|Starting the day with french toast|
Today was the day to ride the Lake Trail around Lake Geode, about seven miles, and I planned to make a day of it, leaving around eleven o'clock with a lunch and an easy schedule. I wanted to enjoy the entire day, so starting the morning with a breakfast of french toast was a good beginning. I'm still getting used to having a kitchen inside my camper. With refrigerator and propane stove inside, breakfast was fast and easy. Following breakfast was preparation for my day ride, the first step being cooking a one-pot Instant Pot stew for a Thermos lunch. While, the stew was cooking, I prepped my Montague Allston, my folding bicycle that I had put together the day before. I added the Topeak rear bag and filled it with lunch (stew, apple, bread and cheese, chocolate milk, and an energy bar) and then packed a few emergency supplies. I'm always careful and go prepared when bicycling alone, especially during the quiet off season.
|On the early part of the trail|
I enjoy both bicycling and hiking, so the alternation of pedaling and pushing wasn't a bother. I actually found that on the steep, leafy ascents and descents that the bike acted as a sort of hiking pole (or walker!) for stability. Because I wasn't bicycle camping, the bike was still light for pushing, too. Perhaps this is a good spot to emphasize that I'm aware that this seven-mile ride would be a short one for most regular day ride enthusiasts. However, the novelty of a new trail allowed me to feel comfortable with the quality of the route, rather than focusing too much on the distance.
|One of the longer riding spots on the trail|
|Fording a tiny stream, then a long push up the hill opposite|
|A nice look at Cedar Creek as it enters the lake|
|Cedar Creek upstream|
|Lunch on the trail . . . what a treat!|
I prefer my exploits to be an inspiration rather than a cautionary tale. This ride was an inspiration to keep myself active, which sometimes can be a challenge since I love to read and write so much! Nature is always an inspiration, the greatest evidence in my life that harmony is not a human concept; rather, it is an essential aspect of existence. Earth abides, and finding kinship with the greater world is a great joy.