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.
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 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!
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!
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