Days 12 – 18: National #BikeMonth

Summary of my Week 3 of National Bike Month

When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking. ~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Author of Sherlock Holmes

Well, I haven’t been in low spirits, but I still like getting on my bike every day without a thought on anything but the ride I am taking! 🙂

Day 12: 8 miles at Harns Marsh. Met friends (old and new) from the Caloosa Trailheads at Harns Marsh for a sunset/ moonrise ride/run (they ran, we rode!) around this beautiful filter marsh, complete with nesting sandhill cranes, ducks, herons and egrets, and limpkins. We encountered two snakes during the twilight ride – a ribbon snake and a beautiful red rat (corn) snake. Fortunately neither got stepped on or ridden over. Beautiful nearly full moon in the east while the sun set in the west. Fun ride!

Day 13, 14, and 15: 9.76 miles, 6.22 miles, and 10.16 miles respectively – around the neighborhood and nearby – various routes.

Days 16 and 17: 5 and 10 miles around campus at FGCU – Dunk City. and in the vicinity. These were work days for me, and I had to be at an event on campus at the crack of dawn both mornings, so I threw the old mountain bike on the back of the truck and took a spin around campus during the mid-morning breaks. FGCU is such a cool campus and the riding is easy and entertaining!

Day 18: Cross-training. So, today was a cross-training day. I didn’t actually get on a bike today – but I did work out by learning to stand-up paddleboard. I was glad I had been biking so regularly because I could feel it in the legs! Back on the bike tomorrow!

deb paddleboarding

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