Day 307: Fall color and childhood memories

6 11 2010

I’m embarassed to admit that I slept so late today that it was almost lunch time when I got up. It’s rare that I sleep that late on weekends anymore, but today it felt nice. I knew we didn’t have anything planned and I was still tired from the stressful week we had with the sick dog (who is feeling much better now). So I indulged. After yesterday’s post about cold-weather cycling, I decided to get outside and enjoy a ride (it’s been about 2 weeks since I’ve been on the bike). The outdoor thermometer read 46 degrees, so I dressed in warm layers, pumped up the bike tires, filled my water bottles, put my small camera in my jacket pocket and headed out the door. I rode an easy 10 miles but was gone about 90 minutes by the time I stopped to shoot a few photos of the Fall color. The cool wind in my face … the smell of fresh air … hearing birds singing — what’s not to enjoy about that?

Fall color in the Audubon neighborhood

Yellow tree.

Tree and blue sky.

The past couple weeks have been busy enough I’ve not been able to make time to go out for a ride. That’s not really a good excuse, I realize. People manage to squeeze workouts into their busy schedules all the time. I guess I’ve just not been trying very hard. Anyway, I did enjoy the ride today. As I crunched over crisp Fall leaves on the ground, I thought back to when I was growing up in Idaho. My parents and I would get on our bikes on cool Fall days and ride through the local cemetery a few blocks from our house. The crunching leaves under our tires provided a nice soundtrack to our rides. Other times, Dad and I would ride for what seemed like hours on our bikes. I remember walking or riding my bike to school, or the nearby park to watch baseball games or dog shows. I often think about those times and how Idaho Falls seemed like the perfect place to grow up. I haven’t been there in 28 years. Part of me wants to go back to see how the town has changed since we’ve been gone. I imagine the town is now full of chain restaurants, Walmarts, gas stations and franchise stores which would make it look like any other town in America. I think I’d prefer to hold on to the image I have of the perfect small town I knew and loved when I was growing up.

Today’s food journal:

Lunch:
— Power Bar = 3 points
— Banana = 1.5 points
— 1 cup LF chocolate milk = 3 points

Dinner:
— Turkey sub sandwich = 9 points
— Iced tea = 0 points

Snack:
— Skinny Cow ice cream bar = 2 points

Life’s a journey. Enjoy the ride!

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6 11 2010
Tim

Funny. Our ride took us through Audobon today too. Chilly this morning, but nice.

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