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Man, I am so behind...

Yeah, so I meant to post these awhile ago. Then I just remembered about them, and figured what the heck, I'll post them as an antidote to my craptastic day...



This poor-man's-panorama dates back to August 10, actually. I drove out to Wachusett Reservoir, which I had discovered a while ago by accident. It has a really big stone dam and you can walk around it and up and down, and I was out running errands, and it was a nice day (although you can see the scattering of clouds thinking -- for the umpteenth time this summer -- about becoming thunderstorms) and I wanted to walk around a bit, but not in the woods where there are mosquitoes. So I drove out there... where I discovered that the entire dam area is under construction, and you can't park near it or walk near it at all right now. Crud.

So as I was driving back, there was this little turn-out, and I pulled in there to take these pictures, because it was so pretty.






I really just liked the sky and the light and the reflections of the water, and the hazy hills in the background


Also:



To go with my very pretty, girly bike, some very girly panniers! Not the girliest ever (because this particular design also came in pink, so), but pretty close.

I got them because while I really like the basket, I was having problems with things jouncing out of it while going over bumps. The basket is more suited to leisurely rides, rather than commuting. These are capacious, and waterproof! (They are made by a company in the Netherlands called Basil. You can find them on the web by searching for "basil panniers". They make a number of other designs, but they are kind of hard to get in the U.S. I got these by ordering them online from a store in Canada, actually.)

Sadly, it looks like my biking commuting may be over for the season. For one thing, I don't have quite as much wiggle-room about when I get in in the morning, since the term is now starting. For another, I discovered last week the drawback to my lovely ride along the Charles River Bikeway -- if you actually do it at dusk (which is, of course, coming earlier and earlier these days), along some stretches what you get is a constant face-ful of gnats. That was a whole lot of no fun, let me tell you. (BUG GUTS ON MY GLASSES AAAIIIGGGH!)

Comments

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jenlev
Sep. 11th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
Marvelous photos! And what a sky. I love the way the water reflects. Nice. :)

And cool panniers.

Ixnay on gnats, or biking in the dark. Meep.
advection
Sep. 11th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
Gah, sorry to hear about the craptastic day. And the gnat guts. But the pictures are lovely!
raqs
Sep. 11th, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
i <3 your panniers and sympathize with your "Bugs? I'm soaking in them!"
suck
okojosan
Sep. 11th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about your craptastic day. :(

The panniers are really neat!

The clouds of gnats were always fun to discover when I was biking.

Also, do you have a light on your bike?

Edited at 2008-09-11 06:08 pm (UTC)
xandra_lj
Sep. 11th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
Love the panorama. Hate the craptastic and bugs. (When I lived in Montreal and biked to my sister's place on the weekends, I learned REALLY fast to keep my mouth shut along the river, otherwise I'd get an unintentional serving of extra protein. Eeeeew.)
katie_m
Sep. 11th, 2008 11:45 pm (UTC)
Not the girliest ever (because this particular design also came in pink, so), but pretty close.

HA! I win.

(I will say, they are extremely girly.)
barkley
Sep. 12th, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
My, what lovely panniers you have.
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