Lunch outside.

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On the lunch menu is hot tea, tuna sandwich on my homemade gluten-free bread, the last 2015 carrots from our CSA’s root cellar, and an apple.

My Leisure Consultant Pondero has been setting an example of how to properly enjoy a bicycle ride. It involves biking on quiet roads or paths, finding a place mid-ride to enjoy a hot beverage and treats, and then continuing on your way until you eventually find yourself back at home. He lives in a more rural setting than I. Although I do have access to country roads and parks without having to venture too far from my home in town.

We don’t live in the same climate either. We have harsh winters which makes stopping something to be avoided unless you bring along several extra layers of arctic outerwear. Not complaining, I enjoy winter. But now that our typically late Spring weather is starting to show itself, bike rides that include a stop are possible.

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You know winters over when I get the Ellis out. This bike is spared the winter crud.

I took the Ellis out for the ride today. It’s the first ride of the year for it. I call it my “skinny tire” bike. It’s got 700c x 32mm tires. If I don’t count my Brompton, it’s the skinniest tires I ride. It’s always a bit of a celebration for me when I finally get this out on the road in the Spring. It’s such a wonderful bike to ride.

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Munger Trail.

I ventured south out of town on the Munger Trail. My destination was Jay Cooke State Park. I figured a picnic table next to the River would be a good lunch spot at around 15 miles. I stopped to listen and watch some frogs. Every low spot with standing water along the trail had croaking frogs in it today.

Eventually I made it to the river and then the park’s main visitors center area.

I had a nice leisurely lunch within sight of the river and the parks iconic swinging bridge.

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After eating and finishing my tea, I packed up and headed back towards town. It was so nice to be able to sit outside and not get cold. The temperature was around 60degF/15degC with light winds. Very pleasant indeed.