30 Days of Biking - Week One

Pledge Day

I can't believe it's been four years since I learned about 30 Days of Biking!  I broke 1,000 when taking the pledge. That's gotta be a good sign.

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Day One

Here I thought my first ride would be a short jaunt to the ice cream shop (they open for the season today) but instead, I rode the High Trestle Trail from Woodward to Slater.  It was another gloomy day but I didn't mind.  Saw a lot of new stuff that's showed up since I rode there.  

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Day Two

The gloom continues.  Road my "town route".  Glad I took the bike with the rear fender.  Returned home unscathed by puddles and mud.  

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Day Three

This 30 Days of Biking really can test your determination.  Today it's supposed to rain ALL DAY!  I guess I'll go ride the stupid spin bike at the YMCA instead of a super short ride in the rain.

Okay....now I feel like a total rainy-day wimp....just saw a little boy riding his bicycle home from elementary school.  Go kid go!

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Day Four

It's been cloudy for-EV-r! My mood has been trying to match the weather.  So, today I did something to cheer myself up....went and found the sun.  

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Day Five

Urban development strikes again.  Lucha libre comes to mind for some reason. The machines (rudos) look like monsters.  Especially when comparing their size to my bicycle (técnicos) .  

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Day Six

Some days it seems folks around town find it strange to see me using my bike to run errands. Over the years I've gotten quite a few comments when I'm at the bike rack at the grocery store.  Today it was a strange look at the library drive-thru. How cool would it be if Waukee could become the Copenhagen of Iowa?  

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Day Seven

The ride to Dallas Center this morning felt so fast and easy.  The way back was the opposite.  I told myself it was because of the wind and not to feel bad about the gears I was using and how slow I was going.  But I felt even more like a slug when I later discovered the headwind was really a light 8 mph breeze.  It seems biking is only easy for me when the wind helps out.

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Day Eight

Celebrated Rails to Trails Opening Day by riding the Summerset Trai.  Today I thought a lot about changing the pedals on my bike to something more comfortable.  Something wider, grippy, in a fun color, and at a reasonable price.  Do these exist? 

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Day Nine

Another town ride. Took my usual shortcut through the parking lot of "Vince" and stopped to take this picture.  Turns out Alonzo was also a farmer and charter member of the Waukee Farmers Co-Op.  I didn't know that until today.  Turns out this 30 Days of Biking can even be educational!

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Day Ten

The to-do list is pretty long today, so didn't quite get all the way to Dallas Center before I had to turn around.  It always feels weird to turn around before reaching the next trail town.  I REALLY need to take my small binoculars on these spring bike rides.  Saw what turned out to be a small flock of Buffleheads on a farm field "puddle".  An up close view would have been so much better.

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