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#330daysofbiking Day 294: long ride & longhorns

 

little longhorn

 

Exquisite riding weather today … sunny and temps near 70’F.  So I set my to-do list aside and took a nice long road ride into the neighboring county.   And although I had my eye out for some Holsteins for my friend @bikerly, they were apparently out grazing in distant pastures.  Instead, it was a day for Longhorns.

 

sweet black ears and nose

you could probably hang a bicycle from those horns (... and no, I didn't try it)

 

 

spotty

always propped up along a fence

always propped up along a fence

 

waiting for springtime green

 

sun and snow

 

#330daysofbiking, Day 260

In my book, there is nothing, nothing, more beautiful than being outside on a cold, sunny day with snow on the ground.  I think it is my idea of heaven.

I felt like I was riding in CO today … temps in the 20’s, the warmth of the sun, hills and fields covered in snow, brilliant blue sky and the beautiful blue snow shadows.  I know that this little wonderland can’t – won’t – last much longer, but I am loving every moment and can barely make myself head back inside at the end of the day.

Day 260 – definitely on my top 10 list of #330daysofbiking.

winter river ride

on the bridge, Hiwassee River inlet

 

I ventured out a little further today … the sun was shining, and after the low of 14’F, by afternoon we were back up around 40’F.  I just couldn’t help myself.

#330daysofbiking Day 232 of 254.

near "Stump Lake"

the road ahead

#330daysofbiking Day 106: leave no trace

Decided to ride this morning, rather than swim.  Mason had initially planned on going with me, but ultimately he opted out after thinking about how many hours he would be spending out in the heat and sun – lifeguarding at the Y later in the day.  Can’t say I blame him, it was a beautiful day, but another hot one.

So I set out on my own, a rather convoluted route, combining a couple of my favorite roads along the river, and a couple of new ones.  Gave me a chance to think about some things that have been on my mind – especially the direction of this blog, what I’m doing with this whole project, where I want to go.

My very dear cycling friend (who I will refer to as @blueallez, as he is known on twitter) had sent me this cartoon from XKCD … which rang so true (and made me laugh).

XKCD: Bored with the Internet

The truth is, I have been having a debate with myself over the past few weeks.  While I am loving the riding of #330daysofbiking, I’m becoming increasingly uncomfortable, personally, with the posts.

The advent of the blogopshere has been a blessing and a curse.  There is definitely a great value in many blogs, especially the ones that have a clearly defined objective – from promoting/reviewing products, to presenting opinion or topic news, or valuable advocacy of a cause or mission.

But at the same time, I find far too many of them to be dull, uninteresting, and often self-aggrandizing personal diaries – a fair number of “posers” and attention-seekers, in my opinion, saying a whole lot of nothing.  Maybe it’s a necessary niche (I’m sure for places like WordPress, anyway), but it’s one I have never wanted to fit into … and increasingly, I am feeling more and more uncomfortable, fearing I am sliding into that category.

The fact is, #330daysofbiking is a purely personal goal; I have no goals to make or raise money – for myself or a “cause”, I have no interest in sponsorship or anything similar. I don’t need the validation – from readership numbers or other measure.  Just because I am trying to ride every day doesn’t mean I need to publicly broadcast my “vacation photos” and the mundane details with the cyberworld.   I have debated whether or not this qualifies as legitimate (or measurable) advocacy, and have decided it doesn’t.

Mostly, I just want to do – much more than telling (showing, writing) about doing.

I simply want to ride my bike, take some pictures – and the details really don’t matter in the scheme of things.  Except to me.  And that’s where they should ultimately stay.

So, I’m not sure where I will go from here.  It is something I need to figure out for myself.  For the record, I will keep the blog.  And #330daysofbiking will continue – for me.  But I’m uncertain as to the direction of my posting.  I’d like it to have more of a purpose and less trivial drivel – there is already an overabundance of that in the blogosphere.  When I feel like I have something legitimate to say, an opinion or idea to express, I will be posting.  Otherwise – well, I’d rather “leave no trace” than leave a cybertrail of simply “stupid”.

For today, then – the leftover “vacation photos” from the day. 😉

thinking...

open house

#330daysofbiking Day 103: with the boys

zoom .......... (Mason)

Clouds and rumbles of thunder today.  Watched the brutal climbing of todays stage of the Tour, which was enough to make my legs ache just sitting there.   Other lazy Sunday stuff … but got out for a nice road ride in the afternoon with Mark and Mason.

Mark heads out of town again, and both Mason and Dillon are scheduled to work a lot this week, so it will be more solo riding for me.  At least I can keep up with myself.

It will probably be a lot of landscap-y things in the next few days, so thought I’d get some real biking pics in from today’s ride …

going for "fast" - a guy thing (no offense, fast girls... 😉 )

a little less fast

'bye!

@330daysofbiking Day 71: river & ride

the end of the day

The ride came at the end … again.  Another solo road ride, post-late-afternoon-thunderstorms.  The roads were damp, steam rising from the heated pavement.  Fields are lush and green.  The air was just starting to cool, no winds.  Lovely.

wheels

Spent the day on the river with the boys and friends, paddling the upper Hiwassee.  It was the perfect hot day to spend on the cool river – the water is amazingly chill, coming down from the mountains.  It was great to be on the river on a Monday; we had it basically to ourselves, very few others out on the water.  A few fly fishermen, one or two other paddlers, our group. Nice.

Plenty of silliness … getting stuck on rocks, navigating the rapids backwards more than once, paddle-splash wars, sailor hats, the landing at “goose-poop island”. LOL.  Plenty of sun till the very end, when the late-afternoon storms started to pop up.  Mexican food for dinner, and then some music by the boys. Good times.

A few pictures from the day … ahh, summer.

something out of Gilligan's Island??

Leslie ... complete confidence

Matt & Grant ... amazingly NOT backwards

the beautiful upper Hiwassee River

#330daysofbiking Day 67: rain and the river

crossing the inlet

crossing the inlet

It was a beautiful morning … and I should have taken better advantage of it.  The day started out picture-perfect – sun was shining, temperatures were not so warm.  Expected the rest of the day to be more of the same, so I spent the morning catching up with a few things at home, figuring I would have all afternoon to ride.  My mistake. I guess timing is everything (that, and not bothering to look at weather forecasts).

Shortly after noon, dark clouds began rolling in and the rains came.  Thunderstorms, winds, and even a few pieces of hail.  In between showers, the heat and humidity were smothering.  Kind of wanted to kick myself for waiting. Finally got out in the evening and headed towards the Hiwassee River, just up the road.  Reached the bridge and inlets just as the sun was beginning to drop, spreading its last rays over the water.  Sounds of frogs along the banks, several herons overhead.  It was beautiful.  Maybe my timing wasn’t so bad, after all?