While On My Bicycle This June Morning

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…and school’s out for Summer!

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32 thoughts on “While On My Bicycle This June Morning”

    1. I think the word you used, “freedom” is such an apt way to describe how i felt today. It was absolutely freeing to be outside of the classroom and in His world. During the school year, I am restricted to weekend rides, and they’re so filled with people it rather robs my joy. This morning was quite, partly because of being overcast I think, and so very freeing.

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    1. Thanks, Stefanie, and the area is really a joy. You’d hardly believe we’re a suburb of Chicago with 200.000 people in our town (which more often than not feels like one big mall). The paths have been carefully created, and they give me such a feeling of countryside that it really helps my feeling frustrated with so much congestion in the downtown area.

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    1. Summer seems to necessitate water for me somehow. If it’s not the ocean, or a lake, at least there is the river to soothe my spirit. Things are especially lush with all the rain we’ve had this Spring.

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    1. That might be the only thing that makes this post vaguely interesting…the way that it is different to some readers. We all come from such unique and beautiful areas of the world, that it’s fun to catch a glimpse of someone else’s surroundings.

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  1. Hurray for you! The 3rd picture looks like it could’ve been taken in Lincoln, Nebraska! 🙂 Have a wonderful summer, dear friend. I hope it doesn’t rain too much and that it doesn’t get too hot so we can both enjoy lots of bike rides.

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    1. I’ve often thought how similar our river paths are, Les, when I’ve seen photographs of yours. I wish you were riding beside me, although you’d probably be much faster! I only go about 10-12 miles per hour, but then again, it’s not a race. I hope it doesn’t get too hot, there was one year when we could hardly step outside at all, but this Spring has been the coolest I know. It’s made me very happy.

      Happy cycling and vacationing to you, dear friend!

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    1. Summer seems to come so quickly, and it always takes a few days to slow my pace and acclimate to a new schedule. Then i have to ramp it up again in the fall. But, these are lovely, peaceful days. I hope you’re getting some refreshment, too!

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  2. Happy summer to you! What a lovely area you have to ride in. Let me channel my mother for a moment: “Bellezza, get your nose out of those books now and then and go for more bike rides!” 🙂

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    1. I think your mother quite wise for that sentiment; there’s only so much reading a person can do! My husband read somewhere that sitting is the new smoking; so many Americans have swapped one for the other. It’s all too easy for me to sit in the school year, when I come home from teaching exhausted, so now is definitely the time to get my nose out of a book and onto the path. xo

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  3. Summer certainly meant bicycles for me as a child, but I pretty much left off cycling 20 years ago….I suppose it’s the recent major life change that is making me envision myself on a bike again, and not the trike I probably should use….there’s nothing like tooling around with the wind in your hair….

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  4. How wonderful! I wish I could go bike riding but it is way too hot here in Texas for me. Enjoy your summer break and here’s to lots of good reads and extra reading time 🙂

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  5. Just lovely. And such a relief after the pitch school rises to before it ends! But you and I know it takes a few days to stop waking early, to let loose of the anxiety that you have an unimaginable number of things to accomplish before tomorrow, that… You know. Enjoy the break. You and every other teacher out there have earned it!

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  6. As you know I love riding my bike & specifically use a mix of country roads, cycle track & main roads for my commute to work, with the odd non work related ride when I can at weekends & hols. As to sitting all day there was a medical survey done other here & it concluded that sitting all day can be attributed to a lot of health conditions children will face later in life heart conditions, obesity etc So much so that some schools for young children are removing desks/tables & getting kids to Sit & stand constantly during their lessons.

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