Thursday, April 26, 2018

Days 24 to 26 - 30 Days of Biking

Three more rides on the recumbent. Two were on the bike path around the perimeter of Hayward.
The bay in Lake Hayward where the Lumberjack World Championships are held is still partially frozen.
This small roadside park with a put-in to the Namakagon River is just a couple miles from our house.
Day-time temperatures have been in the 50s and 60s this week, perfect riding weather.
I saw my first woolly-bear caterpillars today, two of them. I always stop to help them across the road so they don't get squished by a car. Also saw a frog, but no sounds of peepers as of yet. I hope to hear them any day now.

Days 21 to 23 - 30 Days of Biking

Three rides on the recumbent last Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Two rides were to the end of Airport Road and back, with views of the Namakagon River.
There were a large number of Robins feeding along the edge of the airport on one of the rides. With no snow, it must have been a good place to find bugs or worms.
One ride was into town for icecream at West's Dairy, always a treat. West's reopened last weekend for the first time since last October.
The Library Nature Trail was still covered in snow on Sunday. Not for long now!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Day 20 - 30 Days of Biking

Another ride on the recumbent today. The Namekagon River is ice-free.
Saw four swans (Tundra or Trumpeter?) on the river (but it was hard to get a clear shot through the trees)...
...and a fly fisherman trying his luck.
The snow is melting fast in open areas but there's still lots of the white stuff in the shadows.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Day 19 - 30 Days of Biking

Nine days after spraining my ankle I finally felt ready to ride and rode my recumbent bike today. 

Riding a recumbent makes it easier to not put too much pressure on my foot and I think my ankle benefited from the movement.

It was a glorious day, with temperatures finally reaching the 50s and not a cloud in the blue sky. It felt so good to ride again!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

April 15 - Winter Storm

Even though I haven't ridden my bike since last Tuesday, April 10, I wanted to record on my blog what it looks like outside today. We are still under a winter storm watch that began yesterday and continues until late tonight.
These photos are what it looks like right outside the house. An avalanche of snow slid off the roof this past week when temperatures got into the mid-40s.
A view out the side window, toward the marsh near our house.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Day 11 - 30 Days of Biking

Well, no ride today for the first time in the five years that I've been doing 30 Days of Biking in April. I badly sprained my ankle yesterday morning on the first day of a dance class. I rode home from the dance class after the sprain and had a difficult time, especially when I first got on the bike to pedal. I had x-rays taken this morning to make sure there wasn't a fracture. There is significant pain if I put any weight on it. Fortunately, it's just a sprain. The prescription for healing is ice, elevate, rest. I've been hobbling around, using my mom's cane for support. I didn't think a sprain could hurt this much. So, I will probably not be riding my bike for the next week or so. We shall see...  Maybe that's a good thing, seeing as how there is snow in the forecast for Friday and Saturday! :-)

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

30 Days of Biking - Day 10

A haiku for today:

Day ten and still cold
Short rides until warmth arrives
More snow is forecast