Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Bikes and Sights: The Rugged Cataraqui Trail

"Biking is good for the brain, and not bad for the ass either."
- Contributed by the folks at Citizen Chain Cyclery -

The holidays have come and gone, and it’s time to get back into photography posts. I still have so many more photos to share from all the places the most amazing man and I biked through last year. I hope to be done with that before this year’s cycling begins and a new batch of images accumulates.

Below are some shots taken on the Cataraqui Trail; a former Canadian National railway line. The steel rails and wooden ties were removed in 1989, and it’s now a recreational area. There are different sections to walk or bike through; some more rugged than others. This particular one was far from smooth. Not only did our legs get a good workout but so did our butts...bouncing up and down on the seat.

Maple Leaf Rd. So Canadian, eh?

We made a friend as soon as we got on the trail. So cute.

This part of the Cataraqui Trail is deserted. And wild.

Most of the area consists of overgrown greenery.

On this particular day it was hot and humid and full blown bug season.

We parked our bikes near this body of water to take a break.

This is the smoothest part of the trail. Other sections are much rougher.

There are some interesting views along the way.

I don't think a helmet will help.

We made another cool friend along the way!

I'd love to know the story behind this boat. How did it end up being abandoned?

The wooded areas provide relief from the sun but not from the bugs!

I have to say that we were happy to be done with this trail when we got back to our car. Our legs were soar, our butts ached and the bug bites took days to heal!

Have a lovely day, everyone!

36 comments:

  1. Looks like a beautiful trail to follow! Nice shots of the friends you met along the way and of the abandoned boat!

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    1. It is quite beautiful and quite rugged! This is a great tail if you're in the mood for a bit of a workout.

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  2. You're just tempting us with this warm, summer trail ride. Insect repellent only keep away some insects. Doesn't do a thing for biting flies or noseeums. Looks like you had a glorious day which we can all envy here in the depths of winter.

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    1. These photos provide hope that warmer days are up ahead!

      It was a great day, albeit it very tiresome. And very buggy :)

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  3. Do you wear bicycle shorts with a padded crotch? I've found they help (back in the day when I last rode a bike, lol).

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    1. I don't but I'm sure it would help on trails like this one! We did buy better seats for our bikes, which certainly made a difference. But the best thing was that our asses toughened up over time from all the riding! LOL...

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  4. It looks like Florida. I liked the turtle the best. I bet he could survive falling rocks.

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    1. That turtle looks like it could survive just about anything :)

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  5. Like this trail....very wild and full of surprises I bet.
    Martha, you don't miss a thing......great shot of critters and boat!
    BUGS! Funny thing, they all attack me and leave Ron alone! What's with that?!
    Would love to have bikes again. They were our main means of transport when we lived in Vancouver.....scooting all over the city. I wonder......

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    1. Biking was the best thing about last year. I can't wait to get back to that this spring! You cover great distances in a relatively short period of time and see so many things along the way!

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  6. Oh Martha, Kid, these photos are magnificent, and right now I think I could endure the heat...but i always love the photos you take along the way they make me look forward to visiting you, you are both wonderful !! When I can I take my car to the river and walk along the way taking what i can, if I can ;)

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    1. I would rather have the heat than the cold, Lorraine. You can't stand outside for too long in frigid weather. And it's terrible for the camera, too. I can't wait till spring rolls in. I'm counting down the days!

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  7. Enjoy your posts about these trails! Looks like a great outing!

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    1. It was. Any outing that offers photo opportunities is great :)

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  8. I can't wait for spring as when it's comes I am gong biking with hubby.
    He's goes in the winter (on good days but I do not like biking in the cold!)
    Oh, such wonderful shots of your biking adventure , Martha, loved them all ...thanks for sharing them :)

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    1. Thanks, Margie! And I don't bike when it gets too cold. Not as much fun.

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  9. nice to see these warm photos right about now Martha, thanks for sharing!

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    1. So true, Christine. I find myself looking through the summer shots regularly these days. It's so could out!

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  10. I love old railway beds that have been converted to trails. I like your new friends too. Beautiful scenery.

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    1. I'm so glad they turned these railway beds into trails! They are so enjoyable. And very quiet.

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  11. I also want to know the story behind that boat. Very nice pictures, Martha.

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    1. That boat belonged to someone once upon a time. How did it end up there? I'd love to know that.

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  12. Funny how bug bites don't feel bad at all on a winter day. I'm going to have to learn to take my camera when I ride this summer.

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    1. Do it, Red! You'll enjoy the biking even more. And you can share the photos with us!

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  13. I'm excited to see your upcoming photo posts. This one was very nice. Much different than the blizzard I currently see out my window.

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    1. I have quite a few biking photos to share, which I'm planning to in the upcoming weeks. Then spring will arrive and I'll photograph a bunch of new ones. So much fun. But not this cold. This cold is not fun at all. It's definitely 'stay indoors' weather, which I'm doing!

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    2. Yeah but with that micro now, you could get some killer ice, snowflake and winter shots. But yeah, cold. Burrr.

      I did a lot of food shooting this week but haven't cropped any yet. Going to save that for the weekend, as it sucks up a lot of time to go through every shot I took during the week.

      But that's okay, we have a new coffee maker arriving and I'll be able to drink non-crappy coffee, crop and edit photos.

      I'm supposed to be doing bills right now. I don't dare turn on my email. Bad enough I'm sitting at Tim's computer. Okay, I'm going now. No really.

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    3. Very true. The macro is the best for those types of photos. But only when it's a little warmer. For the camera, but mostly for my fingers!

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    4. That's true, I forgot about fingers.

      Just took a round of my Chocolate Chip Mocha
      Mini Muffins but even with the OttLite, everything
      is so dark. The batter too.

      Using the standing OttLite, as I miss-placed my
      hand-held when we moved the house around last,
      spring. Should pop up this week though.

      Happy Weekend.

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    5. I've been searching online for the OttLite and I will also check locally. I'd love to get one. I know it'll be super handy. I can carry it around the house with me, which will be great.

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  14. What a gorgeous ride on the Cataraqui Trail you have shared! That boat photo was wonderful. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your riding adventures! Have a happy day!

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    1. Thanks, Louise! It was a year full of adventure. I have a lot of photos to share, and will sort through them, and post some in the next few weeks.

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  15. Hello,
    Very wonderful shots. Great to see the little animals in wildlife nature.
    Well done!!

    Kind regards,
    Marco

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