Driving and Biking in the Big City

Four pools and a bike ride

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I marvel at a piece of grass, a clod of dirt, an old worn bike trail that I’ve traveled a million times in the 15 years I’ve biked in Kingwood. Each time the same trail is different. I put in about 30 miles this weekend in four different rides — mornings and afternoons. One of the most visual and easiest is a simple five-mile, 30-minute ride that takes me by four of Kingwood’s neighborhood pools.

Some days, I go through the motions but other days it’s an adventure and all new again.

Today, this piece of grass gleams with the morning dew on its tips; this clod has a paw print from a creature that I will never identify. This silly squirrel never stood so long in the middle of my path, staring me down. This raccoon mom and two babies waddle under the underpass, just like a family. A family of nutria swim on their backs like otters and wave at me from the overhead bridge.

The smell under a canopy of trees is so fresh and wonderful with honeysuckles, magnolias and wildflowers and reminds me of grape Kool-Aid and being a kid.

I’ve ridden this path in 105-degree weather and at freezing with several layers of clothes. I think I got the hottest in the cold weather.

My routes are often the same but the scenery is perpetually different. I plan my bike routes like the casual, safe biker I am. I seldom cross busy intersections, choosing instead to go by way of underpasses. Some whim strikes me as I leave the driveway, and I know immediately which direction I’m going that day. I’ve never hesitated for long.

It never gets old.

This redbird has black gold on the tips of his wings that glisten when he buzzes overhead. This blue heron I watched leave his nest and grow to be a teenager in this gully. This red-shoulder hawk paces me on many of my rides with a bird mocking him from tree to tree.

 All the creatures watch me be a creature, and I notice.

(Photos by Big Johnny.)


Written by commuterchroniclesdbh

April 30, 2012 at 12:44 pm

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  1. Love the slideshow. 🙂


    April 30, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    • John is my chief photographer when he has the time. He loves to get “assignments” for the blog. Soon I’m going to do a bio of him alongside Vinny and Streak.


      April 30, 2012 at 7:04 pm

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