Thursday, March 12, 2015

Bikes and Sights: Off The Beaten Path

“Bicycles may change, but cycling is timeless.”
- Zapata Espinoza -

Not all our biking adventures last summer were in popular spots. Sometimes we ventured off the beaten path and saw some unusual things, which was kind of fun. And this ride was one of them. Here are some photos taken in a very remote area.

So much greenery. I can't wait to see it again!

We rode through an area that was not developed. It was a wonderfully peaceful ride. 

But it looks like it won't be peaceful for much longer.

Despite the debris, the view was photogenic.

Just like people to dump their crap wherever they feel like it.

The sky was dramatic and beautiful and kept changing colours as the sun went in and out of the clouds.

The most amazing man in the world looking all active...and handsome.

Checking out the view.

When the sun was going down, the clouds parted and the sky lit up like fire. Breathtaking.

Sometimes riding through deserted areas is exactly what you need to get away from it all and relax.

Have a wonderful Thursday, everyone!

38 comments:

  1. Thanks for the bike ride Martha.

    We are going back to Florida next week, can't wait to see green again :)
    If you want to get my blood boiling... junk in nature will do it! The chair could have been donate to goodwill and be someone else treasure, we are in 2015 EVERYONE has heard about the environment, grrr. Now I have to go and take a cold shower to get my blood cooler.

    Have a great spring day, soon Martha the bike path would be clear of the white stuff :)

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    1. I feel the same way, Richard! People can be such jerks...and so ignorant. It boils my blood, as well, when I see this type of behaviour. That chair has no business there and definitely could have been donated. We have charities around here that pick things up!

      Anyhow, that is wonderful about Florida! Enjoy. I hope to visit there some day.

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    2. And we're welcome? We might be ax murderers! LOL... Thank you. Perhaps we'll finally make it to Florida one day. The farthest we've gone is to Virginia, which we loved.

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  2. Love the views of the water tower! Looks like a great ride! People dumping their old things out in the ditches here in the countryside really irks me as well! Even worse when they dump their cats in the ditches near farmhouses hoping they will find a good home and maybe be good mousers...****argh***! It just so happens my family and I happen to live out in the country--and we are the ones who end up receiving their cats, and either finding homes for them or taking care of them ourselves.

    As a matter of fact, if we had known better, we wouldn't have had to get any animals when we moved out here. We've had stray dogs and neighbor dogs move in on us, way too many stray and/or deserted cats and their offspring, and even a neighbor's stray cow--he did want it back though. ;) Our dog also brought us a flock of chickens...but they weren't in any shape to lay eggs, unfortunately. (We did make that right with our neighbor). Life in the country is...exciting!

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    1. Wow, that is horrible about dumping the animals! People do terrible things. Thank goodness you are so kind to them. Poor animals were probably pets that are so confused when they're abandoned like that. Heartbreaking.

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  3. Pretty countryside and that sky is gorgeous!

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    1. A nice relaxing place to ride. But it'll be full of houses soon enough.

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  4. Oh girl, I love all your photos, you know that, and all this beautiful greenery stops my heart, construction will begin and nature will be destroyed and it breaks my heart so profoundly, let you photos capture the greens before it's all gone....

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    1. It is heartbreaking when green spaces are destroyed. More concrete, more grey...very sad...

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  5. You should enter that photo of the red chair beside the red bush in a contest somewhere. It's a real winner!

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    1. Thanks, Debra, I will do that! When I spotted that chair and I had to photograph it. There is a very profound statement in it.

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  6. Such a pretty sky to end the day of your ride! We used to see a lot of sofas in vacant fields, so sad how people abandon without thinking their stuff they don't want.

    Always fun to explore something new!

    betty

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    1. It certainly is fun to explore something new. I'm looking forward to a whole new season of it. Just waiting for the weather to cooperate!

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  7. Love that redchair bush!! And indigenous to only your area?
    I couldn't agree more, Martha, going to isolated/off the beaten track areas of our communities is a worthwhile venture for sure. great photos.

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    1. I have a feeling, Jim, that chairs like that sprout just about everything. Sadly.

      We love exploring those off beat areas. You always run across interesting things. Not to mention how peaceful it is.

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  8. It won't be long before you can go out again and take more inspiring photos like these!

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  9. It's awful when people dump their stuff where is should not be.
    All of your shots are wonderful Martha.
    Biking weather stars soon :)

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    1. Can't wait, Margie! I'm hoping the good weather arrives quickly so we can get started early!

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    1. There are days like that when the sky is so beautiful!

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  11. kinda sad they just dump their garbage there. Looks like that was a nice chair back when it wasn't broke

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    1. It really is sad, Adam. I'm sure it could have been donated.

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  12. You remind me of an area I used to ride through and it too has been developed now.

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    1. So many green spaces are being removed for housing. It's kind of sad.

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  13. I like the "checking out the view" photo.

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  14. Lovely photos ! People make me mad when they do things like that dumping where ever ! We have a few unpleasant hoarder houses in our area the property is soo full of junk sad really ? Thanks for sharing , have a good weekend !

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    1. It really is sad...and infuriating! People know better, and they should behave better.

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  15. Great photos. The snow is melting here and this morning I started my day reading about flowers.

    Heaven.

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    1. Here, too. A few mild days and it'll all be gone. I'm looking forward to a new season!

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    2. Love, love, love it. That being said, I also love our snowbelt winters,
      but being down to one car this winter has really gotten me to want
      to get back out in the garden.

      Happy Weekend.

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    3. Happy weekend to you! I hope it's a good one. I plan to do absolutely, positively...nothing :)

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  16. My husband and I like exploring the less beaten path. There is always so much to discover in such places, both pleasant and not.

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    1. There certainly is a lot to discover and that's the main reason we enjoy those areas. They're not always pleasant discoveries but they do reveal exactly what our city is made of.

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  17. Love the sunset photo. Beautiful!

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