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.


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.  


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.  


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!


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.  


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) .  


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?  


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.


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? 


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!


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.