Friday, August 3, 2012

Splendor in the grass

I promised a little motorbike porn, so Sam and I went for a little spin this morning. It was nice to be back on the (motor)bike. Well I have been coummuting, but this was different. Just take to the road and go. No plan in mind. Ride 'til ready for lunch then turn toward home.
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The wheat is ready for harvest.
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and harvesting is happening fast and furious around the valley.
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We've replace fog banks...with dust clouds. (dirt-devils to follow).
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We used to burn the fields afterwords, but now we build straw towers to the sky.
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It was a nice morning for a ride. Sometimes I was cruising along at a whopping 40 mph. I might have hit 60 a time or two. Could say it was a very laid back ride. Is it shameful for a Ninja to cruise at 40 mph? :)

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  1. Never shameful to ride at whatever speed enjoying the beautiful day. There are some who just stare at the asphalt and never see the countryside they are riding through. A tandem captain comes to mind...

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    1. Hi Richard,
      Stokers sometime just stare at the asphalt too :)
      especially when tired.

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  2. Bluekat:

    when I was by myself last week riding to the Coast I was 10 mph under the speed limit. There was no traffic and was just enjoying the scenery. My speed felt right.

    after your challenging bicycle ride and as compared to pedal power, even 40 mph would feel like warp speed. And you don't have to huff and puff when you roll up hills

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast

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    1. Hi Bob,
      My speed can vary so much on a single ride.
      curves = a little faster please
      Photo opps = slow her down.
      It would drive most riders crazy I think.

      What makes you think I haven't gone 40 (or more) on my bicycle? :)

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  3. Oh wow, gorgeous pictures! Poking along is fun, too. It's all about enjoying the moment.

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    1. Thanks :)
      Enjoying the moment - Exactly!

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  4. What /\ they said. :) Whatever speed feels good is right when you have the roads to yourself. Looked like a good day to tootle around and see how the country is doing.

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  5. Riding, eating, then riding some more.
    Having no where to have to be.
    Being able to set your own pace.
    It doesn't get much better than that.
    ~k

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  6. Every every ride is a good one, regardless of pace, people or weather...

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  7. +1 to what Roger said. Most of my riding is commuting as well, but I try to get a fun detour in every once in a while. Love the first pic, header-worthy (but yet again, 99% of your pics are...).

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  8. I think we're all in agreement, just being out on two-wheels is a good thing! :)

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  9. Speed doesn't matter ... it's about the ride; seeing, hearing, smelling and feeling the breeze (or rain or heat) along the way. Wonderful photos.

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    1. Agreed. I love to feel the breeze - at least this time of year. :) And I love to smell the blackberries or the mint that's ripening up now. You miss all that in a car.
      Thanks!

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  10. No shame in puttering along. It is nice to just enjoy the ride and scenery at times. Great pics too. Such bright colors. So life like - I want to sneeze just looking at it.

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    1. lol - sneeze? as in allergies? :)
      I like to smell the grass fields just as they're getting ready to harvest, but one wiff and my head plugs up and starts to hurt. Ah well, I still enjoy it.

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  11. I love the photos of the hayfield. No more slash and burn?

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    1. Hi Martha,
      They stopped burning in our area a couple of years ago. I'm not sure why but they can still burn north of us. Today coming home from work I could see the familiar columns of smoke outside of Salem.

      I don't miss the falling ash and smokey skies, but it was spectacular to see the field burns, especially at night.

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