Friday, April 17, 2009

Glorious bike ride

Really, there are just not that many opportunities to use the word glorious. But my bike ride was one such occasion. I was supposed to be working, but since there was not a cloud in the sky and every other creature seemed to be out enjoying the greening valley, I decided to knock off and ride the loop.

The loop is a 10-mile, well, loop that includes a long stretch along Roaring River, a long stretch along Spring Creek, a 1-mile pull up Poplar Springs Hill and an almost-mile rip down Stock Gap Road. Spence loves to blast down the hill, which was recently improved and smoothed from its toaster-size gravel, teeth-rattling washboards and bike-eating ruts. My downhill speed, on the other hand, is directly proportional to the speed at which I'm comfortable skidding down the gravel on my face.

As I was biking the last stretch home, after a short conversation with some cows who were crowded around a salt lick near the fence, I had a glorious idea for an evening activity: pack up the leftover pizza and take the big blue canoe upriver for a dinnertime float back to the house -- with Spence and Caroline, of course.

Spence may quash the idea, claiming the water's too cold to risk a toddler tumble, but really, it's pretty flat and easy, so we'll see...

UPDATE: Well, Spence was all for it. Caroline did great. We explained that she was not to stand up in the boat, a directive she took to heart, refusing to stand up to step out of the boat when we stopped for dinner. We had to lift her out. She enjoyed a PBJ and cheese stick riverside and we all ate a little Easter candy for dessert. It was delightful!





4 comments:

Margaret said...

That sounds so wonderful!! I wish we lived near THAT!!! I am sooo not a city girl...but my DH is all about urban living!! Oh well....just have to visit places like that!!

Hope you had a wonderful ride down the river!!!!

Eastiopians said...

What?! That is AWESOME! When can we come visit and do that?! :)

Theresa

Holly said...

You guys have so many fun adventures! Love that first picture!

Julia said...

If only I could bear to ride a bicycle that would be a glorious day...

On the other hand, I'm totally up for the canoe