Archive | March, 2012

Wanted to say on March 26, 2012…

30 Mar

This is a pic of us on our beloved recumbent tandem bicycle. Dean, the Captain, (pedaler in the front seat) prefers to call the tandem “Streak” (as in streak of lightening).

I, the back seat pedaler, (aka as the Stoker gal though Dean affectionately refers to me as “The Rear Admirable”)  refer to the tandem as “Sunshine”, as that is what riding the bicycle with the man I love has brought to my everyday life!

When I was blessed to visit my Mom (seems as if eons ago now) I learned that I was living my Mom’s “dream” (one she never did) to ride the endless roads on a “bicycle-built-for-two” as they were called in her day in the companionship of my Husband. She was a romantic!

My Mom saw my Prince Dean & I many times on the recumbent & more often on the Santana purple tandem (a conventional model NOT without its “issues”) for us 40-somethings at the time.

Just another of the countless reasons we decided to switch to a recumbent! The Neo I refer to has become my forever writing companion while pedaling the recumbent – thanks to the invention capabilities of my beloved Prince. More about that later…

“E”   (c)


“Us 3”

26 Mar

Before the Neo…

March 18 – 24, 2012 80 miles in 5 days!

25 Mar

Sunday 3/18 – Dean & I & little sister took a day off the tandem. We drove to Montpelier, VT to attend the Green Mountain Film Festival. All of the films are made by amatuers chasing their “dreams” of being movie producers. Lucy decided after the first that this WASN’T her idea of movie making! She did go to the total 3 to give them a chance to convince her — they didn’t!   😦 Dean & I would be happy to go again anytime…

Monday 3/19 – Todays ride went from our home  to South Randolph traveling Route 107 a short way. The rest of the trip we pedaled Route 14. I was shocked to notice that the 2 locations of Pussywillow bushes (one next to the RR track on 107 & the other in a swamp on 14)  had already gone by! They don’t last long…

Tuesday 3/20 – Same pedal as Monday…

Wednesday 3/21 – NO ride as is customary! The 2 elderly ladies I visit demand too much of my time on Wednesdays, so I do all errands this day of the week before a later than usual bed time… LOVE those ladies dearly!   Noteworthy – this evening was the first of the Spring that the Peepers sang loud & succinct their joyous song… Welcome Spring!

Thursday 3/22 – Today we journeyed further up Route 14 all the way to East Randolph cemetery. Here, are buried all my paternal ancesters along with my folks. I bid them a hello & strolled to each stone of my Dad’s brothers & wives too. Forever missed as this part of our family tree were my favorites! Todays ride was close to 25 miles.

Friday 3/23 – This morn we waited awhile so the mercury could climb a bit. Spun our tandem wheels to the Creek House Diner just a couple miles outside of Bethel. Turned around rather than eating I am proud to say! The food is all homemade & it’s easy to lose track of time sharing in the hospitality the diner offers. 

Saturday 3/24 – The entire week had been summer -like with temperatures near 80 degrees. Today we are back to winters return! The thermometer may read 50 – but it feels more like 30. I dress heavy with 3 layers on the top, thermal undies, heavy fleece, then winter jacket. On my bottom half I chanced a single layer of sweatpants with smartwool socks.

   We pedaled to Sharon, VT from our homestead using Route 107, Route 14, & the Back River Road. Another 20+ miles by days end!   The devastation from Hurricane Irene that caused the worse flood since the one of 1927 continues to be evident most everywhere we look when pedaling this trip. August 28, 2011 will never be forgotten!

March 11 – 17 Weeks total = 60 miles!

23 Mar

Sunday – NO ride – WHERE does the time go???

Monday the 12th left home & looped to Tunbridge General Store & back. Route 14 hazardous with crumbling & frost heaves. The narrow underpasses make it slow in places. Route 110 a bit better. The hills roll easy pedaling in that direction! I could go across the USA if the job didn’t prevent it!

Tuesday the 13th was half the miles (10+) of Monday pedaling Route 14. A quarter of the way homeward bound & we are drenched with a pelting cold rain that changed to icy hail! Only so fast a tandem can roll in those conditions with it’s 2 riders sleep deprived… We persevered & were granted a safe journey! 1,000,000 thanks for that blessing!

Wednesday – NO ride as is true every Wednesday!

Thursday the 15th we repeat Tuesday’s pedal.

Friday – NO ride as rainy weather!

Saturday the 17th we pedal Route 14, cross the bridge into So Ro village & hang left to roll the back river road ending in a turn around for us to return using Route 14 a second time. Total this day 20+ miles! Sandy’s Drive In restaurant is reopened. Glad to see those possibilities have returned!

A phenomenal week!   🙂   (c) “E”

March 9, 2012 – A chilly pedal…

10 Mar

 After the brutal pavement Route 107 today we headed out Route 14 seeking a smoother ride. The lack of traffic made it easier to navigate around the crumbling areas that were fewer than the day before.

 I was excited to get a glimpse of Pussywillows attempting to peek out at the sun! The first healthy bush I had found this year & in a new location. Not quite ready to pick for my vase yet.

 As the temperature was just 30 degrees when we left, Dean suspected possible frostbite of his fingers & I the same of my toes! There was a fierce wind that had the threat of winter cold on its  breath.

 We did survive a 12 mile ride in the bitter cold & were relieved that neither Dean’s fingers or my toes fell off! Weather like that sure is invigorating …

 Our motto is daily exercise of the pedaling kind on a daily basis once Spring has sprung — hope yours is too!!!

 The Neo (my wordprocessor that goes for the ride!) & I wrote this tiny poem at days end:

         No green do I see,

             Not one leaf, sprout, or tree bud –

                 Frozen much like us…

 Forever,   “E”   (c)   😦

First ride March 8, 2012…

9 Mar

 Our tandem is on the road! This morn we pedaled from home to Stockbridge school – 20 miles round trip.

 The bike required no adjustments on the road so it was a joyous occassion! Temps in the 50s, sunshine, a crisp wind with a slight cool edge — Spring my favorite time of year!

Warning to all who may pedal Route 107 — due to Irene the tar is treacherous with many a crumbling area & potholes… The road has been narrowed in places due to ongoing bridge replacements. Many construction vehicles frequent the road too. Practice caution to the extreme…

Forever, “E”   (c)   🙂


Happy March?

1 Mar

 This day had been our dream of our first tandem bicycle pedal. Not! Peeking out our window the snowflakes fall, cancelling our fantasy intentions.

 In years past we have been out pedaling as early as February 5. For the year 2012, due to the warm winter, January 13 found us finally putting the tandem to rest!

 So now — we wait…

(c) “E”