Sunday, June 13, 2010

Chelmsford Bike Path

Stef and I had a great ride today.  We did over 52 miles and felt pretty good at the end.  We gave ourselves a treat today and tried out the brand new bike path that runs from Carlisle through Chelmsford ending up just on the outskirts of Lowell.  You can see a great write-up about it here.  We enjoyed it very much.  With the rain, it was fairly quiet, though there were a surprising number of families out.  If there were that many families out in the rain, I would say it will probably be very crowded in good weather.
I'm trying to get more pictures of the fun things we see out riding.  Today we saw wild turkeys with chicks in Concord.  I tried to get a good picture but they moved into the tall grass and this is the best I could do.

You can just see two small shadows in the grass off the momma bird's tail.  They were pretty cute!
The other fun thing we saw was this.
The duck on the right looks real but is actually a decoy of some kind.
Stef spotted this the last time we went this way and I was determined to get a picture of them.
In other news, I figured out why I was having so much trouble eating enough last week.  One or more of my suppliments is giving me stomach cramps when I take it.  It has been sort of creeping up on me for the last week or so to the point where yesterday and today, I've felt very sick right after taking them and then generally sick thoughout the day.  I'm going to stop taking them for now and call my doctor.  I can't afford to have anything interfere with my riding for the next two weeks or I'm going to have a terrible time on the MS Ride.  


  1. This has nothing really do to with your post above, but; I've been thinking a lot about tandem bikes since you wrote last week about how they can be challenging (I guess I'd never thought of it before, even though my aunt and uncle have a tandem). And yesterday I saw a tandem recumbent! I almost wanted to pull over and take a photo. My uncle also has a recumbent, and I started thinking of how much energy he says it uses... and then coupled with what you had said about the tandem... wow. I just can't even imagine.

  2. The tandem is a huge amount of fun but you really do need to ride it with the right person. I've heard that bike shops refer to them as 'divorce machines' when married couples come in to buy one. Stef and I get along really well and the tandem thing just works out for us. We actually go about 1-2 miles an hour faster on the tandem than I do by myself and often catch and even pass skinny bike guys (and don't they hate that!). I can't imagine riding a recumbent let alone a recumbent tandem. I really need my weight over my legs especially on the hills!