Weekly Photo Challenge: “What are you in search of? Capture a quest with your camera.”
(Apologies to my Facebook friends. You’ve seen this already. It’s Tuesday old and the fog has since lifted.)
Ever since the Town of Grand Chute finished a walk/bike trail last fall, it’s been my quest to ride it to work in the morning during nice weather. I was only able to use the trail once last fall before the weather turned cold and the mornings became too dark for a bike without lights. This past summer, I rode the trail many times, at least once or twice a week, as long as the forecast didn’t include rain or gusty, in-your-face winds. And as long as I didn’t need a vehicle for an appointment across town or after-work shopping excursion.
All in all, it was a good summer for morning quests. And afternoon quests. And weekend quests.
I am blessed to have so many trails at my disposal – not only in the cities in which I live, work and play, but also within the State of Wisconsin. I’m not sure what led to this other than the fact that bicycling has become a very popular extracurricular activity…and with a growing community and traffic pattern, it’s often more relaxing than being bumper to bumper and yelling “use your gas pedal, dammit,” at the slow-poke driver ahead.
Plus, one burns calories on a bicycle. You know…the ones eaten the day before when a co-worker brings in cake pops and cookies.
Although I may not have gone on as many bicycle quests this past summer as someone obsessed would have wanted, I did put respectable mileage on those rubber hybrid tires. I couldn’t tell you how many miles were ridden (the battery died on my wireless odometer and it took me a while to replace), but it felt like a good chunk. It felt like I did my best to utilize those pedals whenever possible. It felt like I made the best use of the days available for me and my two-wheeled compadre.
This past Tuesday’s morning ride may have been foggy and a little cool, but it did not matter. At this point of the year, I’ll take my quests any way and any day I can get them.