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"I Want To Ride It Where I Can."

Thursday, June 20, 2013

All ibuprofen is not created equal.

I was educated on that subject yesterday morning when Joan informed me that the generic stuff she'd purchased at a big box store wasn't doing the trick. "I just should have gone to Walgreen's." That was my cue.

"Do you want me to go to Walgreen's?" (It was 5:50 AM)

Out into the garage I bounded. (I'm quite a sight when I bound, lol) There sat my bike. I heard it beckon me and I thought "Why not. I't only 2.5 miles."

You can listen to this inspiring song while you read the rest of my blog. Let's hope it gets stuck in your head like it did in mine all day yesterday.

So off I went and I have to tell you it was a most enjoyable ride. On the way home I snaked through a series of alley's. It brought back a lot of childhood memories. I remember playing kick ball and being yelled at by our neighbors when the ball went careening into their gardens. I remember my dad burning garbage in the ash box and the pungent smell that went with it. I came to the realization that if you put a large trampoline in a small back yard the lawn wouldn't get cut completely. I uttered a silent prayer of thanks that my kids never wanted a trampoline. (They found other, more creative ways to break their limbs.)

I watched squirrels, rabbits and birds screech and skitter in my path. I learned that no matter how well you commune with nature a random bird will poop on your head from time to time. I saw the sun flex its muscles as it poked through the tree limbs and felt the breeze reassure me as I cranked towards home.

Being a old flower child at heart I began to realize that their were not only spiritual benefits to my adventure but I was helping prevent green gas emissions and Lord knows with the price of gas.......

I rode my bike again this morning and plan to integrate it into my transportation options, weather permitting.

And there are the health benefits too, right?

See, I can write a blog about health and fitness!!!

Kinda, sorta.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HOLLYM48 6/27/2013 6:59PM

    Sounds like a fun trip that early in the morning!
Way to go! emoticon

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JLLOVETT 6/27/2013 4:58PM


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HLPRATT 6/22/2013 1:20PM

    I use my bike for commuting and exercise and I love it. I like to ride with a purpose but I do just ride for the fun of it too. It's cooler than walking or running outside in the summer.

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NASFKAB 6/21/2013 10:23AM

  why not walk or bike its better for you & the environment

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CARTOONB 6/20/2013 11:38PM

    I agree with you, John! My kids get irritated when we walk to the Chevron (1/4 of a mile away) or to the library (1 mile) or to school (1/2 mile). I'm glad to see that someone else likes to do things the old-fashioned way!

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DESERTDREAMERS 6/20/2013 10:02PM


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MOBYCARP 6/20/2013 8:39PM

    That brings back fond memories of growing up in a town where I could ride a bike for transportation. Where I live now is not very bike-friendly for serious transportation, so I only get out on the recreational trails. And I don't do that often enough.

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/20/2013 7:31PM

    emoticon Enjoy, Flower fellow... fellow flower? emoticon

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TERMITEMOM 6/20/2013 6:56PM

    emoticon I wish I had not given my bike away a few years ago...

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AJDOVER1 6/20/2013 5:41PM

    fun song!

Stick to alleys and side streets, please! Be safe and ENJOY!

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    I like to ride mine but my hubby took the handle bars off to make more room in the garage. LOL.

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LJCANNON 6/20/2013 4:12PM

    emoticon Great way to have Fun getting in those Fitness Minutes, And the Blog was Pretty Good too, OL!!!

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CATLADY52 6/20/2013 3:53PM

    I enjoyed your rambling on. It reminded me of the times I would go walking accompanied only by my dogs. Some of the time they were with me and other times they were a rustle in the brush. I didn't have a bike when I was growing up so I walked everywhere. emoticon

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GEEMAWEST 6/20/2013 3:16PM

    Way to go, John!

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ENG_TV 6/20/2013 3:02PM

    how fun!

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HDHAWK 6/20/2013 1:50PM

    Great tune! emoticon

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JEANNETTE59 6/20/2013 1:43PM

  emoticon from another old hippie emoticon

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HARROWJET 6/20/2013 1:26PM

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NILLAPEPSI 6/20/2013 11:42AM

    emoticon You're right -- that song is going to be stuck in my head the rest of the day! emoticon

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TRIPLE_EMME 6/20/2013 11:02AM


Glad you received enjoyment from your morning bike ride!

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EDWARDS1411 6/20/2013 10:29AM

    Happy Biking!!!

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ANATASHIKI 6/20/2013 10:08AM

    lol , blog about fitness emoticon

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CC3833 6/20/2013 9:33AM

    Great! First of all, you seem like a great husband! My bf does that stuff for me but I have to ask him all sweet then he'll go. I started walking to most places (bikes kill my knees and horseback riding does my knees enough damage!), and I feel the same as you. Just breathing the fresh air is nice and seeing the kids running around and playing reminds me of what it was like to be a kid. Keep up the great work!

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CELIAMINER 6/20/2013 9:19AM

    What a delightful blog! I wanted to avoid an earworm, so I skipped the song, but I felt as if I were riding right along with you!

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NEEDBU66 6/20/2013 8:52AM

    Great Choice!

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EMTFF376 6/20/2013 8:30AM

    This is probably the only thing I miss about living close to civilization! I mean, I could ride to the grocery store... ~14 miles and 2 sets of mountains! :)

Sounds like a great ride!

Big hugs,

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TRISTAROSE 6/20/2013 8:24AM


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REGILIEH 6/20/2013 8:10AM

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SARAWALKS 6/20/2013 8:10AM

I've gotten into the habit of walking to do my errands, carrying purchases in my backpack. It's a great way to get in some exercise! I live at the top of a big hill so biking is not such fun...but whatever works for you!

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