Fall Colors in the Neighborhood

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/5.6, 1/340 sec, ISO320
“Fall Colors” Cedar Park, 2022

Here in central Texas, many of the trees’ leaves are turning a nice golden color. I don’t think I’ve really noticed it before this year… I wonder why… but anyways, I think they look amazing. The view from our backyard is so nice this week!

Today the weather was sunny and 81° F! So on my lunchbreak, Piplup and I went for a ride to the nearby hike and bike trail to see some of the Autumn colors. Please check out the video below if you’d like to come along for the ride!

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO4000
“Piplup” Cedar Park, 2022

Neighborhood Lights

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/30 sec, ISO800
“Snoopy” Cedar Park, 2022

This evening I went to mailbox with Piplup, and then we decided to ride around the neighborhood to look at the Christmas lights. There are a lot of houses already decorated, but I like the Snoopy decorations the best. The Baby Yoda was a nice feature as well!

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/30 sec, ISO1000
“Baby Yoda” Cedar Park, 2022

I can’t believe it’s almost December already – the days, weeks, and months seem to go by so quickly.

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/15 sec, ISO1000
“Lit Up” Cedar Park, 2022

Sunny Ride with the Brompton

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/2100 sec, ISO32
“Piplup” Cedar Park, 2022

After several grey and rainy days, the sun came out and it was so welcomed (by me, at least) that I went for a run and a bicycle ride! My afternoon cruise around the neighborhood was a lot of fun.

The Brompton is a great bike to ride slow and take in all the views. It’s the opposite of Sophie, my Peugeot road bike, which is not easy to stop, go, and get off frequently. She’s made for going fast from point A to B.

My Brompton, Piplup, on the other hand is super-easy to get off of and stand, to take photos or just enjoy the scenery. It’s quite versatile!

Anyways, on today’s neighborhood ride I saw a large bird (Great Blue Heron?) at the pond, and saw lots of trees’ leaves turning colors. It was nice to get some fresh air, clear my mind, and also get some sun. 🌤️

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/2300 sec, ISO32
“Bird” Cedar Park, 2022
Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 1.55mm, f/2.4, 1/1250 sec, ISO25
“Colorful Leaves” Cedar Park, 2022

Late-Afternoon Ride

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/680 sec, ISO32
“Piplup” Cedar Park, 2022

I went with Piplup for a ride this afternoon before it got too dark (the sun sets so early these days!). We rode on a bunch of light gravel and Piplup’s tiny 16″ wheels and tires did fine.

In other good news, the Brooks B17 saddle is starting to get more comfortable. It can take a while for the leather to shape itself to your sit-bones, and it seems like it’s finally starting to happen. 😀

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 1.55mm, f/2.4, 1/1400 sec, ISO25
“Piplup by the Lake” Cedar Park, 2022
Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/470 sec, ISO32
“Almost Sunset” Cedar Park, 2022
Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/90 sec, ISO125
“Kick-Stand Mode” Cedar Park, 2022
Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/710 sec, ISO32
“Sunset” Cedar Park, 2022

PIVRING Backpack for the Brompton

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 35mm, f/2.2, 1/50 sec, ISO6400
“PIVRING Backpack” Cedar Park, 2022

I mentioned in a previous post that I picked up a PIVRING backpack from IKEA. It was only $4! The reason I bought it is because it’s the perfect size for putting on the M style handlebars on my Brompton folding bike. I am using it to pick up the mail from our mailbox. The mailbox is a few hundred meters from our house so it’s a quick, but fun little ride.

One thing I noticed about the Brompton is that it is much easier to handle while off the bike as compared to regular bicycles. Maneuvering it out the front door is easy because the small front wheel tends not to sway side-to-side like larger wheels. And the step-through frame makes it easy to stand over it while I put the mail into the bag. It’s really convenient!