The word “epic” refers to a long narrative poem written in elevated style, in which heroes of great historical or legendary importance perform valorous deeds. The setting is vast in scope, covering great nations, the world, or the universe, and the action is important to the history of a nation or people.
In stark contrast, there is what I am usually involved with on Saturday mornings. Un-epic.
A delightfully sunny and crisp 35 degrees at roll-out, warming up to about 55 degrees. There was a steady NW breeze at about 10mph. This ride went basically southeast, point-to-point. So, yeah, no heroes at all…it was tailwind the entire way.
There were no valorous deeds, just cruising down a trail in search of a good brew-up spot.
Not vast in scope. Just about 40 miles total, and about an hour was spent sitting comfortably on a river bank.
There was freshly, brewed coffee, and a couple of donuts. They were quite satisfying, but definitely not important to the history of a nation or people.
Instead of pedaling back home, Mrs. Pondero arrived with a pick-up truck at the trail head, and we drove off to get a couple of giant burgers for lunch. Un-epic.
At least, the main character does get the girl at the end.
380 Greenbelt trail?
Yes, I enjoy that route.
Pretty route for sure.
Looking for my own un-epic saunter. Thoroughly enjoyed this un-epic story. The donuts sound really good.
Thanks, Hugh, good luck with your quest.
No shame in un-epic-ness. Looks like a pretty ride! That water looks low. Still facing drought conditions?
Since the water is the Elm Fork of the Trinity River, it is common for it to be below the banks in the photos. But yes, we are still far behind in rainfall.
“There was freshly, brewed coffee, and a couple of donuts. They were quite satisfying, but definitely not important to the history of a nation or people.”
Hey! Dunkin Donuts is vastly important to the history of the New England nation! 😉
Well, I certainly knew that my refreshment was important to me. If there is a link to something larger, so much the better.
I see you have the new Atlantis built up now. I was curious how you intended on outfitting it. Looks nice. BTW, I got a compliment recently when I showed up to a ride with a new-to-me Bianchi Volpe, sporting an large Carradice knockoff seat bag and Eric termed it a “Pondero style gravel grinder”.
Thanks, Steve. I’ve heard good things about the Volpe. I’ll bet it’s a nice one, and I hope you are enjoying it.
Love the title. “No achievements”. Putting enough usage to Seafoam to make me reconsider. That’s an achievement unto itself. A ride well taken.
Fun ride; who cares about the epic part, right?
Nice and peaceful. I’ve always wondered what that trail was like.
I had an un-epic jaunt yesterday. Enjoyed a kid’s grilled cheese at an outdoor cafe. I might go on another un-epic ride today too! (-: