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?
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!
Saturday, February 25, 2012
It was a long stressful week at work. With the weekend upon me, it was time to unwind. The weatherman predicted today to be sunny but windy. I woke up with plans to enjoy a good part of my day from the saddle of my bike. As long as it was going to be a dry day, I was ready to ride.
After a nourishing breakfast, I gathered my gear and planned my route. Temperatures hovered around mid-30s. With ski jacket and pants, gloves, mask, and foot warmers, I felt I would be comfortable to enjoy a ride on the back country roads. As I was about to embark, the wind kicked up. It quickly became quite strong with snow squalls. So, I waited a bit to see if the wind would die down. It was such a different scene from the previous week of Spring-like conditions with warmer temperatures.
The wind was persistent and, according to local forecasters, was reported to be 44mph at times. That was a bit much for me to confront while on a bike. I still wanted to get outdoors and enjoy a peaceful activity so I decided to go for a long walk at a local park. Light snow covered the grassy areas and the small pond was very turbulent because of the constant wind. After two miles of “pushing” through the wind, I was ready for a cup of hot cocoa. Spring, where did you go??? Come back, please!
(Orange County Park - Snow-covered grass in foreground; pond in background beyond park-bench)
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