It's a new year and time once again to give a new look to this blog. New graphics and colors. Same bike writer!

This blog is created not only to track my own progress on my biking journey but it is intended to also assist others who have either osteo or rheumatoid arthritis or both like I do. I hope as you read about the progress I have made that it gives you inspiration and hope that you can overcome the dibilitating effects of these conditions.

If your doctor agrees that you should be capable of expanding your limits read on and don't be afraid, just listen to your body and give it challenges. Biking is a great non-impact form of exercise and greatly enhances flexibility and range of motion.

It's not a substitute for Doctor visits, taking your meds or otherwise getting off your health plan but it auguments what your Doctor does for you and can give you a better quality of life. Go for it!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Ann Arbor Farmers Market and Island Lake Trail

Early morning saw sister and I take a trip to the Ann Arbor Farmer's market for flower baskets and herbs. Our own market dosen't open till June so it's off to neighboring ones until it does. We both brought home beautiful baskets and my herb garden is nearly full. Between this trip and a previous one plus a trip to the South Lyon Market I have the following to cook with all summer; Tarragon, Sage, Oregano, Parsley, Thyme, Rosemary, Dill and Chives. The chives don't really count because I've had that planter full for over 15 years, it just comes back every year. Not only do I have fresh herbs to cook with but I dry them for winter use. I haven't bought herbs in jars in years except for spices that I don't or can't grow.

Rode 7.14 today at Island Lake State Park, did the entire paved trail which goes from the trailhead parking to Kent Lake and after that loop I did the one to the west which passes through the area I nicknamed The Cathedral. Very scenic and quite hilly. Today was nice to be on the path as my usual route there is riding the park road that winds it's way through the park, it's a very low traffic road with more bikes than cars on it but the paths are narrower through the wooded areas and it seems more still-like and puts the rider closer to nature. The roads have more sweeping vistas so it's a matter of what you are in the mood for at the time.

Cycle computer quit working after I washed the bike yesterday, going to have to take it in and see what's up with that. I figured it might dry up overnight if it got wet inside but no luck. The computer itself works because it still tells time, it's the pick up that is not working. I didn't have the unit itself on the bike when I washed it. Never had any trouble with my other one. Hmmm. I'd really be bumming if I had not found the map my ride app, so while I can't get visual clues while I'm riding about my speed etc I do get the whole ride with mileage, time elapsed and route ready and waiting for me on line when I'm finished. I'm still amazed at that technology.

On my way home I picked a big bouquet of fresh lilacs, the house smells wonderful!


  1. Sounds like you had a lovely ride. Great blog! I love to read about where people are riding and take their bikes.

  2. Thanks Sue, I'm glad you enjoy reading. Do you bike ride? Do you have a blog?

  3. Hi Deb, sorry for the late response... I feel so impolite for not responding sooner. Yes, I do bike ride and it's somewhat of an addiction for me. I love it. I commute a couple days a week and I also love my leisure bike rides. I do have a blog...bikesinmotion.blogspot.com. It's nothing special, just me sharing my bike rides and my love of trying different bikes. I figured i would try blogging for a year to see how it goes. It's wonderful to share an interest with like minded people. I'm catching up on reading my favorite blogs this evening :)

  4. I like your blog too, I just read through a few of the posts and put a link to your blog under my favorites. I'm anxious to read some more of your blog and can't wait to catch up on it.