Sunday, May 8, 2016

when one trail opens, another closes

The calendar says it's Mother's Day, and while I tell our kids not to make a big deal because "everyday is Mother's Day to me", I don't want the day to pass without a shout out to Mom in heaven.

So Happy Mother's Day to my mom friends and to the best mom I could've asked for!

But no Hallmark plans for us today, as the family readily complies with my wishes.

In other news, it seems trail maintenance season is upon us!  Back in November, the general election results gave some money the city government had lying around to go towards maintenance of bicycle and pedestrian trails.  Now that spring has kind of sprung, things have gotten very orange around here.

I'm not complaining, although it is inconvenient.  I've seen some other bicyclists grumbling like spoiled brats.  I realize it will be nice when completed.

In fact, crews did a major job on the trail that goes behind our house.  Chewed it all up and spit out new over a couple of weeks.  As they were working on it, I started thinking that it didn't need it so much.

"I wish they'd fix that crappy portion near Fillmore instead!", I lamented when I saw all the attention our neighborhood trail was getting

Ask and I shall receive!  This week, I was met with much much barriers, mud, orange signs, detours, earth  moving equipment, and port-a-potties at just that site!

Magnum and I were out tooling around on Friday afternoon.   Last weekend was "Bike Fest!" at a large bike store here.  It's a big sale where the store clears out the previous year's bikes to make way for the new.  Magnum had been needing a replacement for dear old Bob for a while, and was waiting for Bike Fest.  So we hit the fest during last weekend's crap weather and brought home a new friend.

the Stud!... and Magnum

The new friend, who has yet to tell us his name, went to sit in the garage because of the aforementioned crap weather.

Things turned around for us this week, so Magnum took Friday off for some catching up and recreating.  I decided to join in.  I rode Meego's old bike that he's outgrown.  It has nice warm-weather tires and I was too lazy to change out the winter tires from Bella.

It was a nice day for it and a nice ride.  I admit that I began to have feelings for Albert, Meego's old bike, similar to the feelings I developed for Good Time Louie.

I was going to sell Albert, but now I'm thinking, "what's the rush?"

So the warm weather brings more opportunities for some fun riding, along with dealing with trail closures and detours.  At least the port-a-potties are plentiful.



Sparkling Red said...

I suggest "Ralph" for the new bike. :-)

Sparkling Red said...

Oops - almost forgot: Happy Mother's Day!

Marcy said...

Happy Mother's Day! We got outside today after a week of rain, which felt great. I think the new bike looks like a Sal.

Ramzu Zahini said...

My mom lives 5 minutes away, and I am not the dutiful son to brag how I love my mom tis Mother's Day :P hahaha!
A bike FEST?!!! Wow! My hometown has no bike shops and I wanted one (a bike I mean). Maybe an electric bike, as i am a lazy guy.

Linda Hensley said...

Thoughts create realities. Did you realize you were powerful enough to get your trail redone? Pretty mama. You were lucky to have her and your boys are lucky to have you. I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day! Fred?

Abby said...

Hmm... Raleigh Ralph does have a ring to it!

Abby said...

Happy Mother's Day to you too! Yes, we need grey skies and rain to appreciate blue skies and sun. "Sal" is nice, kind of Italian :)

Abby said...

You've mentioned your mom. She sounds awesome!
NO bike shops? omg, we have a bunch. Competition is good, so are bike fests - even for the lazy :)

Abby said...

Amazing what I can do by just thinking about it, eh? Aw, thanks for the Mother's Day thoughts. "Fred" has a nice, and perhaps appropriate, Flinstonian connotation!

ShadowRun300 said...

Happy Mother's Day, Abby! Your mom was beautiful. You look a lot like her. She obviously did a great job with you, and you're certainly carrying on those great mothering skills with your own kids.
Hopefully your weather has finally taken a turn for the better. We're in a stormy weather pattern for the next 10 days. Joy.

Abby said...

Aw, thanks. My mom was beautiful and a great mentor. I'll just keep trying to keep up! Happy (belated) Mother's Day to you too!
10 days?! Well, I suppose it could be worse. It could be 11 days.

Ginny said...

Happy Mother's Day to you and your mom. Although she is gone, she clearly is not forgotten.

Abby said...

Thank you Ginny!

Tee said...

Happy belated Mothers Day! Mine was much the same (in a non-celebratory way.) I used the day to do projects at my own mom's house.

Your mom was a beauty. I'm sure she's smiling down on you right now.

I'd like to join in and offer up a name suggestion for Mag's new bike, but I'm not good at naming stuff. I'll anxiously await your announcement of the official naming, as it's sure to be very creative and fun!

Abby said...

And Happy belated Mother's Day to you! You're setting a nice example for your kids with all you do for your mom.

I suspect Mag's new bike will reveal its name in a few more miles.

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