Finally a sunrise

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.

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.

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.

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.

Stay happy,

twofeet

 

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Sunrise and Coffee

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.

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.

Stay happy,

twofeet

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Taxes at work

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.

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.

Street work

It was a large section to repair, so I guess they worked overnight.

Stay happy,

twofeet

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The day off

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.

Not today.

I helped Jan with a Garden Plant Sale and afterward we were treated to a visit from our friends, Sam and Linda.

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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].

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!

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Stay Happy,

twofeet

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Thinking …

Early May Morning

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.

Stay happy,

twofeet

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Here and there

Life is good in Ozarkland. Jan has wanted another raised bed and we started it on Saturday.

Dirt soon to come

Dirt soon to come

With the serious threat of snow/ice now past, the commute occurs more often.  On the way home one day last week, I saw my bud Chris.

Chris and I

Jan and I got out Sunday afternoon found this tree all abloom.

Two beauties

Two beauties

Our street was repaired in sections.  The city did a fine job of it.  However, I ran across this section of the city wide Bike Path that had been patched up.

The cure was worse than the disease

The cure was worse than the disease

Stay happy,

twofeet

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Facing Forward

I give a belated New Year’s greeting to my good readers.

Before turning to 2014 I take a short look back on 2013.

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With my dear Jan’s help and encouragement I was able to do a respectable 2700+ miles on the bike, most of them on the Steed, my city/trail bike.  I had no accidents this year for which I am thankful.

Last fall I had a bike fit with my road bike.  I had purchased a new saddle and thought it best to follow up with a professional fit.  Both the fit and saddle have worked out great.

Friends in England and elsewhere will be pleased to learn that I kept the Sock Drawer neat and tidy ALL YEAR.  My dear Jan might contest this interpretation, but I consider any pair of socks that has been rolled together as shipshape.

Other goals such as not stepping in dog poop or expanding the garden were met with ease.

2013 ended with a bang as our third grandchild, Cora Jayne Hoover, was born December 27.  She is adorable and we plan on seeing her and her siblings, Evie and Max, soon.

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2014 has brought plenty of snow which limits the commute, but snow melts after a time and cycling resumes.

I would like to get more road miles in this year and also more rail/trail miles.  Perhaps this will be the year Jan and I do [part of] the KATY.

For my birthday I asked for and received a pair of running shoes.  Cross training looms but I am not the long distance type when it comes to slapping the tarmac.  Two or three miles is reasonable.  Any advice from cycling/running friends is welcome.

The year still feels new to me.  I pray the best for all of you.

Stay happy,

twofeet

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