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!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Pure Dirt

Today's ride was pure dirt road riding and this kind of riding is one of the big reasons I bought this bike, I needed a wider range of gearing for rolling hillside rides, wider tires to take the chunky gravel and front suspension to smooth out the ride.  Even in some of the washboard sections the suspension and aluminum frame compared to steel, made for a comfortable ride. 

What a great ride with a friend of mine today.  There were miles and miles of pure dirt roads, acres of farmland, quaint homes and best of all - hardly a car to be seen all day.  The weather was perfect for riding, temperature right around 70, no humidity, no wind to speak of, who could ask for better?

Our ride total for the day was 14 miles and most of that was rolling hills, we did a lot of climbing with one very notable hill that just seemed to go on forever on Earhart Road.

We could have rode this ride from home and it would have added about 4-5 miles to it but we would have had to ride through some wickedly high speed traffic on roads with practically no shoulder.  So we drove and met at a nearby manufacturing place that was closed for the weekend.  What would have been a perfect day ended on a sour note as we got back to our cars my friend had a smashed in window and her handbag was stolen from her car.  A bad note to end a great ride on.  Lousy theives.


  1. Too bad your ride had to end on a sad note. The pictures of your ride are lovely as well. I hope your friend is ok and that they catch the thieves.

  2. Thanks Sue, we were having such a great time it was a huge letdown. If the thieves tried to use the credit cards they may be caught on tape, the place of business did not have video survelliance which might have been another option.