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Rockin in the USA

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Thought I'd share this link that was on one of the Spark blogs today...I am thankful to be an American..........


Today, we celebrated our 'Independence Day'...we were a young colony of loyalists, yet we had been 'independent' long enough to become disgruntled with policies and practices that were imposed by Great Britain...our fight for 'freedom' was not popular among many nations at the time, nor was it supported by all the colonists, yet we persevered and here we are today-still a model for other countries-even if we aren't perfect, the USA has a living document in the Constitution that has endured over 200 years-here's to another 200!!!

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1PEACEBUNNY 7/4/2012 7:10PM

    Ditto on that! Have an awesome 4th today! emoticon emoticon

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The gym's got nothin' on the 'real deal'-"Rails to Trails"....

Sunday, June 24, 2012

I've done spin class & spent hours with a trainer working to get in better shape, and I must say that while I don't mind it usually, I would much rather be outside-yesterday was no exception....SO, after having done a 10 mile 'trial' ride last weekend, I took my 'new' bike out and set my goal for 20 miles-YUP-no sense of upping by 10%-no, why not just DOUBLE it??? Crazy maybe, but it really didn't feel like 'work'-a 7 a.m. ride in late June was just the 'ticket'!!!

The Katy Trail runs nearly 225 miles from St. Charles, MO to Sedalia...I chose to put in near Greens Bottom & ride to Weldon Spring-about 11 miles each armed with mosquito spray, 2 bottles of H20, 2 granola bars (I don't eat breakfast first), and my 'new' Specialized hybrid, I began my trek with temps in the mid 70's, a nice breeze and few others on the trail-which is just how I like it...oh, and NO headphones-I want to hear nature along the way!

Much of this section of the trail is shady, so even in the bright light of morning, I was cooled by the shade of the trees that grow along the back waters of the MO River-at one time, this was actually a rail line, but luckily, it's been converted into a great park system for all to use & enjoy...there are hiking paths that even break off the Katy, so I parked the bike and enjoyed Weldon Spring Hollow!

I don't know about you, but often the journey is half the fun-I didn't really know how far 10 miles would take me, having never done the trail that far, but it was exciting 'discovering' it for the first time-there were several spots that I could literally go to the shore of the mighty MO...thanks to generous donors, there are lots of benches along the trail, too, so I took advantage of a few of them to stretch my IT bands-they are killing me most days!!! Along the way, I thought of how many times I'd seen other people biking and thought about when I was in my teens and 20's and how much fun it was back then, but always told myself I was 'too old' to do that anymore...well, that's hogwash-I saw many 'seniors' on that trail, and people in all shapes and sizes, so pooh to that!!!

Just when I thought my legs wouldn't make the 10 miles, I pushed onward and was SO glad I did-I saw a bluebird-our state bird, and I hadn't seen one of those since growing up in the country! It was well worth the extra effort-I even passed a small farm that had exotic animals including peacocks-talk about sounding like a jungle!!!

This was the Weldon Spring 'station' with road access, so I 'rested' here and ate my granola bars and just relished in the fact that I'd come 10 miles & felt relatively great! I knew I'd make it back, even it I was it turned out, though, I made good time & managed to average just over 10 mph...20.5 miles in just 2 hours, so I'm more than good with that!!!

I think the gym is great for so many reasons, but no spin class or 'virtual' ride can replace the 'real deal'-at least for me. I'm already planning to go about 25 miles next time & head into the town(s) of Augusta/or Defiance-cool, historic places with wineries and eateries that cater to 'bikers'!!! IF I'm lucky enough to be on the trail during a downpour, the bluffs would provide a great waterfall, like in this picture...

I'm glad I made myself get up and do this ride-even if my knees are screaming at me now!!!

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MIKA016 6/26/2012 4:44PM

    My favorite exercise is biking outside. It looked like a beautiful ride, plus hearing nature all around. A treasure....good for you to keep finding more places to enjoy on future rides. I haven't owned an outdoor bike in years. I put on weight and now trying to lose it with my exercise bike before I buy a new out door bike. Your picture ride through nature has given me the incentive I need to push forward. thank you. I'm looking forward to a ride on a nature trail soon. Oh I did ride a rental three speed bike last year....though very much out of shape....I went around Machinac's a 9 mile ride. I didn't do too bad....but still very much out of shape... I will be doing that again some day in the future.

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BESTSUSIEYET 6/26/2012 8:47AM

    Love it! I've found lots of gorgeous trails near us, too! Enjoy!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/26/2012 8:01AM

    Great photos and sounds like a great ride, too! emoticon

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STIXXY 6/24/2012 11:30PM

  Wow that is amazing. I am an absolute clutz on a bike I kid you not, but I would love to hike that trail it looks lovely. We were vacationing in P.E.I a couple years ago and they had turned the rail lines into bike/hiking trails really great idea I think.

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LANAHAUTH21 6/24/2012 11:25PM

  I'm jealous. Looks like you had a great time.

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