An Easy Yet Interesting Bike Ride

It was time for a bike ride. I follow a daily training plan and the afternoon called for cycling. This ride wouldn’t be a hard as the last, it would be slow, easy, and not that long, only two hours. With the morning’s archery practice behind me and an hour of swimming completed I was looking forward to a ‘touring’ ride.IMG_4866

First I needed to select a bike. The roads out here are rough and even at a slow pace you can end up shaking your dental work loose. I decided to ride a steel frame bike. Steel does smooth out a rough ride.

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A coach of mine once said, “If you want to go 30 miles per hour, then you need to go 30 miles per hour.” On this ride, I only wanted to go 12 miles per hour in a low gear, for about 24 miles. Easy, yes, it was easy. It felt good. Along the way I crossed paths with those critters one typically sees in rural coastal North Carolina.

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Not a mile from my door a group of chickens seemed outraged that a bicycle interfered with their enjoyment of Deep Creek Road. The clucked and puffed and ran away in protest.

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Within two more miles another flock of chickens were equally irritated with me.

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Eight miles down the road I paused for a black snake.

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Twelve miles into the slow ride two Canada Geese offered up verbal abuse before they flew a respectable distance away.

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Eighteen miles along a striped garter snake seemed to little concern for the front wheel of the Peugeot nearly crawling through the spokes while I watched.

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Riding along country roads can be a pleasure. On days where I take it easy there’s time to enjoy the view.

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