Rain, rain, go away

I am such a wuss. Just a threat of rain and I won’t go for a bike ride. I finally got out for a ride this week, even though I had been wanting to do so since Monday.

out in the countryI took Sunday off after the all-night Relay For Life. I got home at 6:30am Saturday and slept until 2:00pm. I felt pretty good, but it had been so humid that I had gotten chafed all over … well places I won’t mention in polite company. Monday I had some excuse not to ride. Tuesday it was rainy for most of the day. Wednesday looked like rain, but it never did until late at night. I should have gone riding, but instead opened up the tent/trailer/pop-up and aired it out. I took a lot of stuff out of it that we had stored inside.

So, today I really needed to go for a ride. It rained all night and part of the morning, but by noon it looked like it was all past us. A lot of fluffy clouds were going by and it was breezy, but the weather radar online assured me no more was in the works.

So I took a ride. I took a lot of back streets and roads until I was out in the country east of Lockport. I rode for about 20 miles and had a great time. Riding at my own pace on this bike is so relaxing. It doesn’t matter if I’m going fast or not, I just sit back and watch the world go by. For the most part, though, I held to a pretty good pace. Even on level ground, I end up in a pretty high gear and make good time. It doesn’t take much of a hill to slow me down, though, but the downhill side makes up for it easily.

BarnI stopped to take a couple pictures of a barn. It had been painted for the Niagara County Centennial a couple years ago. (As far as celebrations go, that was a big bust.) I picked up a new camera, a point-and-shoot model, mostly so I’d have something to carry along on my bike. I love my Canon digital SLR, but it’s just too big and fragile to carry on a bike or skiing. The new camera is also a Canon, a Powershot SX120is. I saw one and liked it instantly. It has a large LCD viewfinder, the controls are quite similar to the ones on the Rebel and it has a decent-sized lens with 10x zoom and image stabilization. Most photos I take are for web or computer viewing, so I really don’t need an image 3000 pixels wide. I end up reducing them before using them online anyway. But with a 10mp capability and 4gb memory card, it’s not a problem anyway.

It does do video too. I’ll have to try that on the bike some time!
Centennial Sign

My route

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2 comments on “Rain, rain, go away
  1. Frankane says:

    Great ride! The first picture looks like the field behind the Quality Inn on Transit.

  2. Al Gritzmacher says:

    It was taken on Royalton Center Road in Royalton, but could have been many places in Niagara county, or WNY for that matter.

    My whole point in taking the picture was how quickly you can get away from civilization and have fields to the horizon, something you might think of as an aspect of the midwest, not WNY.

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