This is a shameless attempt to save the the most advanced civilization in
history from imminent self destruction by eliminating carbon emission,
dependence on foreign sources of fuel,obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
Cycling accomplishes all those things at once and helps us develop a better
understanding of ourselves, each other and our relationship to the cosmos.

Oh, horse puckey!
I like to ride bikes, have been doing it all my life.
The rest of that crap is just a fringe benefit,
and the blogosphere gives me a chance to share my interior
monologue with virtual rather than imaginary friends.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

It might actually be here now!

   The season is cooperating like it's spring.  We suffered high humidity and 80F temperatures followed by frost warnings.  With the continual marriage of conflicting weather fronts here in the mid west we are blessed with howling winds,wild variations of weather and plenty of precipitation.  It makes for nice cycling.  The sun is out, the trees have reached out beyond budding and flowers are trying to survive a few cold spells.  Riding to work makes me feel like I have forgotten something__all the winter clothes!  Yet it is comfortable, finally in short sleeves. no gloves, sailing along down wind without working up a sweat,  The air prickles across the skin like a memory of something that happened months before wearing a cocoon.  
   The infrastructure continues to grow.  It's almost like the 3 miles of bike path
 that existed here was a sapling that has grown of it's own will.

Our river trail has been extended another 10 miles or so.
Although several miles are nothing but a glorified sidewalk along a state highway,
most are very nice, secluded and take advantage of  a large park and recreation center.
It goes as far as Galesburg, Mi on it's way to make a connection to the trails in Battle Creek.   The trail association is on a quest to create a continuous trail across the state.  On  larger scale, the
 federal government has now jumped in to make protected bike lanes a priority.


  1. I miss all the wonderful rail-trails in Michigan. The Hart-Montague was one of my favorites. My area of Tennessee is pretty far behind on recreational infrastructure, but we're coming along nicely on the transportation side of things. Enjoy the weather!

    1. Yes, we have become rather fortunate. The infrastructure has grown quickly since I have been in the state. The Hart Montague is now part of US Bike Route 35 which stretches all the way from Indiana along the coast to Sault Ste. Marie.