yours look really awesome!

    We toured the Thousand Islands last summer, it's really beautiful. You're going to love it!
    2262 days ago
    Big sigh........... those are some spectacular views and I am so jealous.

    It has been a bit too chilly and WINDY here to actually enjoy a good ride plus training for a half in 3 weeks but a bit of a damper on long rides.

    Can't wait till training is done and I can get out again.
    2262 days ago
    WOW, what an inspiring blog in SO many ways. Love your environs, love your work locale, love knowing more about your *digs!*

    And what an UPPER -- the fellow getting back to you on that awesome plan! I remember when you first were talking about it and your feeling that he wouldn't come through since you'd heard nothing back. YAY! YAY! YAY! This all brings back fond memories of my solo road trip (with bike in-tow) in 2010. DAMN! I'm bummed we didn't rendezvous then!!! The 1000 Lakes region is incredible!!! Can't remember the state park I stayed at in St. Lawrence Bay, but it was one of the many highlights, and I did LOTS of bicycling there!!!

    What an awesome human being is Peter Yarrow. Thanks for even more *stuff* on that authentic, engaged soul.

    Blessed be!
    2262 days ago
    No wonder you bike to work! Beautiful!
    2262 days ago
    Glad to see you are doing so well and leading everyone on and encouraging us all with your personal activity to beef up our own and get healthy. Beautiful pictures. I love the green. When I lived in Texas, everything was always green. Now I live in Southern Utah - a desert - and everything is brown or red. Very few trees except along the river that flows thru town. But the mountains are beautiful in their own respect and especially during the winter months when they are dotted with snow.
    2262 days ago
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