Sunday, July 18, 2010

A Farewell to Farms

A River Runs Through, Around, Over, and On It

 A Quiet Path Through Lush Woods Beside an Overflowing River

The water was pretty high, some trees were getting more than needed

Some of the dedicated underpasses were flooded and closed, necessitating a cyclocross-like dismount, up the bank, scramble across the highway or street, then down the other side

The ducks go amphibious when the path floods...I had to go up and over

The parts of the path I could ride were great. I'd like to go back when it wasn't so flooded out. Not sure when that will be though. Mid-summer tends to be when I get to these parts, and it was flooded the last couple of time I visited, too. And forget Winter, no way.

Farther along the river, one of the antennas in the Very Long Baseline Array.

I assume hovercraft, motorcycles, and motorized offroad pogosticks are OK

This closes out the summer vacation photos. Next post will be back in Phoenix, back in the heat, away from the flooding, mosquitoes, blueberries, corn, soybeans, humidity, and lush green everywhere of Iowa and Illinois. There's been progress on the Soleri Bridge project in the last few weeks I have to show you, and I also hope to get some pictures of the bats flying along the canal at sunset, and maybe some gnarly monsoon storm photos. If it floods here, I'll ride out to see if the giant aluminum horses have water shooting out of their mouths. Even at night. I know what to do now that I'm back. Get up. Go ride.



  1. That VLBA antenna looks like it's on the Forrest Moon of Endor.
    Great pics!
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. nice comment, you got a chuckle out of me. Way to beat the heat, just get out a dodge.

    Reading the previous post, sounds like you studied Chinese medicine. I kind of get it, we have hot, cold, neutral foods for hot, cold, neutral folks. You eat what is good for you when it is good for you. Makes sense. But heck, they have been around, what 5 thousand years?

  3. limom I bear ill will towards no man, but Ewoks I cannot abide.

    FraSiec now that we're back in Dodge the heat is doing its best to beat us. While I don't think the hot/cold traditional scheme holds up unless you redefine "hot" and "cold", it's certainly true that some things we eat are good for us, some bad, and which is which may vary by person according to needs. In our country and culture, though, sheer quantity of food is probably issue #1. Come to think of it, that's probably what it is in China now, too.

  4. Looks like a wonderful holiday - berries and bicycles, my favorites!

  5. Emma J, wildflowers proliferated, too! I believe in the interest of encouraging some species of birds, pheasants for example, they are allowing long stretches of ditches grow semi-wild, which meant blossoms everywhere (purple, yellow, red splotchy impressions in my memory). There are also signs which say "Prairie Restoration" where native grasses have been sewn, but I think they'd have to allow the grazers/ruminants back into those plots to really restore a prairie, wouldn't they?


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