Crazy Weather

What crazy weather we are having here in Northwestern Pennsylvania!  Bob and I went for a bicycle ride this afternoon.

We rode to Pioneer Arboretum, located along the Warren to North Warren Bike Trail approximately 1.5 miles from our house.

Today is January 21st.  The temperature was just shy of 60 degrees, when we left on our bicycle ride.  How nice it is to have Springlike weather in the middle of Winter!

New Handlebar Basket

This is the first time that I have been able to ride my bicycle since Sunday’s ride around Presque Isle.

Apparently I overdid Sunday’s bicycle ride.  About 4 hours after coming home from Presque Isle, a muscle spasm in my left inner thigh hit me hard, as I began to stand up from a sitting position.  I felt good when bicycling Sunday and afterward, while on our way home.  The bicycle trail was flat for the most part.  It was a low-impact, not a strenuous, ride.  We made a few rest stops during our ride.  I drank plenty of water before, during and after bicycling.  I don’t feel I lack potassium.  A banana is a frequent snack.

Why do I get these “muscle spasms”?  I want to be active.  My body seems to want something different.  This muscle spasm was the second one I had in a week’s time.  The first one was in my left inner thigh, after walking almost 15,000 steps.  The spasm, then, happened about 4 hours after coming home too.  I was sleeping, when that spasm hit. 

After a muscle spasms, it takes several days before I am able to relax (to not fear another muscle spasm will hit) and get back to my “normal”.

It feels good to ride again, with less pain.

I wanted to show you my new bicycle accessory.

New Handlebar Basket

I can carry my camera with me now.

A Bicycle Ride Around Presque Isle

We recently purchased a trailer hitch bike carrier.  We put the bike carrier to use today by transporting our bicycles to Presque Isle State Park in Erie, PA.  

We are off on a new adventure.

We arrived at Presque Isle shortly  before 11:00 am.   For the next 2 hours we bicycled the Karl Boyes Multi-Purpose National Recreation Trail, making a few photo stops along the way. 

Waterworks Lighthouse
Perry Monument
the Lagoon
the Kite Beach
Presque Isle Lighthouse.

This was the first time that we were at the lighthouse, when tours were being given.  We didn’t go on a tour … perhaps one day.

The paved Karl Boyes Multi-Purpose National Recreation Trail makes a 13.5-mile loop in the park.  We bicycled the entire trail.  I had no doubts that Bob could bicycle the entire trail.  I had doubts about myself making it all the way around.  I made it, though.  YAY me!

On our way home we stopped at Target, where I found a handlebar basket for my bicycle.  Now I have the means to carry my camera, a wallet, or a picnic lunch.