Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Great Greenway Tour!

Yesterday, Larry and I and my Dad (the photographer of this pic) rode 22 miles of the Great Greenway Tour, a Rail-Trail annual ride out of Muncie, Indiana. And, just like last year, we got DRENCHED!

I think they are going to ban Larry and I from coming to the ride. For two consecutive years, the ride, held in July, has been deluged with rain and unseasonably cold. This, in what has been the hottest July that I can remember. Larry and I are thinking of hiring ourselves out as rain-gods :-)

It is hard to tell from the above picture, but we are standing in the rain at the end of the ride, and soaked through and through.

The Cardinal Greenway is a beautiful ride, through lots of gently rolling farm and pasture land, wildflowers, wetlands, stands of trees. And being on a rail line, the grades are gentle. The folks who have built and maintained this Greenway have done a spectacular job, with beautiful bridges and trailheads like tiny parks. It is a wonderful ride; I just want to do it sometime when it is dry :-)

6 comments:

  1. Congratulations on finishing the ride, especially in a heavy rain. Is it just for fun or do you raise money for charity, not that just for fun isn't good enough. I live in Southern California, essentially a desert. When back in that area I was surprised and delighted to see everything was green and water seemed to be everywhere, in streams and ponds. And it wasn't fenced. That kind of landscape is rare here, and when you find it there is a fence , miles of fence around it. Our here if it is green you can be sure someone has been watering it on a regular basis. Your ride sounded like fun despite the rain.

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  2. Sounds like a beautiful area, rain or shine! Hope you're not too sore tomorrow!
    hugs,
    Shelly

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  3. What a shame you guys got soaked again! Maybe you should try the trail again when rain is forecast - it just might stay dry for you!

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  4. Thanks, everyone! It really is a lovely area; nothing spectacular, the kind of landscape a hobbit would love :-)

    The money from the ride is used to help maintain the Rail-Trail, and they do a great job of keeping it clean and in good shape.

    Beth

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  5. You and Larry look great. My brother, Jim, is the biker on our family. He bikes in Yellowstone...and to school every day where he teaches.

    Joyce

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  6. Hey Joyce! What an awesome place your brother has to ride...he must have legs of iron :-)

    Larry rides to work every day, and back for lunch with me. I usually escort him back to work. Thanks for the post!!

    Beth

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