A few days ago I spent an evening at the Greenway, but didn’t write a post. I’m not feeling well and I have days where I can’t think well enough to write. It has taken a few days to get this written and several edits to make it clean enough for you to understand… or at least I hope it is intelligible now. Sorry, no photos or URLs. Just words is all I am capable of for now.
The evening started with a quick dog walk and frog release at the river. It has been particularly dry this spring. I rescued about 50 tadpoles from a drying puddle at Long Hunter State Park (leaving thousands behind to captivate curious children and die to nature as the puddle disappeared) about two weeks ago. Anyway, it was fun to watch them metamorphosize. Mike and I released the Peeper froglets into the puddles that formed where the Stone’s River usually flows. We stood back and watched as the froglets immediately left the puddle for the cover of rocks at the bank. They were pretty cute. My dog was unimpressed.
It was a nice night and the Greenway was empty. I guess the grey clouds told everyone else to stay home. After a quick run (yeah, yeah, I’ll talk about running another time, for now let’s go with “doctor’s orders”), Mike and I pulled the bikes out of the bed of his truck and took a leisurely ride. The heavy clouds, empty trail, and setting sun brought a stillness that was nice. We were about a mile out when the rain hit and we sat the worst of it out under a bridge. Nellie‘s tires aren’t the best on wet boardwalk and there was quite a bit of skidding. I also experienced her first wet-break squeal, which was loud despite having my hearing aids out to protect them from getting wet. Waiting it out in the rain caused us to miss time and I tested Nellie‘s lights out on the way back (e.g. we missed the park closing and were out past dark). We tend to close down restaurants and bookstores, but this is the first time we closed down a park. Total trip = 6 miles (plus the walk to the river and run earlier in the evening).
A stroll or ride by the river, diner with friends under the stars, sitting around a campfire… I love still evenings outside where the focus is on the company or the quiet.
I bought a little basket for Nellie‘s front handle bars. It will be a good place to keep my keys, phone and water bottle. Until the trunk is ready, it is also holding a couple of emergency items and the chain/lock. Unfortunately, bad health days mean that I am very scattered and have no focus. [I apologize for the grumpy and poorly written blog post: it is part of the disease.] The result is that I somehow lost my chain/lock between the Greenway and my garage. I hope it is having fun with my glasses and the 1000 other things I’ve lost over the last few months. Grrr.
At some point I worked with using the trike to walk my dog. I need to retrace our steps because I could have lost the chain then. I just thought of that…. this is a stream-of-conscious note so I don’t forget.
It is the end of April. The official 30 Days of Biking challenge is ending, but I am only at the midpoint (since I started over when I picked Nellie up on 4/15). I’ve missed one day that I am aware of, but my days tend to run together so there may have been another miss along the way.
Nice to have a dirty trike in the garage. Until next time…