Wow, I had a terrific bike ride today. As I approached the literal high point of the day - the water tower in Jubilee Hills that overlooks Durgam Cheruvu - it occurred to me that mountain biking is a relative of backcountry skiing. Both occupy the middle ground between moving on foot (or snowshoes) and being motorized (scooter/motorcycle or snowmobile). They're at the balance point between wanting to really SEE what's around you and wanting to cover ground. Pedaling - hard! - up a dirt path to reach a "summit" and then coasting back down - it's a great way to spend a day. I get mountain biking.
So here's where I went today (or see the full, annotated GPS track) :
I've uploaded a ton of pictures; I'll just put my favorites into this posting.
This may be my favorite picture of the trip so far.
I stopped to admire the scenery (a small lake, Hakimpet Kunta) close to these three; as I turned to go, the little girl started giggling like crazy (probably at my helmet). The oldest woman invited me to watch for a while, and eventually I got this picture. If you think the little girl's smile is big here, you should have seen it when I showed her the image on the camera.
This little sculpture is in the courtyard at a funky, upscale shop called Earth Bazaar.
I took a bunch of shots of these buffalo and birds near the high point at "GrandView".
I was amazed I could get this close to this guy before he spooked.
I rather like the mixed message here.
And finally - what is this?!?