|Oh beautiful, for spacious skies...|
|For amber waves of grain...|
Recent rains have also caused a proliferation of the local wild flowers, aka ditch weeds. I keep meaning to stop and take pictures on my rides. But my phone is the only camera I carry, and it rides safely in the back bag, primarily for emergency use or simple location tracking for DH, so he knows where I am at, when I go for a ride. I don't really want to risk fumbling an expensive cell phone that I can't afford to replace, just for a picture of some ditch weeds, no matter how lovely they look.
I need to snag a used digicam from somewhere. I know there are a lot of Nikon Coolpix versions out on the used market. If I get something like that, small enough to fit the bike's bento box, I wouldn't be out much money if I dropped it and it broke. That would allow me to stop and capture some of the sights I see on my rides, if only to share them here. Perhaps it would inspire some of you to dust off your bikes and go for a ride. That would make me smile. Maybe you'd smile too?
These last two days I have appropriated Monkey1's road bike, a Giant OCR, to see if I could ride a diamond frame bike again, or not, before shelling out beaucoup bucks for an Encore. Seemed prudent to me, since it had been a decade and many pounds ago, that I had been on a DF bike. IF the arthritis didn't bother me too much, it might make more sense to get a used road bike, and keep the old recumbent for long rides. And if it did flare up too painfully, then the Encore would be confirmed. So far, I am faster on the lighter bike, and much faster uphill. But...today's ride was a lesson in pain management. I had forgotten what all can and will hurt on a road bike if you are not acclimated to it. So far, the hand joints are one of the lesser pains. Surprise! It's everything else that hurts. I will likely go ahead and get an Encore, the comfort factor alone is enough to keep me on a bent primarily. But I might grab a used DF, and sell off the mountain bike, just in case. Once the Monkeys master their road bikes, I might need one to keep up!
Be safe out there when you ride. I will have another post next week I think, on the general gear I think is essential for safe riding.