30 Days of Biking - Week Three

I’m turning in my homework late today. It is also incomplete. No doubt my grade will be docked as a result and I understand there are no do-overs. But there’s always an opportunity for extra credit right?

Day 15:  Don’t ask me how many flavors I’ve tried so far, because I’ll just fib and say two.

Day 15: Don’t ask me how many flavors I’ve tried so far, because I’ll just fib and say two.

Day 16:  What you didn’t know this trail went through the alley ways of Iowa?  I didn’t see any moose but there’s rumor of a mountain lion.

Day 16: What you didn’t know this trail went through the alley ways of Iowa? I didn’t see any moose but there’s rumor of a mountain lion.

Day 17:  Marie Kondo would not be happy.

Day 17: Marie Kondo would not be happy.

Day 18:  Feeling self righteous on my transpo choice.

Day 18: Feeling self righteous on my transpo choice.

Day 19: Birds can’t read

Day 19: Birds can’t read

Day 20: I never thought I would ever try (and like) chicken and waffles.  Being wrong can be a fantastic thing. If you ride the Great Western Trail.  Stop here!

Day 20: I never thought I would ever try (and like) chicken and waffles. Being wrong can be a fantastic thing. If you ride the Great Western Trail. Stop here!

Day 21:  This ride was delegated to my son.  Thanks kid!

Day 21: This ride was delegated to my son. Thanks kid!

Day 22: Some random person riding their bike.

Day 22: Some random person riding their bike.

Day 23: Raccoon River Valley Trail

Day 23: Raccoon River Valley Trail

Day 24:  Blue Heron Lake at Raccoon River Park

Day 24: Blue Heron Lake at Raccoon River Park

Day 25:  Trees are great teachers.  I learned how you can be weathered, scarred, scraggly, beautiful and sweet simultaneously.

Day 25: Trees are great teachers. I learned how you can be weathered, scarred, scraggly, beautiful and sweet simultaneously.

Day 26:  Flowering quince. Wish it lived in my yard.

Day 26: Flowering quince. Wish it lived in my yard.

Day 28: Teenager bike gang meet up.

Day 28: Teenager bike gang meet up.

As you can see Day 29 and 30 are missing but quality work doesn’t happen when you’re fisning your homework on the bus ride to school. Hopefully this won’t show up on my permanent record.

Happy Riding!

30 Days of Biking - Week Two

Sometimes the hardest part of this challenge has nothing to do with riding my bicycle. It’s coming up with a creative and unique snap for the ‘Gram. Maybe, if I do 30 Days of Biking next year, I’ll reduce the pressure and just take the same picture of the same bicycle in the same location, each day. Brilliant! What a creative idea!

What does make taking a picture easier is nature. What makes it even EASIER is your sister coming up with the great idea for the snap.

Day EIGHT - “Princess of the Forest” aka Sycamore. Just off the trail at Beaver Creek Natural Resource Area

Day EIGHT - “Princess of the Forest” aka Sycamore. Just off the trail at Beaver Creek Natural Resource Area

Does it count as a selfie if you’re attempting to look off into the horizon while a trying like mad to not squint but convey “oh look at me looking …out on the trail…pondering the beauty that is a vacant farm field”? Good greif!!

DAY Nine: The first longer ride of 2019. Just outside of Minburn on the RRVT.

DAY Nine: The first longer ride of 2019. Just outside of Minburn on the RRVT.

Day Ten - I need a cowboy hat and some good ideas.

Day Ten - I need a cowboy hat and some good ideas.

Day Eleven - RIP pine tree. You were super cool. My favorite thing about you was your wonky branch.

Day Eleven - RIP pine tree. You were super cool. My favorite thing about you was your wonky branch.

Feel free to scroll right on past this one. Is it me or does looking at this picture give you a headache? The peony, the crocus, the fence, the raspberry. SO MANY LINES. Plus it’s blurry.

Day Twelve - No Words

Day Twelve - No Words

A ride didn’t happen. Does standing next to a bike shop count? Sure!! But only if you’re holding a coffee cup and looking distracted.

Day Thirteen - Sans ride

Day Thirteen - Sans ride

Day Fourteen -Really?? It’s come to THIS? A picture of your shoe and your filthy bike? For shame!

Day Fourteen -Really?? It’s come to THIS? A picture of your shoe and your filthy bike? For shame!

Here’s to week three being more aesthetically pleasing. I’m really digging this same picture idea for 2020.

Happy Riding!

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....