Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Once More to the Lake

I had some bills to pay and some house/garage work that kept me busy all morning long. By noon the morning fog burned off and I was eager to get out to Annadel Park again, this time not to hike but to ride Ted's mountain bike.

I rode from Lake Ralphine up to Spring Lake Park and from there up the Richardson Trail to Lake Ilsanjo. I was riding for about an hour and a half and covered about 12 miles in all—all of it a joy.

I'd never ridden a mountain bike with suspension before (where have I been all these years?) and I really enjoyed the smooth ride.

At Lake Ilsanjo

Here is a map of the ride:

After the ride I came home to get cleaned up to attend a board meeting regarding ukuleles in schools.


Alden Smith said...

I like to hear that word 'joy'. I feel like that often, I think it's a combination of being retired, doing things I really like to do and having I think solved some of lifes existential problems - I hope that doesn't sound too smug, but I think its OK to feel JOY - don't you!!

Dan Gurney said...

Hi Alden—

Thanks for reading & commenting! Yes, its okay to feel joy, but, as you suggest probably wise not to seem smug or to gloat.

Going through life-threatening heart surgery sharpened my awareness that my days of being able to ACTIVELY enjoy the outdoors are numbered. That awareness has strengthened my resolve to spend at least an hour—but preferably several hours—outside in natural settings walking, bicycling, or paddling.

When I read your blog, I wish you lived next door to me. We share an awful lot of interests in common. If you ever come to California, you gotta come spend a week or two with me.

Alden Smith said...

Yes Dan it would be great if we lived next door to each other, apart from everything else we now both have heart surgery scars to compare and stories to tell!

I admire your resolve to keep active, especially in natural settings, the very best of places.

Yes we do have a lot in common. Who knows what the future holds!