Sunday, November 16, 2014

Ride Everyday In November: Wednesday through Sunday

Wednesday’s ride: A Take-it-easy 17 miles out to the ferry and then around past the wildlife refuge. It was a recovery ride after Tuesday's ride - my legs wanted nothing to do with a bicycle. One of my fellow riders  was recovering from some injuries as well, so we kept it simple. More wind and cold today, but still nothing compared to up north.

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Ankeny Wildlife Refuge

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Buena Vista Ferry landing

Day 13: Only a couple of miles if that. It was about 35F and raining. Checked out a bike path I hadn’t been on for awhile. Tried out some gloves my son gave me last year, against the wet and cold. They’re some wool mitts that I think he picked up at Cabelas. I was certain that they would be cold once wet, but dang if they didn’t keep my hands warm even after they soaked through. Not bad!

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Day 14. Before I could even get a ride planned, my mom called. Asked if I wanted to go to lunch. Couldn’t really turn down lunch with Mom, now could I.   So instead I had lunch with Moms and my Aunt, then went for a little spin afterwords, around the neighborhood.

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Day 15: Club ride, Jefferson to Independence. 36+ miles. Gorgeous day, but cold and a bit of the north wind. Luckily the return was somewhat south-ish.

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Buena Vista Ferry

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Day 16: Short ride over to the lake for a few photo ops and to stretch the legs a little. The lake had just a touch of ice on it's surface. Just over 4 miles.


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Little bit of ice on top

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Cheadle Lake

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Gravel grinding


12 comments:

  1. Gravel grinding....interesting. Does the front wheel wander on you?

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    1. Hi Dom,
      Gravel grinding, bikepacking or adventure biking - the latest "new thing" in bicycling. Riding a bike on gravel or dirt ... what a concept!

      I just like it because it reminds of back in the day when us kids rode our trusty ten-speeds up on the forest roads, or through the cow pasture. You know, fun stuff kids come up with - no special gear required. Now it's an official riding style with requisite gear and bikes.

      The wheels can wander, especially if I hit some deep gravel. It's good though. It's helped me be more comfortable when riding the motorcycle on dirt or gravel.

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  2. Such pretty pictures, even the ones from the rain.

    Darn it was cold this weekend. Sure was nice to see the sun though.

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    1. Thanks Brandy,
      The sun has been a treat that's for sure. Much nicer to bundle up against the cold than to try and bundle up against the rain. Alas, I'm sure the latter will return soon enough!

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  3. Beautiful ride! I love the photos, but funny thing...when I right clicked I was sent to Flickr and it said it was Adult Content! And I wasn't allowed to view!!!

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    1. Hi Martha,
      lol - adult content. I guess my secret is out ... I do x-rated, porn on the side. I'm not sure what happened with the pics. They're stored on Flickr and I must have messed up the settings somewhere. I'll check it later and see if I can figure out what's going on. Thanks for letting me know btw, I have family that visit there too. Can't imagine what they might think!

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  4. Really cool that you are getting out every day. Will this trend continue now that its been established?

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    1. Hi Richard,
      Nah, I don't think so. :)
      I love to ride bicycles, but everyday is a bit much. The real goal is just to get back in shape for longer rides and to ride a few days each week. I've also been invited on a long tour next year. I'm not sure if I'm going to do it, but I'm keeping it in mind as I get back into training.

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  5. Amazing stamina, Kari. I wish I had such. Good for you to get out every single day. I am going to follow your good example... well... maybe when it is getting warmer again...

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  6. Hi Sonja,
    The guy that thought this up based it on a ride everyday in April - a much saner month to ride! Although the folks from New Zealand find November to be a good choice. ;)

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    1. Right! Let's go to New Zealand then ;-)

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