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A Good Addiction...

Saturday, March 24, 2012

A Spark team member once told me to be careful… can be addictive. It looks like I’m proving him right. Mountain biking is so thrilling, adventurous, and just plain awesome! I’m so fortunate to have my own personal guide to accompany me as I thirst to learn more about myself and Nature. The trails I rode on this past week were varied in skill levels. Like anything new in life, I continue to take one baby step at a time until I feel confident in what I am doing. What a thrill to ride down rugged terrain balancing above the saddle of my Trek! Previous experience of knowing how to “pick my line” from skiing downhill helped me to ride downhill with a little bit of confidence. Before joining SparkPeople, I would have never imagined challenging myself to go beyond the flats of macadam. The following are a few pictures of my past couple of rides. I didn’t stop long enough to get a pic of the big black snake curled up on the side of one of the trails. I thought it best to respect its privacy.

(Looks like a road block.)

(658 ft. elevation. It’s all downhill from here.)

(Old stone wall property lines of farm from long ago.)

(Daffodils from old non-existent farm. Nature lives on.)

(Another detour to overcome.)

Happy trails......

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SNOWSNAKE 3/26/2012 11:13AM

    emoticon emoticonDon't you just feel so FREE when you are out riding, checking out nature, new terrain, and "feeling the ride"? It gives great meaning to being an outdoors lover! The daffodils said it all! ***SNOW***

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BRENDALEEFREE 3/26/2012 8:58AM

    Way to go!

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CASSIOEPIA 3/25/2012 8:31PM

    Awesome photos, and what a great avenue that has been opened up for you now. Can you imagine never having done this, now that you know you can?

Thank you for sharing :)

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DIDMIS 3/25/2012 6:28PM

    Nice photos. Thanks.

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EJOY-EVELYN 3/25/2012 5:53PM

    Loved your workout blog and great photos! What beauty along your trail!

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GOOZLEBEAR 3/25/2012 2:23PM

    Great blog and I love the pictures!!!! You are doing awesome and you are very brave in my book! I'm proud of you!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DR1939 3/25/2012 1:59PM

    Awesome! Love the pics.

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KELPIE57 3/25/2012 1:17PM

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QUADCMOM 3/25/2012 12:52PM

    How awesome !! Thanks for sharing.

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KAYOTIC 3/25/2012 9:18AM

    I love the daffodils growing in the trees like that, what a fun surprise! Ride on! emoticon

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YANKEEBELLA 3/25/2012 7:39AM

    Thank you for sharing. That is a good addiction!
The picture are awesome but even more so is your story of dedication to improving yourself.


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OPTIMIST1948 3/25/2012 12:11AM

    I've actually walked that loop trail. How fun to see it from another viewpoint (you & the bike)!

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ANDYLIN90 3/24/2012 11:36PM

    You look great and I loved the enthusiasm in your blog.

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MSLZZY 3/24/2012 10:33PM

    emoticon emoticonLove the

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TIMOTHYNOHE 3/24/2012 10:31PM

    I was warned the same thing about long distance running.

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Chapter 58!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The day finally arrived and all I wanted to do was celebrate! My 58th birthday was quite an eventful milestone for me. For a long time I had planned what I wanted to accomplish on this day. I dreamed it would be a commencement, the start of something new. The sky was overcast. But that did not “cloud” my decision to go out and play for most of the day. And play I did! My birthday cake was presented but placed in the refrigerator until after dinner.

My best friend offered to give me my long awaited first lesson in mountain biking. So, with Shamrocks donning my ear lobes, I got my biking gear and little Leprechaun ready for the maiden voyage over rough terrain at the Stewart Forest Preserve.

On our way to the trails, we biked on a path parallel to old railroad tracks which bordered the village. Back in the 1920s until mid 1970s, this little railroad town earned the title “Gateway to the East” and ruins of the old administration building still stands, with the staircase intact.

Steam locomotives were a big part of the railroad industry in this area. During its heyday the village even created a man-made reservoir for the needed water supply required by the engines.

(man-made reservoir)

Before long, we soon entered the trails within the forest and gazed upon the beauty of wild flowers sprouting up through the decayed bed of oak leaves.

As we went deeper into the forest area, I soon found myself riding on beginner level mountain trails that challenged my skill with balance and agility. What fun riding in between trees and up and down hilly areas. Along the way, there were many interesting sights, including huge ant hills.

(huge ant hills)

There were also huge beaver huts. One was washed up on shore, probably from Hurricane Irene’s visit last fall.

(beaver hut)

(beaver hut on shore)

I truly enjoyed celebrating life from the saddle of my bike. Riding on both rugged terrain and gently rolling fields was a great experience. I encourage everyone to go outside an play often. This is key to living a healthier life!

I’m so glad to have accomplished what I had planned to do: my first real mountain bike ride on trails within the forest. The best part of today was experiencing this new chapter in my life with my best friend!

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OPTIMIST1948 3/20/2012 7:41PM

    Awesome post. I always feel invigorated by your adventures!

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BRENDALEEFREE 3/19/2012 9:57AM

    It sounds like you had an awesome way to start Chapter 58 - keep it going!

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KELPIE57 3/19/2012 6:03AM

    Great day, I'll be seeing what I can do on Wednesday!

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SNOWSNAKE 3/18/2012 11:50AM

    emoticonLuvs2, thanks for sharing your Shamrock birthday with us, it was fun to feel like I was right there with you! You certainly know how to make the best of your 50's, reaching goals, exploring new activities and areas.... Like Wood always says, Life is Good! So we all should live it to its fullest! Great blog, wonderful birthday, fabulous cake!! ***SNOW*** emoticon

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KAYOTIC 3/18/2012 10:00AM

    What a wonderful way to celebrate! emoticonlive, love,!

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BILL60 3/18/2012 8:47AM

    Sounds like you had a blast. Do it again and again, and again.

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CHOCLAHOLIC 3/18/2012 6:18AM

    Sounds like a perfect birthday outing! emoticon

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WOODHEAT 3/18/2012 12:00AM

    What a great way to spend your birthday! Someday you'll have to meet me and my wife, who goes by Luvquilting here. I think we are very much alike! I'm pretty much know here at Sparks as being the "life is good" guy. I live it! I believe it! Seems to me you do also. Glad to have you being part of "the Deck" experience.

Life is good!

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It's Time To Celebrate!!!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Here it is, the eve of my 58th birthday and all I want to do is celebrate! So, I’m inviting you all to join me tomorrow in celebration of my life and yours! I’m so thankful for all of you out there supporting and encouraging me to do my best and to succeed at reaching my goals.

Wherever you are tomorrow, whatever you are doing, just take a moment and think about where you were when you made the decision to travel on the road to better health. And see how far you’ve come to get to your current status. Each of us made our individual long and short range goals and we continue to take small steps to reach them. As we travel, we find the road is not always a smooth one. Together we help one another stay on track to succeed.

As I turn another chapter in my life, I have one wish for each of you: that you will continue to be there for me as I promise to be there for you. Together we will help each other persevere to succeed at reaching our goals in living healthier lives for ourselves and our families. Life is a gift. We must take care of it! Now, go out and play!

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SPEEDY143 3/19/2012 3:49PM

    emoticonHappy HAPPY Birthday emoticon emoticon

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NEILITHICMAN 3/18/2012 8:22PM

    Happy birthday for tomorrow. It's already your birthday over here in New Zealand so I'll start celebrating without you.

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KAYOTIC 3/17/2012 6:25PM

    So much to celebrate, Happy Birthday!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CROWLEY123 3/17/2012 12:06PM

    Thank you so very much - for sharing your joy and your encouragement!

Happy Birthday, and Happy TRAILS! emoticon


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VAL_LYNNE 3/17/2012 10:28AM

    I am going on a 10 mile bike ride to celebrate you Birthday. emoticon
My mom had a goal of riding 60 miles on her 60Th. Birthday. And she did it!
May you enjoy your day and celebrate life! It is a blessing! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 3/17/2012 9:12AM

    Love that idea! I just turned 57 3 weeks ago and I also want to celebrate life! Hope you have an awesome day today!

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WOODHEAT 3/17/2012 8:12AM

    Awesome!!! Happy birthday Luv2! Party on the deck tonight! See you there!

Life is good!

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GAYLLYNNE 3/17/2012 8:10AM

    Happy birthday tomorrow!! We were both born around the same time and I have to say you look fantastic!! I hope this is the best year ever!!!! emoticon

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TATTER3 3/17/2012 12:16AM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!!So glad for you! I did my own celebration for my 60th! Keep Sparkin'!!!

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The Sound of Spring

Monday, March 05, 2012

Yesterday’s bike ride took me across a small tributary of the Wallkill River. It was quite evident that the Spring thaw had already begun. The sight and sound of the rippling water rushing under the bike trail made me stop to watch and listen. It had such a calming effect with a very peaceful tone. Can you hear it?

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    Thanks for sharing !!

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DEBBYFROMMT 3/10/2012 10:33AM

    Beautiful and so smart to take a camera (phone?) with you!! I never remember to take pictures

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OPTIMIST1948 3/6/2012 8:47PM

    My flowers are blooming! Spring is truly upon us!

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MJ7DM33 3/6/2012 1:15PM

  Just looking at the pics is calming! Thanks for sharing!

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CANDOK1260 3/6/2012 9:50AM

    great pics and sending (((skinny vibes)))

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ADELCASALE 3/6/2012 7:55AM

    Beautiful! The other thing I noticed this weekend in Philadelphia....I love to wake up early on Sat/Sun. While it was still dark out, the birds singing was loud and clear....they are back from their winter nesting.

I haven't yet got my bike in for it's annual maintenance but plan do it this week. Still doing winter hiking as my outdoor activity on the weekend.

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BILL60 3/6/2012 7:54AM

    Super!! Makes you want to go out and find some water to ride around.

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W5VEOTX 3/5/2012 9:50PM

    So neat - that's why I love cycling but only outdoors!

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BROOKLYNROSE 3/5/2012 9:40PM

    I love it:) I miss living near water like that! Thanks for sharing

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SUZZQ4LIFE 3/5/2012 8:58PM

    I know what you mean. We had 3 in. of snow again on Sat. morning and I did snow shoveling on Sun. Today it's starting to melt off the trees and deck and it's a wonderful sight and sound. I'm not really looking forward to the mud though.

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Spring is getting closer....

Saturday, March 03, 2012

The day started out dreary with continued light rain. It affected my mood and I found myself heading down the road of hum glum. Oh, how I wanted to ride my bike! With safety in mind, I thought it best not to embark on what could be a messy ride. What fun is that? So, I pushed myself to go out for a long walk with umbrella in hand. I headed down the road not being bothered by the sprinkles and enjoyed the time walking with my best friend.

After 2 miles, we started our return trip. The sky became “lighter” and before we knew it, the sun was shining. By the time we reached home, the sky was blue with no sign of any grey clouds. It was soon time for lunch, pulled pork and veggies cooking all morning in the crock pot. Yes, the aroma permeated the kitchen heightening our appetites.

After lunch and a little “rest time”, I got my bike gear out, checked the air in the tires and headed down the road in a different direction. It was so nice to feed my addiction again and enjoying the sights and signs of Spring. Yes, the daffodils are sprouting all along my route of nearby farms! Spring is getting closer!

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MJ7DM33 3/5/2012 5:12PM

  emoticon On getting two workouts in one day!

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DEBBYFROMMT 3/4/2012 12:06PM

    Nice! 2 workouts for the price of 1! hee hee. We still have too much snow for Spring. Hoping for May but probably June before we see any flowers.

Please send some of that warm weather our way! emoticon

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LINDA! 3/3/2012 9:54PM

    Great pics!

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LAURELSPARK 3/3/2012 7:42PM

    I love your pics and your enthusiasm. I'm grounded off of my bike for a short time. I finally went to a PT to work on fixing my hip/back and we are still in the intro stage. Until we get a better idea of what's going on, I'm off the bike.


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EASTENDCLAM 3/3/2012 4:26PM

    Nice photos. I haven't seen any crocus or daffodils yet, even for as mild a winter as its been.

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JSALERNO 3/3/2012 4:25PM

    yeah spring.

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