Surprisingly chilly this morning: 36 degrees F, and with a bit of a northwesterly breeze! But at least the sun was out. Did take gloves (in May?!?), fortunately.
Decided to ride west on Florida/Kirby Avenue, a busy thoroughfare during most of the day, most days of the week, but certainly manageable early on a Sunday morning.
Still, there was a fair amount of traffic. May have had something to do with U of I graduation, which was today.
The route on Kirby Avenue in town does not tempt me to take pictures, as a rule; guess there is too much to be careful about, even on a Sunday morning. The scenery improved west of Duncan; did like the crossing at Copper Slough. Of course, then came the narrow bridge.
But then Blue was doing something rather troublesome: the front wheel seemed to pull alternately to the left and right. I think it may be the result of a lot of riding in the snow and rain and not doing the needed maintenance to counteract the ravages of the weather. Actually, it was doing it the whole way, but by Duncan Road the slight pulling got to be tiring and rather annoying. In particular, it kept me from enjoying going downhill at high speed over the interstate overpass. And it made it hard to turn my inner upper arms out, (see last Sunday’s post) an action that alleviates neck tension while cycling. It was downright distracting. And tiring. But kept on.
Noticed that more and more the trees were arrayed uniformly, continuously, in business green. Seemed like another life-metaphor: in
youth one wants so much to stand out, like a blooming tree; eventually one needs to get practical and make a living (all those green leaves for the practical work of photosynthesis). But it’s not necessarily tragic.
Had planned a longer ride, but somehow I always forget how much distance there is just to get out of Champaign. Turned back at Staley Road. Good thing the net slope eastward was downhill!
Closer to home, wound through the U of I Campus, among graduates and their family members of all ages. Stopped by the persimmon
trees near the Architecture building. Love that blocky bark. Also could see the pecan tree (only one on campus as far as I know, still with little light green leaves behind them, all against the clear, blue sky.
Liked this sign on Lincoln Avenue. It can make sense for bikes to use sidewalks along busy streets, provided cyclists use caution and
courtesy. I just know that with a little more awareness, everyone can get where they’re going safely.