On a recent ride, this sign greeted us: A local trail will be closed for most of the summer. According to the crew setting up these signs, it’s a public safety issue while nearby gas lines are being repaired.
Basil is unimpressed. That’s really infelicitous timing, and this is a favorite trail for a fast ride.
On the other hand, Basil couldn’t help but admire this fellow. Nice colors, don’t you think?
We were out riding with Dr. Diarist and his mountain bike, before his recent accident.
That pretty little garter snake wasn’t the only bit of fauna we encountered. This Blue Heron was wending his way down the middle of the stream.
The swamp cabbage is now triumphant, and has carpeted the banks next to the trail.
Dr. Diarist continued on to do some off-road cycling while Basil and I went grocery shopping. He was carrying his basket, because a Brompton bicycle transforms into a perfect shopping cart:
We examined a fig display, and chose chocolate dipped figs over that large and traditional fig cake. That was a mistake; later, I discovered that the figs were plump and delicious, but the chocolate with which they were enrobed was quite dreadful — waxy and flavorless.
Then we rode home, and arrived refreshed and relaxed: Recreation, exercise, and errands all-in-in one! Wonderful Brompton bicycles; you do everything well!