Friday, October 26, 2007

Fieday

No, it's ok, I just thought it was punny.

Rode the bike on the Dam Ride, without the Lake Loop, but including a detour to work. Everything was fine there. The guys were warshing the sidewalks down.

I choose the Schwinn for today's ride. Pumped up the tires, the rear tire seemed funny, but I couldn't put my finger on anything, so I took off. It was a little bit cool so I put on glove liners and wore the Yellow Jacket.

Around Fletcher and Amaya I smelled something burnt, looked up and noticed that the median plantings were quite fried. Now that I reflect on this, I believe I read in a fark.com thread that someone's grandmother was concerned that the BIG FIRE had gotten started here, but it was only an unrelated thing. Probably cigarettes. From a cager...

There wasn't much activity at Gillespie Field when I went by, but I spotted this helicopter off in the distance.

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You might have to right-click and open the picture in another window to see the whole thing. Or not. I think it's one of those water-dropping Blackhawks from the National Guard. Or not.

A little farther down the rode at Cuyamaca and Weld you could see the horse park where they are stashing animals that have been evacuated.

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The grass is growing nicely in the Forester Creek project. A bit father down Prospect I stopped to take a view to the northeast.

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Aren't these big pictures annoying? Especially when they are blurry? But it's not totally smoky. So maybe I won't be coughing up soot tomorrow.

They are doing some work at the dam, clearing brush or something. Involves dump trucks and tractors. There is a flagman on the bike path. He looks bored. Only saw five people on the path today, and no dogs.

I was concerned about breathing ash and such climbing the Jackson Drive Hill, but whatcha gonna do? Put it in granny granny and took it easy.

Taking the long route home, I was coasting down, I mean pedaling down, Fletcher Parkway when I noticed the ride was getting a little bumpy. In a bad way. Stopped, felt the rear tire, sure enough, it's getting soft.

Tried to make it home.

Saw this "Stairway To Heaven" the other day, took a pic today.

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It's up by Dixieline, sort of.

Tire getting softer and softer, I made it home, just barely.

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