Sunrise 93: Ault Park & Lunken Airfield (Sunrise Resurrection, B-17 “Aluminum Overcast” Bomber)
After what has felt like a season of hibernation, even though it’s only been about a week, I was finally *blessed* with both a beautiful sunrise AND a free Sunday morning to enjoy it. The left overs from Hurricane Irene have cleared up and are now history. The forecast originally put clear skies with “fog” for tomorrow morning, but I wanted to test my luck and see if I could catch a break a day early. As it turned out, luck was on my side and the sunrise came through with a deep moisture-induced pink. I ended up taking my time and riding through the East End Loop down to Lunken Airfield and back. This weekend is Lunken Airport’s “Lunken Days” featuring the “Aluminum Overcast” B-17 bomber, one of only 10 in the country that are still flying today. As anyone in the midwest will tell you, we ended up with a beautiful late summer day.
These first two pictures were taken in the neighborhoods of Mt. Lookout on the way to Ault Park. I am trying to convey the degree of incline that these roads have, something that I didn’t notice (very thoroughly) until I started biking them.
I arrived at the overlook just as the sun was cresting. The humidity and light fog in the air made the scattering light a deep pink color. This is a pretty unique sunrise for the summer season. I haven’t seen many deep pink hazy sunrises since the spring, and this spring was full of them.
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See what I mean? The fruit is hanging *out* of the flower… and the flower doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Normally you see flowers get pollinated, and then they fall away and turn into fruit. Not in this case.
I really do love this stone pedestrian walkway over the rail track. You can see that the vines from a home in disrepair are literally crawling through the openings in the stone to get to the manicured lawn that sits to my right.
B-17 and Firetruck. I spoke with a retired Aerospace Engineer about the B-17 and the technology arms race that WW-II spun off. He said that some of the guys who work on these B-17s are original mechanics that used to work on the plane during the war effort! Each one has a unique personality and most of the parts aren’t even made any more. I imagine that it would be like taking care of a horse. There is also a set of young mechanics who work on these planes, and they have to absorb everything that they can while the old timers are still around! But isn’t that life?
I was really surprised to find that at the end of this small no-outlet there is a view of the tip-top of the Cincinnati Skyline. It’s a strange orientation, because we’re looking into the hills of Kentucky with the Ohio River in the foreground. The “Bend in the River” takes the river to the right and then back around to the left, and we can see the top of Carew Tower and the newly built Great American Insurance building.
Hard to tell, but directly in the center just above the Kentucky treeline (we’re in Ohio, remember!) you can see the white “tiara” on the Great American Insurance Building, with Carew Tower’s yellow/orange deco brick to the right.