The Other Side

“They say stay in the lines, but there’s always something better on the other side.” ~John Mayer~ I made it to the other side On my ride Last one of the season I reasoned This may be true The sky shod its blue Days turned to chill as the rider turned ill Could there be more For a bicycle whore Another warm day Before fall goes away To get to the other side And ride outside the lines This postRead more

A Train Whistle and Longing

“The restlessness and the longing, like the longing that is in the whistle of a faraway train; except that the longing isn’t really in the whistle—it is in you.” ~Meindert DeJong~   I could hardly stand to be at work this past Friday. I was restless. It was a beautiful day – highs in the 70’s, low humidity, blue skies, sun. “Why am I here and not outside, on my bike?” On this beauty, I desperately longed for a ride.Read more

Friendship & Bike Legs

This past weekend was fabulous. It included the company of long-time friends, good conversation, fantastic weather and a bike ride. After work on Friday, I headed south toward Milwaukee to catch up on the past nine months with friends I have known for a long time. We had not seen each other since the end of July 2016. I had not seen the new house they moved into last August. There was “catching up” to be done, along with aRead more

Risk on Two Wheels

Discover Challenge: “You have to have a place of your own to take the kind of risks necessary for intellectual development.” This week, take a chance. Take a deep breath, publish, and see what happens next. I’ve chosen to write a narrative in third-person as this tends to be a rare occurrence around here. I hope you enjoy and leave it up to you to decide if I’ve taken a risk or taken the easy road. She was never much of aRead more

Another Year Washed Ashore

This started out as a Wordless Wednesday post. I was going to title it Wordless Waving Wednesday or Wordless Wednesday Waving Goodbye. Something like that. It would have included this video… Did you like that? Repeat several times if you’re stressed. If you were drinking a lot of water before you watched the video, my apologies. Anyhow, as you can see, the post is titled differently from my original intent and I’m typing words. This is my birthday week. On Saturday, I say goodbyeRead more

Vivid Since 1948

Ardy and Ed’s has been a well-known landmark in Oshkosh, WI, since 1948. The vivid red drive-in is famous for its hamburgers, ice cream and waitresses on roller skates. They serve customers in their vehicles while 50’s and 60’s rock ‘n’ roll blares from the loudspeakers. I took mom there a couple of weeks ago to cap off an earlier lunch and ride through the city park. Mom enjoyed it immensely, so I plan to take her back soon. Perhaps tomorrow.Read more

Rejoice in the Mount!

Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel…the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.  ~Susan B. Anthony~ On a brisk and blue Sunday afternoon, she was an emancipated, free woman. When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, whenRead more

Fresh Ride

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh It’s the first day of spring, but there are few signs of green grass in Wisconsin and it’s much too early to witness the popping green leaves of crocus, tulips or daffodils. The area in which I live has been dry and we are waiting the freshness of a spring rain to start the green growing season. In the meantime, the label of “fresh” is attached to the tire of my bicycle. The rubber tire, metalRead more