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Sunday cycling

Zooming along a country road.
Zooming along a country road.

Hey!  It’s summer!  Be free and happy and danceful and uninhibited and now-y!

~ Terri Guillemets

The corn was taller than knee-high before the 4th of July.
The corn was taller than knee-high before the 4th of July.

I took Lulu* out for a bike ride this morning.  M joined us.  It was the perfect summer morning for a ride through the countryside.

*Lulu is my everything-proof point-and-shoot camera.

Where I've been
Where I’ve been

I noticed the cicadas for the first time today.  I was just thinking last week that we should be hearing the chirps and clicks and songs of the cicadas soon.

The roads are long and flat.
The roads are long and flat.

I haven’t been riding my bicycle as much as I’d hoped.  Either there hasn’t been time or I didn’t feel up to it.  Hopefully I’ll be able to get out on it more in the coming weeks.  I’d like to increase my average miles per hour which is currently hanging out at a lowly 8 mph.  I will work my way up to 9 mph, then 10 mph, and then we’ll see.  I can and do get up speed for the fun and workout of it, and today I made it up to 16 mph, but it’s not a speed I can maintain for a great length of time (right now).

Stretching out.
Stretching out.

I have a hybrid bike rather than a road bike so speed is not easy.  Distance isn’t, either, because hybrids are made for short, casual rides (10-20 miles).

Past the farm.
Past the farm.

When M and I bought our bikes, we decided hybrids would probably be best as we hadn’t been riding in a long time, and it was unlikely we were going to participate in any races or long bike rides.

The wheat has been harvested.
The wheat has been harvested.

Now that we live in a place with wide open cycling space and little traffic, I’m reconsidering my bike.  I won’t be buying a new one anytime soon, but it is something to think about if I want to start riding longer distances.

Around the bend.
Around the bend.

I recently read an article comparing hybrid and road bikes.  Turns out the road bike is better in terms of spreading out the weight and pressure.  A hybrid bike makes you sit up straight and all the weight is on your bottom.  That gets pretty uncomfortable after a while, even with a comfort seat and/or padded cycling shorts.

A little faster than turtle speed.
A little faster than turtle speed.

A road bike distributes your weight between your hands, feet, and bottom.  You can shift around when one part gets tired, redistributing the weight as necessary.  The best I can do on the hybrid bike is stand up occasionally to take the weight off my bottom.  The ideal situation, for me, would be to rent a road bike and see how it feels.  I’ve never ridden one before.

On and on.
On and on.

Choose your exercise using the same criteria you’d apply to choosing a date — that is, attractive to you and able to hold your interest for an hour.

~ Victoria Moran

The long and winding road.
The long and winding road.

The day has been heating up since our morning ride.  I did a little mowing before lunch, but the afternoon is best spent sitting on the porch catching a breeze or swimming in the pool.  I’ve done both.

Heading home.
Heading home.

Thank you for dropping in today, and joining me on another bike ride.  We should do this more often.  Or at least I should do this more often.  It’s time for me to shed the slothful habits I’ve acquired over the past few weeks.  Easier said then done during the months of July and August, but one of the great things about riding a bike is that you bring your own air conditioning.  As long as you’re moving, there’s a breeze.

Just another mile or two to go.
Just another mile or two to go.

I hope you’ve had a delightful weekend, balanced with rest and recreation.

Let's catch a breeze by the creek.
Let’s catch a breeze by the creek before we finish this ride.

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

 

Author:

Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

19 thoughts on “Sunday cycling

  1. I thought I saw you out there riding today!

    🙂 By the way. I added a new page on my blog “World By Bike”. I’m just going to add pictures as we go. Though now I have to go backwards and get a lot more. It is amazing how much we have seen on bikes in the last ten years. Things we never would have seen. Though our day of riding was not quite as sunny. We did get to see some things we had not seen before. Which is one of the perks of biking.

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    1. Was that you I passed, CM? lol! Doubtful. I bet your speed is faster than my turtle speed, and I know you go longer distances. I love the idea of a “World By Bike” page. I know what you mean about seeing things you have not seen before or might not have seen. Hiking and biking have exposed me to all sorts of things in the world, much of it quite beautiful. 🙂

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      1. I have loved my exposure by bike. Some days I go fast. Some days I do not. I have a little story about that for today. But I am trying to make myself slow down and enjoy having the opportunity to be out on the bike. It’s something I don’t ever want to take for granted. If we ever get to New England we’ll have to go for a pedal about. 🙂

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        1. Sounds like great fun, CM. But you’ll have to come to Maryland since I don’t think I’ll get to New England anytime soon. Wish I could, though, as it’s beautiful up there! and no worries on getting my current home state wrong since half the time I’m not sure where I am. lol! I am thrilled to hear you are slowing down. One of the things that bothered me when I first started biking was that the folks I was out riding with wanted to rush by everything in the name of mileage. I stop frequently to admire the view, and now that I’m using the little camera when I go by bike, sometimes I just slow down to take a picture. There’s a thrill to speed (especially going downhill when I want to — and often do — yell “wheeeeeeeee!”), but I love being able to take my time and see what’s there.

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          1. Ha! Maryland it is then! And you’re right, I can’t remember where half the people I know…are.

            I would love to see Maryland some day.

            I very much want to slow down to take pictures. This week we have been doing just that. It doesn’t mean I “can’t” go fast. But sometimes….it’s very okay, and necessary, to not go fast. (By the way I came across our color run picture the other day and it made me very happy. 🙂 )

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            1. What an interesting coincidence! I just got a notice about the Color Run in Baltimore, and I’m trying to talk my husband into going. It was so much fun I had to go back and look at the pictures from it, and there we were, all smiles and funny toe shoes, ready to get color thrown at us. 😀

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              1. I hope you go! My kids want me to go again but my schedule is so packed with little things, but lots of little things… so I doubt I’ll go. I do remember ours fondly! 🙂

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  2. We just bought a bike rack for our car yesterday. I want to get back into riding, but I’m much heavier and in a lot worse shape than I was when I rode years ago. You’re lucky you have fairly flat terrain. It’s quite hilly here. Thanks for your inspiration.

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    1. You’re welcome, Christine. And thank you for stopping by. It’s good to see you. The flat terrain is nice, but there’s a saying among the cyclists here: We don’t have hills but we do have wind. And boy howdy, do we have wind! No matter which direction you’re headed, you’re always headed into the wind. I am not making that up. I don’t know how it’s possible, but I’m not the only one to notice that weird fact. The wind resistance, to me, is sometimes as tough as the hills we had in Ohio. That said, I know your area somewhat and it is pretty hilly down your way. I think the main thing is to just have fun, hills or no hills. 🙂

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  3. I think bikes have changed a lot since I bought my last one many, many years ago. I’ve never heard of hybrid or road bikes. I’d like to ride more but my area isn’t really conducive to it. Thanks for taking us along on your ride!

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    1. You’re welcome, Karma, and thanks for coming along. I’m just starting to learn about today’s bikes. It’s amazing how different they are from the bikes I grew up with, or even from the bike I had 20 years ago.

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  4. Ran back by to travel the roads again – there’s something really soothing about riding roads like that – I lived more south down the coast once where you could ride flat roads forever – and never realized how far you had gone. Locals thought it was nuts, but it was such fun just to ride.
    I had a old used “English”Raleigh bike from college, later I bought a curved under handlebar racy bike (kid’s size fit just right and it was on sale at the bike shop! Perfect! For then anyway – we road fast down city streets!), then sold that for a cross between mt. bike and road bike a Schwinn they don’t make anymore, and people are always trying to buy it – but will never let this one go! Somewhere your perfect bike is out there – and it’s will be on sale….they are like puppies waiting to pick the right home.

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