Sunday, August 3, 2008
route: Thiensville, clockwise
time & distance: 2:10, 34.5
critter report: 3 bunnies, 1 deer, 1 heron, 1 black-tailed cat, 1 dog mid-poop
Despite the promise of an 80 degree August day, the early morning had a decidedly autumnal feel to it. The temperature at the Pair's abode was a balmy 63, but - as they ventured north and towards the river - it dropped down to a downright chilly 57. Adding to the fallish feel was the promise of NFL Preseason Football on the teevee tonight (go Colts!) and passing by Concordia University which is hosting the St. Louis Rams' summer training camp. Was Owl sensing something extraordinary this morning with her choice of pre-ride online teevee selection whilst knitting? Instead of her usual TPIR (on summer hiatus), she opted for watching a replay of the 2008 Orange Bowl game featuring Virginia Tech and Kansas. Football season cannot come fast enough for one member of the Intrepid Duo!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
route: Thiensville (counter-clockwise)
time & distance: 2:05, 34.5
critter report: 6 bunnies, 3 fawns, 1 scrappy and scary springer dog
Monkey's first day of a well-deserved vacation and this rare occasion was marked by a fine, long ride. But, since they normally do such routes on a Sunday, both Owl and Monkey were decidedly confused by the heavier traffic on I-43 and Lake Drive. Poor working slobs trudging to the office during rush hour while the Intrepid Pair indulge in a life of leisure!
This ride was the first of the season to Thiensville which is an altogether charming town and Owl certainly would have no objection to living there (except that it is notoriously conservative). Yet, there are lovely little shops, cafes like Fiddleheads, pretty Victorian homes, and one Pink Flamingo Garden!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
route: Northerly W->E meander to Donges Bay (no Hill) with Upper River Rd. loop
time & distance: 1:41, 26.5 mi.
critter report: 1 fuzzy-antlered deer, 6 bunnies (better!), 3 ducks
weather: 56, partly cloudy, variable wind
route: the usual Saturday meander to Schlitz via Ravine Dr.
time & distance: 1:08, 18.6 miles
critter report: 1 deer, 1 groundhog, 2 bunnies
As it was just a mere 51 when 6 am rolled around, Monkey and Owl decided to cool their jets for a bit until the temperature climbed to slightly more comfortable levels. While Monkey was practically back asleep before reaching the bed, Owl - in very atypical Owl behavior, FELL BACK ASLEEP TOO! At the computer, no less. Egads, is the world coming to an end??
It was nearly 7:30 by the time they made it out to the bikes and with her internal clock all askew, Owl didn't feel like doing much at all. However, once she got outside, felt the nice, warm sun, she just couldn't let such a day pass her by - boy, was she ever glad she made the right decision! Another wonderful ride...
Sunday, July 6th
weather: 61, clear, 9 mph S
route: Donges Bay via The Hill with Pheasant Rd./University School loop
time & distance: 1:45, 28.9 miles
critter report: 1 deer, 3 bunnies
A slightly shorter route for Our Pair this Sunday as Owl just wasn't feeling into it and a little fatigued throughout. But, just like yesterday, she was sure glad she persevered and had a delightful ride.
Where, oh where are all the bunnies?? It was not uncommon to see 10-20 bunnies on such a ride, but this summer has been unfortunately rather bunny-less!
Sunday, June 29, 2008
route: Donges Bay loop, W->E
time & distance: 1:39, 26.4
critter report: many ex-animals, 3 rabbits, 2 deer, 1 hat lady, 1 wanderin' pooch
Lovely, the sun warm and the air cool this morning, with only a light breeze not really kicking up till the home stretches of the ride. Critter action concentrated around Donges Bay and Lake Shore Dr, just after our customary lavatory layover at Virmond Park. First Owl did her level best to hoosh a pair of deer back from the road, who simply stood placidly and watched us pass, then went back to grazing. Then we passed a squat little terrier type dog trotting along happily at the roadside. We hope he was just a local pooch out for a stroll and sniff of his territories and that he made his way home safely.
En route home Owl observed a curious thing: apparently I, Monkey, have a Pavlovian response to the smell of bacon. We sometimes pass Pandl's on our way home, and it always smells richly of morning savor, bacon and sausages fried up for the breakfast-brunch crowds. Two or three times now when we've passed this way, Owl tells me, I've gone on to order bacon on one of my usual Sunday post-ride bagel sandwiches. Hmmm. I certainly have no objections to further investigation of this possibility!
route: County Line loop, counterclockwise
time & distance: 1:16, 19.5
critter report: 2 rabbits, 1 musical dog-walker
A fine ride, weather very nearly perfect. I don't even remember the most noteworthy sight. Owl reports spotting a "mandolin-playing dog-walker in Whitefish Bay." Man what? Perhaps she'll chime in with a comment on that.
The thing is our rides and our gym workouts are my dedicated brainstorming time. I keep my mind busy with some notion or another, whether it be roughing out rap lyrics or places and plots for my WoAdWriMo project. All well and good, but sometimes I need to open up my eyes and see the world around me!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
route: Donges Bay to Range Line (counter clockwise northerly meander)
time & distance: 1:28; 23.1
critter report: 4 bunnies, 1 deer, 1 smooshed baby raccoon (the same?), 1 disco cyclist
Ah, the first pre-work ride of the year...finally!