In the spirit of Halloween, I thought I’d have a little fun with the photos I took on yesterday’s bike ride. I started my ride in Akron and ended in Peninsula where I caught the train back to Akron. It was a good ride. Almost 14 miles when all was said and done. I did get a bit chilled out there. The temperature, close to 70 when I started, dropped about 15 degrees while I was riding. My fingers and toes were numb when I finished. It felt good to sit by the heater on the train and thaw out.
Mindfulness is being aware of yourself, others, and your surroundings in the moment. When consciously and kindly focusing awareness on life as it unfolds minute by precious minute, you are better able to savor each experience. Also, being closely attentive gives you the opportunity to change unwise or painful feelings and responses quickly. In fact, being truly present in a mindful way is an excellent stress reducer and, because of that, can be seen as consciousness conditioning, a strengthening workout for body, mind, heart, and spirit.
~ Sue Patton Thoele
Just a quick post to mark the end of summer, and to say hello. I’m having fun with our visiting family person. We’ve been biking and hiking, talking and laughing, and generally having a great time, enjoying each other’s company. I’ll be back with something more substantial on Sunday. I will be ending my yoga challenge tomorrow and starting my meditation challenge on Sunday.
I hope you’ve had the time and opportunity to get out and enjoy this last day of summer. We had a surprisingly nice day. Surprising because they had been predicting rain. The rain did arrive a little while ago, but we got to spend most of the day outdoors before that happened and there was plenty of sunshine to go around.
Catch up with you soon!
We were blessed with beautiful weather this weekend. M and I talked about going up to Cleveland for the Ingenuity Festival, but decided we had too much to do to take the hour trip up (and hour trip back). Maybe next year we’ll make it.
The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them.
~ Henry David Thoreau
It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.
~ Ernest Hemingway
I went for a bike ride today. M and I met up with a friend and we rode a part of the Towpath Trail that we haven’t ridden yet. It was a fun ride, especially since we had the added company of our friend (who probably has ridden that section of the trail because she is a cycling machine, putting in an incredible amount of mileage on her bike). The day was hot and humid, but Isaac’s rain held off. We rode 8.7 miles, and had a picnic lunch afterwards.
I went on a bike ride today. I went on a train ride, too. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has a Bike Aboard! program that, for a $2.00 fare (yes, you read that right — $2.00!!), allows cyclists to bike along the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail in one direction and ride the train back to where you started, or as in my case, the other way around.