Saturday, July 13, 2013

Off the 20m circle!

This post won't involve horses.  Another show is coming up in a few days, so we are busy getting ready!  It is right down the road (10 min away) so that will be a nice change.  Everyone is doing well and the horses and humans are enjoying the "balmy" weather!

For those who read this and don't know me well, I love being outdoors and taking photos.  It is a treat that it stays light until 10:30pm, so I have time after work to relax and get in better shape.  I have been walking and jogging close to the farm, but I couldn't resist going a little bit farther in my exploration.  So... I bought a bike!  Sarah helped me check local classifieds and then we headed into town to look around.  The first bike we saw rode like a champion and was the right price.  That was easy!  We brought it home and I immediately went out on my first adventure.  What started as a flower picking, music listening, photo taking ride ended at 11:00 pm with me calling home for a rescue!  I am still laughing because getting lost is not something I do often, as I have a keen sense of direction.   However, it is not so keen when street signs mean nothing and miles accumulate because I can't resist seeing what is over the next crest.  When the sun went down and I had been riding for almost 2 hours, I decided to call Sarah.  After the slow process of figuring out where I was, she came to the rescue with her car.  Thank goodness for a boss with a sense of humor.  The new rule is that I can bike in a circle attached to a lunge line so I don't go too far.  

After work on a particularly "hot" day, Hannah decided she wanted to go to the beach.  We opted for a local lake instead of driving a few hours to see the ocean.  It had several docks to lounge on and even a sand beach.  We had a lot of fun and will be revisiting soon, or at least as soon as the temperature soars over 75 degrees again!

My second bike ride was equally as intriguing, but ended with me finding my own way home.  There were a few side streets I wanted to explore and it paid off.  I found a field full of sheep and lambs.  At first I scared them, but when I hopped the fence and sat down they quickly resumed their business and even came to investigate me.  There are some beautiful farms very close by and numerous fields with corn, hay and barley.  Morten suggested a short cut back from town and I went to investigate.  I was glad I wasn't in a rush and had my camera, because it was not shorter at all and challenged my "ladies cruising bike" with obstacles like rocks, sand, hills and mud.  It was a gorgeous day and the scenery was equally as noteworthy.  So, I took my time and enjoyed having nowhere else to be.  I have since completed several more bike rides without incident.  Kathryn joined me yesterday and we bought a cake en route. The cake did not fare so well in the bike basket because the road was bumpy, so we just cut our losses and ate it on the side of the road.  Oh well, if that is our worst problem...  :) 

 Tyson relaxing 
 My new bike! First ride on hay day. 
 Checking out the local hayfields.
 Lost.  But I picked some nice wild flowers!
 Kathryn and Hannah at the lake.
 Hannah, Kathryn and I at the lake.
 Feet in the water.  
 Not bad for a lake! 
 Second bike adventure, climbing into a sheep pasture. 
 Friendly sheep.
 Just passing by...
Should have bought a mountain bike :)
 More curious farm animals. 
 Had to turn around, never found out where this road lead!

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