|An ag machine spraying "something chemical" on this field.|
This year I have a lot of things happening as my daughter is graduating from high school. With that happening, there are friends of hers that are also graduating. So, it becomes a "when can I squeeze in a ride?" situation amongst invitations to gatherings, school functions, and then also trying to squeeze in as much family time along with that as possible.
I, like I imagine many of you bike nerds do, tend to beat myself up if I have to miss a great day, or if I have to take a shorter route due to other circumstances. Riding is a selfish act for me almost every time I go out. I need it, but maybe not in the doses I tend to think I need it in. If that makes any sense. Sometimes I come to an intersection, look at my watch, and do some quick math. "Ah......maybe I could make the longer route work....... Nah! Better go back now." It's a struggle within myself to make a compromise to do the thing I should do, and in the end, most of the time, it is the right way to go.
But that doesn't make it any easier.
Usually, after "The Decision" has been made, I end up being thankful for the remainder of the ride. Thankful that I can even do it. Thankful that I had the time to do it. Thankful for the beautiful day and the beautiful land I get to see. Then I find peace. It's all good........
|The roads were MUCH better compared to last Wednesday, but in still pretty rough shape.|
|Check out that tree to the right. The wind was really blowing hard out there!|
But that said, you look at any current weather conditions, go out into open spaces far from a city, and tell me the wind isn't at least 10mph faster than they say it is in town. Try it sometime. I know when I was out the current conditions were for 17mph winds, but if you look at that tree in the image above, it tells a different story. I'm not going to say one speed or another, I'm just saying it was windy!
|With the drier air and winds, the roads are now so dry they are cracking!|
|Farmers are drawing patterns on the fields which, hopefully, will be filled with green things soon.|
And somehow or another I'll find time to squeeze in more riding. I have a hundred miler coming up in Grinnell in June called the Prairie Burn 100, and I need to get some longer rides in. Rain, cool weather, and Life are conspiring against me here. Stay tuned......