Ready For Some Green

I’ve been a bit under the weather lately, so have been mostly staying indoors, or keeping my rides short and utilitarian. But on a day that featured 65°F temperatures (even if it was accompanied by a strong wind), I had to get out. I only got in about 26 miles, but they were good ones.

Since the wind was out of the south, I headed down to Hillsdale Lake via gravel roads. The gravel’s mostly in pretty good condition, except for a few roads that have been recently graded. Those are always a challenge.

I stopped at a trailhead near the lake, and just wandered a bit through a nearby grassy area, finding a soft open spot and just lay on my back for a bit, soaking in the sunshine.

Nice, and just what I needed.

Some pics:

This is a nice little scene, but I’ll be happier when there’s more green …

Grass, ready to let fly some seeds for Spring.

More seeds ready to be released.

And still more!

And finally, this is a culvert under some railroad tracks. Nothing too magnificent, but I find it amazing that our forefathers created such solid workmanship and beauty for a rather mundane purpose. What would such a structure look like if it was built today? Plain, functional, but ugly concrete, no doubt.

DirtBum Written by:

I enjoy riding bicycles all over -- city streets, suburbia, rural roads, gravel roads, dirt roads, rail-trails, and singletrack. I love exploring the countryside and finding the interesting and historical treasures hidden in plain sight. You can follow my rides on Strava.


  1. March 5, 2011

    I am always amazed at the artistry with which our ancestors approached a task, and always appauled that we seem to have completely lost that trait today.

    Hope you get to feeling better, happy trails!

  2. March 14, 2011

    Looks like it was a great early spring ride! I love your photos, and can’t wait till you get some green in them!

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