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Miles of Smiles!

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Most people think that 2012 began back on Jan. 1st.

But for me? Today being my 1st day back on the road with my bike? I can now truly say that I've kicked off 2012 with a BLAST! :-)

It just doesn't get any better than today: loads of sunshine, wispy clouds and a jaw-dropping 68-72 degrees on the various bank thermometers I saw!

I was so excited looking forward to hitting the roads this afternoon! I couldn't make up my mind where I wanted to GO! So many routes crossed my mind. My first thought was: okay, first ride of the season. I know I've checked my bike over real well. Pumped up the tires, holding air fine, lubed the chain, dusted it off. Everything LOOKS to be in working order. However I remember toward the end of the last riding season despite having a new chain on the bike there was still some slipping in some of the gears. So before I light out for some rural ride I'd better tool around town to be sure all is okay.

And it was! Smooth as silk! Up through Cheri Lindsay Park along the Riverwalk and then back downtown via State & Water St. Along the way I had settled on my decision:

Let's break for the border! The New York / Pennsylvania border, that is! Off I went, heading for Hallstead via Conklin Road / Route 7. Bumped into a few bike club members who were doing their solo rides out today too. Quick break in Hallstead and then back up into NY looping up Route 11. It was the strangest thing, the excitement that overtook me. Over the winter I'd forgotten what it was about cycling that lights me up. Even began wondering to myself: What the heck do you see in this stuff anyway? And you know I can't find the words. Can't pin it down...I just get in the bike and move and am overtaken by this overflowing feeling of good will, that everything is right with my world!

This was the perfect route. Just enough miles to challenge me (33 miles), to begin breaking in my butt (have to restore those buns of STEEL...lol!) and relatively flat so I could just savor the ride, soak up gorgeous outdoors and cruise along.

I had my "radio" tuned into this smooth Larry Carlton tune:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=
OH8TJVwF1Yg


www.last.fm/music/Larry+
Carlton/_/Smiles+and+Smile
s+To+Go


No flats, no falls...just Miles of Smiles!

Don
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2BMYOWN 3/16/2012 9:19PM

    Totally, totally awesome, Don. Life just don't get no better than that, does it? Kudos, sparky bud, I love hearing about your biking adventures, but I gotta be better about checking peoples' blogs, I'm always a day late and a dollar short. LOL

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EAGLES_WINGS 3/11/2012 4:01AM

    That is the way I feel about walking and of course I am so thrilled that I can do it. Nothing like the outdoors to perk you up. Glad you had an awesome time. emoticon

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ACTIVE_AT_60 3/9/2012 10:45PM

    Was planning on riding to work today - got to work and it started to snow .. then it was sunshine when I left in the pm. Can't win!!!

BTW when are listening to music - not when riding I hope!!!

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GIANNA345 3/9/2012 10:40PM

    I can relate. I feel that way about biking too. I can't say I just restarted, because I never really stopped, except for the month of February when I was injured (not bike related). Still, I feel the excitement. The days are getting longer, and the light really has an effect on me. The wind isn't as cold, and it really feels great to be outside again.

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SHIROIHANA 3/8/2012 6:53PM

    I know what you mean about having a late start to the year. I didn't run as much these past few months, but with spring quickly approaching, I see myself waking up again. Time to make 2012 a great year!

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JLITT62 3/8/2012 4:18PM

    Glad your biking season is off & "running", so to speak.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 3/8/2012 2:07PM

    Yeah for your first ride after a long winter, bet you felt fantastic. I feel the same way about running, it makes everything in my world complete so it's no wonder things are off kilter since my hip still giving me a fit. Many more smiles to come for the both of us.
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FRECKS96 3/8/2012 2:04PM

    Awesome!!

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DAYHIKER 3/8/2012 11:54AM

    AWE. SOME. ! Glad you're back on the road that you love so much! emoticon

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HKARLSSON 3/8/2012 10:50AM

    Yay!!! Sounds like a great ride! emoticon

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LIVESTRONG2010 3/8/2012 10:02AM

    Sounds wonderful! Have a safe and fun riding season!

Ride Strong and Pedal Safe my cycling friend emoticon

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BLUE3505 3/8/2012 9:43AM

    Sounds like you had a great time. I know the exact feeling you're talking about. After a short absence from the bike you begin to wonder why you bother with it, but then as soon as you get back on, it all comes back to you.

As for the butt, yeah, that takes a few rides to toughen up...

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KA_JUN 3/8/2012 9:35AM

    Yeah! Sounds like we all got a bit of the heat in the mid-Atlantic, I saw everyone and their grandmother out riding, yesterday!

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TOOTHFUL99 3/8/2012 9:07AM

    So glad you finally got out there on your bike! I remember those days of waiting all winter. I would actually have biking dreams!

Now, you can go back to being a kid on a bike!

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JESPAH 3/8/2012 8:36AM

    No flats, no falls! W00t!

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FERRETLOVER1 3/8/2012 7:43AM

    Wonderful!! So glad the good weather came to you - hopefully you can do this again today!

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KAYZAKCX 3/8/2012 4:32AM

    Man, you've got me drooling. Can't wait for my first countryside ramble of the year.

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MEGA_MILES 3/7/2012 9:48PM

    Woohoo!! The hell with the words. None required. It's about the experience. Ride on.

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SASSYCHRIS1952 3/7/2012 9:04PM

    emoticon You go Don! And thanks for sharing some more great tunes! emoticon emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 3/7/2012 8:36PM

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BOBBYD31 3/7/2012 7:26PM

    good for you don, i have been hitting the roads for a while now (jan 33, feb 100 and 25 this month) only 10 today but is was beautiful out there. gotta get the buns of steel ready for a century

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WATERMELLEN 3/7/2012 7:16PM

    Happy New Year!!

There is just nothing like getting out in the fresh air for exercise . . . and I know how much you love your bike!

Thanks for your TUFFMUFFIN comment! He really is a terrific guy!

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