Monday, August 15, 2022

Back in the Saddle Again — Finally

What with a heat wave followed by a deluge and then busyness and conflicts, it had been more than a week since we last cycled. On Saturday, eight days after the previous ride, we finally got out again for Ride 14. Come Sunday, didn't the old fools do it again to complete their 15th ride? 

We cut back on the distance, going only 6.8k on both occasions. This takes us just over 30 minutes of actual cycling. But of course, we always have a drink at the turnaround point and also usually stop at a bench for 10 minutes on the return leg.

On Sunday, as is often the case, Sue had to get a photo for her prompt of the day which was self, smiling with a background. She chose to have townhall in the background.

She also wanted some photos later from the picnic table where we rested, but they were not the best. Around the corner from the bench, however, she posed for a photo at the beginning of one the footbridges that we cross.


Whilst we were at the bridge, along came a friendly lady and her dog. Since Sue is also friendly, they chatted a bit, and then Sue took their picture when they went down to the river to throw and retrieve a stick. This image has a pretty good reflection.

At some point, I had a deja vu moment and was pretty sure that I had photographed this lady before on the other side of the footbridge. We learned that was her previous dog whom she lost a few years ago. I found the photo but was surprised that it was six years ago. She had been wearing the same outfit.

With the photo stops, the outing took an hour although the actual ride time was only about half that. I burned about 100 cals, had a average heart rate of 119, and our speed was 12.8 kph.

19 comments:

Boud said...

Sounds like a nice civilized way to enjoy a bike trip.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Thank you on my behalf for getting out and exercising as I took the weekend off from a walk on the treadmill. What a coincidence in seeing the same woman years later with a different pet but the same outfit.

Marie Smith said...

Wonderful to be able to ride again. The humidity is gone here too.

NGS said...

Oh, I hope there's some way to get those photos to that lady. I'm sure she'd love them!

Marcia said...

That must be that lady's "walking the dog in hot weather" dress.

gigi-hawaii said...

You took pretty photos of Sue and that lady. Imagine wearing the same clothes 6 years later. Can't believe it. BTW, great idea to wear gloves to prevent blisters.

Barbara R. said...

Many of my summer clothes (indeed all my clothes) have been around for years. I decided not to wear a tee shirt which I wore when one of my granddaughters was born, and she was visiting this weekend and is now 20! Love the photos of Sue, as well as the great reflection of woman and dog!

William Kendall said...

Small world, isn't it?

Ed said...

Your deja vu moment is quite impressive to me. I have a hard enough time remembering what I ate the day before much less a photograph taken six years earlier!

Red said...

These apps measure everything. Deja view with that outfit would be easy.

Margaret said...

Your bike ride sounds perfect! We aren't in the Tour de France after all. :) Those two photos are eerie--the same outfit?!

DJan said...

I realized recently that many of my hikes I wear the same clothes. And that is longer than six years, too. Love the pretty red dress she's wearing in both shots. :-)

DrumMajor said...

Your bike ride and rest looks like alot of fun and fresh air.
In the interest of historical fact, I noticed the dog walker's dresses are actually two different patterns. (But your memory from 6 years ago is amazing.) The recent dress is red with an India batik style of pattern; the dress from the past is mostly red, but some flowers in the pattern. The scenery is lovely! Linda in Kansas

Anvilcloud said...

@Drum: you sure have an eye for detail.

Debby said...

I actually was thinking the same as Linda. That is quite an amazing thing that someone who tells us that he is a forgetter, remembers a photo he took six years ago.

Vicki Lane said...

Love the deja vu photos!

Patio Postcards said...

You do have some pretty spots of cycling/walking. Fortune rewards the prepared - good for you for capturing that photo of the lady with her dog.

Anvilcloud said...

Yeah, but Debby and Drum. Pictures are important. Forgetting to close the garage door at night is not the same thing. 🤣😎

peppylady (Dora) said...

Sure looks like a friendly dog.
Coffee is on and stay safe