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Spring Rides

I went on a good bike ride today, beginning with a tough slog into a fairly strong south wind. My route? The Meadowlark Trail. I knew my reward for reaching the end would a wind powered return trip. The day was nice, pleasant temps, and everything is just starting to turn green.

Of course, as one tends to do when alone after the death of a close one, I wondered down memory lane. I have only traveled down this old rail bed since the trail conversion, but I understand that Daniel’s youthful explorations left him quite familiar with the hills and creeks south of town where the trail/rail passes.

Here are some photos from both my ride and a later ride we took with our dog Sparkle.

Kansas spring

Kansas spring

Kansas spring

Kansas spring

Kansas spring

Before I got out of town I ran into this bright patch of tulips on the border of the old Holwerda property.
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Kansas spring

Kansas spring

Then, when I turned around, I was assaulted by this beauty in pink.
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Kansas spring

Kansas spring

Kansas spring

Kansas spring

Scenes from the Meadowlark Trail.
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Kansas spring

Kansas spring

Later, we took the dog for a ride. Caught this pheasant with only my point and shoot along; oh well.

I “revealed” the ladybug so it’s mostly not-fractalized, but the rest of the peony has had the benefit of the Fractalius filter.
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Thinking of Daniel

I spent the day remembering the past and thinking of the future.

It’s a work of love to go through thousands of photos to find just the right ones. You see so many other other people that are also gone. I knew it would be a labor of love and actually couldn’t even start the project for the first few days; still in denial I guess.

And Sheryl pointed out I included one image that was Tony, not Daniel. Whoops :-)

And I also gave in to a couple of hours of browsing motorcycles. 3 of us 4 brothers ride; well, now 2. So you can see where that goes.

If I actually take the full weekend of training, including Friday evening, and enjoy the 12 hours of on-bike training, well, then, that could be very rewarding. If not, at least I tried.

Here are links to a video collage and a still photo slide show I created to honor Daniel’s life.

Glorious Skies for Daniel

Some of us met up at Coronado Heights for an informal celebration of our brother, father, uncle and friend, Daniel.

The Kansas skies cooperated with a very nice show, ranging from rain, lightning, magnificent clouds and a nice sunset.

Tears were shed, smiles were shared and laughter was heard. It was as Daniel would have wanted and expected.

And while at a certain age one accepts the inevitable as it applies to older relatives, no one is prepared for the loss of a sibling, or of any person younger than one’s age. And true also that for the first time since 1966 us kids are no longer all here, the thought of which only compounds the loss. But no tears of regret. We 6 (later 7) always tried to get together whenever we could, and often succeeded at Thanksgiving and at May Day (All School’s Day) at mom/Steven’s in McPherson. For those memories we’re all grateful.

Coronado Heights clouds for Daniel

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Coronado Heights clouds for Daniel

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Coronado Heights clouds for Daniel

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Coronado Heights clouds for Daniel

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Coronado Heights clouds for Daniel

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Three From the Road

My heart is heavy as I mourn the loss of of my (big!) little brother. We’re almost home, and yesterday drove without stopping for pictures. I did manage to grab a few a couple of days ago.

road home

Coastal mountains half-way between Willits and Ft. Bragg.
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road home

Somewhere in the middle of the state.
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road home

Donner Lake, near Reno.
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Big River Bike Ride

An old logging road runs along side the north side of the Big River, south of Mendocino. The road has been converted for use as a hiking and biking trail, and I ventured almost 5 miles in today. It was a fun ride, not very hilly, and while more suited to a mountain or trail bike, my carbon Felt road bike did just fine.

If you roll your mouse over photos 4 and 5 below you will see a photo of the informational sign that was posted near the scene.

Big River bike ride

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Big River bike ride
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Big River bike ride
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The 2nd image is of a sign with historical info about logging in this area.
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The 2nd image is of an informational sign with details about the featured quarry.
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Big River bike ride

GPS track of my ride along the Big River Trail.
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Mendocino Coast

A completely unrelated shot, looking towards Mendocino from the south.
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