Fields Of Gold

Went on a ride today with Daisy to Okoř. Sunny and beautiful, but pretty chilly. We did more or less the usual run (Roztoky, Unetice, Statenice, Tuchoměřice, etc.), with a few minor variations.

Everything was abloom, as it has been for the past few weeks.

This ride was highlighted by vast fields of bright rapeseed, yellow as a rain slicker. I also saw many cherry trees, frosted with white blossoms.

Near Tuchoměřice, we rode by a farmer's field alive with numerous European brown hares. They're huge, bigger than our fat cat, and run more like deer than rabbits. I tried to take a photograph, but only managed to catch one as he was running away. That's it in the photo at right.

It turns out they don't nest in burrows, but in shallow depressions or nests of grass called forms. There's a piece of trivia for you.

We stopped at the Hotel Okoř, as we always do, for a glass of white wine and a light, deliciously simple lunch of spaghetti with garlic and olive oil, and a dish they call hamandeggs, which is just what it says it is, but done with flair.

Ride stats:

Distance: 48 kilometers
Average speed: 16.2 kph
Maximum speed: 36.2 kph
Length of ride: 2.51.28
Distance ridden in 2007: 408 kilometers


Anonymous said…
I just read today that rapeseed oil is used as a biofuel ingredient. It is apparently pushing out more traditional crops and is driving up the prices for beer making grains... this has me truly conflicted.

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