Post for May 18, 2021
I spent the morning gazing at the lake from my tent while I ate breakfast and packed my gear, at Camp Patmos near Hackensack.
When I started cycling, I looked forward to seeing more of the Paul Bunyon bike trails, from Hackensack to Brainerd. I’ve honestly seen nothing like those trails before. It’s like cycling down a ruler for hours. I’ve never cycled so straight for so long. Sometimes, I weaved my bike from one side of the trial to the other just to turn. Ok, I might be exaggerating a little, but when I did see a small curve, I’d get my hopes up for more, and the trail went straight again. I never realized how much cycling straight for so long can wear me down.
Of course, I still enjoyed the ride, but I think you’ll know what I mean from the pictures. Today’s song, from my bike-ride-playist, is Ring Around the Moon, in an attempt to add some curves to the day.
In case you haven’t noticed, you can view a larger version of any image by right-clicking on it and choosing “Open Image in New Tab,” or something like that.
Those straight trails are old railroad lines, aren’t they? That’s why they are so straight and flat. I enjoyed the photos accompanied by the music again. Keep em coming! 🙂
I thought you’d like the music, reminds me of when we shared songs in Brenton Hall. And you’re right about why the trail was so straight. I’ve cycled several rail-trails, and this one is the straightest I’ve seen.
Life is never straight enough, long enough. Suck the nectar while it’s fresh, enjoy the tiredness.
Interesting point, about life being straight. I might be missing something, but I’ve enjoyed life’s “curves” a lot, like moving to different countries, surprises on bike tours, and the good people I’ve met in writing groups.
I have much the same experience – excited to explore – amazed by the straight level terrain – BUT I was on roller blades so I loved it! Smooth, straight and goes on forever. Enjoy the journey. Sue