Wednesday, August 17, 2022

A Simply Ducky Little Ride

After one day to recharge, we were on the bikes again for ride #16. We went farther this time – 9.3k. We'll get to 10k someday – maybe.

The different thing was that we came close to ducks, or, rather, they came close to us as we were contemplating life on the bench near the end of the trail.

Somewhat synchronously, this was about the time that I wrote of a duck encounter two years ago. I had been sitting in the park while Sue and friends had a safe, outdoor  meeting during the early part of the pandemic somewhat upstream from me. Missy Mallard hopped on a log in the river and stretched and posed for quite some time, and this ↓ is one of the five photos from that post.


Yesterday, two years later, near ride's end, we were at our little rest and contemplate spot ↓  . . .


. . . when we spied two ducks ↓ just below us in the water.


They, by which I mean she, climbed up to near our bench.

She is in the lead

She got all of the way up the path and turned left.


When Mr Mallard saw us, he turned from duck to chicken and turned back, but he became quite anxious lost track of his love. Back down to the river went he, but he didn't know where she had gone. Oh dear! He was quite concerned. You can see him looking, below.


Eventually, as Sue and I were roaming around looking for pictures, they found each other and cutely waddled off together.


This ↓ is one of the non-duck photos that I took. I am looking across the river from near where the bench is located. If you are able see the foundation in the distance by the far bank, it is the remnants of an old lumber mill that many in the community still remember. It was gone, however, long before we moved here, 17 years ago.

Ride 16: August 16, 42", 9.3k, 156 cal, 118bpm, 13.2 k/h

15 comments:

Boud said...

Looks as if they consider you an honorary duck now.

Patio Postcards said...

9.3 k is a good ride distance. Brave ducks & I wonder if they are use to being fed along this trail or it was girls afternoon out.

Marie Smith said...

You are doing well with the riding. Great duck photos!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

It looks like you both had another great cycling day, also that sighting was quite ducky 🦆

DJan said...

Nice ride and wonderful pictures. I like seeing the two lovebirds waddle off together. :-)

Should Fish More said...

Very nice photographs, AC. The ducks both have similar coloring...almost looks like it was two hens.

Vicki Lane said...

Friendly ducks! And terrific pictures.

Barbara R. said...

Loved that the ducks didn't have any fear of the bike...just waddling by on their own path that you happened upon as well.

Margaret said...

I wouldn't push it! You're enjoying yourselves (and the wildlife!) and taking the time to take a few lovely snaps. I've done a couple 20-mile rides and they are definitely not comfortable the next day.

William Kendall said...

The ducks are quite a pair.

gigi-hawaii said...

Interesting saga about those ducks. Are ducks monogamous, though?

PipeTobacco said...

The duck photos are delightful!!!! Glad you are enjoying your bicycles too!!!

PipeTobacco

Joanne Noragon said...

Ducks is strange.

DrumMajor said...

The duckies must have learned their care and concern for each other from watching you and Sue! So cute all the way around. Linda in Kansas

Kay said...

Oh gosh! You and Sue are my exercise role models.

Those ducks are just so cute. I love that first shot you got of him.