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Changing Rural Landscape

All photos taken on August 7, 2022 on our 33 km (20 1/2 mile) cycle to the East.

Good news! We now have a bike shop complete with bike mechanic in Beaumont. Our bikes were supposed to be checked for tightness and lubrication after the first 100 km. (62 miles) of riding. Trouble is, we can’t seem to stop cycling about long enough to get this done. After today’s cycle, I have almost 400 km. (248 1/2. miles) on my bike.

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Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

6 thoughts on “Changing Rural Landscape

  1. Looks like a beautiful day and bike ride! It would’ve been pretty funny to wiz by the bikers on your e-bikes. I’m not sure why but it reminds me of the scene in Christmas Vacation where he has the road rage with the truck. Happy Friday!

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    1. Us geriatrics would do well not to tick off the Spandex set or the motorists. We are happy to be able to get out on the road and enjoy the day. Thanks for reading Lyssy. Have a great Friday and weekend. Allan

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  2. Hope the maintenance went well on the bikes. As always, great captures during your ride.
    The wife and I have been considering doing the e-bike thing. I have a few mountain bikes that could stand to be turned in. I haven’t ridden them in a few years, but I am starting to get antsy for some cycling… just maybe not my old style of mountain biking. I miss that craziness a little bit, but I am a realist. My body might not be up to the task of bombing the hills and jumping the logs anymore. But I would not mind hitting the easier trails, have a bike that can go offroad a little and still being comfortable and fun to ride on pavement.
    Hope the weekend is treating you well.

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    1. It did, indeed. The bikes have been ultra dependable since then. We got rid of 4 old bikes this year, including 2 from our kids, now no longer kids. The E-bikes are great. Certainly not as much exercise as the old ones, but they compensate nicely for old knees and lack of uphill stamina. These bikes have fat tires, so do not bad on trails and gravel roads. I would not like to go thrashing downhill through the trees on them, though. Thanks for reading Scott. Allan

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