Most of the time I ride a road bike. On a road. My mountain bike hasn’t seen a mountain for the better part of a year, but I’m lucky to have trails near home that give me a good excuse to ride it to Pilates class.
Today was an experiment of sorts. I wanted to ride a little more than the four miles from my house to the gym, and I wanted to play with my new DSLR camera. After using film SLRs for many years, and then getting spoiled by the convenience of pocket-sized point and shoot digital cameras, I worried that going back to a larger camera and long lens would be cumbersome when hiking, and impossible to carry on a bike. An online search turned up several backpack/camera bag combos, but the Case Logic TBC-307 looked to be exactly what I wanted: easy access to the camera, even with the long lens attached, a separate compartment for lenses and other items, an internal pocket and an external water bottle pouch.
I ordered it on eBay, and it was shipped from WalMart, of all places. I’m amazed at how much I love this bag! It’s easy to carry using the handle if I’m taking it somewhere by car; and with the chest strap snapped, it was very comfortable when riding.
I left home 90 minutes before Pilates class and headed toward the Riparian Preserve, hoping to take some wildlife pictures in the morning light. I took those pictures and more.
Often I dismiss the canals as a boring ride. They’re flat, dusty, and slow. But today’s ride wasn’t about speed, and that made it the perfect way to start the month of May.
I’ve seen many of the sights along the canal every ride, but never really paid attention to the details. Today, with my camera, I found lots of details.
The absurdity of driving somewhere to exercise isn’t lost on me, although I do it more often than not due to convenience and time constraints. If I can leave the car at home once a week and enjoy the trail, I’m happy.