A Freedom in Summer

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One freedom in Summer is a friend, a mountain bike, long trails, and a warm sunset along the shores of Tennison Bay.

In Christ, every day is its own freedom.  (John 8:36).

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Race the Lake 2014

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On Sunday, August 17, 2014, I participated in the annual Race the Lake, a 90 mile bicycle race around Lake Winnebago.  The race started and finished in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

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All the pictures in this post were take at Lakeside Park in Fond du Lac, where the finish line was.

Race the Lake is open to bicyclists of all skill levels.  On the race route police and volunteers direct traffic at all intersections so that participants do not have to stop.  There is support and help for any bicycle that experiences mechanical problems.  There are also food stations and rest stops along the way.  The largest rest stop is at High Cliff State Park, the half-way point of the race.

Out of the four times I’ve done this race, I posted my worst time at 5 hours and 20 minutes.  Maybe a lot of factors played into that slower time, then again maybe I just had an off day.  Nonetheless, ninety miles in five hours and 20 minutes isn’t a bad time.  And I got the same finishers’ medal that I would have gotten with a better time.  Overall, it was a beautiful day, and a good ride.

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In the picture above, far off in the distance, you can see the large windmills that are up on the Niagara Escarpment.  It’s usually very windy up there.

To see pictures of me in the event from Paul Manke Photography click here.  (In the finish line pictures, my two fingers and thumb together were supposed to signify the Holy Trinity).

Soli Deo gloria.

Race the Lake 2013

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Lake Winnebago

On Sunday, August 18, 2013, I participated in the sixth annual Race the Lake, a 90 mile bicycle race around Lake Winnebago.  The race starts and finishes in Fond du Lac, WI.

Last year, I forgot to bring my camera.  This year, I brought my camera, but was too tired after finishing to take any decent pictures of the event.  I discovered it is very hard to take good action shots when all one wants to do is sit and rest.  So instead I sat by the water, rested, and took some scenic photos of Lake Winnebago.

It was kind of a rough race this year because I had spent a considerable amount of time and energy cleaning up after the tornadoes that hit Northeast Wisconsin on August 7, 2013, so I was rather worn out before the race even began.  Nonetheless, I was able to beat my previous best time by finishing in four hours and fifty-six minutes.  To see pictures of me in the event from John M. Cooper Photography, click here.  (In the finish line pictures, my two fingers and thumb together were supposed to signify the Holy Trinity.  I was tired, and maybe didn’t do it very well).

God provided beautiful weather for a good race.

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Soli Deo gloria.

Day Pictures from Race the Lake 2011

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In the previous post, “Race the Lake 2011,” I lamented that I failed to take a picture of my bike in front of Lake Winnebago.  But I did take some pictures that day, and wanted to share them for two reasons:  First, because I enjoy sharing pictures.  Second, to show that this blog is still active.

The picture above is of the Fond du Lac “lighthouse” at the Fond du Lac marina after the race.  I put “lighthouse” in quotation marks because I could not discern any lantern.  There are large binoculars installed in the former lantern room.  Using these large binoculars, I discovered that one can see all the way across Lake Winnebago from south to north (from the top of the lighthouse/observation tower).  Here is a picture of Lake Winnebago looking north from the tower:

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Finally, here is a link to some pictures, taken of me during the race, by John M. Cooper Photography.  (My race bib number was 1510).  They were the official photographers of the race, and were stationed all along the race course.  I provide this temporary link only for those who are curious as to what I look like (while riding a bicycle 90 miles in 5 hours).

God’s blessings to all the readers of Light from Light.

Race the Lake 2011

On Sunday, August 21, 2011, I participated in the fourth annual 90 mile bicycle Race the Lake around Lake Winnebago, WI.  I finished in 5 hours and 6 minutes, with an average speed of 17.4 miles per hour, which included an approximately 20 minute layover at High Cliff State Park to eat, stretch, and drink lots of water.

The start and finish lines were in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.  I got up at 3am to make the 6am start time.  After the race, I wish I had taken a picture of my new bike (a Trek FX 7.2) in front of Lake Winnebago, but I was pretty tired, and did not think of it.

Photo Sharing & Autumn Leaves

One of the benefits of internet photo sharing is the ability to receive input from others as to the quality of particular photographs.  The above photo was not originally one of my favorites, but a number of people have commented that they really like it.  One photographer nominated it as a “SuperShot,” another gave it a “SuperShot” award, and still another featured it in one of their galleries.  In this way, Flickr can be both fun and a useful peer review tool.

The picture is of biking on the Bearskin Trail in northern Wisconsin.  It’s not only a beautiful memory, but a beautiful picture as well.

This closeup of a leaf hasn’t received any awards, but I still like it.