Some of the action taken yesterday was riding my bike, which I haven’t done since I moved here last October. Riding my bike involved 1) Finding the air pump 2) Airing up the tires 3) Finding my helmet 4) Packing a backpack with my “good” camera and a couple of bottles of water 5) Getting my ass on the bike and GOING! I ran into several difficulties with the execution of my plan. My tires were too low for me to fill them up with a little hand-pump. I had to fold the seats down in my vehicle and shove the bike in and take it to the gas station to air the tires up with the air machine. THEN I couldn’t get to the air machine because the pavement had just been re-paved and was completely closed off. Doh! So I had to drive to the next town to find a gas station and an air machine, finally airing up the tires. How much air pressure should bike tires have, I wondered. I went with 60 psi. So far they haven’t blown up.
At long last, I got home, got the bike out and got going. And look at these sweet, sweet sweeties I went to see! Four little foals and their mommies!! I just snapped and snapped. Takes me back to my childhood, when I lived next door to a horse ranch. Horses smell so good!!! What a reward for getting my shit in gear!!
Then I travelled down the road to a place called Walden Ponds and saw the first pelicans of the season. Again I was treated to the delicious smells of the country. If you grew up in the country, you know how good it smells. Earth and growing things and I don’t know what else.
The final leg of my bike tour was the ride home, which was almost all uphill. I am NOT in great shape. I have been struggling through The Bar Method once or twice per week and walking as much as possible, but I have gained a lot of weight thanks to the Clozaril. Anyhoo, I promised myself that 1) I wouldn’t beat up on myself regarding my physical condition; and 2) That I wouldn’t stop, no matter how hard it got. So I let myself be o.k. with going slow, and downshifting, and I drank in the beautiful scenery. The fields are so green, the creeks are so full, there are birds flying everywhere, the sky is blue, and Spring has definitely sprung. It was a really hard bike ride home, but I kept telling myself, out loud, “You can do it!” and I DID IT!!! That feels good. Just day by day, I will work on my physical fitness, and enjoy this beautiful place where I live. Yeah.