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utilitaire 5.12

After giving myself a few days off – no biking, swimming or much of anything else – I got back out today, thankfully feeling more like myself.  I rarely get sick, or injured, and typically try to push through it if I can.  But taking a few days to rest and lay back was a good thing, I think; I feel so much better than I did on Friday.

It was raining all morning, but the clouds began to break up shortly after noon, so I decided to make a grocery run – #5 on my Ultilitaire control card.  Two bags of groceries, a gallon of milk, a quiet ride through dripping trees, cows in damp fields, and the smell of springtime in the air.  Zig-zagging a route on back roads and out of traffic, feeling my legs again after several days off of the pedals.   Mileage guestimate: 7 miles.  Daffodils emerging: gazillions.

yin & yang storm clouds

back roads home

daffodils

utilitaire 4.12

Per Utilitaire 12 rules 5 and 6, today’s ride will get logged as a second entry for “any store that is not the grocery store”.  I rode to Target.  Barely.  This cold has gotten the best of me over the past few days, and my sinuses feel like they are filled with cement.  My teeth hurt.  But I needed a few small things – laundry detergent, juice and a couple of cards to send to my boys –  and this is a short round trip (8 mi).

My observation for the day: our local school-bus driver could stand a refresher course on the 3-foot passing rule.

utilitaire 3.12

Today’s Utilitaire 12 destination: our local public library.  I almost didn’t make it out today; I am battling an annoying upper respiratory bug, which makes me want to just sit around with a box of tissue and lots of hot tea (along with an ample dose of decongestants).  I figured a new book might help, and the library would be a quiet and relaxing destination, so I decided to ride Elisabetta for a relaxing kind of ride.  Fortunately, it was a really beautiful day – and all the more incentive for wanting to get out of the house.

I am not a frequent visitor of our local library, I am sad to say.  I’ve found the book selection to be lacking, and have been frustrated with attempts with inter-library loaning.  Within the past few years, the library has undergone extensive renovations – and the physical facility changes are very nice.   I looked for a couple of books (which they didn’t have, of course), thumbed through a few other volumes, and took a look around at all of  the new rooms.   There is even a cozy coffee/sandwich shop, Lasater’s, that has opened on the main floor of the library.  With the proximity to the local University, it appears to be a popular and well-frequented addition.   Thumbs up for the coffee, too.  Even though I left bookless, I enjoyed the trip.

I rode on the Greenway to and from town – always a nice ride on a sunny day, lots of people out walking and jogging.  I don’t keep an odometer on Elisabetta, so I am only guessing on today’s paltry mileage – 16-ish?  It was just enough for the way I am feeling today … Hoping this passes soon.

library coffee shop

feeling bleh...

under mud-struction

paving the way for the Greenway extension

This post probably won’t mean much to anyone but a few of my local friends – Jenn, Jeff, Sarah, et al.  But it’s kind of a big deal for me.  We’re getting closer to seeing the completion of a big extension of our local Greenway/walking/bike path.  Once finished, it is going to be a more convenient way for me to get into and around town, avoiding some of the most congested roadways.  The current section under construction is at least a mile or two closer to me (on the north), and I really look forward to avoiding some traffic-hassle in getting to points south, including downtown.

long stretches through Tinsley Park, currently a mud bath

Over the weekend, we ran into Jeff and he mentioned that we all need to take an “inaugural ride” once the new section is completed (yay!).  I am looking forward to the day, although the current state of muck-ness through Tinsley Park appears to be a long way from being in rideable shape, even with some knobby tires.  Hopefully things will dry out, and they can re-grade at the very least … maybe drop some gravel?  I’m not sure if there is a plan to pave this section?

 Mostly, I’m just waiting for the thing to be somewhat contiguous; I’ve never quite understood the method to their expansion plans – very piecemeal and disjointed.  There are short sections on the north end that have been completed and paved for several years, but never connected to the rest of the path, making them virtually useless.  The same thing occurred on the south end at one point.  But I suspect it has something to do with obtaining right-of-ways or permits or funding.

Anyway, it’s exciting stuff – seeing the bridge completed and the heavy equipment in use … I really do look forward to the maiden voyage from north to south.

almost at the point of joining the existing path

the far north end (completed) ... and more rain on the way

arachnophobik(e)

today's bike rack "friend"

So I had to make a quick bike run to Target today.  I arrive, go to lock up my bike at the rack, and spot this lovely little arachnid along the building next to my bike.  It looked suspiciously distinctive, and upon closer (but not too close) look … yep, a black widow.  (And yes, she was fully alive and well.)

Now it’s not that I have any big case of arachnophobia; I happen to think spiders are kind of cool – as long as they are not crawling on me.  But this one, being a little package of poison – I swear she was eyeing my bike and thinking how nice and cozy it might be to sneak into my panner while I was in the store.  It looked like a mighty nice home, rather camouflaged, nice and dark, an easy place to hole up … and wait.

Yes.  I’m an idiot.  And my mind runs in ridiculous directions.  Never the less, I moved my bike to the other side of the building.  Just in case.

looking for a new home in my bike?

a color-coordinated house for your 8-legged "pets" (?)

rainy

It’s been strange weather.  Very warm, pretty windy.  Fronts coming through.  Rain.  It’s like the weather can’t commit to becoming winter-like.  Sigh.

Days have been filled with errands, commuting, and not much else.  I am keeping my fingers crossed that the weather will return to cold and crisp and sunny over the next few days.  Also hoping there will be some Thanksgiving break rides with my boys, home for the holidays.

Meanwhile, wishing everyone a peaceful time with friends and family – and a very happy Thanksgiving.

rain puddles & threatening clouds

foggy mornings

a window of "nice"

hat

#CyclingCapTuesday ... before the rains came

the things YOU carry

A big thank you to all of my great friends who took time to share their own photos of the things they carry – on their bikes and otherwise.  I love how individual personalities are revealed in such a simple photo, and within the collections of the items they use each day.  I also happen to covet some of your stuff!  (Lol.)

I might try to revisit this idea again in the future … so if you missed out this time, or want to send a new collection, I’d love to have you send your photos to me: shebicycles at gmail.  Thanks for sharing.  🙂

from Myrna in MN; cyclist, writer, pilot and devoted mom/wife ... who has mastered the art of travelling light

from Kellie S (in CA?); paddler and cyclist ... and I love her bird notebook/journal

from Tim M., student, musician, cyclist and all around creative guy ... and his artful collection; I loved his descriptions of the place each item holds in his life

from Lynda S ... a very prepared and organized cyclist from AZ, who is married to the "world's best bike mechanic" (lucky girl!)

from my Flickr friend, Mary G in our nation's capital ... dedicated bike commuter and randonneur extraordinaire; I covet her bikes as well as her commuting gear. I can't believe there's not a Little Package cap in this shot... 😉