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Old 06-05-13, 08:44 AM
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Last Nights Ride

Was one of those "This is what it's all about!" rides. It was cool, I was maintaining a good pace and speed, drivers where being generally nice, and the world was filled with wonderful smells. A farmer was plowing a field I went past, the smell of the earth was nice, strong and not the least bit unpleasant. I rode past many honeysuckle bushes(I think), beautiful smell, and I swear I could taste them. Someone was grilling something that gave me an appetite for my left over bar-b-que at home. When I went past the dairy farm, the wind was blowing perfectly so I go just a hint of the cows, not too bad at all. I rode the course I had planned, and was home with daylight to spare.
It was one of the things that let me know I not missing out on that part of life
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Old 06-05-13, 10:21 AM
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Wonderful! Lately I have started riding to the beach every day for a swim ... it has that same perfect feeling when I stand calf-deep in the water and watch the sun on the waves.

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Old 06-05-13, 10:44 AM
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Thanks for the great post. I went for a mountain bike ride last night and also had a terrific ride - up to the point when I decided my rear shock need adjustment while traveling down hill. So, instead of stopping, I reached down to make the adjustment and hit a bump/rock/root/all of the above and flew over the handlebars. Fortunately for me I could call out to my riding partners that all that was injured was my ego - which was not strictly true but close enough. Next time I stop before I try to adjust anything! I don't want to push my luck.
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Old 06-05-13, 11:51 AM
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I've had a few of those recently. Nice isn't it?
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Old 06-06-13, 05:18 AM
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I live in CT's town with the largest percentage of it's land in agricultural use. We have exactly one intersection with a blinking light. Every ride I take in town (it's also CT's second largest town geographically) is similar to the one you just had. It's a beautiful thing and I am reminded of a survey of CT towns in which residents were asked to list their favorite places in their town....no one mentioned a mall.
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I'll second this thread and the rides in a rural/agricultural area. I ride through cotton and soybean fields every day, the cotton planting is almost finished for this year. Starting to see neat rows of green plants coming up and the birds are filling the air as they chase the insects. Hawks are circling above, same pair I have seem for a few years now. Makes for a great place to ride, the farmers are all friendly and we get along on the road, a mutual respect for each other.

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It's good to remember those rides when you are feeling slow and bored -- know that you will have more like that in the future.
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A nice early June evening (or crisp morning) ride with temps in the low 70's and clear and on the dry side - the scent of balsam and flowers, it does not get better than that. That's why I love upstate NY, it's that way almost all summer long.
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I love a ride on a warm, humid summer night. I like some haze in the air, so when night does come, the various lights and haze resemble the set
of a Ridley Scott movie.
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Rural rides are very relaxing. Urban rides can be wild and fun. There is a place in our bike riding lives for both.
Nice post btw. It relaxed me just reading it.
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Old 06-07-13, 03:31 PM
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A nice early June evening (or crisp morning) ride with temps in the low 70's and clear and on the dry side - the scent of balsam and flowers, it does not get better than that. That's why I love upstate NY, it's that way almost all summer long.
I love upstate NY. Spent a lot of years in Preston Hollow and Cobleskill. Lots of motorcycling up around Blue Mountain Lake. Awesome State.
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Riding a bike or motorcycle gets you closer to the world, in a car, you're insulated from the world. A bicycle has the added advantage of being relatively silent. Sometimes the Harley sets off car alarms.
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Old 06-07-13, 05:07 PM
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A convertible with the top down is not bad being close to the world.

But, I feel that cycling, walking, even running(can't do anymore) get you much closer to smelling the roses.
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