|Sundays in the Park with Gini
||[Oct. 2nd, 2006|09:22 am]
Went for a ride in the Rocky River Reservation, something I have not done nearly enough of this year. We are quite fortunate to live near the western end of the "Emerald Necklace," a series of parks and reservations that are bordered by the Cuyahoga River on the East and Rocky River on the west. The parks actually swing in an almost contiguous hoop around the Cleveland metropolitan area, and contain over 60 miles of paved multipurpose trails and hundreds of miles of hiking trails. Alas, I have explored far too little of this natural treasure, but yesterday at least saw me biking on the familiar stretch that is the Rocky River portion of the trail system. It runs a total of 13 miles from Berea Falls to the Detroit Bridge, and I generally bike some distance south before dropping into the park and biking north (I like doing loops, not turning around and going back the same route). Yesterday's ride was a middling-distance 18 miles. I'm hoping the weather holds next weekend and I can get in at least a couple more good, long rides before the season ends.
I've ridden this section of trail often enough that it is quite familiar to me, and there are always landmarks that let me know how far toward my goal I've come. One of them is the "relative distances solar system" markers, which originate in one of the picnic areas. The sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Earth are all in very close proximity to each other (the signs are not concerned with size proportions, just relative distance), then Jupiter is at the other end of the picnic area, and to see the further out planets one must hike a distance down the bike path.
I ride in from the other direction, however, moving toward the sun on my journey. So the first signpost I cycle past is the planet Pluto.
Or used to be.
I was actually past the signpost for the planet Pluto before it registered what I had just seen, and another 20 yards before I comprehended it. Then I laughed aloud.
The Planet Pluto description has been removed from the signpost. In its place, baying mournfully skyward, sits the Disney dog Pluto instead.