First Bike Ride of the Year

My employer had a few events during Earth Week and one of them was a presention from a couple people from the The Tulsa Hub (check them out, they do lots of good stuff. They are trying to change lives through bicycling) about basic maintenance on bicycles. I’ve had mine for a few years now and have not done anything so I paid attention and even asked a few questions about several things especially, chain maintenance. I’ve had my bike for several years now and have not done anything besides air up the tires since. So I went to the store and bought the degreaser and the chain oil and got some rags and cleaned and oiled both my bike and Heather’s. Last Sunday I decided to go out for a ride. Heather couldn’t go so I went by myself.

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We live within a mile of a part of Tulsa’s extensive bike path system so I rode my bike from the house over there and made my way east to the Liberty Trail in Broken Arrow paralleling the Creek Turnpike Extension. The Liberty Trail passes very close to my MIL’s house and I have walked over to her house about three times so far. It’s about seven miles so it is not a bad walk at all. One of these days Heather and I will ride our bikes to her house.

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I only stopped to rest once on my leg out. I liked this tree and I liked the water fountain. A miscalculation on my part was not enough water. I brought a water bottle but I thought there was more water available along the path than what there turned out to be. I have a hydration pack that holds 1.5 liters. I might bring that, in addition to a bigger water bottle next time I ride this route.

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And here is a shadow selifie of me at the halfway point. Tired and thirsty.

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I did a little more sightseeing on the way back. I stopped to take a photo of the horse. He (I guess it is a he) walked up to me seeming pretty friendly. He let me rub his nose for a little bit.

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Nice horse but I had to go.

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And I saw this little thing out in the middle of nowhere. I have no idea what it is about. There are lots of roadside memorials in Tulsa in memory of people who died in car accidents but they generally have some information about who the person is.

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Stopped near the end to take this photo. I have taken this shot many times but what I liked about this was that the sun was low enough that the reflections actually illuminated the bottom of the bridge.  Yeah, sorry, I like stuff like that.

Anyway, I got home very tired and thirsty. Just shy of 25 miles. Not bad for an old guy who hasn’t ridden since September. Time to rehydrate with a couple craft beers and a gallon or two of water.

I am linking with “Our World Tuesday

12 thoughts on “First Bike Ride of the Year

  1. Sallie (FullTime-Life)

    First of all I think it is really neat that your employer is encouraging use of bikes and doing events for Earth Day. I’d think that for any employer, but it seems especially good when it is in your industry.

    Second of all, great job on the bike ride — I can’t even imagine it, but you already know that about me!

  2. Debbie

    My husband and I enjoy biking. Not serious biking – just biking for fun!! We have been out several times this spring, biking is easier for me than walking!!

    We participated in a beach clean up for earth day!!

  3. DeniseinVA

    That was a great bike ride you took us on. We are seriously thinking of buying bikes for ourselves. But I am seriously thinking of taking the plunge and getting one that has a motor/electric. I think my knees would thank me but I would get enough exercise and be able to build up my stamina. Hopefully! That horse sure was cute. We have the same kind of memorials in our area. Well, I wish you and Heather many happy trails of bike traveling.

  4. Amy

    oh you would love it here, we have cycling clubs that cycle for miles – they totally get into it.

  5. jesh StG

    A beautiful horse! Way to go with the bike:)
    Glad I found you in “Our world” because I was trying to connect with you, but was unsuccessful (do you know, that if you put one of your blog pics on your Gravatar, people can look you up, via the pic?
    Thank you so much for your kind comments about the pics of the wedding I posted!

  6. Hootin' Anni

    That’s quite a bike ride!! You got in a lot of distance. I favor the horse photos, but that last one is just simply great…great reflection.

  7. Janie of Utah

    What a beautiful bike path. It’s good that cities are encouraging people to get out more by providing places like this. Glad you had the chance to go, but bring lots of water next time!

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