The Challenge: Just Get on the Bike!

So often, having someone available to stay with Jim and decent weather do not coincide. Saturday our daughter spent the day. The sky was blue and the temp was around 60F, so it was a perfect time for a ride. Nothing terribly exciting about it. It was again in my own neighborhood, but I did see places I’ve never seen in the three years we’ve lived here. I’ve included pictures of two.

I left Stacia not only with her dad, but our three new foster kittens or the wild guys as they have quickly been tagged. One didn’t care for Stacia’s dog and hissed a few times. The Granddog is a chug…a chihuahua and pug mix. She’s not a lot bigger than the cats and did nothing to deserve that behavior, but the cat must have been afraid just seeing her. Thinking Stacia couldn’t handle all that and get dinner together, I only stayed out about an hour.

This is less than a mile from my house. There’s an unused paved golf cart path that goes in a big oval. I look forward to seeing this area again when the vegetation greens up.


The path went by a little woods and in that woods were some stumps…if that challenge ever returns, I know where to find them.


For now, loaded touring isn’t possible due to my husband's health issues. I’m used to cycling by myself, but I can't go off and leave him. Cycle 365 has motivated me to not give up riding just because I don't have time to go as far or do awesome rides like I did in the past.

10 response to "The Challenge: Just Get on the Bike!"

  1. By: The Navigator Posted: February 23, 2020

    So wonderful that you could get out, even for just a short ride. Time outside in the trees with water and grass and the wind is proven to do good things for you. The pet situation did seem like a lot to handle. Congrats on getting in on the copycat challenge and finding stumps. Hope you have more chances to get away when the weather cooperates!

    • By: Lah Posted: February 24, 2020

      Riding just about anywhere feels great now that my time on the bike is so limited. My adventure comes from reading posts like yours. My daughter and all animals survived!

  2. By: Suzanne Posted: February 23, 2020

    Thanks for playing my stump challenge!
    You have some lovely little paths, so what if they’re not long rides. Some of my best stretches are very close.

    • By: Lah Posted: February 24, 2020

      De nada, Suzanne! I have as much trouble keeping up with all the challenges as I do with posting. I have yet to conquer the picture thing. They used to just be in the wrong position, but I don’t like their size either. On FB it is just the opposite…several of my vertical pictures come out way too big. Oh, if those were the only problems we had in the world! ha! I couldn’t believe all the stumps I saw in that small wooded area. Looked like trees were felled by big winds rather than a lumberjack.

  3. By: NancyG Posted: February 23, 2020

    Just Get On Your Bike is a great challenge!! I don’t think I can do it today, but will definitely get on tomorrow and snap a shot of something ;’-). I agree with Suzanne, some of my best rides are short, very close to home, and solo.

    So glad you could get out on this day for a little special time with Violet.

    • By: Lah Posted: February 24, 2020

      I tried to explain the other night, but it must have been site roll over because I couldn’t get any responses to fly. I hadn’t really meant this as a challenge for everybody. You all seem to have no trouble getting on your bicycles. Jim’s doctor told me on Monday that there would be worse days to come, so I better be taking care of myself. I’ve tried to get him to take on a sister wife to help me out, but no luck so far! Thursday, while Jim is at the Adult Day Center, if the weather cooperates , I am going to try to get to the park so I will get in my third Challenge ride…although I didn’t indicate the first one as such. Oh well. Any website police on this site who will notice that? One of the foster kitties isn’t feeling well, so plans may not get to be executed.

  4. By: Hopkins Escapades Posted: February 24, 2020

    Your pretty purple bike against the backdrop of the blue skies was stunning. Glad you got out for a ride! It does the body and soul good to let the pedals spin no matter how long or short you go. Cheers & happy pedaling.

    • By: Lah Posted: February 24, 2020

      So very true! We don’t have many pretty days in winter. It’s been raining for the last two. My purple bike didn’t look so lovely before Nancy G sent me that lovely seat cover. Violette is very dear to me, but she’s getting some age on her. Think I bought it in 2006…first long trip was three months in Europe in 2007. Had some trouble with local mechanics who couldn’t seem to get everything running smoothly. Found a Bike Friday dealer about an hour away and started going there. He was fantastic, but he closed his shop and moved back to Pittsburgh two years ago. I’ve seriously thought of trying to find him and go by on some trip, but never have. Thank you for responding.

  5. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: February 25, 2020

    Great you got out for a ride!

    Thanks for fostering the kittens! They can be a challenge!

    Hope the little kitty is feeling better soon, and obviously, All the Best for you and Jim.

    • By: Lah Posted: February 25, 2020

      Thank you! Fostering is perfect for the two of us. We can always have a kitten with fostering, but we can take breaks and we do. The little guy did eat a bit last night and this morning, but they had me bring him in and they decided to keep him at least over night. Later this afternoon, the other two had full use of the great room while I was viewing a laptop someone is going to sell me in the kitchen. After he left, I noticed one of the kittens had thrown up in the kitty playpen which I hadn’t zipped when I took the other one out. I do know it wasn’t the one in the “kitty hospital” for the night. Not sure which yet, Sage or Chive…they’d already said to bring in these two tomorrow when I go to shoot pictures so they can check them out, since they didn’t know what the problem was with Sorrel. (I’m on the photography team there.) It’s 30 miles round trip, so I hope we don’t do this one at a time to keep me driving over there every day!

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