Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Eagles!

I didn't ride to work today, but I rode 19 miles tonight after supper. The weather was perfect - very little wind, warm, and sunny.

I stopped on the Van Zile Bridge over the St. Joe River. Just downstream from here, near where Cedar Creek empties into the river, is a new bald eagle nest with an adult eagle on the nest. I've talked to a few people who have been watching the nest, and we think the adult is sitting on eggs, or maybe young chicks. This is the first eagle nest in this area for many, many years. It is good to have them back. Several miles down river from this eagle nest is another eagle nest with an adult on the nest.



I rode the Trek tonight. That steely goodness felt great!


This weekend I discovered the visor on my helmet snaps off. Here it is with the visor on:


Here it is with the visor off (much more streamlined!):


I did get to do a club ride on Sunday. I rode over to Leo High School and met up with the club - there were probably close to 50 riders! After 10 miles riding all together, the 20 milers turned back, while the fast group and the not-so-fast group continued on for another 10 miles, before heading back. I rode with the not-so-fast group. We rode in a double pace line. Once we turned around, Larry and I rode in the front to help break the wind (no, not BREAK WIND) for the others. The ride leader yelled at Larry and me to slow down! Wow, that went right to my head. We got back to the high school at 41 miles since leaving it, but I did a little extra before I got home, so my ride totaled 53 miles.

4 comments:

rlove2bike said...

IMO, you are lucky to have a group like that to ride with. Sounds like a gooood time.

Chandra said...

Wow - the beard was connected to the visor LOL!

Both looks are great!

Peace :)

Apertome said...

Haha, like Chandra, I was going to comment that your face looks more streamlined now, too!

I have a visor, but I leave it on. It comes in handy just often enough that I think it's worthwhile.

springfieldcyclist.com said...

The helmet I had before this one had a visor on it and I kind of liked having it until I discovered something.

We were on a tandem trip in Illinois and had one particularly windy day. At one point, we were barreling down a long hill directly into the wind and everytime I turned my head it caused the bike to turn. I could tell the visor was catching just enough wind that it caused the bike to lean slightly and turn to the direction I was looking! It didn't make my wife particularly happy, but I thought it was kind of fun!

Based on that experience, my next helmet was visorless.

Oh...I also wanted to make a comment about the beard coming off with the visor!