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Dormant Fields; Reaping Benefits...

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The winter here in New York State has been very mild with little snowfall as compared to the winter of 2011. Last weekend after a brief snowfall, I enjoyed snowshoeing in the forest. This weekend after several days of mild temperatures, I ventured out on my bike. The sun was shining and the temperatures hovered around 40 degrees F. I decided to head to the Goshen Heritage Rail Trail, a trail I usually ride during warmer weather months. This trail is located in the “Black Dirt” region of New York and borders enormous fields of our nation’s onion crop.



Rail trails around here are most often covered with snow this time of year. Today was an exception. At first I planned to ride 16 miles round trip. But I felt very energetic. So, I decided to complete 23.3 miles.



During late summer and into autumn, one can smell the aroma of onions while riding the trail as it borders very large onion fields. Today was different. As you can see in the pictures, the Black Dirt fields are patiently waiting for the farmer to plant new bulbs come Spring.



The wind started to kick up during the last 8 miles. But I pushed forward remembering why I put myself on that saddle and thought of the many benefits I would gain from today’s ride.

  
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SWEETLIPS 2/3/2012 6:26PM

    How cool is it that you have such bountiful beauty around you and the fact that you take advantage of it, is even more wonderful and yes, I am drinking in the water and loving it more daily!!

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GALINAZ 2/3/2012 2:26PM

    Thanks for the hint on my blog! I have a bike and I just don't get out and use it. I live in the city and our drivers are crazy! But, that's just an excuse! I'm going to find my bicycle tire pump and give it a whirl this weekend!

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MISSY994 2/2/2012 9:43PM

  emoticon 23.3 miles is impressive!

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OPTIMIST1948 1/30/2012 9:38PM

    I havent done an extended Rail Trail. Your post makes me think I should.

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SAVINGHANNAH 1/30/2012 8:00AM

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MAKULEWAHINE 1/29/2012 11:44AM

    I am so jealous. Biking around here is dicey right now. Ice on the roads, left over snow, tree branches still down. But I did get a run in yesterday. It was ffffreeezing!!! Milder weather supposed to come so I am trying to plan a ride soon. Enjoy the trails.

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JSALERNO 1/29/2012 6:40AM

    LOOKS PEACEFUL

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GOSPELCLOWN 1/29/2012 12:57AM

    Great blog! Tell us more whenever you ride, OK?

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RUSTBUCKET1 1/29/2012 12:40AM

    This is just beautiful. I love the feeling of the cool, crisp air as you ride along. So glad that you were able to enjoy this day. And thanks for sharing. emoticon

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Time Out...

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Yesterday’s snowfall was a blessing to me. There is a kind of special peace I find in Nature that I cannot find in any other place. This afternoon, my husband and I headed out to our favorite trails in the MTA Stewart Buffer Zone (Stewart State Forest). Noted for its numerous challenging mountain bike trails, the buffer zone becomes the place to be during the winter months with your snowshoes, cross-country skis, snowmobiles and mountain bikes with very fatty tires.


(Making my way through the forest)



It’s so peaceful to listen to the snow crunching under my “shoes”, the song of the chickadee and the Canadian Mallards flying overhead.



(Marked trails)



(We are so small.)



(Miles of trails)

After snowshoeing a couple of miles on Scofield Lane trail, two mountain bikers passed by. They rode up a steep incline effortlessly! I began to think about my bike. Is it time for me to challenge myself and take my bike riding to the next level? A decision was made. This spring I will not only continue to ride old rail trails and back country roads, but I will add mountain biking trails to my routes.

As we all travel on our journey to better health, it’s important to take a “time-out” to reflect, be grateful for our blessings and push forward to reach our goals and maybe add new goal or two to our list.

Keep Sparking!

  
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RUSTBUCKET1 1/24/2012 3:11PM

    What beautiful photos! Reminds me of cross country skiing back East. Thank you for sharing your day with us all.

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BYEBYEBIGMAMA 1/24/2012 11:43AM

    I'm so jealous! I live in San Diego and we have nothing like that here...sounds fun!

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DEBBYFROMMT 1/24/2012 9:53AM

    Love the pictures! Snowshoeing is my favorite!!!

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BILL60 1/23/2012 8:58AM

    Very nice!!

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KA_JUN 1/22/2012 11:54PM

    Cool! Be forewarned, mountain biking can cause spontaneous smiles to break out!

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OPTIMIST1948 1/22/2012 9:14PM

    I love Stewart. One of my New Years Resolutions is to get my XC Skiis back and do some skiing there this winter.

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Dress for Success...

Saturday, January 14, 2012

It was a cold day here although bright with sunshine. The temperature gauge did not rise above 18 degrees. Yes, the winter season has finally settled in New York. The past week did not offer any opportunity for outdoor activity except for a couple of quick lunch-time walks around campus. I was so looking forward to being outdoors today. And I was determined to ride my bike!

Anything is possible, right? So, I put on my long johns, bike leggings, ski pants shell, turtle neck top, ski jacket, ski gloves and liners, neoprene booties, ski socks, bike helmet, baklava AND foot warmer packets. I was ready! I learned from a previous ride that feet get cold when riding in weather below 30 degrees….ha-ha. Not going to happen today!

Out the door I went, hitched my bike to the car and drove to the nearest rail trail. How different the views were from the saddle of the bike: the farmer’s barren fields, the icy river along the trail, the red tail hawk searching for dinner. The sounds were so “quiet-like”. Such a peaceful place to be to unwind after a busy and stressful work-week!

Yes, anything is possible. Just dress for success!


(Wallkill River along the trail)


(Original Borden Farm - where Elsie the Cow was "born")


(Pumpkin fields)

  
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OPTIMIST1948 1/22/2012 9:15PM

    Yay! As long as you keep moving, absolutely you can do ANYTHING.

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DEBBYFROMMT 1/18/2012 9:54AM

    Excellent! You're right about dressing for success! (except it's -20º this morning and I think I'll stay in - at least till it gets about zero)

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CARILOUIE 1/15/2012 10:21AM

    I bundled up yesterday and went for a walk. It was wonderful!

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YANKEEBELLA 1/15/2012 9:29AM

    I am in awe!

I am a native western New Yorker who has gone soft after 30 years in Virginia.

Thank you for the beautiful photos. There is so much to admire in nature.


Blessings, Susan

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BILL60 1/15/2012 8:44AM

    Wow!! Another member of the Hard Core Group. Welcome!!

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TATTER3 1/15/2012 8:08AM

    Keep Sparkin'!!!

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JSALERNO 1/15/2012 6:04AM

    I DON'T CARE HOW WARMLY I CAN DRESS I'LL STAY INSIDE AND USE STAIR MASTER AND MY DVD PLAYER. I'LL SAVE THE OUTSIDE STUFF FOR SPRING. IT'LL BE SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO.

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RUSTBUCKET1 1/15/2012 12:25AM

    Wow! What a beautiful crisp day! You are absolutely on POINT! If you can cross country ski in this weather, you can ride. It is all about the layers. You are a true cyclist. Thanks for sharing your ride with all of us. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MISSA9 1/14/2012 11:55PM

    WAy To go!! I cannot even walk outside in cold when its below 30

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BJALEX5 1/14/2012 11:54PM

  Good for you. I am always amazed at how much I enjoy a walk in the cold.....but only if I am dressed for success.

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"Is it Spring, yet?"

Saturday, January 07, 2012

The days are getting longer, so they say, even though I still arrive home from work in the dark. Oh, how I miss riding my bike or going for a run after work. To make up for it, I try to make every minute count on the weekends, especially if the weather was like today’s 45 degrees and full of sunshine! I believe the Official January Jump Start Challenge has been the cause of my daily energy boost lately. No longer do have to drag myself out of bed in the mornings. No longer do I stress out over issues that are not life threatening. I have learned not to take my health for granted.

While out on a bike ride or running on trails, I tend to think a lot. Today was no different. This morning I heard my bike say, “Let’s go for a ride.” Without any hesitation, I put on my gear. No long johns or ski jacket or neoprene booties necessary. As I rode my bike on a favorite route past an organic farm and, further down the road, a dairy farm, I was greeted with the aroma of fresh “country air”.

The temps today could trick you into thinking it is Spring. I wasn’t the only one who took advantage of today’s spectacular weather. The barn doors on the dairy farm were wide opened. I think the farmer was doing a little “Spring cleaning”!


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MAKULEWAHINE 1/9/2012 12:20PM

    Wow. It was beautiful here in the PNW too. I got in a run on Sat. and a ride on Sun. Met my son at Starbucks for some energy:) You have to have a destination I say! It was just gorgeous and lifted my spirits in a way working in the gym just can't touch. I know worse days may come, but so far we are having very mild weather. I am grateful.

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BEVPRESLEY 1/8/2012 10:49PM

    Glad you had a good ride. We had the grands this morning and it rained this afternoon. My ride was on the trainer, but that is ok, I was on my bike. Spring will be here before we know it.

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BABY_GIRL69 1/8/2012 7:57PM

    I promise you the sun is going down now at like 5:00pm when it just a few weeks ago going down at 3:45pm? Well, I am still putting on my winter gear, I am not going to get a cold. So I am going to enjoy it but I am still readying myself for the worse.

God bless & enjoy everyday!

Dee

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DEBBYFROMMT 1/8/2012 6:42PM

    This is indeed weird weather for January. Although the days are still quite short, it feels like November and look like early April. When are we going to have winter? emoticon

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BILL60 1/8/2012 9:41AM

    Sounds like a great riding day. Enjoy!!

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JPONCIN 1/8/2012 7:21AM

    It's been a strange winter for sure but I'll take it! Great weather for riding! :)

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JSALERNO 1/8/2012 6:45AM

    I KNOW GOING TO WORK IN THE DARK AND COMING HOME IN THE DARK STINKS.

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LORETTA24 1/8/2012 4:39AM

    emoticon I am so happy for you! I live in Florida and personally 45 degrees sounds way to cold for me. lol I love going to the YMCA on those kind of days or just using my resources inside my home. When the temperatures hit 60 degrees then I enjoy the local park trails and the natural woods where I live. If the temperatures hit 80 or above the lakes and beach get my time for active exercise. I love Florida and live here for a reason. I do NOT do COLD! lol Enjoy your day and have fun with your exercise. The country air is something to be treasured at any temperature (unless your down wind of a mushroom farm of course ... lol). Keep smiling sunshine. emoticon

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RUSTBUCKET1 1/8/2012 2:06AM

    Wow. Sounds like a perfect country ride on a gorgeous day. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you many, many more perfect days on the road.

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MSLZZY 1/7/2012 10:57PM

    I'm dreaming! This is not our typical January. No snow, no bitter cold yet. I am afraid we will pay a price for this nice weather someday.

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SWAN47 1/7/2012 10:42PM

    Soon...spring is just around the corner! Meanwhile enjoy these gifts where we can get outside like today and enjoy the beauty.

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Goals for 2012

Saturday, December 31, 2011

The following are my goals for 2012:

- To have a closer relationship with my God
- To make several quilts for Project Linus
- To learn to kayak
- To lose 5 pounds to keep within goal weight range
- To tone muscles, especially the core, for better posture
- To complete a bike tour
- To gain more self-confidence
- To improve my running time
- To bike new rail trails
- To learn skills of mountain biking
- To hike the Gunks
- To plan and organize better
- To complete cross-stitch ornaments for Christmas 2012

Happy New Year!


  
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RUSTBUCKET1 1/2/2012 12:14AM

    Love the goals. And I hope you find a good bike tour. There are so many great ones here and abroad...Vermont...Oregon...Califor
nia...South of France. I am sure that you will find the perfect one for you. Best Wishes for the New Year! RB1 emoticon

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VAL_LYNNE 1/1/2012 10:10PM

    great goals!
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JSALERNO 1/1/2012 7:22AM

    great goals!

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MISSLISA1973 12/31/2011 9:53PM

    Lots on your plate, but you can do it!

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LISALALA1 12/31/2011 9:51PM

    Best wishes to you

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DENVERDAN 12/31/2011 9:21PM

    Sounds like you've got your work cut out for you - I like it. Congratulations on all you've accomplished. Happy New Years!

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LESLIELENORE 12/31/2011 9:14PM

    Best wishes to you in the new year! I am sure you will reach your goals for the year. Just keep moving!

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