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Mother’s Day 2013
This time of year, I’m spending 4 days a week in Wv and 3 in Virginia. There is so much to do on the house before we can retire there that I go up and try to accomplish some of the work as well as having a local man come to do work or have some of his friends work with him. So this week, I planted herbs and annuals and a new hydrangea, stained/sealed the gazebo and stained/sealed a portion of one of the outbuildings. I also got a great deal on 2 beautiful angel’s-wing begonia hanging planters! I love begonias My hanging planters are currently huddled in the shower because the temps in WV tonight are supposed to be in the twenties. Spring is unpredictable in WV. One lady told me that it snowed in June, the year she moved there. It’s good to know.
The handyman got my studio wired for power and the remainder of the insulation put in and hopefully, this week will get the paneling up so I can paint it.
I rode a few miles (less than 10) on Friday, 10 on Saturday and 25 on Sunday. The 2 early days, it was sunny and warm. I forgot my camera on those days though.
On Sunday, I set out for a glorious Mother’s Day ride. Let’s just begin by saying it was chilly. Before I hit the trail, I climbed the hill behind our house. Though we own up to the first crest, I had not tried to climb up it alone. It’s pretty steep. This is about halfway down the slope, looking over at the house and yard. Then, a better shot of the lower property, from where I hope to put the orchard in.
The trail from Buckeye to Marlinton is paved, so it was a quick, easy ride. Upon reaching Marlinton, I checked out the Dirty Bean bike and coffee shop. They have the best coffee in Marlinton. The shop had been on Craigslist and I was wondering if it had changed hands. That would be the first impression anyone would have upon entering the shop, because it has been remodeled and looks great! Similarly, there were two guys behind the counter, instead of one frowning woman. Unfortunately, the guys were no more cheerful than the owner. Very sad. I left without even buying the coffee I had wanted.
From Marlinton, I headed to the tunnel and bridge. Since this was a clear day, following quite a few of rain, every seep in the rocks was living up to it’s name. Every creek and stream was rushing water and it was fabulous! The ground was so saturated that 30’ trees and 20-30 year old trees were simply losing their purchase in the ground and lying down. This doesn’t happen gently. Here is one that wasn’t here last week, and oh my, this one wasn’t here when we cycled by an hour ago!
The flowers were lovely. Trillium (wake-robin), Jack-in-the-pulpits, wild geranium, autumn olive (russian olive), apple blossoms, wild columbine and so much more. It was a great celebration of Mother’s day. Though I would love it if my children came to be with me on this day to honor our mothers, I make myself content with the fact that they are happy and healthy either working or having fun elsewhere.
Every time I ride this trail, I’m thankful to live so close that I can go do this as often as possible.
I shot over 100 photos, but will have to use some another time. It was an exceptional trip. Great day. Go make your own breeze and remember: if you’re not having fun; you’re in the wrong gear. Cycle joyfully.