Senor and Linda Lou have been in Pueblo Alamos, Sonora, Mexico for 8 years. Okay, okay, now it's been 9 years.
Every day brings a new discovery.
They are still working on the casa............Senor says, it won't be long.........but Linda Lou says, it won't be long until what..............stay tuned to find out what's next.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Even Four Gears Can't Spoil a Magic Morning

Hola! What a beautiful day yesterday here in Alamos. In the morning I set off at dawn on new old bike and headed for the hills. I went out to the archway to test out the new tune job that was done on the bike the previous day. Getting a tune up meant I should be able to get up two hills and out to the archway, in high gear and no time flat.
WRONG.

I still only have four gears and they are all for long hauling, nothing at all for a hill. In fact I had to get off new old bike and foot it several times. I really hate to give up on the bike repair shop, but I think I will look for someone else to fix these gears. By the time I got home I could not even adjust any gears on the right handle.

Complaining is not really what this is about. Most of the Mexicanos do not have any bike gears. I would just really like to pay for a bike tune up and get a bike tune up. I know it is the bike repairman's nature to please and I think he can't fix the gears and does not have the heart to tell me so.

But the morning was almost magical, quiet, secretive. Because I was out and on the move so early, the yellow light filled the sky and it followed me out to the arches where I caught this great view of Mt Cacharamba. I was mezmerized by the color of the forests in the foreground and those just over the crest of some small hills. On my ride back home, the magic intensified as the light was coming on in a different way. Finally the sun had risen in the east and the reflecting light on the montanas to the west was just as brilliant, almost a profusion of chartreuse.
You can see how the deciduous tropical forest has come to life just in these two weeks of rain and it is filled with color.And then, even another lighting change as I rode down into the historic district where the sun had not hit yet in the streets, but the top of the Mirador hillside was beginning to glisten. On Calle Commercio, near the old Black Cat Market, the green parrots came roaring down the street, almost at head level. I could hear their chatter before I saw them and their striking green wings flashed in the sunlight. They swished back up the street and left as quickly as they had come. A bright yellow and black warbler hid on a fig tree branch and watched. A fat green Sonoran frog sat on a doorstep and as soon as I raised my camera to take his photo he hopped under the door and into a place I could not see.








The rain has brought on not only the green tropical forest in the mountains, and scurrying traveling guests, it has caused the jasmine to flower and fill the air with an overwhelmingly wonderful sweetness and it has made the lime and naranjita trees burst with tiny white flowers that emit their fruity scents in the early morning and late evenings. The breeze is steady and the smells drift along from hidden garden to street and back into hiding again. The scents yesterday morning were as notable as the light and on Calle Obregon I rode up and down twice because it smelled so wonderful.


It is a great time of movement, forests going brown to green, creatures in transit, floral scents beckoning from secret places, drifting on the wind, morning skies filled with a light that changes from yellow to pink to chartreuse, afternoon clouds that billow huge white mushrooms only to darken like night just as quickly. A lot of movement, changes and all very magical, of course.


I may only have four gears but they sure got me right where I needed to be yesterday, right smack in the middle of another magical morning in Alamos.

13 comments:

1st Mate said...

Linda Lou, you got some great pictures. The first one looks like a painting! You've inspired me, I want to go take a walk with my camera. But oh no! it's too hot out there now. Maybe tomorrow...

Jacqui said...

I used to love how quickly the green shades took over the brown burnt hillsides in the Spanish mountians and how soon they were covered in little meadow flowers.

Ter'e said...

I love being able to see what you see.............I felt like I cold almost touch the trees. Of course, I would have been calling to all the little parrots!!!!
Lovely post!
xoxoxoxo

Ian Huntington said...

Linda lou, Love your pictures! They bring back enchanting memories of my first visit to Alamos. Your blog's description of the verdant hills, the flowers, the scents and the noisy flocks of green parrots capture the alluring beauty of the place.
Your blogs are balanced. I also remember the intensity of the summer's heat. The frustrations that we, as relatively spoiled gringos, learn to live around - like your bike.
Keep writing and I'll keep reading until that happy day when I can join you on an occasional morning ride - if you want the company that is.

Ed said...

Linda Lou,

I have caught up with your blog postings once again. Although I was only there for a month your pictures bring so much of that time to life. Your description of sights while on your early morning walk do the same. Loved my early morning walks around town and to breakfast every day.

Now for your new old bike shifting problems. Go to this link http://sheldonbrown.com/derailer-adjustment.html and read it through at least a couple of times. I think YOU could then fix your shifting problem. If not, then I am sure that with some encouragement Senor Too could read the article and fix your problem.

This is my guess: 1) The dérailleur hanger is bent 2) The dérailleur is old, worn-out and a new one is necessary
If either of those conditions are true then neither the bike mechanic, you nor Senor Too will be able to adjust it.

Good luck.
ED

ps Glad you got water and are now getting rain.

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

Bliss, I can't wait to see your photos!

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

Jacqui, I know, our landscape and terrain are so similar. It amazed me to see your photos of Spain. But I know you are happy to be back in the UK!

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

ter'e, you just come on down and we will go bird watching, thanks for hooking me up with my new Taos friend! LL

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

Glenn Ian,
I always love to hear from you. I can't wait until we have a second bedroom and you can get down here and use it. We will go for lots and lots of walks and thanks to Ed's comments, if I can fix my bike, lots of rides!! LL

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

Ed, thanks so much for the link. I am going to read through and see what I can do. I appreciate you taking time to send it to me. BTW, there are a few new desayuno places in town, things continue to prosper in this wonderful little place.will keep you posted on new old bike. LL

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