I’m not sure why I am so interested in taking pictures of bicycles. Maybe it is because I really enjoy bicycling, but don’t get to do it enough. For whatever reason, when I pass ones that that is interesting or aesthetically pleasing during the course of my day, I take pictures.
Today I went for another bike ride on the Wellesley Trails, only this time it didn’t go so well. I got through about 5.5 miles on the Aqueduct Trail, then to the Fuller Brook Trail. They are doing a lot of work on that trail. When I got to the Senior High/Hunnewell Field Area, I took a turn onto a closed trail. Then I ran over the nail in the image to the right.
I didn’t realize it right away. The trail is partially closed, but there’s no warning when you approach the closure. I got to a gate, then turned around, just as a couple of runners came down the same path, so I wasn’t the only one who didn’t know about the closure.
When I started riding again, I heard a clanking as my wheels turned. I stopped and this was sticking out of my back tire. I pulled it out but the tire was already flat .
So my ride became a walk back home, but fortunately it was only about 2 miles. Here’s a gallery.
I went on a long bike ride today, mostly on the Wellesley Trails. The system is brilliant, containing more than 25 miles of trails that pass some beautiful historic homes, lovely lakes, and the Charles River. Today I biked along the Aqueduct Trail which I’ve not done before, at least not for any substantial distance. It runs along the Sudbury Aqueduct, a historic landmark, though I spent time on several of Wellesley’s trails. Click here to see the map of my route.
Below are a few photos I took on my ride.
Improvements to the Wellesley Trail
The scoreboard on the Rugby Field of Babson
View of the river from the aqueduct
A praying mantis on the Aqueduct Trail
Houses on the Fuller Brook Trail
On the Aqueduct Trail
The Wellesley Centers for Women
Fallen Trees on the Fuller Brook Trail
Working on improvements to the Fuller Brook environment
Fallen trees on Fuller Brook Trail
Fuller Brook Trail
Garage at the Wellesley Centers for Women
Path from the trail to Babson College
Fallen Trees on the Fuller Brook Trail, part of enhancements to the Fuller Brook environment
I just got back from vacation in New Mexico, but I confess I kind of slacked off when it came to photographing bicycles. I missed some good opportunities, especially in Albuquerque where most buses has cool bikes on the racks on the from of the bus. There are also a fair number of cyclists on the roads, but I usually don’t photograph these because it’s hard to get a good shot of a bike with a rider on it that’s in motion. I didn’t have my bike and I wish I had, because it definitely seems like a bike friendly place.
I didn’t realize what evil I do when I put on that goofy bike helmet and ride down the road or trail, I swear. According Seattle Bike Blog Washington Representative Ed Orcutt argues,
“You would be giving off more CO2 if you are riding a bike than driving in a car,” he said. However, he said he had not “done any analysis” of the difference in CO2 from a person on a bike compared to the engine of a car (others have).
Wow! Just WOW! Every once in a while a public figure says something that just leaves me speechless, and this is one of them.
Even if we never don’t register handguns, maybe we should at least start register these!