The ride Sunday afternoon revealed that I should be doing a recovery ride instead of a regular one. After three straight days of road or trail, my legs were wanting some relief. I made an Executive Decision, cut the ride short, and headed in, ending up with about seven miles.
Once home I got some chores done earlier than planned, so things worked out well.
Mentor is a small community out east of Springfield that used to have a store and school house. Temple Israel is located close by and that is where Jan and I started from last night. In the past, I have not gone out to ride in the evening when I commuted to work. I figured it would be too much, but this year, I will try for ‘double-ride’ days. I feel like I can do it without too much difficulty.
Hardy’s can be seen across the road in the above picture. It is another watering hole for cyclists passing through. The road back to Temple Israel [FR 186] is a long gradual downhill with some rollers thrown in for variety. Traffic is usually going east as we head west, so that part of the ride is pleasant. As the daylight grows, our rides will get longer, and we may end up going on to Fordland before turning back. Right now, the 20-25 mile distance is good for building up to longer treks in the coming days.
Our speed is not overly impressive. We generally get passed by any cyclist out there, but have progressed in not letting that bother us. We are not out to impress anyone and do not have anything to prove. The simple fact that we are Out There is enough to make us give thanks.
This cardinal was a delight and a fitting end to an enjoyable ride. Wherever you may be, may you have fair skies and the good Lord’s blessing.