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A bike ride on Assateague Island

Looking out over the bay from the bridge to Assateague Island
Looking out over the bay from the bridge to Assateague Island

The bicycle is a curious vehicle.  Its passenger is its engine.

~ John Howard

A waterfowl gathering
A waterfowl gathering

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.

Dunes
Dunes

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.

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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.

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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.

This is one of my favorite shots from today.  No idea why.  It just is.
This is one of my favorite shots from today. No idea why. It just is.

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.

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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.

Look!  Horses!  (In the distance, on the left.)
Look! Horses! (In the distance, on the left.  I know they’re hard to see.  Click on the photo for the slightly larger view.  That’s true of any of the photos.)

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.

Back at the Waterfowl Gathering as we return to the Visitor's Center.
Back at the Waterfowl Gathering as we return to the Visitor’s Center.  I want to go back with my better camera and hang out here for a while.  Even in real time/life, it looks like a painting.

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.

One of the ponies scratching rolling around getting a good back scratching.
One of the ponies we saw on our way to the beach.  He was rolling around getting a good back scratching.

Something odd happened with the weather.  Did you notice how clear it was in all the earlier beach shots I showed you?

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Fog rolling in

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.

You wouldn't know it was so foggy straight ahead that the ocean was barely visible from this shot.
You wouldn’t know from this view that it was so foggy off to the right of this shot that the ocean was barely visible.

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!

Through the windshield.
Through the windshield.

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

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Robin is... too many things to list, but here is a start: an artist and writer; a photographer and saunterer; a daughter and sister and granddaughter; a friend, a partner, a wife, a mother, and a grandmother; a gardener, a great and imaginative cook, and the creator of wonderful sandwiches.

20 thoughts on “A bike ride on Assateague Island

    1. Thank you so much, Chris. I know they say “it’s the photographer, not the camera,” but sometimes it really is the camera. At least when it comes to photographing birds. 🙂

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  1. Sounded a wonderful bike ride Robin, and the beach shots were so irresistible, so I;m now paddling about on the shore. Hmm?. You’re moving on? Just leave me here, I’m in heaven. I’ll catch up later!! 🙂 Oh Me oh My, what a lucky girl you are, so much to experience, and record. I shall be back to see the extra foggy photo’s. Happy New Trails x Paddling Penx

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    1. I thought it was pretty cool too, Nancy. I’m hoping they will still be there in August when I can go back with the big camera. 🙂

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  2. The horse picture was so sweet!
    It IS uncanny how it can be clear one minute and fog rolls in thickly the next — kind of like some horror movie I saw years ago that I can’t remember the name of, lol! Also, it surprised me that there was blue sky and fluffy clouds and just off-camera it was thick fog — strange!
    Your going-against-the-wind-no-matter-what-direction-you-went thing had me laughing! I used to think the same thing about parking my car — no matter which direction I parked, the hot sun would always be shining on MY seat when I came back out to get in the car!
    All wonderful shots, Robin!

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    1. Ah ha! That explains why you don’t like fog, Becky. Horror movies give fog a bad rap. I think that rule applies to parking the car as well as the wind when biking. lol! I’ve had the same experience with sun and car.
      Thank you. 🙂

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