Bicycling and Going Crazy

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I started bicycling a couple of months ago and I love it.  I enjoy the challenge of rough terrain and flying down steep hills.  However, there are a few drawbacks.

For women, frequent bike riding massively increases your risk of urinary tract infection (UTI).  I discovered this fact the hard way.  After doing a some internet research, I learned how to lower that risk.  Thank goodness for that, because UTIs are annoying and uncomfortable.

Another thing I learned the hard way, saddle sores are actually blisters that develop in the crotch area.  Saddle sore sounds rather innocuous and does not adequately portray the amount of pain and discomfort this ailment can cause.

Yesterday, I went to Harvest Nature Preserve for some off-road bike riding.  The trail starts out as gravel and then turns into dirt as you enter the woods.  Since there is a lake and a few creeks in the area, there are also several wooden bridges.

I was in the woods and going down a hill with a sharp curve at the bottom.  Unfortunately, I was going to fast when I tried to turn.  My bike started to slide a bit and I slammed into a tree, which caused me to fall off the bike and land partially on a thorn bush and partially in a mud puddle.

I ended up with numerous small cuts on my hands, arms, and legs.  I also have several small bruises on my legs and one massive bruise that is 4 inches in diameter.

To top it off, when I got home I discovered a tick on my calf muscle.  Mom helped me get the tick off and then we flushed it down the toilet.

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All in all, I had a blast yesterday and plan to do it again.  I still enjoy bicycling, in spite of my injuries, sores, and infections.  Maybe I am crazy, but I think biking is a ton of fun.

 

Alabama War Museum

The Alabama War Museum is located in Madison, Alabama.  The museum is small; however, it has an impressive variety of artifacts and historical items.  They have rotating exhibits that change several times a year, so each visit is an adventure.  Also, the gift shop is amazing and full of unique items.

 

 

Burritt Nature Trail – Huntsville, Alabama

Gwen and I took two of our dogs (Blue and Buddy) hiking last Saturday.  We followed the Burritt Nature Trail in Huntsville, Alabama.

It’s a great place to hike and explore.  You will find interesting foliage and caves.  However, the trial can get pretty rocky at some points, so you have to watch your step.

As you follow the trail, you will find a clearing in the woods and at the edge of that clearing is a massive cross.  The cross was built in 1963 by the Huntsville Ministerial Association.

The trail then continues behind the cross.  At this point it is steep and extremely difficult to navigate.  The trail takes you up to the top of the mountain.  The view up there is extraordinary and well worth the effort.

We took a rest break at the top of the mountain, then we went back down to the clearing, and continued to follow the trail.

It took us two hours to complete the entire trail.  When we got back to the Jeep, we were all sweaty, dirty, stinky, hungry, and completely exhausted.

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Dead Children’s Playground

Maple Hill Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Huntsville, Alabama.

On the grounds of the cemetery, there is a park.  It is located at the bottom of what looks like a crater.  The official name is Maple Hill Park; however, locals call it Dead Children’s Playground.

It is a popular place for paranormal investigators and ghost hunters to visit or conduct research.  According to local folklore, the park is haunted by the children in the cemetery.  At midnight, they come out to play on the swings.  It is said, the swings will start moving and you can hear children laughing in the middle of the night.

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Off Roading with Mom

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I decided to go off roading this week and my mom was riding in the Jeep with me.  We went down an old dirt road that was full of large holes.

I was just about to compliment my mom for not getting nervous and for handling the situation so well.  However, at that moment we hit a large hole in the road and the Jeep tilted right a good bit.  My mom immediately cried out, “I think I’m going to have a heart attack!”

I started laughing and told her I was just about to say how good you were doing on this trip.  Oh well, maybe next time.