Summer Nights

It's mid September, lately the temperatures have been perfect. Today I left the house around 5pm and traveled my usual route, following Lake Erie which I find really relaxing. Hunger took ahold and a stop at the Colchester Bar & Grill  was in order, it was the first time I've been there since it got its new name and the butternut soup was very tasty.

I just couldn't get enough of being outside today, it's hard stopping to take pictures (as I mentioned before) but I made a point of stopping to get a picture of the sunset, however the sun set in the west tonight so I missed it.

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I stopped along highway 50, in Oxley at the Oxley retreat house to take this picture, it was a short stop but it was a breath taking view. I had a small chat about bikes and the views with a stranger which is always fun.

And then I continued home, passing through Colchester and Amherstburg it continued to get darker by time I got to River Canard, which I followed - by time I got home it was dark, but I was also relaxed and loving summer time.

Weather

I've always loved living in Canada and experiencing the change of seasons, watching winter lose its grip and spring popping up as the rain helps turn my world green and gives flowers the nourishment they need to brighten days. Soon after I'm more than ready for the warm temps and sunshine that summer brings, I enjoy eating outside, beaches and outdoor fun, then just as the temps get to hot and start sapping my energy, nights start to cool down, cool breezes come in, leaves change colour, we go apple picking, the air has a crispness and I pull out my warm, comfy sweaters. Before long the clouds seem to take over, we brighten the world with colourful lights as it gets colder and darker, the clock falls back an hour and I enjoy cuddling up on my couch in front of a fire drinking coffee and feeling cozy, pretty soon snow flurries come. Eventually the world turns into a snow-filled winter wonderland, making snow people and tobogganing become the popular sport. I'm not saying it's perfect, I do get tired of wicked wind, slush, cold fingers, and my imagination becomes nonexistent when I try to think of a time where I won't be cold and overdressed. However that always gives me a deeper appreciation for the soft breezes of warmer temperatures.

However biking has brought a new impatience with weather that is not conducive for riding, I am frustrated right now with all the rain that summer has brought, I've come to expect sunshine but am getting clouds and rain - it's not fun riding in the rain.

The other day Larry and I started on what was to be an all day ride, I was really looking forward to it as it has been a while since I had ridden - the forecast assured that no rain was expected, however as we started out the clouds were heavy, the temperatures weren't bad - it was about 18°c (64°f) but there was a cool breeze blowing - by time we stopped to eat breakfast at Edna's in Belleriver I felt done. After a good breakfast where they kept the coffee coming - we just turned around and went back home.

I'm going to try to quit whining about the weather, after all - all the whining in the world won't change it and I plan to enjoy the days I do get to ride all that much more.

No New Post Lately

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This little cutie came to visit me with her sister and new baby brother and there has been surprisingly little time for riding,

 

Margo, Thelma and Phinehas Bo are here to visit.

 

The weather hasn't co-operated much lately, this could be the wettest and coldest summer we've had in a while so I don't think there would have been much riding, which is okay because I'm throughly enjoying my guests.

 

One last picture

Margo really liked my helmet.

July 4th

Today I was driving home feeling tired from a long day at work, it was 11pm, the night seemed clear and I was taking Riverside Drive – It’s the road that follows the Detroit River and the Detroit River is a dividing line of two countries. It’s always a pretty ride, tonight the lights seemed bright and reflecting in the water, people were milling about and sitting in outdoor patio bars – the temperature was perfect. Up ahead something caught my eye, it was fireworks on the other side of the River and then I remembered it was the 4th of July, my whole ride along the River was extra fun as burst of colours lit up the night sky. Thank you for making my ride home so much more fun, I would have like to have taken a picture but I only had my phone with me and they seemed so fleeting. Happy Independence Day my neighbours to the north (it is north to this small section of Canada) May your country always be blessed, strong and free – God bless the USA!