I've been riding my bike more than ever these days. Since I live in a rural area, long bike rides always involve farm fields and country roads. No matter which route I take, I'm always rewarded with beautiful scenery and photo ops.
I think a summer bike ride on a Wisconsin country road should be on everyone's Bucket List.
For one thing, the skies are incredibly blue, and the clouds just seem fluffier here...
The greens seem greener...
Yes, the temps get hot (84 this day), but the breeze feels wonderful.
You'll see cows like this...
and this...(Sorry for the intrusion, Mama Cow!)
You might even see cows who like to pose for photos!
If you're lucky, you have a friend whose house is a great half-way destination (12 miles from home),
and you can have a drink of water while you admire her hard work
(keeping fingers crossed for a jar of these delightful goodies!)
Of course, a bike ride in the country is not all beauty.
There's the sweat,
and the bugs (I ate two on this trip),
and this, now and then...
For me, there's also the feeling of vulnerability when a car comes up
(I'm so worried about people who text while driving!!!),
and on this particular trip, I had the oddest experience ever!
Right about here (excuse the blur, please)...
I saw a middle-aged woman approaching from the opposite direction, on a motor scooter.
She was riding right down the middle of the road, wearing a cute, floppy hat, and a big smile.
Just as she drew near, she waved a hand in that "Hallo!" kind of way,
and I thought, "Oh, she's a friendly one!"
That is, until she called out this cheery greeting, in a sing-songy way:
[No, I'm not kidding.]
and continued on her way.
(Honestly, I was speechless, so no, I did not reply,
though I did look behind me, a little fearful that she might turn around and run me over.)
So, back to that Bucket List thing (Try to forget about the crazy woman.
Trust me--99.9% of people who greet you in Wisconsin will typically just say "Hi"
and give you a friendly smile and maybe a nod.)
Everyone should enjoy a beautiful (curse-free) bike ride on a hot, summer day,
if not in Wisconsin, some other place.
What are you waiting for?!
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