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Rode Again

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The momentum is going in the right direction for me. I got on the bike for the second day in a row yesterday. As expected, my butt was not entirely happy with the pressure of the seat, carrying a little tenderness from the day before. But, after a few miles, that faded in with the rest of the aches and pains of resuming a different exercise after a long hiatus.

My legs were noticeably stiff about pushing the pedals so soon after the previous workout.

To keep things interesting, I planned a route in the opposite direction of my Tuesday ride. It did turn out to be very interesting, but my ultimate plan was foiled by an unexpected gravel road ā€”a constant threat to random exploration around these parts.

I was headed north when the pavement ended, so I turned around and backtracked my way south, visible as the single line up to nowhere on the map.

Actually, it was probably a good thing, because my legs would likely have objected had my original plan worked out. The shortened ride turned out to be plenty enough exercise for day two.

Other highlights included a close encounter with a yapping lap dog who completely ignored the fervent screams for obedience which emanated simultaneously from everyone in the family who happened to be out on the lawn at the time.

I was thrilled to find a variety of locations where wild trillium is growing among ferns in the ditches of nearby roads. It bodes well for our plan to establish a carpet of our own in the woods by our house.

There was nary a home that didn’t have someone out mowing grass or planting fields. It is the season of growing and the farmers are all in a hurry to get their crops to join in the explosion of growth that is visible in how high the grass is advancing by the hour.

I also finally located the bison herd that George had told us about on one of the nearby properties. The first clue was the height and robustness of the fence around the pasture. I had to search for the animals, because they were congregated at the far end from the road, right before the elevation dropped and I zoomed away down another hill.

I’m proud to report that I successfully silenced the squeak in my shoes, so it was an all around splendid ride, with nothing but the sounds of nature and tractors to serenade me.

I also got the bike computer back up and running. Based on the data from the app on my phone, I got the settings right on the computer, because results matched very close for speed and mileage.

It’s always nice on a bike when the feedback about speed is accurate. It’s bad enough when the number reveals I’m going so slow the tip-over alarm might go off, but finding out the speed is artificially high or incorrectly low can be very unsettling to otherwise mild-mannered cyclists.

May the road roll past our tires…



Written by johnwhays

May 17, 2018 at 6:00 am

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  1. And I thought you were going to post a photo of the bison – really, John: you must get back on your bike again and snap one. If I know you, you’ll get there quicker the next time… got to encourage your training for the big ride of the year. By the way, the old train line here was converted into a cycle path (eco route) so you can go from Amarante to Celorico and on to Cabeiras without having to worry about traffic. Hence, the interest in cycling has grown a lot here. Alberto closed down and a very enterprising Paul has a repair shop that also sells bikes and all possible gear. Shortly, he will be moving into a super building that he is having constructed, so he is really doing well. Who would believe that you can become so rich selling bikes in a small place like Celorico. And promote health and exercise, too:-)

    Ian Rowcliffe

    May 17, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    • Oh, you do inspire me to return, despite the dead end of disappearing pavement. I wasn’t thinking straight to have completely neglected to take a picture.
      I remember fondly the time you took me along to see Alberto’s shop. Everything was still new to me and it was fascinating. I’m happy to read that Paul has shown success with his shop. I will need to bring a bike on my next visit, as it is an excellent way to explore!


      May 18, 2018 at 7:36 am

      • No, need to bring a bike – excellent ones for hire for next to nothing – at Paulo’s shop – using the Portuguese version of his name now. Still waiting on the photo:-)

        Ian Rowcliffe

        May 18, 2018 at 9:49 am

      • Ian! I rode by that place again, and this time, no bison! Didn’t notice if they have an adjoining pasture over the hill or where else they could be hiding. My vantage point from the road probably exposed only a fraction of their range, I suppose.
        I’ll just have to keep riding by there at all times of day in search of a second viewing, and subsequent photo op.


        May 19, 2018 at 11:42 am

  2. Whoot! Way to keep that momentum going. Glad you had a good ride šŸ™‚


    May 17, 2018 at 11:52 am

    • Thanks! I’d love to ride every day, but now that the bike is clean, I’m less interested in mucking it up by riding in the rain if I don’t have to. Maybe I’ll put it up on the trainer and ride stationary in the garage when it is wet outside… !


      May 17, 2018 at 12:16 pm

      • Yeah, rain does get a bike filthy, that’s for sure! But on the other hand, riding in rain can be super exhilarating…


        May 17, 2018 at 12:22 pm

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