I looked for and couldn’t find Suzanne’s original Cycle Days Challenge, but when I saw Nancy’s post referring to it, I decided to shoot for Nancy’s 15 rides between Sept 15th and the end of the year. I will feel successful if I only do half.
I’d planned two different rides for today, but due to not sleeping well, I nixed them both. One was too far for how I felt and the other required loading the bike on the car and driving it somewhere.
I’ve been thinking about Emily’s article on people riding every street in their district when they weren’t allowed beyond because of Covid. I certainly can’t ride every street even in my zip code, but I thought maybe I could ride every street in a subdivision. Today, I chose to ride every street in the subdivision that connects to mine.
I left from home and crossed a side road to Glenmary East, where I’ve never ridden before. I found streets and dead ends I didn’t know existed, but more interesting was a street that has been there since I was a child that now connects from the backside. It was rerouted because a large shopping area (like we need another!!!) is going up where it had connected to the main road.
Glenmary East is a lot smaller than my subdivision, so was amazed that after riding every street and dead end in it, I’d done 8.2 miles during my hour-long ride. Not being too peppy, I kept it in an easy gear and even though there were some inclines and small hills (compared to my subdivision which has some steep ones), came back feeling more rested than when I left home.
Thank you, Nancy, for motivating me to ride. Sorry the smoke in your area kept you indoors….I know you’ll be riding as soon as you can break free without damaging your health. I’m still calling this a Ride with Nancy.