It was 31 degrees F under clear skies at 8:38 this morning as I rolled Rhododendron, its rear tire restored (i.e., in inner tube replaced), out of the garage to head a little way south and west, at last!
Unfortunately my shoulder was not especially pleased by the riding position on Rhododendron, the road bike. But was able to use what I’ve learned in yoga about rolling the inner upper arms out, pressing the bottom of the shoulder-blades into the back, bringing the sternum forward, and releasing the trapezius toward the waist to lessen the strain. The difficult part is maintaining the actions. No end of practice.
Destination this morning was the sunken pond on Curtis and Prospect. Wondered if there would be ducks there as I’d seen in the past.
Stopped first at the rabbit-statue bridge in Meadowbrook Park for the customary photo of the confluence of McCullough and Davis creeks.
Noticed buds on the nearby arching red blackberry brambles.
Also heard hammering woodpeckers and red-winged blackbirds posted in high places calling with the first three notes of the theme of the original Star Trek TV series.
Did not go any farther into the park but made the “Texas-exit” back to Race Street and took a view of the forestry plantation
Rode out of town and as always, the first opening of the land to farm fields was exhilarating.
Rode west on Curtis and stopped on the bridge over the Embarass River to look down at animal tracks,
The sunken pond, without its trim of prairie flowers, looked smaller than I remembered it.
It was occupied by the pervasive Canada geese, not a lot of them, but they were spread out around the pond and seemed to have serious designs on the place.
The only other waterfowl evident was a mallard drake.
It’s hard to imagine a time when the population of Canada geese was in decline. I think it’s nice to have them around, but they do seem to view a pond similarly to how European explorers once viewed the Americas: “empty space,” and tend to take over to the exclusion of other inhabitants.
Rode into an east wind on the way back, and felt achy thigh muscles, but the joints seemed ok. Good tired!