This summer, Tom and I have been going on long bike rides each Wednesday when we're in town. We usually go in the mornings, when it's a bit cooler and the trail is less likely to be crowded with other cyclists and walkers.
Yesterday, though, our schedules didn't work out for a morning ride -- so we had to delay until late in the afternoon. It was hot, and thunderstorms were threatening, but what a pleasant time for a bike ride! We even had the trail to ourselves.
Here are three views from my bike yesterday . . .
That's Tom, up ahead. When I ride with my friends, we usually pair up and chat the whole way. With Tom? Not so much! He rides a bit ahead (because he's faster than I am) -- but we stick together and enjoy a quiet ride. (Besides, as Tom says . . . what would we talk about on the trail that we can't talk about together at home?)
For the most part, the trail we ride goes through the woods. Every once it a while, though, it opens up to reveal farm fields and big sky. Yesterday there were thunderstorms rolling in, and a bit of light rain now and again. The sky was just lovely.
We even saw a rainbow! This one appeared to go right down to the ground . . . but no pot of gold that we could see.
I'm glad we switched things up and tried a late afternoon ride. It was nice to see the trail at a different time of day than usual and it was a perfect way to shake off the stress of a busy day (in a busy week).
You know what our biggest discovery was, though, on our afternoon ride? Well . . . beer and pizza tastes even better after 20 miles on your bike!
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