2021 : Our Rides in Words, Photos, Videos & Maps

David Berry

Well-Known Member
Region
Australia
City
Ipswich, QLD
Exploring the mangroves…

Jim Soorley Bikeway (Moreton Bay Cycleway) & Schulz Canal (Kedron Brook)

Jim Soorley Bikeway (Moreton Bay Cycleway)
Schulz Canal (Kedron Brook)
At least once per week I try to ride the northern section of Brisbane's Moreton Bay Cycleway.

The first photo is about four kilometres into the ride – certainly not the time to take a break, but I did because there was a colony of rainbow bee-eaters flitting around, and I naïvely imagined that I'd be able to photograph them. Leave that to David Attenborough's camera crew! Here's the spot, minus bee-eaters.

Flitting around as frenetically as the bee-eaters are our politicians who insist on renaming sections of bikeways and creeks after themselves; hence, the alternative names below the photo. So be it!

The ride held no surprises; more of the same:

Nundah Creek Boardwalk – Boondall Wetlands Bikeway

Nundah Creek Boardwalk
Boondall Wetlands Bikeway
13 km; 6:50 am

Nundah Creek Boardwalk : Boonall Wetlands, Brisbane

Somewhat later I reached the northern tip of the Redcliffe Peninsula where mangroves were growing in the bay rather than along a creek. The bright green plants growing beside the walking/cycling track are ruby saltbush (Enchylaena tomentose).

Scarborough, Redcliffe Peninsula

Scarborough, Redcliffe Peninsula
44 km; 9:15 am
Very few mangroves remain (the usual suspects, too many people!):

Scarborough, Redcliffe Peninsula
 
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RabH

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Back on my local back roads today on a misty morning with light winds once again which made it very pleasant for riding! Lovely traffic free roads that make you want to just keep riding but I only had a couple of hours to spare so I had to make do with 35 miles and they sure were fun filled miles! Every now and then the mist lifted with the sun trying to break through but it kept descending again, of course as soon as I reached home the sun broke through and won the fight! ;) I wasn't going to bother with photos due to the conditions but I did get a few, not the most scenic but the roads are just awesome to ride!
 

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Prairie Dog

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Region
Canada
City
Red Deer
Farmland Vistas

Yesterday’s ride took us out to the town of Carstairs about an hour drive from Red Deer. We cycled a loop along a number of country township and range roads while enjoying the views of rolling farmland on the eastern edge of the foothills known as Mountainview County. What a great way to see some of the finer agricultural land that Central Alberta has to offer and the hard work that produces some of the food that goes onto our tables.

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The mountains far afield were constantly beckoning to us but, on this day, we couldn’t have felt more at home than riding the serene stretches of road that lay ahead of us.

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Donkey(ote) seemed content to a life in the pasture.

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With harvest season coming to a close, the smell of hay hung heavy in the air as we made our way along our intended route.

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One of a handful of livestock breeding herds that we came across.

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This small operation called ‘The Honest Box’ is typical of many of the family run gardens and hobby farms that dot the landscape.

https://thehonestbox.ca/

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At the 20 km mark, we turned south and came across this marker at the corner of the road. This spot was once home to the District of Garfield's general store and post office that once stood here in 1910. All that remains in its place is this plaque. Would have loved to have seen the old buildings still standing.

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Not a typical garden that one would might expect to find out here.

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The back roads were virtually void of any vehicles which was a departure from the more frequently trafficked roadways that we are normally accustomed to riding on.

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Pasu Farms is a working sheep ranch that features a dine-in restaurant as well as a store that sells what else but sheep related goods.


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A video tribute to our ride along the Carstairs Loop.


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Art Deco

Well-Known Member
Region
USA
City
Selinsgrove Pennsylvania
Farmland Vistas

Yesterday’s ride took us out to the town of Carstairs about an hour drive from Red Deer. We cycled a loop along a number of country township and range roads while enjoying the views of rolling farmland on the eastern edge of the foothills known as Mountainview County. What a great way to see some of the finer agricultural land that Central Alberta has to offer and the hard work that produces some of the food that goes onto our tables.

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The mountains far afield were constantly beckoning to us but, on this day, we couldn’t have felt more at home than riding the serene stretches of road that lay ahead of us.

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Donkey(ote) seemed content to a life in the pasture.

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With harvest season coming to a close, the smell of hay hung heavy in the air as we made our way along our intended route.

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One of a handful of livestock breeding herds that we came across.

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This small operation called ‘The Honest Box’ is typical of many of the family run gardens and hobby farms that dot the landscape.

https://thehonestbox.ca/

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At the 20 km mark, we turned south and came across this marker at the corner of the road. This spot was once home to the District of Garfield's general store and post office that once stood here in 1910. All that remains in its place is this plaque. Would have loved to have seen the old buildings still standing.

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Not a typical garden that one would might expect to find out here.

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The back roads were virtually void of any vehicles which was a departure from the more frequently trafficked roadways that we are normally accustomed to riding on.

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Pasu Farms is a working sheep ranch that features a dine-in restaurant as well as a store that sells what else but sheep related goods.


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A video tribute to our ride along the Carstairs Loop.


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Nice ride and better report. Thanks.
 

reed scott

Well-Known Member
Farmland Vistas

Yesterday’s ride took us out to the town of Carstairs about an hour drive from Red Deer. We cycled a loop along a number of country township and range roads while enjoying the views of rolling farmland on the eastern edge of the foothills known as Mountainview County. What a great way to see some of the finer agricultural land that Central Alberta has to offer and the hard work that produces some of the food that goes onto our tables.

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The mountains far afield were constantly beckoning to us but, on this day, we couldn’t have felt more at home than riding the serene stretches of road that lay ahead of us.

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Donkey(ote) seemed content to a life in the pasture.

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With harvest season coming to a close, the smell of hay hung heavy in the air as we made our way along our intended route.

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One of a handful of livestock breeding herds that we came across.

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This small operation called ‘The Honest Box’ is typical of many of the family run gardens and hobby farms that dot the landscape.

https://thehonestbox.ca/

View attachment 100053

At the 20 km mark, we turned south and came across this marker at the corner of the road. This spot was once home to the District of Garfield's general store and post office that once stood here in 1910. All that remains in its place is this plaque. Would have loved to have seen the old buildings still standing.

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Not a typical garden that one would might expect to find out here.

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The back roads were virtually void of any vehicles which was a departure from the more frequently trafficked roadways that we are normally accustomed to riding on.

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Pasu Farms is a working sheep ranch that features a dine-in restaurant as well as a store that sells what else but sheep related goods.


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A video tribute to our ride along the Carstairs Loop.


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Pasu farms has some cool products. I'm ordering in a minute. 👍 👍 👍
 

reed scott

Well-Known Member
Farmland Vistas

Yesterday’s ride took us out to the town of Carstairs about an hour drive from Red Deer. We cycled a loop along a number of country township and range roads while enjoying the views of rolling farmland on the eastern edge of the foothills known as Mountainview County. What a great way to see some of the finer agricultural land that Central Alberta has to offer and the hard work that produces some of the food that goes onto our tables.

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The mountains far afield were constantly beckoning to us but, on this day, we couldn’t have felt more at home than riding the serene stretches of road that lay ahead of us.

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Donkey(ote) seemed content to a life in the pasture.

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With harvest season coming to a close, the smell of hay hung heavy in the air as we made our way along our intended route.

View attachment 100051

One of a handful of livestock breeding herds that we came across.

View attachment 100052

This small operation called ‘The Honest Box’ is typical of many of the family run gardens and hobby farms that dot the landscape.

https://thehonestbox.ca/

View attachment 100053

At the 20 km mark, we turned south and came across this marker at the corner of the road. This spot was once home to the District of Garfield's general store and post office that once stood here in 1910. All that remains in its place is this plaque. Would have loved to have seen the old buildings still standing.

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Not a typical garden that one would might expect to find out here.

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The back roads were virtually void of any vehicles which was a departure from the more frequently trafficked roadways that we are normally accustomed to riding on.

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Pasu Farms is a working sheep ranch that features a dine-in restaurant as well as a store that sells what else but sheep related goods.


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A video tribute to our ride along the Carstairs Loop.


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Harold probably doesn't need the money but that truck of his is worth 6 or 8 thousand dollars just as it sits. 🤣
 

reed scott

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Sometimes if you want to ride you have to clear the trails yourself. This weekend I didn't get in much riding, but I started Friday by clearing a little used trail that was completely blocked with new growth and fallen trees, about a couple of meters of clearing needed at one point. I didn't think to record that, just needed to get it done, as I didn't want to turn back. That reminded me I needed to clear another trail closer to home that I'd partially cleared earlier this year, but left one large tree for another day since i could get around it. Went to clear it, but didn't get far and there was a new downed tree, much harder to get around and thought I might as well start here. Finally got top the original tree I had in mind and took care of that. Much resting involved, not in shape, I'm blaming the pandemic.

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Some VERY interesting tree ring data there in the life of that apx 40 year old tree! 👍
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kahn

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Region
USA
City
northWET washington
Stowed the La Free, and left the battery @60%. Making our way back east this week, and for the next few months I'll be riding the Piedmont Triad area again, back on the Flow! Wave of you see me, y'all 😁.
Oh, abandoning us before the permanent gray settles in!!! Enjoy the change of scenery.
 

kahn

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Region
USA
City
northWET washington
Did a 30 miler yesterday with about 1,500 feet of gain but no pictures as my friend has no time for that. Headed toward the south end of Seattle and then followed the Chief Sealth Trail north for quite a distance. I'd never been on it and it has some decent hills as it climbs toward the north. It is under a major power line corridor lines with those wonderful metal towers. Can't complain too much as Seattle generally generates its own power and the city is The Electric Utility. Rates used to be ridiculously low but not so much any more.

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And then this morning Gaia sent me some stats for the last week and I was surprised

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reed scott

Well-Known Member
Some VERY interesting tree ring data there in the life of that apx 40 year old tree! 👍
page 139
Assuming the tree stood dead for 3 or 4 years it can be seen that the tree sprouted in the late '70s / early '80s. The tree grew quite fast due to obviously wet years for some time. But then began a steady slowing of growth lasting pretty much the entirety of its final 20 years. I would guess that it actually died due to drought stress. Climate change? Certainly could be. Trees usually, in temperate climates, go through an off and on cycle of 10 years or less. Couple wet years. Maybe three dry years. One wet year. One dry year. Whatever. But this tree was well watered for half its 40 year life. And then struggled for the last half of 20 years. In a very regular pattern. Curious.Screen Shot 2021-09-15 at 5.43.52 PM.png
 

Art Deco

Well-Known Member
Region
USA
City
Selinsgrove Pennsylvania
Stowed the La Free, and left the battery @60%. Making our way back east this week, and for the next few months I'll be riding the Piedmont Triad area again, back on the Flow! Wave if you see me, y'all 😁.
Just returned from a week in the research triangle area. Daughter graduated (Phd) from NC state . She will be moving to Arizona immediately for a post doc ... much futher away for us, and I intended to stay away from airports...