Friday, March 16, 2012

A Little bit of Cheadle in my Life

Today we had a brief break between the stormy weather. Best to take advantage of it while we can. I wanted to try out the new tubeless set up on my bike and a nice visit to Cheadle lake seemed like a good place for a quick ride.

Do you see that? Blue skies!! Better look quick! It's clouding up as I type.
I was looking forward to riding out on my favorite arm of the island, but alas, the way is blocked.
I've never seen the water break across the top of this trail. It comes close, but I've always been able to cross. It was about 6-8 inches deep. Perhaps it's a good time to bring the kayaks.

I backtracked and attempted to ride the next arm and ran into these guys sunning themselves along the path. I didn't have the heart to run them off.

Reverse direction once again and pedal the last section of the island. Again with the geese. They are certainly taking advantage of the momentary sunshine. I left them alone other than snapping a few pics, then head back to the main path.

The back portion of the main path is paved. I believe someday the whole of it will be paved. I found a log with a bunch of turtles on it, but only one stayed above water for the photo. Very gracious of him. :)

One last photo before returning to the car. Albany canal travels directly next to the lake. I found one odd duck enjoying the bank. The water is muddy today. Normally it's a little clearer.

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  1. BlueKat:

    don't use up all the clear, blue sky days. We need to save some for the summer.

    You're making us all feel a bit guilty. You've got me thinking about my road bike. I was told that it was a Colnago. My little finger can hold it up, and it has 100 psi tires which are very smooth and narrow, old style 10-speed with shifters on the down column, and those S type handlebars

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast

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    1. Colnagos are nice bikes. Sounds like you have a sweet one there. I must be doing well on saving up the blue skies. The above pics were about all the blue we've seen this weekend!

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  2. Wow, I almost want to make me buy a bicycle... almost. I really like it, and the second picture with its perspective is just gorgeous.

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    1. Thanks Sonja,
      It was a very pretty day. The blue sky just made the lake seem so blue. I've never seen the water this high though.

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  3. Calming and enjoyable. I could have sworn the last pictures were of an alligator in the canals. ;)

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    1. lol - no alligators around here...at least I don't think so!! Maybe I should reconsider kayaking on the lake!! :0

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  4. Hooray for little bits of sunshine. Glad you were ale to get out in it.

    I think we paid for that sun when the rains and hail came back with a vengeance last night.

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    1. Yes we did pay for it...all weekend long! Today I think we had a little of everything, snow, rain and hail!

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  5. Nice pictures of the little bit of sunshine. I'll be interested to hear of your report on the tubeless tires. I'm guessing the biggest advantage is lower weight?

    @Bobskoot That sounds like a nice bicycle. You could be commuting on it...

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    1. Hi Richard,
      So far I like them. The LBS said there wouldn't be that much weight savings, but they should handle better and have less rolling resistance even while running low psi. Also much less chance of flats.

      We rode Saturday at 20 psi, and that added a nice softness for riding over rocky roads, yet seemed to roll right along nicely, better than what our old bikes did. Some of that is the bigger size as well. I had my front fork locked out, so the bike basically only had the big tires for shock absorbtion. It seems like an ideal combination for the types of trails I like to ride (basically forest roads and easy, non-technical trails)

      I've only had one short ride on pavement, and they weren't nearly as slow as I thought they might be, compared to my road bike.

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    2. Richard:

      you forget that I have a vintage engine, with an outdated carburator system, which is constantly gasping for air . . . with great condensation buildup

      bob
      Riding the Wet Coast

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  6. Dear BlueKat:

    I love ducks... And some of the odder ones are unbelievably beautiful. Wood ducks, for instance, are painted like wild Indians (Native Americans) and quite small. One the other hand, resident Canada geese (now non-migratory in many locales, like New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania) have the appeal of aquatic rats with feathers.

    So what did you think of the knobby tubeless tires on your bike? Nice pictures. Glad you made the most of a clear day.

    Fondest regards,
    Jack/reep

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  7. BlueKat:

    Just read your remark to Richard, and got your impression of the tires... So what was your impression of the geese?

    Riepe

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  8. Hi Jack,
    We have some wonderful waterfowl in the area. Agree, many are so unique and beautiful. Sadly I haven't learned the names and types. Many are quite shy about getting their picture taken and they scurry across the water before I can get my camera out.

    Lots of geese around here too. I don't mind them, but I believe they are quite a nuisance for the grass seed farmers who find the fields inundated with giant flocks (or is it gaggles?) of them. I hadn't quite thought of them as rats with feathers, lol!

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  9. Very pretty blue sky pics. How weird that the lake overflowed. Isn't funny how quickly turtles do the log dive when you approach?

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    1. This is the first time I'd seen turtles there. I knew they were in the lake, but hadn't seen them before.

      Very funny how quickly they plunged into the water. I thought turtle were supposed to be slow! :)

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  10. It's odd to be facing a Spring here without wondering how the snow melt up north might impact the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. All the trails are opened and not even threatened. Oh well, you betcha' I ain't complainin'.

    Thanks for the share,
    ~K

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    1. lol - I bet not! :)
      Oddly I think in some areas we still need to get our snowpack up a little. It's just been a strange weather year all around.

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