Not the greatest of weekends, too much health and family drama for my liking. I did have some fun and good times, however.
On Saturday I did a morning walk with Betsy and Bella. Later in the afternoon I had a nice long Zoom call with the Raleigh Royalty, simulating our cancelled LEAF weekend.
Yesterday I rode my mountain bike along the Southside BeltLine with Bonnie. Of course we managed to sneak in some exercise-negating beer drinking. We stopped for lunch and beer at Wild Heavenâ€™s outdoor space. Then I took us off trail to buy beer at Redâ€™s Beer Garden and then we rode a few blocks to Benteen Park to drink in the cool of the shade. I was well worn out and passed out on the couch before 8:00pm.
Back at it today, hoping that things continue moving in a positive direction. Of course no hand washing of clothing today as the rain and clouds are not conducive to drying.
Hope you had a good weekend and are staying healthy.
I donâ€™t know if I have mentioned it here before, but one industry that hasnâ€™t been negatively impacted by this pandemic is the â€œTV commercialâ€ industry. Every ad I skip in YouTube talks about how Some Company is doing everything in their powers to help, or be safe in these times. One furniture store commercial announcer gladly stated that they were â€œsafely reopening their stores in Atlantaâ€. ðŸ¤¦ðŸ»â€â™‚ï¸
While I feel I owe guilt/shame for riding the BeltLine and gathering at Wild Heaven, given the rhetoric I have been spouting, at least I wouldnâ€™t be quoted in the Washington Post as these people who gathered at Avalon in Alpharetta were:
â€œThis is glorious â€” I think the news is blowing it all out of proportion. The wineries are opening this weekend for indoor service and weâ€™re going there tomorrow. I canâ€™t wait!â€
â€œWe are not topping the charts with deaths like they said we would,â€ said their friend, who began talking about how she felt President Trump had been â€œbrainwashed by a bunch of liarsâ€ who had exaggerated the coronavirus threat, and when her husband said that he thought that all the restrictions were actually based on a â€œfalse narrative,â€ they all nodded.
I read that article – what a story.
Fun weekend indeed. Friday Paulie and I walked over 7 miles in search of beer and dinner at Eventide and Grant Central Pizza, respectively. Saturday I had a date with a friend who is just now starting to venture out, so we walked to Mediterranea and had a picnic in the park across the street. They even gave us our four beers in a silver ice bucket filled with ice! I hate to say it, but I need some rain this week to force me indoors so I can catch up on chores and cook some food that is on the verge of expiring.
I changed my MTB tire by myself and after 25 miles so far so good. Paulie tutored me on changing the hybrid and it held air overnight but needs a road test. It was hard (the first time the tires have come off since coming off the factory line). The hole was not from a glass shard embedded in the tire after all, but on the inside of the tube (but not a snakebite, just a single hole). That worries me, as I thoroughly checked the rim and I canâ€™t find anything sharp. ðŸ¤·ðŸ¼â€â™€ï¸
Whatever punctured the tube didn’t hang around- very common and only means you don’t have to worry about a second hole from the same violator.
weekend was pretty busy –
Friday night JoAnna & the dogs came by with Mexican food & margaritas. That was nice to catch up, she needs to go to Michigan to see her parents, her Dad isn’t doing too well. She’s afraid to fly because of the germs she could encounter, so she is going to drive.
Saturday we did a road ride around East Cobb & Roswell, did more hills, trying to get into some sort of biking shape. Sunday we rode around Marietta – over near Kennesaw Mtn (that place was packed with people) and the noonday trail. There were enough hills on that ride too.
I tried to block out Friday but I just remembered! We were in need of hay and went to a farm in Chatt Hills who had nice alfalfa hay for $10 a bale. I moved our old hay around, and loaded 30 bales of new hay into the trailer, then into the mancave. I am not in shape for a lot of upper body workout!
Saturday I dusted off the scooter. Rode by our favorite sushi place to find them open for takeout!! Wandered over to Williamson for some real good BBQ for lunch, then wandered the long way home. Passed our new cell tower where there is finally an antenna hanging. Still no word on which carrier…
Sunday had an AWFUL ride of 16 miles. Had great hopes of a long ride, but started into the wind hard and it went downhill from there. Ugh.
We took Daisy to the vet last night to meet her baby daddy this morning! The pitter patter of little hooves! We are excited.
it was pretty breezy Sunday – maybe that was why the hills were hard. (or, could it be I’m just out of shape?)
Sal was an over achiever (as always) and went up & rode 60 out of the Sosabee park. (formerly known as Bud Plant rides). The guy that owns the land has done a great job of putting together a great place to park – and socialize after.
Sosabee was on my list of group rides I wanted to coordinate in 2020. Poop.
2020 is not over Paulieâ€¦â€¦â€¦.