Tuesday, July 30, 2013
I love living in the greater Cleveland area. I am very close to museums, restaurants, the lake and tons of other things. I'm also happy to be so close to the Metropark. For those of you not from the Cleveland area, a metropark is a huge park system that is semi-connected from Cleveland and surrounding suburbs. It is usually made up of trails. Not a park that has equipment for kids to play on. Cleveland has a great one and it connects in several cities. Its nickname is the Emerald necklace. I hope if any of you are in the area you check it out. You can run, walk, bike and hike. In some places you can ride your horse, play golf or rent a kayak.
I live less than 2 miles away from one of these gems and I decided I would dust off the ol' bike and take a ride. I rode for about 18 miles. I have been exercising for about a year now and it was so nice to see how far I have come. Last year at this time, I had a difficult time going up some of the hills. Not now. Last year I could only do 10 miles before wanting to give up. Today, I could have gone further but hubby doesn't like it when I go by myself.( Of course, he never goes with me but that is a topic for another blog.) I was able to stay in the highest gear for all of the ride. Last year I would have used my lower gears more than I should.
Overall, it was just nice to have some time to myself out in nature. You don't get nature while at the YMCA. I didn't get to see any deer this time but I did get to see some men running without their shirts on...not that I was looking or noticed. I need to start taking advantage of the metropark more. It has been unseasonably cool here and I should be outside more. I did however, forget to put on sunscreen. I will have to remember that for the next time.
I hope everyone is having a great day.
PS- Here is the link if you want to look at the Cleveland metropark system www.clevelandmetroparks.com