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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Ride Along with Sheebie

Friends and Kitties!

Sheebie here.

The weather has been sort of crappy and cold (30's--brrrrr!) the past two weeks so I've been unable to get out for any bike rides.  What really bothers me is my hands get so dang cold!  I need to research some warm gloves to wear, the rest of my body heats up just fine once I get going.  In the meantime I've been walking like a madwoman to try and keep my endurance up, and riding the trainer bike we have in the garage so my butt doesn't get sore.  It's just not the same, though.

*sigh*

However, I do have some shots from a ride in mid-February to share with you!
I'm on the trail head facing East, the new park and my house are behind me.
Pay no attention to that stupid sign!  We're headed down the pavement to the upper right-hand side of the photo--the trail goes due South under the highway...

...through this tunnel!

Another sign to ignore
On the other side the tunnel splits off East towards Lake Mead National Park, (about 3 miles) or West, towards town.  I went West, and rode down to the Wal-Mart and back.  It's a ten mile round trip and after getting over the initial hill is flat all the way.


The initial hill is a doozy, though!

Segments of the trail are concrete and here's why:

More signage!
And they aren't kidding--there still are segments of tarmac washed out from the torrential rains we had last fall, waiting to be replaced with concrete!  It's a good thing I have knobby tires cos I have to do a little "four-wheeling" (so to speak) occasionally.  

It's supposed to be in the 70's this week and I'm planning a long (for me) ride on my weekend; Scott is going to drop me off about 10 miles into the Nat'l Park and I'll ride home from there.  He's getting his bum knee scoped (hopefully) soon and will be able to start biking seriously again, too.  Which will be so much fun--we love to get out and explore.  And of course there will be pictures!

Happy Sunday, and have an Invigorating Week!

XX  Sheebie  XX

44 comments:

  1. "Driving gloves" ought to be good for biking too. I have some that are wool with leather palms that are both warm and supple for good gripping. ~ TBT

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  2. I hope all goes well for Scott. Cold is no fun

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  3. That reminds me- was I supposed to crochet you some fingerless gloves?

    Your pictures show such beautiful countryside - I grew up in the high dessert of Eastern Washington and miss it sometimes. T.

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  4. I wanted to look at all the pictures of your ride, but when I saw the sign "Trail Closed", I had to obey it and stop reading.

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  5. Interesting trail with those little uphills and downhills to work those muscles. Our human as gone back to jungle trekking again to keep fit! Purrs!

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  6. We can't wait to come along on your rides! Happy Sunday! xoxo

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  7. Back in the day when I used to ride in wintertime I used fingerless riding gloves since they had more bulk to cover the back of the hand that got colder than the fingers. You can flex your fingers to warm them, but the back of the hand gets ice cold when it is sleeting.

    I also use the gloves when trimming Gus' fur as they are claw-proof.

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  8. That hill *is* a dozzy all right. Do you actually RIDE up it? Impressive, Sheebie, impressive.

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  9. Applause !!!! For ride up to that doozy hill !
    OMC ! Me and Mom really want to see your face after you have done that : )

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  10. That's quite a bike ride =)
    Let us know if you find a good pair of gloves. I'm curious to hear what works.

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  11. Gosh ~ that is one ribbony strip of road! Excellent exercise!
    xo Catherine

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  12. I wouldn't need a sign for that doozy of a hill with my one speed, Ms. Elvira Gultch. We'd never make it. Ever. srsly.

    I'd even be a'scared of down the hill!

    It's bitterly cold here. Sick and tired of, I am!!

    Have a lovely day!

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  13. No way you'd get me up the hill without paramedics on stand by!
    Jane x

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  14. Wow, after seeing those hills...that must have been quite the ride! Good for you!!

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  15. When I saw your pictures I immediately felt warm ! I thought the desert it must be hot, and then I read your temperature ... disappointment, it's almost like here, lol !

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  16. Wow - we've been having daytime temps close to yours. Hope the forecast is right and it warms up.

    I'm impressed because I know I'd never make it up the hill on a bike...walking the bike maybe.

    Good luck to Scott!

    Have a great week,
    Eileen

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  17. Wow - we've been having daytime temps close to yours. Hope the forecast is right and it warms up.

    I'm impressed because I know I'd never make it up the hill on a bike...walking the bike maybe.

    Good luck to Scott!

    Have a great week,
    Eileen

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  18. Those were quite interesting pics, especially that roller coaster hill. I hope your warm gets back to you soon!

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  19. I'm so jealous that you can even go out biking at all. I have to settle for the gym bike until at least May.

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  20. So love that you are a serious bike rider! My oldest daughter rides her bike every where! Hugs, Linda

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  21. Wow, that initial hill IS a doozy! We hope your weather gets warmer real soon. :)

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  22. What a great trail to ride on! Hope all goes well with Scott's knee scope so he can join you soon!

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  23. That looks like a great trail .How do you know when NOT to ignore the signs ? And that hill looks more than I could cope with!

    We have plenty of warm gloves here - maybe even skiing gloves would help you. Let me know if you think we can supply some to you as they may actually be quite cheap here! Karin

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  24. How lucky you are to have such a nice trail right by your house!

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  25. What a great place to bike! (except the hil part)
    Good luck next week.
    Kisses
    Nellie

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  26. Oh, I miss that vigorous outdoor doings. I'm happy to be able to walk so please enjoy those wonderful places for me also.
    Have a good week. Hope you hit those 70's.

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  27. Sheebie I bow to your ability to
    ride a bike on flat land but OMCs that is a mountain you road up and down too!!!
    Very impressed in NC
    Hugs C

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  28. That hill is more than a doozy! I wouldn't even want to walk that thing! MOL Glad you're having fun and hope you can get out again soon! Hope Scott's knee is better soon!

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  29. That hill *is* a dozzy all right !!
    My mom-person would never ever been able to cycle up there :)

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  30. Here are some ideas for keeping your hands warm:

    http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ac-7165184

    http://ekoi.ca/Womens-Cycling-Gloves/

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  31. So is that just a bike trail?? It's fantastic!!

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  32. Wow...that is a long ride! It's been in the 30s here too and we can't wait for spring! Thank you for visiting our blog and for your well wishes for me after my seizure!
    Purrs, Buster

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  33. Have a fun ride!!!
    Sounds like a lot of fun. : )

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  34. Oh to have the energy!!!! I think I remember energy!! :)

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  35. Great to see you out, albeit poainfully, into the "wilds". Love the photos.

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  36. Dad says he misses those days. We are outside of Phila Pa and riding to a different destination or down to the boat on the Delaware on weekends was his favorite pastime. Now he has cats Mwahaha.

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  37. I would have a hard time living where you live. I would soooo miss trees and greenery!

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  38. I'm shocked at your low temps at this time of year but love the pics esp. #4. Would love to do a photo quote de jour about it.

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  39. Thank you for your kind words of sympathy for the loss of our beloved Grrreta. Your thoughtfulness and friendship are truly appreciated.

    Purrs,
    Ambrose, Clarence, Teddi, Baskin, Abner, and Mom Michelle

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  40. This looks good, especially for one in Buffalo. (New York, that is!)

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  41. ah, dreaming of temperatures in the 70s... We're more in the 30s too :-/
    Have a great week!
    Purrs

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  42. Your Wal-Mart is only 10 miles away and it looks like you live waaaaay out in no mans land!WOW!
    We live outside a park off a main road in farmland but we have to travel 18 miles to our Wal-Mart, Giant, Target and Chic-Fil-A=^Y^=

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  43. We have been so bummed by this year's weather. Last year we had a really mild winter and we were able to ride our tandem quite often. This weekend is supposed to be 60 degrees so we are hoping to get a 20+ mile ride in. In season, our regular daily is about 32 miles. We have a really wonderful greenway system. Enjoy some good weather and rides. Purrs and hugs from Janet and the kitties at www.thecatonmyhead.com, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

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Oh Boy...this is gonna be GREAT!