30 Days of Biking - Week Three

The final days of this year's pledge were my favorite.  Spring showed up and rides got way more enjoyable.  The highlight was being serenaded by birds out on the RRVT.

Day 27 was a bust due to my poor planning.  " Honest... I ran out of gas. I... I had a flat tire. I didn't have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn't come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts! IT WASN'T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD!"

The most amazing aspect of this year was none of my rides involved ice cream.  I KNEW I was forgetting something!! 

Happy Riding




30 Days of Biking - Week Two

This is where I REALLY could complain about the weather. But I'm not going to. It's not because I have a sunny disposition or want to convey that biking every day is always this fantastic thing. It's because I'm tired.  Tired of talking about the weather. Tired of complaining about the snow, the wind, the overcast, the cold, the snow....

Day 15 was spent indoors griping and moaning about the weather.  Sunny(ier) days were for longer rides and time spent outdoors. Because you never know about the Iowa weather. But, I'm not going to complain....

30 Days of Biking - Week One

The past winter brought the usual accouterments .  This year there was an extra serving of the doldrums with a side of achy knees.  Very little outdoor riding took place and only a handful of "rides" were endured at the local Y.  

A major side effect of this funk was questioning whether or not to ride this April.  Here's a few of the excuses:

I don’t want to feel like I have to ride my bike.  I should only do it when I feel like it.

April’s weather is iffy.  I hate riding in the cold and wet.

I don’t feel like it.

I’m not sure how I would fit it in with my current work schedule.

I really don’t want to.

My knees hurt.

I don’t wanna.

After a boost of encouragement from my sister and pausing to remember why I started this blog in the first place I felt silly about my attitude.

So, sign up I did, brushed the dust of the bike and off I went....




A Sign of Spring

Spring arrives in just a couple of days.  Warmer weather and longer days are commonly favored signs of spring but mine are birds.  Their return from migration cheers me the most after a long (endless?) winter.

Along the Raccoon River Valley trail, there is a Sycamore tree that serves as an apartment complex of sorts to families of Blue Herons.  It stands vacant through the cold winter months with it's white bark setting it apart from the surrounding trees. But in the springtime residents return home and prepare for another season.


The tree is viewable from the car but the best way to enjoy the scene is from the bike trail.  Once the enormous leaves of this tree emerge this natural aviary is disguised until autumn.  


If you're inclined to check out this springtime sighting yourself here's a map for reference. X marks the spot.

Happy Riding! 




Waukee Trail Updates

The new neighborhood trail connecting the Waukee high school complex to the SE Bobwhite Lane is now open.  Great news for the small handful of students who walk or ride to school. This tiny stretch of trail could come in handy for accessing Heart of the Warrior trail.



Speaking of Heart of the Warrior....It's still closed at SE Alice's Road.  The new tunnel looks to be constructed.  Sure will be nice having a safer way to cross that busy street.