A Saturday

The clouds and wind of our Saturday morning turned into sun and wind.

Jan wanted to visit a local gardening center for some possible purchases.  She was glad to find some tomatoes, peppers, grasses and flowers.

I asked an older couple buying  an apple tree where they lived.  One must plan for the future.  Laughing, they declined to tell me!

I asked an older couple buying an apple tree where they lived. One must plan for the future. Laughing, they declined to tell me!

Come to think of it, that is one of the tomato plants in the foreground of the picture above.

Jan paid for her items and we headed home.  Once there, I cleaned out the lilac bush and the area on the far side of the storage shed (something I have been intending to do for three years).  Jan worked in the raised beds at putting the peppers and tomatoes in place.

We have had plenty of recent rains, so the effect of last year's drought is now no more.

We have had plenty of recent rains, so the effect of last year’s drought is now no more.

The four beds pictured above, front to back, have 1) peppers, potatoes, asparagus 2) tomatoes, potatoes, peas, radishes 3) green beans and 4) more tomatoes, peas, and potatoes.  The peas are close to the tomato stakes (last year’s bamboo from the front yard).  This is somewhat of an experiment by Jan, so we will see how the two plants get along, using the same stakes.  The lilac is in the back left of the picture.  Not shown are the roses and lettuce beds.  Both are sprouting, the lettuce with their cute little dicot leaves and the roses with their ever present thorns.

After lunch, wind or no, we decided to ride out south to the Springfield Lake bridge.  We have begun to see the flowering trees out in force, finally!

Tulip trees are one of my favorites.  This one is next to Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Tulip trees are one of my favorites. This one is next to Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

A bradford pear tree.  You can tell that the clouds had reappeared.

A bradford pear tree. You can tell that the clouds had reappeared.

We cycled into the wind to the end of South Brunswick Ave.  After the barricades is a paved trail that had been closed for a few years due to highway construction.

The Missouri Highway Department has put a small parking lot the this 'trail head'.

The Missouri Highway Department has put a small parking lot the this ‘trail head’.

On one side of the trail is scrub and trees, the other has the highway, constantly busy.

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Soon enough the trail turns away from this view and takes us down to Lake Springfield.

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It was a day where everyone wanted to be outside, doing one thing or the other.  (Our own daughter happened to do a race today where people threw paint at you.  I suppose it was for a good cause.)  The trail was full of other cyclists and walkers.  The lake even had plenty of fishermen and floaters.

Jan wants to do this sometime this year.

Jan wants to do this sometime this year.

On the way home was passed this yard full of hawthorn petals.  It was quite fragrant.

This was a new experience for me, smelling the hawthorn blossoms.

This was a new experience for me, smelling the hawthorn blossoms.

Last week we had an election and one of the items on the ballot was a tax (to be continued) for roads and bridges.  It passed.  One of the aspects of this tax will be further bike related infrastructure.  We noticed these bike lane markings on Bennett west of Glenstone.

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And finally, I had an experience on the commute home on Friday.  I was able to draft behind a large dump truck for about half a mile.  It was great.  No wind and we got up to about 25 mph for that distance.

Stay happy,

twofeet

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About rlhoover

A perspective on life and cycling in the Ozarks. I started serious cycling in 2008, after seeing my wife be on the bike for a few years. We have biked many places and hope to continue. I am no where near being a real good cyclist, but I have fun trying to improve. Who am I kidding? Me? Improve??
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2 Responses to A Saturday

  1. tootlepedal says:

    The raised beds are looking very well organised.

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