The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine.
~ John Howard
Lulu* and I went back to Assateague Island early this morning for a bike ride. It was a gorgeous start to the day. The sky was a lovely shade of blue with some clouds on the horizon. Temperature-wise, it was hot, even early in the day, but there was the weather-generated wind and the bicycle-generated wind so it wasn’t too bad most of the time.
*Lulu is my little everything-proof point-and-shoot adventure camera. She can take sand, water, and shocks. Theoretically. I haven’t really put her to the test yet although she did go into the water with me today.
The best place to be, if you were cycling or walking or jogging, was on the road near the ocean as the breezes were quite cooling there.
We met my sister-in-law who is vacationing in Ocean City, Maryland for the week, at the Visitor’s Center just before the bridge that crosses over to the island. C has been a long-time cyclist and she pedals along at a good clip. I was surprised to find I can keep up with her most of the time. That hasn’t always been the case.
I am looking forward to going back again with my better camera. Lulu does a fine job (and she’s easy to carry around), but leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to capturing the birds gathered at the marsh or even the horses. And yes, we did see plenty of wild horses.
Early in the day, there were not too many people out and about. Like the sky, that changed as the day grew a little older and a lot hotter.
We rode close to 10 miles. We started at the Visitor’s Center, rode over the bicycle-pedestrian bridge (nice uphill workout there), and followed the paved bicycle path for most of our ride. We took a few little side trips which increased our mileage from what would have been 8 miles if we’d stuck to the path.
The ride along the bike path is an easy one for the most part although I’ve noticed that no matter where I ride my bicycle around here, I’m always going against the wind. That should be impossible, I suppose, but it also seems to be the truth.
After our bike ride we drove back over with all our beach gear so we could hang out on the beach for a while. The Atlantic Ocean is quite cool right now (at the lifeguard station it was recorded as 63 degrees). Cooler than a few weeks ago. After a hot and sweaty bike ride, it felt good (invigorating!) to immerse myself in the cold water.
Something odd happened with the weather. Did you notice how clear it was in all the earlier beach shots I showed you?
Fog rolled in off the ocean, something I associate more with the Pacific Coast. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it foggy and sunny on the Atlantic Coast. It was an interesting combination.
I have more foggy shots I’d like to share, but it’s time to wrap this up. Thanks so much for stopping by and joining me on another bike ride. I hope your Friday was a good one. Have a delightful weekend!
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂