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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!) 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:

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

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