Sunday, May 15, 2011

Skeptical Tolerance on a Cloudy Day

Been sleeping poorly lately, so I was pretty wiped when I awoke yesterday at 6:30, for what was supposed to be a fun road ride through some pretty good local hills. Decided to try my planned route of about 38 miles and 2200 feet anyway, because I'm contemplating a very hilly metric century with friends on Memorial Day, and I'm not sure I'm going to be up to it. (Insert rambling, neurotic, self-doubting paragraphs here.)

By taking it very slowly, I was able to enjoy myself and feel somewhat fresh for the first 25 or 30 miles. One of my secrets was to stop and photograph anything that caught my eye. Here are some shots from Hadley and Leverett:

Don't know why they cover these fields, but it makes a unique view.

Expand to see tractor tractoring through exact center of frame.

Parked in front of the Leverett Co-op for a pee break. Their bulletin board is a magnet for local crunchy-granolas.

For Rent: One gently-used robin's egg. Outside Shutesbury post office -- highest point of ride.

Sadly, one shot did not make it: A terrific banner tacked to quirky Leverett's tiny Historical Society building, reading, "Skeptical Tolerance Since at least 1810." I think this captures what I love about the Pioneer Valley: Nutty, but interesting.

I started melting down after the miles-long climb from the Connecticut River up to Shutesbury. Crankiness, tiredness -- you know the drill. It was the longest twelve miles I've done in a while. I must needs get me some rest.


Human Wrecking Ball said...

Sorry, but I am going to have to demand that you ride back out there and get the photo of the banner.

Glenn_in_MA said...

Riding slowly and taking the time to snap some photos is something I sorely need to learn...though many would say I do ride slowly!

Velosopher said...

You got it, HWB. Deliverable sometime in the next six weeks.

Glenn, you're a regular reader, so you know what a long process it's been for me to be able to do same!