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Photos: Sunset ride on Cedar River

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Sunset on the Cedar River. (c)2016 J.S.Reinitz

Sunset on the Cedar River. (c)2016 J.S.Reinitz

You can’t let the heat keep you down, no matter how oppressive.

Ninety-something degrees with ninety-something humidity.

In the end you have to fill up the CamelBak with ice water, abandon the air conditioning and wade out into the thick air. Climb onto the bike and pedal, don’t worry about sweating. You are going to sweat and get winded.

Take the familiar route, up one side of the river and down the other. Ease into the rush of wind as you dart down the trail.

Because, in the end, you might forget the heat and humidity, but you won’t forget the sunset.

Rain ride

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Saturday morning

I took another bike ride in light rain under cloudy skies. Here’s a list of people I passed:

— Two residentially challenged cyclists breaking camp on the bike trail.

— A couple out for a morning ride.

— A church youth group setting up for a car wash fundraiser. Now that’s faith.
Thursday night

Last night, thunderstorms had just finished rolling through after two days of on-and-off rain. Sometimes hard, driving rain. Everything was soaked — the streets, the grass, the leaves in the trees — and there was still a constant spray in the air.

Heading out for a quick trip to the grocery store, I walked into the cold air and across the wet lawn to the garage. Unlocked the door, turned on the light and glanced at my car. Then glanced at my bike parked a foot from the front bumper.

I weighed my options and chose for the cold, wet, invigorating bike ride in the dark.

Photo: Trail signs

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I think the bike trail is trying to warn me of something. Or distract me from certain doom. (c) 2015 J.S.Reinitz

I think the bike trail is trying to warn me of something. Or distract me from certain doom. (c) 2015 J.S.Reinitz

After two decades, my old RoadMaster mountain bike had its first major tune up.

I bought it for about $70 in the early 1990s at a department store that used to be called Venture after returning two other models that failed. After pedaling it through swamps and forests in South Carolina, islands on the Mississippi River and the prairie of the Midwest, I caught a tree branch in the rear wheel during a night ride to the store last fall. While riding on a paved road in a residential area, of all places.

Avoiding the traffic that darted past in the dark, I dragged the bike into a yard and pried out the wooden obstruction. The limb had knocked out three spokes, but I was able to make it the rest of the way home.

This spring, I took it to a professional for new rim and a formal once over. On Thursday, I walked down to pick it up and rode home. The thing fells brand new.

Dam trail

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Taking a break during a ride. (c) J.S. Reinitz 2014

Taking a break during a ride. (c) J.S. Reinitz 2014

Sunset on the river trail (flood)

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Sunset on the Cedar River. (c) 2014 J.S. Reinitz

Sunset on the Cedar River. (c) 2014 J.S. Reinitz

As the June 22 entry alluded to, our favorite bike path is now under water. What a difference a week makes.

Sunset on the Cedar River. (c) 2014 J.S. Reinitz

Sunset on the Cedar River. (c) 2014 J.S. Reinitz

Sunset on the river trail (pre-flood)

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Fisherman on the Cedar River during sunset. (c) 2014 J.S. Reinitz

Fisherman on the Cedar River during sunset. (c) 2014 J.S. Reinitz

I took these photos last week during a bike ride as the sun began to set. With the thunderstorms, heavy rains and flooding since then, the bike path is now under water.

Sunset on the Cedar River. (c) 2014  J.S. Reinitz

Sunset on the Cedar River. (c) 2014 J.S. Reinitz

Photo: Night ride

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This is a shot from one of my rides. The path follows a river, and at this spot it goes under a bridge.

Photo: Bridge Sunset

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The other day, I took a bike ride to the store and on the way back I snapped this shot of the sun setting on the Cedar River. I tweeked the photo with Instagram. Look for our other Instagram photos under the Skulldiggers handle. (5.21.12)