I took my e-bike to the Boise Greenbelt today for the first time. The Greenbelt is a treasure to the "Treasure Valley". You can go to Lucky Peak Reservoir, seldom having to go on city streets. According to Google Maps, the distance from Boise via the Greenbelt is about 11.3 miles, depending on where you get on the path.
I didn't go to Lucky Peak but enjoyed a nice ride of approximately 14 miles (round trip).
As usual, many bikes, people, and pets were on the path. I maintained a slow pace of 8 MPH in congested areas and never reached 15 MPH.
As cyclists know, it's common practice to announce yourself when approaching pedestrians by ringing your bell or saying "on your left."
Today, I did something different; as I approached people walking their dogs, I announced, "On your left," but as I passed them, I said, "I didn't want to startle your pup." The responses I received were incredible! "Thank you so much," and "That was so kind." and others. I also had the opportunity to meet some people and their PUPS!
A simple statement of courtesy and marvelous rewards!
If you ride your e-bike on shared pathways, please keep your speed down and use common courtesy so we can continue to enjoy these resources in our communities.
On this beautiful Boise Saturday, I took my new e-bike for a birthday ride!
The total distance of my ride was just over 21 miles, but the most humbling part was when I went to the top of the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery that overlooks Boise. The steep, long hill to the top was easy to navigate on my bike.
I’ve visited several times, and I’m struck by its beauty and peacefulness each time.
More than anything, I’m moved and humbled as I look at the headstones of these heroes.
While at the top, overlooking Boise, I thought about all the sacrifices Veterans have made to protect our country. I am so grateful for their service.
After a while, I got back on my bike and rode home. I was glad that I had taken the time to visit the Idaho State Veteran Cemetery. It was a beautiful and reflective experience. If you live in the Boise area or are visiting and are looking for a peaceful place to reflect on the sacrifices made by veterans, I highly recommend visiting the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.
Here are some tips for riding your bike to the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery:
Enjoy the small victories!
This morning I rode my bicycle for the first time in two months after I injured my foot when I fell off the back of a truck while helping a friend move.
My foot is still swollen, and I can only get my shoe on by wearing compression socks. Having not checked my mail at the Post Office and wanting to get back on my bike, I decided to give it a shot.
The Post Office is about 2.5 miles from my home, with a few moderate hills on the ride back. Before getting on the busy street, I rode in my neighborhood to ensure no safety issues.
Feeling okay, I headed to the Post Office without any issues. I could feel my foot throbbing, but it wasn’t excruciating, so I continued.
The return ride home was more demanding, but I made it through. I was so relieved when I took my shoe off and relaxed.
Only being a 5-mile ride, this wouldn’t be something I would usually celebrate, but I am! This small victory reminded me of my challenges on my ride across America. Pressing on when I wasn’t sure I could. Perhaps more importantly, making the decision to do it! It was overcoming the pain (this short ride was as painful as anything I can remember from my ride across the country) and reaching my destination.
Was this healthy for my foot recovery? I’m unsure of that; however, it was healthy for my soul and spirit! Saying good morning to the people on their morning walks with their dogs, enjoying the crisp morning air, and the satisfaction of completing this simple but real goal.
Not wanting to overdo it and aggravate my injury, I will take it easy for the rest of the day.
As I mentioned in my recent podcast, I’ve relied on Instacart to deliver my groceries. Tomorrow, I plan on riding my bike to the store once again!
I had to make the difficult choice to say goodbye to Ace. His spirits were high and his attitude was as sweet as it's ever been, but his joints were too fragile to get up out of his bed without assistance and he was having difficulty walking. In typical Ace fashion, he tried with all his heart but was just too weak.
One thing that would always perk him up is when the maintenance guys where I live would come by in their golf carts, because Ace knew they would always have treats for him!
Though he didn't particularly care about other dogs, he LOVED people! ALL PEOPLE!!
Nick and I got Ace when he was just a puppy and has been part of our family for nearly 15 years. He has always been by my side, regardless of how challenging the situation I was going through. I could always count on Ace resting his chin on my leg to offer his unique style of comfort.
We have so many photos of Ace and perhaps I'll share more of them at a later time. Below is a video I made many years ago that has always brought a smile to my face, but today...tears too.
Thank you Ace for so many wonderful years! Nick and I love you and will miss you!!!