Hurt my pride

but not the bike.

Today I did my first road trip on my new bike. The morning started out chilly but as the sun warmed the sky the day became pleasant.

I had a quasi route laid out but it was subject to change. I didn’t make my ultimate goal but that’s fine it was still a nice ride.
Ozello was my goal, about 50 miles north of me. If I took the main road it would have been an hour and 30 minute trip one way.
That wasn’t how I wanted to go. I took side roads, back roads, roads less traveled.
IT was wonderful, hardly any traffic, quiet, I could go as fast as I wanted or as slow as I wanted.

About 2 hours in I stopped for a cup of coffee and to stretch my legs. I had an idea of where I was but not specific.
I’m glad I had my GPS with me and my Kindle as I was able to pull up Google maps where I was>Form that location I could go east or west.

I choose west and headed for the Weeki Wachee and the Gulf.
There was a bit more traffic through there until I hit 19 and crossed over.
Then it was once again open winding roads, salt creeks and marsh land.

After finding a couple parks and taking some pictures I turned around and headed back.
As I was moving south something popped into my mind, of a road I used to travel many years ago.
There was a farm there that used to have some unusual animals.
It was not out of the way on the trip back so I decided to check it out.

Sure enough the farm was still there and so were the animals.
I pulled off on a road along side the farm and started taking pictures>
Getting back on my bike I pulled out on the main road road but pulled over again to take more pictures.

In my haste I left the key on and my GPS on.
When I got back on the bike it wouldn’t start.
The battery had run down.

Okay, no problem I thought, I was on the uphill side of a grade.

I’ll wake the bike across the road, get some momentum and jump start the engine.
A good plan.

When I got to the other side of the road there was some traffic coming so I moved off on the shoulder.

Now mind you I.m not on the bike, I’m pushing it.

The cars went past and I went to get on the bike and as I did I lost my balance.
I went down, the bike went down.
Now I suppose most would think this is terrible, and it was.
This was also a moment of truth for me, could I get the bike back up?

Thankfully I could with no problem.
What was even nicer was someone had come around the curve saw the bike down and stopped asking if I needed any help.

I already had the bake back up and was glad that I knew now that I could.
Getting on I rolled it down the grade, jump started it and off I went.

So other then my pride being a bit bruised, every thing was fine.
The trip went well, the bike handled well and was very comfortable to ride.
Looking forward to planning another trip soon, maybe a little further out next time.

Emu

Emu

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Water Buffalo and Emu

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Zebra

A Reprieve

I have been granted a reprieve so to speak. It will be three weeks ago this coming Tuesday since I have had my first epidural.

The pain has diminished considerably; matter of fact it is about 60% gone.
In between it all I have been having more pain free time and only short moments of minimal pain.

On the 21st of this month I have a follow up with the doctor and the second injection will be scheduled.
It has been 10 months now since this back pain has become a part of my life and it is wonderful to finally feel some relief.
At the time I didn’t realize the fog I have been looking through and that has lifted.
Now I find myself wanting to catch up with many of the things I had put to the side while this has been going on.

Since it has been so long that I have been inactive I decided to take a Tai Chi class to help stretch and loosen my muscles.
I went to the first class this morning and I thoroughly enjoyed it
The person teaching the class is a wonderful teacher, willing to go as slow or as fast as everyone needs to in order to pick up on the moves.
I know I will be sore tomorrow as I was using some muscles that hadn’t been put to use in a while, that kind of hurting is a good kind.

The weather has begun to break here with the humidity level dropping considerably.
I’ve been waiting for this as I have been looking forward to making some longer rides now that I am used to being on the bike.
Even today I left early, right at sunrise, rode for a bit, stopped for breakfast, and went to Tai Chi class.

Afterwords I went to a park and walked around a bit taking some pictures.
I’ll be posting some of them here as time goes by but you can also see a daily picture that I post here: http://youthfulelixir.wordpress.com/

It feels good to be on the way to being whole again.!

Riding and Pictures

I’ve always loved taking pictures, usually I always have a camera in my pocket, in the car, or even in my lunch bag going to work. When I started riding my bike I would carry my Pentax point n shoot with me always ready to take a picture.

Recently I had a opportunity to upgrade myself to a Canon DSLR camera. I didn’t hesitate not for the deal I got it for. The camera is a Canon EOS Rebel T3 with a EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens wide angle lens and a EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom Lens. Years ago I had a Pentax K100 SLR which I loved and used for many years, but then with life it drifted away and the digital point and shoots came along. With riding and taking pictures I got the bug for a better camera and my wish was answered.

I still had the camera bag from when I had the old Pentax and everything fit nicely in there, even the filters I had for the Pentax lenses fit the new lenses. Now there was one problem, the camera bag wouldn’t fit in my saddle bag, it was just to big and bulky. So I was still left with how to carry the camera with me on my bike.

The search began, it took me a while but finally I found something that looked like it was going to work out perfectly.

My answer came in the form of the Case Logic SLRC-205 SLR Camera Sling.

It has been an answer to all my needs for carrying my camera with me when riding my bike. The camera fits in the main bag with the telephoto lens mounted on it and a side pocket for a second lens. There are numerous other little pockets for carrying spare batteries, memory cards, and other small items. The best part of this is the bag wears as a sling so I can have it strapped across my back while riding. Even with the camera in it the weight is negligible. The bag had a strap that goes around the waist to snug the bag to you so it doesn’t move around.

The other nice part about the bag is that it is compact enough to fit in my saddle bag with the camera in it if need be.

 

Case Logic SLRC-205 SLR Camera Sling (Black)

 

With the cool weather hopefully coming soon and the pasing of the summer storms I’m looking forward to some longer rides now that I am getting used to my bike and taking some photo’s.