|Must be summer. Bike gloves and sandals.|
Sadly, I’m down to one bike, again. The Beast had its back wheel repaired not long ago, but I broke a spoke again (to me, it looks like the new one the bike shop put in is the one that broke which doesn’t make me happy).
Anyway, this afternoon I decided to take my first real RAGBRAI training ride of this young summer, so I took Argent out around 2, with the plan to head to Lafayette.
But the sky looks a bit ominous, many dark clouds. And, sure enough, as I neared the Cedar River Trail in Hiawatha, it started to sprinkle. I did ride north for a while, but the rain picked up a bit, and I decided I would rather be in town than 7 miles north should things get worse. So at Robins, I turned around.
And, of course, as I got back to Hiawatha, some patches of blue appeared and the sun shone.
Still, there were clouds south and west, and I decided the universe was trying to tell me a city ride was a good idea. I rode south on the trail, pausing at Cedar Lake to eat a bag of nuts and a box of raisins. I didn’t have a particular goal in mind, and the sky was looking iffy again, but it occurred to me that I had not experienced the new Greene Square Park, yet.
|Heading south through Hiawatha, maybe I could have gone to Lafayette after all.|
|Cedar Lake with bicycle, as I eat some nuts.|
|Some Greene Square images--public art and art museum. An art installation by the library. And line of a line of Ginkgo trees.|
As I was wandering the park and photographing it, I noticed an art installment—a “People of Cedar Rapids” set of images on doors by the library. One of them is Jane Gilmor, a retired art professor from MMU.
|Jane in the park. Hi Jane!|
|Top image is Gothic by the library. Middle two are by the Gazette. Bottom, as should be obvious, is by art museum.|
I took a detour down Lindale Trail and wasted some time and distance on the Boyson Road trail. That got me on the other side of the hill so I could bookend my ride with hill climbs, and also meant my total miles added up to my age 27 years ago—30.
All in all, it was a nice first ride of summer, although the rain is optional.
|View of Cedar Lake as I head north.|