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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Holiday Bike Ride

I did take the bike and went for a ride right after the paper route. Since it ends pretty far south, I went just a little farther and rode the south section of the Hart-Montague Rail Trail, from Rothbury to Whitehall.

You should know that it was already 80 degrees at 4 am. I got on the bike at 6:45. I'm certain I haven't been on a bike that early in the morning since the days of long-distance bike trips. My internal clock is just destroyed this week.

However, the ride was pretty nice. About 16 miles out and back.

Here's the White River as I crossed. It looks as if the sun isn't up, but it really was.

white river

Most of this piece of trail is straight and narrow and nice for riding, but not too stimulating. However when you get into Montague/Whitehall it becomes a really nice urban (small city) trail. The garden clubs have done a lot of landscaping. Here's one of the largest gardens.

flower garden

They also have an Art Walk with quite a few sculptures and constructions. Most are somewhat contemporary, but this one is a whimsical eagle in a wooded section, that's a lot of fun.

eagle sculpture

Coming back, Montague is visible across White Lake (same bridge as above, just different direction and angle)

Montague, Michigan

When I got home, it was blasting hot. I took a cold shower, ate, tried to do some stuff and ended up vegged out with a book. Then I slept for a while, and worked on paperwork for the assignments I did yesterday.

Tomorrow and Friday are supposed to be even hotter. I'm not sure how I'm going to do all the stuff I have to do. Stick around, and you'll find out...

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Ann said...

Sounds like a nice ride and that eagle is pretty cool.
Hot here too, don't feel like doing much of anything

vanilla said...

Careful. Work smart in that heat. Hot here, too, but I've no obligations to fulfill.

Chuck said...

We were in Tustin with family on the 4th. It was good to see the nephews and their families. It was too hot to spend time outside. While cooler, it was hot inside too, but not quite as bad.

john bain said...

I think a bike ride in that heat would just about finish me off! I remember when I was fit.

Mary Aalgaard said...

Great pics. Good for you for getting out on the bike in this heat!

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Lynn Proctor said...

what a wonderful ride and i love that garden and the cool art work!

Sharkbytes said...

Ann- That's how I feel too. But o well!

vanilla- One day down, one to go!

Chuck- our upstairs is broiling. The TV is in the basement, and it's better there.

John- Thankfully most of the trail is shaded

Mary- couldn't have done it later in the day!

Lynn- There are lots of sculptures! They are really interesting to look at. Most are really colorful and eye-catching

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