Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Solo Ride around the Valley

Sometimes you just have to go out for a ride and remember why you do it. Why you love it. To hell with heartrate and speed and numbers and nonsense. Just ride for the pleasure of riding. Today was one of those times. Well that's not completely true. I still had a computer for distance, and I glanced at my cadence now and then, but no numbers drove me. It felt almost rebellious. I sometimes forget how riding clears the head and chases away the demons. Get that endorphin high.

Velvety green fields

We have a buttload of rain coming for the next week and today was the last, mostly dry, day for sometime to come. It's been a while since I've been on the bike, and even longer since a solo, mind cleansing ride.

bike porn 

Some of the locals

More locals

I opted for music and earbuds. I could hear all the auto traffic, even traffic on nearby roads, and carry on a conversation with others. I could hear myself singing. Not an altogether pleasant sound. Here's a hint. You don't have to blast them at full volume.

If you look close it's a shoe tree

My lunch break. Calapooia River.

Found some sweet gravel to ride. Love me some gravel.

Sweet sweet gravel! 
Sadly only about a mile 

Very peaceful on the roads this time of year. Everything seems calm after the hustle of summer, and before the insanity of the holidays. I'll take it.

29 miles

9 comments:

  1. I especially like the last photo. Radial spoked wheels! (And nice scenery!)

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  2. I am totally with you on this one, Kari. I gave up chasing numbers this summer. I hope to be back on the bike soon. I miss it...

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    1. Hi Sonja. I miss biking when I've been off the bike for awhile. I'll be back to following the numbers. Just a little break. :)

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  3. All that exercise....good for you! If only I had such motivation.

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    1. Hi Dom. Now that you guys are living the RV lifestyle, think of all the hiking you can do in the places you visit! All those National Parks. So many opportunities! :D

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  4. Gorgeous pictures of the valley. I love it when it is all green this time of year.

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    1. Hi Brandy, So true about all the green. It really caught my eye. I hadn't really noticed that the browns of summer had changed until now. The magic of all our rain.

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  5. Shhhh! Don't tell Martha, she'll want to rack up those miles with her fitbit! ;)

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