Sunday, August 03, 2008

My new "mount"

In order to ride bikes with Brian, I really needed something that could handle gravel roads better than my 30-year-old Schwinn 10-speed with skinny tires. I found this older Fuji 21-speed mountain bike locally, and although it needs one of its handle-bar gear mechanisms replaced, it is usable as is. I gave it a good trial run on paved paths yesterday when we went for a family bike ride at Willamette Mission State Park, and then again today when I escorted Brian to the other end of our gravel road for a playdate with a friend. (Rick's 34-year-old Schwinn 10-speed "died" yesterday, so I'm taking both his and my bikes into the bike shop tomorrow for fixing.) Below are some of the wildflowers we saw on our ride yesterday:
In case you are wondering about my "old" mount, my horse Russell, his come-back is progressing nicely. We've added a bit of canter to our short walk/trot sessions, trying to build up strength and endurance without over-stressing his ligaments. I'm hoping Rick will ultrasound his legs again soon to make sure everything still looks good.

Since you're all such nice people, could you go over to the Antiquity Oaks blog and give Deborah a cyberhug? She's had more than her share of setbacks and heartaches lately with her animals and birds, and then was hit with something even worse today.

That's it for now at . . .

6 comments:

Amy said...

Nice pictures.

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

That bike doesn't look like Russel at all! I watched dressage tonight on PBS and thought about you!!
You look fab in that red number:))
purrrry hugs from Miss Peachy

Deborah said...

Aw, Michelle! Thanks! That's so sweet!

Kathy said...

Cool ride ya got there, Chica...I'm afraid I have two speeds when biking: go and stop. :)

When are you headed out this way?

~~Sittin.n.Spinnin said...

What is that blue flower? You would be suprised at the wildflowers in Nevada, the colors are wonderful! Of course most of them dont grow on the desert floor, you have to get up a bit higher :)

Tammy W. said...

Michelle - your photos of the flowers are just beautiful. It's amazing that you could take pictures of such simple wildflowers - and they look so exotic. You have a wonderful eye for detail.