After work this evening, I took a little ride. Mrs. Doohickie and I, along with our pastor, went out to a neighboring church that's trying to build itself up; they are seeking advice on how to do so and so we are serving on their advisory committee (sounds official, but it more of a meeting of friends and future friends to try to grow a little church).
The church is not too far from where I work, only 4 miles, so I rode my bike over there after work and met the others there. I packed both a lunch and a dinner today (if you can call a tuna sandwich dinner) and decided to ride over to the church before eating it. I stopped at an elementary school across the street and ate at a little table near the entrance.
We had our meeting, then it was time to ride home. At this point it was nearly dusk. I retraced my route until I got to the river, and decided to follow it for a while. I took some pics along the way. On the one hand I want to apologize for the crappy cell phone pics; on the other, the blur of the slow shutter does kind of capture the motion of the bike (yes, I take pics on the move). I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. You can see how the sun was steadily setting as I rode.
This last one was taken at the low water crossing at Overton Creek. The river is rather wide at this point; almost lake-like.
I took more pictures after that, but it was too dark for my cell phone to get any decent pictures. Shortly after that I was off the trail and back on the streets. I turned on my headlight and tail lights and enjoyed a very peaceful ride home in the increasing darkness. Dusk is one of my favorite times to ride. The excitement of the day is over; it is peaceful. The heat of the day is dissipating. Hurrying just doesn't seem right; better to ride slow and savor it.
Here is my route for the day, from home to work, to the church, then along the river before heading for home. Altogether about 25 miles.