I know a lot of us have had nails or some type of spike through our tires. I even save mine as some sort of trophy, “Look at what I survived!” But this last week I had a close call and was not aware of it until one of the fellows I work with called it to my attention.
A nail through the inside edge of my right walking shoe.
As I said, I did not know it had happened. The culprit now shares space with my other close calls.
This morning, Jan and I rode the Frisco Highline Trail, a well known rails to trails path in our neck of the woods. We shared the path of other cyclists who participated in the Iron Horse Gravel Grinder. Riding on gravel seems to have taken hold of a good size portion of the cycling population, but it will not get hold of me.
The section between Springfield and Willard is paved.
We found a few mulberry trees with ripening fruit, also too much poison ivy.
With a tip ‘o the chapeau to TP, this was the best photo I could get of a scissor-tailed flycatcher.
The state bird of Oklahoma.
We rode a bit over 25 kilometers and know that we have to improve as the year goes on.
Jan and I finished our morning chores and headed out for lunch and a ride ’bout town.
Prior to checking on a friend’s home I became thankful I was wearing cycling gloves as I fell over at an intersection. I could not get my foot out of the toe clip.
With this being Memorial Day weekend, most businesses are closed and traffic is sparse.
We picked up lunch at a sandwich shop and ate under the trees on the Drury University campus.
An empty campus with the Spring Term now ended.
Close by our lunch site were these flowers.
We picked mulberries as the raspberries are not out there yet.
The traffic will return tomorrow. Sigh.
This has been Bike To Work Week here in Springfield. Some of us have tried to meet each morning to view the sunrise and afterward visit a local coffeehouse before heading on to work. My workday begins at 0700 and the coffeehouse visit is not feasable. But this morning we did get a sunrise after a few days of clouds.
We met at the top of an urban parking garage.
A couple of dads brought their children. Jason’s daughter was having Bike Day at school so they decided to go all out by doing the sunrise and then riding home so she could pedal on to school.
A little trooper.
The Wednesday morning gathering was at a downtown park. Some were enthusiastic.
Mike appears to be trying to get Kyle to do some type of stretching while Tracy just stands there.
After this week, the sunrise/coffee group will go back to meeting every other Wednesday. With sunrise coming earlier I will be able to join more often.
We have a group here in Springfield that meets every other week on a Wednesday morning to watch the sunrise and drink coffee. Afterwards, we head off to our respective jobs. It was decided to meet each day this week as the city is having a Bike To Work Week in an effort to encourage healthy lifestyles.
Through the winter, they met at coffee shops as sunrise was too late for most of them. I am able to join them for sunrise May through July as sunrise is earlier and I start my work at 0700.
This morning, clouds [post rain] prevented a viewing, but I was able to join Jason, Jackie, Keith, Chad, and Trevor for the meeting.
We met on a 100+ year old pedestrian bridge that goes over the railroad yard.
I plan on meeting them again on Wednesday and Friday. Jan might come along on one of those times.
Yesterday and this morning I noticed two examples of Government At Work.
Now, I am not a big fan of government. James Madison observed, “The necessity of any Government is a misfortune. This necessity however exists; and the problem to be solved is, not what form of Government is perfect, but which of the forms is least imperfect.”
When I think about it, there are examples of government almost everywhere I look, paved streets, traffic lights, a beautiful sunrise. No, wait, not that last one.
Back to the two examples, I rode Southcreek Trail last evening and saw this bike repair stop.
A bike stand and a pump.
The pump worked well.
The other example is this group of workers patching a street at 6:15 this morning.
It was a large section to repair, so I guess they worked overnight.
The present job requires a Monday through Friday, 0700-1530 schedule. Weekends are off although I have on occasion had need to go in on a Saturday.
I helped Jan with a Garden Plant Sale and afterward we were treated to a visit from our friends, Sam and Linda.
With my friend Sam
They had returned to the Ozarks from their time down in Florida for the Winter. Jan and I might have to visit them also when we go see my mom sometime.
With the threat of frost now past, the garden is in full swing.
Onions in the closer two beds, then potatoes in the next. Green beans in the far right bed close to the fence [these planted by our granddaughter Evie]. Radishes in the far bed [planted by our grandson Max].
A final blessing to show is our lilac bush. A single limb of it was a late bloomer for some reason. We get to enjoy the aroma all over again!
An early May morning on the commute
I have been reading through my old blog posts over the past few days and realized how much fun I had and how much I enjoyed interacting with my blog buds.
I might have to pick up the pen again and continue on for a while.