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   Windy and 34°F (1°C) this morning on my ride into breakfast, and only up to 38°F (3°C) by the time I rode home at noon.  Yesterday I tried for the first time some fleece lined spandex pants.  With the cold months ahead I wanted something warm I could put pants over for my rides to and from work.  Since it isn't that cold yet I tried riding in just the spandex and I now understand why cyclists like them so much.  I was warm and my motion unrestricted.  I now have to admit that I am a cycling weenie as I have a complete outfit just for biking.
   Pictured is a repaired section Wingra Creek bike path just west of John Nolen Drive.  This section was pretty bad with tree roots having badly buckled the path.  I would typically stand on my peddles going through this section it was so rough.  It had been closed for the past couple of days and I had to bike around it last week.  Yesterday on my ride home the barricades had been removed and I cycled on the repaired path which is perfect.  I guess there is a reason Madison is considered a platinum-level bike friendly city.

October 26, 2017


   Every year on this day I remember the ones who are no longer with us.






Thank you all for being a part of my life and may you continue to live on in the hearts and minds of those who knew you. You are missed.

   Tonight after work, Steve, Austin, James and I started work on transforming the garage into a mad scientist laboratory.  The first stage was just to get canvas hung, which we finished.  Pictured is one of our props.  We will probably put on a had and make it look like this guys is in an electric chair.
   The ride to and from work today added 34.2 miles, putting my monthly total at 503.9—a new personal record—and the month isn't even over yet.  This week will have less riding as I have other obligations and can't take the time in the evening.  The temperatures have also dropped and October seems to have remember it was October and not late August.  Still, the chilly weather is comfortable enough and only my fingers notice the cold after I warm up.
Sea of Yellow Leaves

Sea of Yellow Leaves

   I stayed late at work last night getting my project working, and only had two hours left today.  That was fine because I planned to bike home, and then head up to Devil's Lake in hopes of good color.  This is the 5th day in a row of riding to work, and I don't think I've ever done that before.  The ride home put me at 469.7 miles for the month, and next week I am confident I will complete the remaining 30.3 miles I want to finish off the month. 
   In 2014 I went to Devil's Lake when the canopy at the entrance was a perfect yellow and ever since I have wanted to capture that again, missing it each year.  That is, until this year.  The color was perfect, the sky was perfect, and the light was perfect.  I spent about an hour just shooting a 1/4 mile stretch of road.  Then I went into the park and hiked the rock face on the north-east shore.  From there I could see I had good color, but facing west toward the afternoon sun wasn't giving me any good shots.  So I decided to go to the south shoe and hike along the south east bluff.  I normally don't jog, but wanted to make time I jogged back to my car.  Oddly, even after an entire week of cycling in the heaviest cycling month I've ever had, I rather enjoyed the jog.
   The south east bluff was everything I wanted it to be.  Looking south I had a fantastic valley of color.  I continued to hike until the sun started to disappear into clouds.  By the time I was done the rock face my wonderful light had turned hazy and I would be done for the day.  But the day produced over 1,600 shots and I was pleased with the results.  The only down side is that my new polarizer lens (needed because my 18-135mm lens has a diameter of 67mm and wouldn't fit my old polarizer) is rather soft.  I guess I am going to have to invest in a higher quality one.