85 deg f
25 miles

I got out for a ride today, rode to Linden, then to Almira, Red Hill and then back to the casa. I'm riding a little earlier now since it's heating up, bout 85 today. This spring we have really been treated to some beautiful blooming plants, guess it's all the rain. Below is a pic of a Buckeye plant blooming, a lot of these along the roads and also a pic of the cattle on my road. That big Red Bull had to come over and check me out to make sure I wasn't messing with his harem.

I also stopped by Rogers for a visit, his shoulder seems to be bothering him more than his hip. He is walking a little around the house, hopefully he'll be back before long. I was glad to see him talking about his bike, told me the front wheel was bent, I looked at it, not to bad, we can true it up.

I also got me a new book to read, "Tent Life in Siberia," by George Kennan.

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85 deg f
25 miles

I wanted to get out this morning before it warmed up and stretch my legs after yesterdays effort.
I rode to town, then did the Mike loop and then returned home, a nice 25 mile ride.

Yesterday, 4/23 we had our "Linden Wildflower Trail ride," we had a real good turnout, maybe 50 riders.
The weather was nice but a bit warm for me, maybe the warmest day this year, mid 80's. I rode the 37 mile route and worked my butt off.
I rode my own ride, no drafting and still managed to get a 17mph + ride. I believe I was fifth, chasing 4 young guys about 20 years younger than me, these young guys are going to kill me.

We missed Michael Prewitt on the ride even tho he came to visit, he took a fall last week in the rain and tore some ligaments in his shoulder. We also missed Roger Warren he also took a fall last Sunday and broke his hip and has had a total Hip Replacement, he'll be off the bike for a while. My friend Robert also texted me and told me a friend of his, a lady from the Czech Republic, had broken her leg and it would take maybe a yr to heal.
Now you see why I was avoiding folks on the ride, I surly didn't want to get tangled up with anyone and go down.

Jerry Harp almost singlehandly put this ride together and he did a good job, he also found out just how much time and work goes into a ride.

So I've had a good weekend on the bike, now to recover, couch time.

Click on images below for large pic.

My first photobomb, I love it.

The T-Shirt

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79 deg f
40 miles

We had a good ride today, conditions were good just a bit breezy but really didn't bother us much.
I got in 40 miles and it felt great, it's good when you feel good.

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82 deg f
25 miles

Warming up out there, got into the 80's today.
I took a 25 mile ride on my touring bike, beautiful, just a bit warm.
I really enjoy all the colors that fill the roadways this time of year.

One of my favorites is the "Fringe Tree" pictured below, be sure to enlarge.

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75 deg f
40 miles

We had a good turnout at our ride today, seven of us, Jerry, JonJon, Roger, Rodney, Jim, Pete and me.
It was a perfect day for a ride, medium wind and full sun, 76 degrees.
Rodney and I ended up with about 40 miles and the rest of the crew got in 25.
Folks were feeling spunky and Jim was pushing the pace, I really enjoyed chasing rabbits.

Hope all these folks make it back next weekend for another good ride.

You can tell by my Aura that I was feeling good today.

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68 deg f
32 miles

I've really been enjoying all the flowers on my rides lately, everything is in bloom.

It's been a rough start to the year emotionally, several losses, it really makes me realize that we have to live every day, it's all we've got. Hold those that you love close and enjoy every moment.

I'll be out there tomorrow riding my bike and enjoying all the good things that this life gives us.

Take care my friends and have a good one, don't waste a minute.

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