Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: bike, sunrise

Not a cloud in the sky! Just clear skies & clear sailing along the lakefront this morning. Chilly though with a wind from the west… kinda wish I had long sleeves for the first few miles?!

Categories: bike, sunrise

Not a cloud in the sky this morning… just some contrails pretending to be.

Categories: bike, sunrise

Kickin’ off my Labor Day with another sunrise bike ride! Looks like it’s going to be a beautiful day… so get out there and play!!! I’ll be out there on my bike again this afternoon… but then “laboring” this evening on Labor Day as I need to unload my soda kiln tonight!

Categories: bike, sunrise

A cool & cloudy start along the lakefront this morning. Quiet & serene with a colorful sky show & beautiful reflections. A perfect way to wake up & prepare for my last day of Summer Camp!!! Kind of exciting, yet kinda sad at the same time.

I love Summer Camp!!!

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Hard to believe that we’re already into September… where does the summer go so fast?! Luckily we still have beautiful sunrise mornings to look forward to… even if they are getting later & later in the morning. Each day a few minutes later than the one before.

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A little sunrise drama hanging out over a BIG skyline sunrise photo!
Big sky needs big photos!

Categories: bike, sunrise

We had a dramatic start this morning with one large ominous cloud hanging low on the horizon. The clouds may have dissipated a bit, but we never got a real sunrise to speak of… just some pretty sky, pretty clouds & even more pretty reflections!

Categories: bike, sunrise

Early this morning, we had just a single line of clouds flying low along the horizon. My sunrise bike ride was hot & steamy again… a precursor to this evening’s storms?! I had no idea they were headed our way… as I left all of my windows wide open at home all day!!!

Whoops… had a bit of mopping up to do when I got home after teaching class tonight.

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So then THIS happened.

For some reason, it has been overly difficult biking for the past few months. Just harder to pedal than normal. Kind of a dragging feeling. I just wrote it off to covid weight gain, laying on my sofa for the past year, or maybe just a bit of apathy?! But as we got further into our biking season, I was still dragging behind everyone else?! Finally on a recent ride, my friend Chris noticed that my back wheel was out of true. Wobbling as I ride. I took my bike into the shop to get a cleaning & a simple wheel alignment… and the shop mechanic found THIS!!! I had actually broken a spoke out through the wheel. Ouch!!! Nothing fix-able… so I had to buy a whole new wheel!

Luckily, my bike is rolling along much smoother & faster these days!!! WHEW!!! Glad it wasn’t just me…

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Today we say goodbye to a classic. One of my favorite bike jerseys has seen its last ride. It lost its zipper pull a few months back, so I’ve been sliding it on & off over my head. And then this morning, the zipper split wide open under the zipper slider. It’s worn. It’s stained. It’s stretched out. It’s ready to go. But it is from 2001… so you can’t say I didn’t get my money’s worth out of it. Lots of great miles & memories in this biking jersey!