Appetite for Adventure

He wasn’t wearing the scout uniform, but he reminded me of the engaging little boy character in the movie, “Up”.

He was a little pudgy, with full, round cheeks…maybe 9 or 10.  

When he stepped out of the Greenwood Grocery with a just-opened soft drink in his hand, he stopped dead in his tracks, smiled, and waved at me.

I had stopped there in the shade to refill a bottle, and had just pulled up when he stepped out of the store. 

It couldn’t have been much past 7:30am, but I had been riding for well over an hour.

After the wave, he just stood there staring.  I could see in his facial expression that his brain was processing the sweaty, dusty old bicyclist he saw in front of him.

Then he asked, “What time did you get up this morning!?”

“About 5:30,” I replied.

“Holy cow!”, followed by a bigger grin, was his reaction.

Then he turned, joined his siblings and his mother, crawled into their minivan, and closed the doors.

But I think he has potential.  

Somewhere inside him is an appetite for adventure.

As long as there are mornings like this one, who could blame him?

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A Simpler Time

Life seems to be growing more complex every day.  

Not sure that is really best for us.  

Seems like simple things allow for a healthy amount of focus.

Don’t really  need (or want) so many options, features, and conveniences.



All that stuff takes far too much time and energy.

Fortunately, for this old curmudgeon, my Saturday mornings awheel take me to a simpler time.

Lakeside Laziness

I’ll go to great lengths to be lazy.  In this case, that meant making preparations the night before, rising early, boiling a couple of eggs, pedaling out of my way to stop at the donut shop for a sugary treat, and pedaling a few miles to the lakeside for a micro-tour.

Pictures prove how lazy I am.

 dark departure


 in route


 arrival


stove prep 


 lazy look south

brewing 


sip time 


standing in the lake 


MAP micro-tour bike 


lazy location 


 shoreline south


shoreline north 


local vegetation 


looking down 


 a good place to be


heading home

Lakeside laziness, lucky me.