Morning Ride at Lake Somerville State Park

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 18mm, f/5, 1/250 sec, ISO640
“Mango at the Lake” Lake Somerville, 2021

We woke up early to catch the sunrise, but heavy cloud-cover prevented us from seeing it rise above Lake Somerville. However, when it finally appeared a bit higher in the sky, it was beautiful!

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 18mm, f/7.1, 1/250 sec, ISO200
“Sun Rays” Lake Somerville, 2021

My friend Také and I went for a short bike ride around the camp area on the hike and bike trails and saw a bunch of deer, rode through numerous spiderwebs, and worked up a good appetite for breakfast later on. I let him ride Mango, which is has front suspension, trigger-shifters, and a more upright riding position, while I rode Rossa which has no suspension, has a more aggressive position, and friction shifters.

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 20.5mm, f/9, 1/125 sec, ISO320
“Rossa and Mango” Lake Somerville, 2021

It was so much fun, but I blew it and forgot to bring the GoPro for the ride! 😒 Man, I suck! Also, Rossa had a flat front tire when we got back to camp. Double-bummer.

But the ride was awesome so it’s all good!

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 18mm, f/9, 1/140 sec, ISO200
“View from the Overlook” Lake Somerville, 2021

Sunday Bicycle Ride

“Trail Riding” Cedar Park, 2021

こんにちは。How’s it going? Today’s photo is a screen-grab from the GoPro video footage I took on today’s bicycle ride. The trail behind our house is a bit overgrown, but the trail is clear for walking and bicycling. It’s a lot of fun to ride, even though it’s very short.

If you have time, please check out the annotated video I made:

I hope you have a great day! またね~

Broken Chain and a Sunset Bicycle Ride

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec, ISO160
“Sunset” Cedar Park, 2021

This evening Sophie’s chain broke just outside our house. We were just starting our ride when I heard a loud “ping” and then heard the chain slide to the pavement. 😲 I bet I didn’t secure the link I used to remove the chain earlier perfectly. It seemed pretty good though…

I went back into the garage and exchanged Sophie for Mango and headed out for my evening bicycle ride. Mango is such a great, comfortable bike now. The rear light is the only part that needs replacing. It has an annoying tendency to switch off when I go over a large bump or curb. Not good!

Anyways, please enjoy the video if you’d like to “ride along” with Mango and I!

Sunset Bicycle Ride

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/8, 1/500 sec, ISO320
“Twilight Clouds” Cedar Park, 2021

We had another stormy day today but the sky lightened up just after sunset so Mango and I went to the nearby park to see if there were any interesting clouds. They were pretty good, in my opinion!

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/8, 1/100 sec, ISO400
“Mango at Twilight” Cedar Park, 2021

We only went out for a few minutes to take the photos because it was still sprinkling a little bit and there was thunder rumbling as well so I thought it best not to be out on the bicycle too long. 😁

Lunch Ride

One of the nice things about working from home is that I can go exercise on my lunch break. Today the weather was nice and cool so I decided to take Mango to the Brushy Creek Lake. It was really fun and I had so much energy!

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/6.4, 1/1250 sec, ISO320
“Mango at the Lake” Cedar Park, 2021

Now that I have two bicycles, I have a decision to make each time I go for a ride. Do I take Mango or Sophie? Both are fun (their bicycles after all) but Mango (21 years old) is more comfortable, more reliable, and more practical because of the bags. Sophie (~49 years old) is faster and more exciting, but it’ll take a few more miles of riding with Sophie for me to feel more comfortable with her reliability. I love both of my bicycles!

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec, ISO160
“Mango at the Lake” Cedar Park, 2021