Friday, July 31, 2015

Car, Bike, Photography

Tuesday, heading out for morning coffee, dash of the car light up with braking/ABS system lights and messages.  It did not seem to be a big problem for driving.  I drove to town for coffee.  On the way home, I stopped by Lyle's where I get my car work done.  Made arrangements for repairs on Wednesday morning.

Loaded the hybrid bike on the rack on the car.  I decided to ride bike and take photos around town while the car was in the shop.  Had then change the oil and filter while in the shop - it was due.

First area of town for photography was the historic 100 block of West Broadway (photo above). This is just a block from the shop where my car was working on.  Photos like this lend themselves to Black & White.  Had my good D-SLR and Point&Shoot cameras with me.All my photos were taken with the Canon 60D.

From there, I rode over to Bayliss Park.  It was a beautiful day for a bike ride and photography.  The fountain was running with a full head of steam.  Lots of kids getting wet playing along the fountain  After taking my photos, it was time for the bike shop to open.  Stopped by the crew at Xtreme Whels Bike & Sport - just a block from Bayliss Park.

I was happy to find that the brake/traction system problem was just a broken wire.  I was back home with car repairs done, new photos, and a visit with the bike shop all before noon.

Monday, July 27, 2015

House Painting

Finally, the weather was conducive to painting.  We had good weather mid July.  Only took the painters a week to wash, scrape, prep, and paint the house.  It was a long time since it was last painted.  Took 2 coats (some spots 3 coats) to cover.  Only did trip accent color on the front of the house.

I like the colors - much brighter.  When I bought the house it was a pail yellow with brown trip.  I like the new cream with dark green trim.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sac & Fox Trail

After the family picnic and reunion, I had the 1 1/2 hour drive to my hotel.  I wanted to check out a bike trail near Cedar Rapids - and needing the photos for my calendar.  From the maps, it looked like the Sac & Fox trail, along the Indian Creek, should be interesting and photogenic.

A great trail.  I would have enjoyed riding longer but the heat, humidity, and mosquitoes turned up quickly. Addition to the crushed limestone bike trail, there is a dirt/tree bark walking trail system in the same area.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Family Picnic

The Winfield Family picnic/reunion was held in Elkader, Iowa on July 4th.  I was on the road before sunrise for the 320 mile drive to the other corner of Iowa.

It was a pretty good attendance, considering the distances the family is not spread.  Photo here is the Winfield siblings and their spouses that were able to attend.  L to R -- Jack and Jean Heick,  Edna & Rich Winfield, Ruth Gillmore, Dorothy Winfield, and Margaret Risi.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hospital Stay

It will be back-dating these posts.  Just have not felt like writing some in this blog.  But it was time to bring things back to date.

I had a 11 day sting in the hospital in June.  No big problems - a biopsy and colonoscopy, normally outpatient procedures.  But with my mechanical heart valve, it was all the whole Heparin Therapy issue.  Took forever for me Warfarin dosing stabilized.

The biopsy was CT guided needle biopsy to check a mass showing up in my right lung.  Nothing to problem - it was a sack blood.  Still watching it.  A couple polyps found and removed during colonoscopy.

The whole 11 day hospital stay was a pain.  Will not bore you with the details. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

I-29 Construction & Lake Manawa Trail

For those of us ride the trails around Council
Bluffs, IA. road construction has means the frustration of closed trails.  Lake Manawa Trail from the Wabash Trace to Lake Manawa has been closed since early Spring.  The reason has been the new bridges and interchanges at highway 275/92 and the junction of I29 and I-80. 

This photo was taken at the Mosquito Creek Bridge on E. South Omaha Bridge Road.  This is where the street ends and the Lake Manawa Trail beads South along the creek.

You cannot see the old trail in this photo.  It looks like the trail will be raised where in runs under the interstate (coarse rock fill in the center of the photo).  The trail is supposed to be opened again August 1st. 

Humid Day for Bike Ride

A little behind in writing and posting here.  Friday, I had to get out for a bike ride.  It had been about 3 weeks since I was back from Albuquerque and my last bike ride.  The day was a bit warm and humid.  Filtered sunshine, but no wind.

Decide for a ride along Valley View Trail.  Had not been on the trail in some time.  It was great that I could get some miles in, but no committed to a long ride.  Lots of opportunity to decide it was time to turn around and ride back.

Parked at K-Mart.  Felt pretty good riding.  Stopped at 2 miles for some water.  Continued down to Hwy 92 (about 4 miles).  Another stop to hydrate.  Stopped at some benched about hald way back.  Stopped to rest the legs and drink my bottle og Gatorade.

The 8+ miles was about all I could do in the humidity.  When I got home, the body craved food and liquids.  Ended up eating a whole pizza and a quart of Gatorade.  Worthless the rest of the day.  Need lots of sleep the next day.