Saturday has been a good day to me! had the most amazing painters come to paint our home. TJ Drechsel Professional Painting...he is a locally owned company and the greatest! It was awesome to have them here and I spent my day, sans an hour when i snuck out while they were at lunch, laying around and for he most part, napping! :)
they finished around 7 and I hopped on my bicycle and headed out for my ride to Wrightsville beach. It had cooled off so nicely and it was one of the best rides i have had in a while. I thought it would be nice to show you all what my ride is like;
I keep my waterbottle handy and I am at a pace with about 80rpms at 5 and 3 on the speeds. It is a great work out and feels good on the trail as well as when I get out on the road.
I also like to see those gas guzzling SUV's as I am biking and remember that when I am using my bike, I might be making small difference in the world. Of course, this tour is about my health...but anytime I ride my bike instead of drive, it is about the health of our world!
Wilmington is not exactly known as the most forest ridden city and I miss the trees in Chapel Hill more than i can say. But on this trail, in bits and pieces, there are these moments when you don't even realize where you are! It is so comforting and beautiful! I love this time..it is my new place of serenity as well as a place for me to grow healthier. I am so grateful for this everyday!
and as you leave the bridge, it is a look left, and there is the entrance to Mayfaire! So convenient to get around off this path. The only thing left to fight for are cross walks on Eastwood road. They are badly needed as people do not care if you are trying to get across and you really are taking your life in your hands at certain times of day...particularly with tourists and students going to the beach.
passing Mayfaire on the path.
I did not get a picture of the intersection of Miltary Cut off and eastwood. I am glad that there is stimulus money ot make that safer and it should be happening in the fall. right now, it is NOT fun at all and literally hundreds of us are taking that trip daily. But, I have to say, if you are paying attention, obeying the lights, it works out fine. Just watch the minivans with the person in the cell phone in a turn lane...cause they are NOT watching you!
After the big intersection, I am sharing the road to the draw bridge. I do not play my ipod on the road as I want to be able, like a driver should, but able to hear anything and everything. I was reared in Chapel Hill and I remember all the bike safety we got as kids. If on the road, we are a vehicle, just like a car, and need to obey traffic accordingly! So, all is well in that regard!
It may not look like hill, but it feels like one! and going over the draw bridge is a work out in and of itself!
But the payoff is the view! :)
The bike path itself is lovely and I cannot be any more complimentary. and the "loop" that you travel is around some of the nicest wetlands anywhere.
All in all I am so grateful to at this level of health so that i can enjoy this! It is a blessing more than I can say...and it is only getting better one day at a time!