Not Very Far Away


Not very far away, really, but a place to go. With limited time, but more than it takes for the old standby 3-mile loop, I aim for a lazy intermittent stream.

It’s up and over a single ridge. Then down the other side to a short stretch of gravel road. Turn left. Then it’s just around the bend. Maybe 15 minutes of pedaling.

Even when it’s not really flowing, there’s usually a pool under the bridge. Turtles and other critters are there. Upstream and downstream, the meanders are spotted with rock and framed with large trees. We prairie folk value a good shade. And so this is a place to go. After the day’s furious paced commerce, turtle pond meditation restores.


It is good, far removed from commercial fury, but not very far away.

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