#30daysofbiking Day 15: secret garden
I know – it’s been a little flowery around here … but it’s springtime, so what do you expect? Even though I was due to take a grocery run on the Xtracycle, the day was just too lovely to not go for a road ride.
When I was young, one of the first “chapter books” I remember receiving for my birthday and reading was The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I remember being fascinated by the idea of a beautiful garden locked up behind a wall. Today’s ride took me by a lovely old home in Hamilton County, with an amazing (and somewhat overgrown-and-gone-wild) collection of beautiful flowering plants and trees, climbing green ivy, and a tumbling picket fence. Since it was all growing right along the side of the road, I couldn’t resist stopping; it begged to be photographed. Beautiful to the eye, but the scent of the wisteria was even more incredible.
I had a wonderful ride (despite the excessive amount of pollen in the air – we’re above record levels), and got home just in time to leave again for Grant’s tennis match at Lee University in town. I don’t know which is better – a college campus on a crisp autumn day, or a college campus on a gorgeous spring day? While I was waiting for Grant to get on the court, I walked around and was happy to see a nice number of bicycles and cyclists on campus. And I think I’ve mentioned it before, but one of our good friends who is a professor at Lee (and I often shudder when I think of him reading this mess :-0), rides or walks to campus every day – and I’m sure he’s inspiring others. So awesome you are, Jeff! 😀
It was a long but lovely day – and a great improvement over yesterday. Pretty exhausted, but definitely in a good way.
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Aw, shucks. Thanks for the shout out. Not sure if I’ve influenced anyone to ride or walk yet, though I have talked with other folks about it. We do have a new hire who expressed interest in biking to campus. We’ll see…
I love the pics of the St. Bernard, by the way!
I will unofficially credit all of the bikes I see on campus to you … 😉 Boog the Big Dog was quite the sweetheart. 😀
I think a college campus on a beautiful spring day is best. In fact, I have documentary proof. Just look at my transcripts. Spring quarter was always my worst for grades…spent too much time outside. 😀
I am glad to have the “official” documented answer 😀 I suspected as much …
An email I just got from our new hire about the sub-twenty-minute bike commute he would have from their new house to campus (I tried it out yesterday): “Perfect; thanks. This seems eminently do-able, a nice way to solve a burgeoning one-car conundrum.”
My reply: “Do you have a bike? If not, there’s a great bike shop down here owned by a Lee grad…”
Maybe Charles will give me a big discount on the Salsa. 🙂