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The gnome is still reclining in front of the perfectly landscaped yard, but now a daisy hangs over his concrete head.  Thanks to the industriousness of the owners of his yard, his environment is always changing, but he never does.  As I approach the end of the road with this blog, I thought I’d do some reflecting on what’s changed. And what hasn’t. 

Some of the sights along the route have changed.  The octopus is no longer on the mailbox.  The fire hydrants have been freed of vegetation.

This is the one that looked like this before:

There are “for sale” signs where there weren’t before, and there are always those seasonal changes — berries and blooms that come and go, ever transforming the landscape.

But have I changed, or do I remain like the gnome, unchanging in an evolving world?

The change in me isn’t as dramatic as I’d have liked it to be, but yes, I’ve changed.  The main thing I changed was my exercise habit, even though  I did not manage to ride my bike every day.  Life happens.  I found that biking was not something I could do in sickness and in health, for better or for worse, til death…

But I did find that I could commit to attempting to ride every day.  And on the weeks where I couldn’t manage daily rides, I usually rode several times.  This is much more exercise than I was getting before I started the blog.  That’s a good thing.

My hope is to keep it up even after the days of blogging about the experience are over. Do I think I can do this? Yes!


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I’ve been approached by a community college about teaching a few writing courses. I’m kind of excited about the possibility because the campus is only half a mile away and I love the idea of biking back and forth, even though a half mile ride hardly counts for anything as far as exercise goes.  So I rode my bike up there the other day to fill out paperwork and used my $1.50 chain to secure it to a bush. This, I have to say, is a benefit of living in a small town.

I have to remind myself of benefits like this frequently because I am more of a city person.  Today I was reminded of how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful place as I pedaled down a street that curved along the marsh.  A whooting owl provided music for the ride and for some reason I marveled that I live in a place where kayaks are common lawn ornaments.

Just 15 miles away on Hunting Island the severe beauty of nature is even more obvious.  I love to bike there and I took the picture above this spring. Can you tell what it is?

Go forth, enjoy nature, and ride.

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Why I Bought a Hot Pink Bike


I bought a hot pink bike because the only other color they had at the hardware store was royal blue.

I bought a hot pink bike because my youngest child is nine and a half.  This means that every day for nine and a half years I have awakened with the same reoccurring thought.  “Today I will start my diet.”  It’s not happening, people. 

I bought a hot pink bike because three years ago we moved from a house with two sets of stairs to a house with zero.  And I have gained fifteen pounds.  So, refusing to believe that the five pounds per year are just the age factor, I started thinking about what in my routine had changed.  I figured that all of those little trips up and down the stairs had cumulatively burned a lot of calories.  And since I don’t like to exercise, I needed to find a way to make a lot of little trips.

I bought a hot pink bike because I’d decided to set a goal of riding for at least fifteen minutes a day. Yes, I know it’s a pathetic goal.  But let’s face it, this is a blog for people with pathetic exercise habits.  It’s a blog for people who want to take small rides forward and see where they end up.  And it’s a blog for me to see if making a public commitment to easily obtainable goals can do what no diet or gym membership has accomplished for me yet.

Anyone else up for seeing if small commitments can bring worthy rewards?  Come along!  Lets see where the road takes us.

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