Yep! Our family has 160 acres next to the Poppy Reserve. I spend a lot of time out there working on repairing our fences in the spring and set up my campsite while out working there. We are in the process of permanently protecting it through conservation easements and through an upcoming lowball sale to Transition Habitat...a local conservation group who will manage it in perpetuity. Very special place out there as you know @birdzgarage. I will also help in the management of it moving forward.
Today, I changed out the front chainring, tires and pedals on the Hawthorne then rode up San Diego Creek and Trabuco creek for 52 miles here in the so-cal flats.
Ha! Yea, we all hear in the news don't smash the flowers, and it is true. I lightly set the bike down in them in my campsite to take a few pics. No damage or harm came to any flowers seen in the pics. All those images were taken on our 160 acre piece.... See above explanation of what my family is currently doing to protect those flowers. Every year, I go and spend 4-6 days fixing cut fence and blocking new off road vehicle incursions into our 160 acre property. I have spent hundreds or hours protecting those very flowers you may think I am smashing. I am their most loyal defender and protector...…. Vehicles are the biggest threat to natural areas and flowers especially. When you walk on or in them, they spring back up as long as someone doesn't follow your footsteps.
This year, they (local off-roaders) cut out our eastern boundary barb wire fence and shot out and tore down all our no trespassing signs I put up last year in the spring.....(every year this occurs) These animals then punched a new road across 1/2 mile of pristine ground to the west side, where they cut the fence there to get out.....all new road, millions of smashed flowers and damage that will take 8 years to recover...all because of some idiots cutting fence and tearing down signs. Took me five days to fix the cut fence areas, re-sign the entire perimeter and fill back in with a spade the damage caused by these clueless knuckleheads. These neanderthals also got 4-5 trucks stuck in my camp in an always-wet area. They then tore my camp apart using my rock fireplace, stolen r/e signs, old lumber and busted up furniture to try to extract themselves from the 3-4 foot deep mudholes they created.
I burned all their garbage and filled in the holes by hand with a spade. Hmmm......if I had caught them, my 38-special would have come out to have a little pep talk with their big stuck tires. Some dummies just have to ruin it for everyone else. I got a little hot there Mike for being accused of smashing flowers when I spent 6 days defending them! No worries though mate, you said the right thing in the end… Don't smash flowers...skpc
Picture from my campsite...Poppy Reserve land surrounds us in the background...
Wow @SKPC That is pretty awesome! It is beautiful there.i took the blue bike out on the trails in my neighborhood today.first real ride since my hernia surgery.fell great to get back out there on two wheels.
Looks like a great day from coast to coast, morning to night, rides big and small.
I took the 41 down the canal to downtown Gilbert. It’s quite a scene change from the funky industrial parks the canal rolls past to get there. Tons of people and some on bikes. Hung out watching the guy making cornbread in the window at LoLo’s Chicken and Waffles and saw a bike with a strap on 2 cycle motor (BikeBerry?).
Caught a nice pic of the set at the tracks on the way there.
Out on the '53 BSA yesterday, 30 miles on a new route with the Oxford V-CC section.
Crazy day, lovely riding up hill and down dale, also included visiting some lovely villages, history and architecture lectures and regular quizzes. Started with homemade tea and cakes, and ended the same way. Not our usual type of ride at all, but really fun.
Pictured here by Newington House, South Oxfordshire.....
Another 25 miles on the 'Cycles Morot' today.
Cycled over to the nearby town of Abingdon - on - Thames today for their annual cycling festival.
Pictured here at Culham Bridge on my way home.....
Rode in the Vintage parade. Great to see some youngsters taking part, this lad is pretty proud of his '30's BSA.....
.....and rightly so! Lovely, original paint machine, his whole family were on old 'beezers'.
We also happened upon an event celebrating the founding of the 'Upper Thames Patrol', the WW2 section of the U.K. Home Guard, responsible for protecting the River Thames against a German invasion. Some great old military vehicles were on display, my personal favourite was this little beauty.....
In the background display I spotted this. Sound advice and information if you've got a
war era machine.....