Those who read my 'Night Life and JFK' thread will remember that I live in Dallas and therefore interesting rides usually require a fairly good allocation of time, since I'm in a really urban area and to get to the nice twisties requires getting way out of town.
So there I was yesterday afternoon- sunny day, temperature manageable, time on my hands, but not enough to get out of town. What did I do? I went to my nearest nice outdoor place, White Rock Lake. This lake is located about two miles from me in the eastern part of Dallas. It's a man-made lake, and not terribly big, but big enough for a couple of marinas where people keep little tiny sailboats. The immediate shore almost all the way around the lake is a park with many miles of trails used by walkers, runners, rollerbladers and bicyclists. There is a dog park, and picnic areas, and many people fish the lake but since it collects urban runoff from much of northeast Dallas I wouldn't want to eat those fish. The local arboretum sits along one part of the shore, built on the former estate of an old-money family that lived there from the 1920s to the 1950' or '60s. Other surrounding lands just across the park road around the lake are still nice neighbourhoods with quite upscale pricetags, but without the ridiculous status-driven feel of the Park Cities not too far away. So now that you know the story of White Rock Lake I'll tell you about the ride.
A person can tour all the shore roads in less than half an hour, maybe 45 minutes if they really take their time, and that's even obeying the 25 or 20 MPH speed limits. So off I went, since I was starting in mid-afternoon and wanted a quick ride before the sun set. You'll all be pleased to know that this time I brought my camera and got some stuff to show you. The pictures are really the story here, as the ride was just a nice slow meander along the shore. You'll have to forgive the big string of posts as I don't have webspace to host from. So sit back and enjoy!
This first picture is of the trusty BatBike enjoying a nice relaxing park while I'm off looking for interesting things to take pictures of: