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, July 3, 2011

Whitmore Lake - a slice of small town America

Our little town is so unique and so typical at the same time of all small towns across the midwest of the USA. 

Holiday "doings" as my Mom and Aunt Ruby used to say, festivities abound from 5&10K runs, a splash n dash sprint to the lake for a swim and sprint back, "We the People" readings from the founding papers, fireworks! ski show, parades, Kiwanis Chicken BBQ, banana split eating contest, Freedom Festival with bands and conservative speakers (surprise announcement from a Congressman announcing his bid for the Presidency), loads more and lots of splashing in the lake.  Yup, this is about as Americana as it gets.  A small town with a broad red white and blue stripe running through it.

A nice bonus of enjoying bicycling is that this has been a car free weekend so far, all my errands and volunteer duties are easily accomplished by bike.  Giving the car a rest.  Got up early today and got in a ride around the lake before it started heating up.  Now it's off for some boating!

"Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light

What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?

Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,

O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?

And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.

Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?"
Francis Scott Key 1814

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