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!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Riding In November

We had a gorgeous weather weekend.  Mild temps and sunny skies were abundant plus we did the annual fall retreat from Daylight Savings Time and had a whole extra hour added to the weekend to do with whatever we pleased. 

I got out for a ride on Saturday to one of my favorite places, Kensington Metro Park with a 10 mile ride around the lake and a bit of side exploring.  On Sunday afternoon I rode 9 miles of the Border to Border trail in and around the Ann Arbor area.  The portion of the trail I rode wandered through the arborteum, Gallup Park, and the Parker Mill.  The entire route was along the banks of the Huron River.  This major river plays a role in many of the trails in both Washtenaw and Livingston County.  Kent lake at Kensington is a lake that this river system passes through and Island lake to the south has a lot of their trail running alongside this body of water.  The two locations are about 25 miles apart.  The Lakelands trail in Hamburg runs along side it in places and around lakes that this river wanders through.  The same can be said for the town of Dexter and the Hudson Mills metro park, located about 10 miles to the southwest of Hamburg. 

A link to a map of the river system can be found here and this link has some interesting information, the river, in total wanders through several counties in southeastern Michigan and is some 125 miles long.

In most cases many trees have dropped their leaves, however those trees that have golden yellow leaves and dark reddish brown leaves are still clinging to them and against a bright blue autumn sky the color combo was stunning.  What a glorious weekend to be outdoors!


  1. You seem to be riding much later this year than last! It's so lovely to see your mileage staying good as the year starts to fade.

  2. Yes we are having a pretty good fall season, weather has had ups and downs with mild sprinkled in with cold and wet. Last year my last ride of the season was on November 13. Today we have mild temps in the 50's and sunshine and I'm off for a ride momentarily!