30 Days of Biking - Week One

Holy smokes! This is my 6th year of pledging to ride my bike every…single…day in the ever unpredictable month of April. As the 4,860th person to sign up at 30 Days of Biking I felt a bit tardy to the party. But better late than never right?

Day One - Art installation along Clive Greenbelt Trail. “Trail & Woods Behind My Neighborhood” by Maria Cervantes

Day One - Art installation along Clive Greenbelt Trail. “Trail & Woods Behind My Neighborhood” by Maria Cervantes

Day Two - Lunch break in Waukee.

Day Two - Lunch break in Waukee.

Day Three - The Simpson Barn in Johnston

Day Three - The Simpson Barn in Johnston

Day Four - Waukee’s new Fox Creek Park

Day Four - Waukee’s new Fox Creek Park

Day Five - Country Club Glen Park in Clive

Day Five - Country Club Glen Park in Clive

Day Six - The historical Burr Oak on the campus of Iowa State University. It dwarfs most things. Especially my bicycle.

Day Six - The historical Burr Oak on the campus of Iowa State University. It dwarfs most things. Especially my bicycle.

Day Seven - First library ride of 2019.

Day Seven - First library ride of 2019.

The challenge is off to a good start. With a decent amount of riding my creaky legs are getting ready for more rides this summer.

Happy Riding!

30 Days of Biking - Week Three

The final days of this year's pledge were my favorite.  Spring showed up and rides got way more enjoyable.  The highlight was being serenaded by birds out on the RRVT.

Day 27 was a bust due to my poor planning.  " Honest... I ran out of gas. I... I had a flat tire. I didn't have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn't come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts! IT WASN'T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD!"

The most amazing aspect of this year was none of my rides involved ice cream.  I KNEW I was forgetting something!! 

Happy Riding

 

 

 

30 Days of Biking - Week Two

This is where I REALLY could complain about the weather. But I'm not going to. It's not because I have a sunny disposition or want to convey that biking every day is always this fantastic thing. It's because I'm tired.  Tired of talking about the weather. Tired of complaining about the snow, the wind, the overcast, the cold, the snow....

Day 15 was spent indoors griping and moaning about the weather.  Sunny(ier) days were for longer rides and time spent outdoors. Because you never know about the Iowa weather. But, I'm not going to complain....

30 Days of Biking - Week One

The past winter brought the usual accouterments .  This year there was an extra serving of the doldrums with a side of achy knees.  Very little outdoor riding took place and only a handful of "rides" were endured at the local Y.  

A major side effect of this funk was questioning whether or not to ride this April.  Here's a few of the excuses:

I don’t want to feel like I have to ride my bike.  I should only do it when I feel like it.

April’s weather is iffy.  I hate riding in the cold and wet.

I don’t feel like it.

I’m not sure how I would fit it in with my current work schedule.

I really don’t want to.

My knees hurt.

I don’t wanna.

After a boost of encouragement from my sister and pausing to remember why I started this blog in the first place I felt silly about my attitude.

So, sign up I did, brushed the dust of the bike and off I went....

 

 

 

30 Days of Biking - Week Three

Day 21

Pedaled over to the Public Safety Building to see the Freedom Rock created by Ray Sorensen   This rock used to be outside a local church but was later moved to its new home.  Makes more sense to me. 

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Day 22

What a pretty morning!  Rode to Dallas Center again today.  I finally remembered to take along my binoculars, so of course, I didn't come across anything noteworthy.  Who needs fancy art at a trailhead when you can have beautiful Redbud trees?

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Day 23

Felt kinda bad about locking my bike up to the railing but when there's no other choice whaddyagunnado?  I've yet to leave this store having only spent $1. 

 

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Day 24

Holy cow was it windy today!  This is when it's great to ride in town.  Pedaled down to Water Works Park to sniff the Crabapples.  Forgot to bring along a water bottle and got a bit parched.  Funnily enough, the water fountain at Water Works Park wasn't working.  

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Day 25

Found a good spot to toss prairie seed bombs while riding to Dallas Center.  I'm crossing my fingers the seeds have a chance.  The spot I picked is grassy and doesn't have any of that wild parsnip growing.  

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Day 26

Today was to the post office and back.  Wonder if anyone else has noticed how there's always empty booze bottles under the pine tree. 

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Day 27

It's official.  I've run out of creative spots for taking bike photos around town.  What am I going to do if I take the pledge again next year?  Oh, I know!  Move to Minneapolis!!!  Dream on kid...

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Day 28

Remember when there used to be an old gas station next to the ice cream shop?  One pump and one stall for working on cars?  You'd never know it now.  The business that took over the building sure did a great job landscaping. The filter I chose put the pinks a bit over the top huh?

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Day 29

Every time I see this sign I think "Stay true Bill...Stay true!"  Today's a day where this blog needs to be changed to "Random Weird Stuff I Think About While Riding My Bicycle". But that's just too long for a URL.  

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Day 30

Last pledge ride today and a part of me is glad.  The rain, wind and gray got old and my bowl of Instagrams got a bit stale. Bring on May, summer, and long rides out on the bike trails.  

Happy Riding!

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