We now have a caretaker for Jim a few days a week, so I was able to ride today. These little challenges have given me reason to ride places I’ve hesitated to venture in the four years we’ve lived here. It won’t be long before I’ve covered all the roads close enough for me to do in a day ride, but today I was on a road I’ve never even been on in a car…Fairmount Road. I hadn’t expected to find many arches. I found a few, but that’s not all I found…I found a missing road.
This was another “Riding with Nancy”… #4, I think. It didn’t turn out to be such a long ride…7.6 miles, but the route like all the other places around me, had some hills. I didn’t have to get off, but I was chugging up some very slowly. Neither speed nor distance are my goals. I had a good time and that’s all that matters to me.
7 response to "A Country Ride In Search of Arches"
I’m very happy for you that you’re going to be able to ride a little more often. Your story of the 76-year old woman who cleans the window with an extension pole reminded me of another remarkable, self-sufficient woman. Whenever we’ve visited my wife’s folks in the past, I would go to coffee every morning with my recently-deceased father-in-law and a few of his friends. One of the friends was the woman I mentioned. She was 81-years young, and one day she was casually talking about how she cleaned her gutters over the weekend.
“Wait a minute . . .” I interrupted, “you mean you climbed a ladder and physically removed the leaves and other junk by hand?”
“Yeah, it had to be done,” she replied. Then the others chimed in with some of the other amazing things she does as widowed homeowner.
My kids aren’t happy when I climb ladders, but I kind of agree with the lady…sometimes you do what has to be done. I have more trouble hanging the ladders back in the garage than climbing them. I hope the lady lived in a ranch…I could not begin to move an extension ladder. Bicycling develops leg muscles which come in handy for some jobs…like climbing ladders. Thanks for sharing your story…81 isn’t so far away for me.
Nice arch photos, about arched-out here, nothing new to photograph of any consequence.
Great you will be able to get out and ride more often now.
Aging: Saw a medical report that stated it was for a 73 year old male, I thought, who the hell is that???
Oh! Thats me. 🙁 LOL
I wouldn’t have guessed you had had that many birthdays. Riding is keeping you young. 🙂
Oh, you’re 73? You poor thing! There seems to be a lot of that going around.
Such good news that Jim has a good caretaker who will free you up to do other things.
You found some great arches on your (our) ride. I always love seeing the barns. And how nice that you are able to explore places nearby that you have not been before.
I am glad for you that you were able to get out a bit and find some new roads. That does great things for my spirit, too. I love the ‘mile of trees’ and the photo of the bees – you live in a very pretty area.