Fall colors and sunset along the river

Around 4 pm I decided to rouse myself from my desk chair stupor and go for a walk down to the Nakagawa. The weather was clear blue skies, and the fall colors were vivid. And I think I got a good pre-sunset photo of the sun low in the sky with good river highlights.

To the left of the large sun you can see the Sky Tree.

Sunset was at 4:50 pm today.

 

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Cherry blossoms and bike ride along the river

I haven’t been on a bike ride along the river since December 23, when I had a bad fall off my bike while trying to take a hill I wasn’t used to. My leg hurt for a couple of weeks, and then the weather turned really cold. Then I had my recent trip to Boston.

Well today the weather is beautiful. So there was no putting off a bike ride anymore. It really is nice weather today. Beautiful blue skies, and you don’t even need a jacket out. Truly spring has come.

I thought I would’ve lost muscle strength because I haven’t gone riding in so long, except for short bicycle rides to the supermarket and to run errands. However, I was still able to take all the hills I usually take, and I really didn’t get tired until after about 7 km or so. So while I still have to build up strength again, it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.

The cherry blossoms aren’t quite in full bloom anymore, but as you can see in these photos there are still plenty. I would say it is 70% full bloom right now in my neighborhood.

It’s just really really nice out along the river.

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