Friday, July 1, 2016

In Which I See Cedar Lake Twice

It was cool for July 1--in the low 60s. Morning sun reflected at Cedar Lake.

I biked two trips to Cedar Lake today—morning and evening.

I left home around 7 a.m. and had to be back by 9—grandkids were coming over—and I wanted to see if I could squeeze in 20 miles. I did the hill ride, and then headed out on the north route to the Cedar River Trail.

It was cool—in the low 60s, and I was cycling pretty hard to stay warm. Fortunately, there was not much of a wind.

Well, I’m familiar with Cedar Lake in the afternoon and evening—it’s when I usually see it during the school year—and it was kind of nice to experience it on a cool morning. It was quieter, with only a few hardy souls out there, but just as pretty.

A few morning flowers on the shore.

The morning ride indeed added up to two hours and 20 miles. So this evening, after the grandkids left, I wanted to see if I could reach 30 miles on the day with a quick 10-mile ride. Leaving home about 7:30 p.m., I again went to the Cedar River Trail, but through Noelridge Park this time—a shorter route.

Final morning shot--milkweed frames lake.

I pedaled to the lake, circled it once, and went home. The light, as it usually is in the evening, was quite pretty there.

Two evening views of Cedar Lake.

In the end, I went over time a little, and over on miles—I rode about 34 miles total. A good half day of RAGBRAI—and as the photos show, it was fine to see the lake twice!

This is not Cedar Lake--it's a Rockwell-Collins parking lot. Pretty sky around 8:40 p.m. as I near home.

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