Yep, that would be me today...
Nobody else showed up for our second scheduled ride of the season, so I went by myself. It wouldn't be such an issue for me except that we always meet at JT
's apartment in E. Pgh, which is where everybody else lives. But I'm the one who has to take the extra 15 minute drive to get there. So, when nobody else shows up, I get a little bit upset.
Now, mind you, JT did have the courtesy to call me before I left to let me know that he was in no condition to go riding today - at least not as early in the morning as it was - because of his less than sober
condition when we left Becca's house last night. But I don't know why the others failed to show. Were JT or I supposed to call and either confirm for them that we were still on, or to tell them that we weren't? I dunno.
I had myself a nice 12+ mile ride this morning on the Yough River Trail. I took my time and relaxed and admired the scenery. And this time I really made an effort to observe how scenic the trail actually is. I went a bit slower than the pace we typically set for ourselves, but I still averaged 9.1 mph. I noticed a lot of the little things along the trail. I noticed some of the different flowers, and their scents. I saw a multitude of small woodland critters. Saw a few cardinals, a blue jay, several rabbits and squirrels, and I noticed the movement of underbrush from a few ground hogs as I approached them. It was all very relaxing. And, of course, the small handful of riders that were also out on the trail so early in the morning were all quite friendly, too.
And to think, I almost didn't go. I almost talked myself out of going for my ride today. I had done a little 5 mile ride yesterday and almost convinced myself that a 5 mile ride would be good enough for the weekend - since I am still using these rides as a matter of improving my health. But I decided to do my own ride this morning and I'm really happy that I did. I was only going to do 10 miles today. But, by the time I reached the halfway point, and there was no place decent for me to stop and rest and eat my orange and drink my water, I decided it wouldn't hurt me to keep going a little bit further. So I pedalled another mile before I came to a little rest area that sits near a camping area, and a historic graveyard - yeah... not sure I would want to camp near a graveyard
- but it was a nice place to rest. So I rested, ate my orange, drank some water, and then headed back to my car.
All in all, I'd say it was a rather nice beginning to my day.
Labels: All about ME, Biking, Get Healthy