Friday, August 26, 2011

A Challenging Ride


Today I had a challenging ride. What made it so challenging?  Was it unbelievably hilly?  No  Was it super hot? No  Was traffic roaring by me at a scary rate?  Once again, no.  The problem is I decided I would take pictures and show 5 beautiful sights I saw on my ride.  The challenge - it was all gorgeous! But I am up to the challenge and will choose just 5 pictures. I promise.


Today was rather stress filled.  I am rather saddened by how quickly this year is filled with stress. It is mostly due to the pace and demands. Right now I cannot imagine I will be ready for the first day of school.  I will go in at least one day this weekend if not both.  Many things are going well at school the chief one being my team.  There are so many changes (too many for one year is you ask me but no one making the decisions did - what's up with that?) and all new teams is one of them.  I feel we have the best functioning team.  One of our teammates moved to Montana so I was a little worried but our "new" (moved from a different grade) teammate is the best.  But she is pregnant and about to deliver so there is a sub for her.  But once again - GREAT!  So any problems are not with my team. We seem to have the same sense of humor, work ethic with a good balance for stuff outside of school too, and we all like sweets  - important stuff right?



So we had a social hour at the principal's house and many were bringing bikes to ride. Well no one did. So I decided since I was headed to Burlington I would just go on the bike path.  BEST DECISION EVER!  I was smiling as soon as I started.  Still have work to do but the ride put  it on the back burner.


The weather and the day were perfect.  The only problem was too many people, many of whom were clueless but I just maintained my cool and went around them or shouted "on your left" or a rather abrupt "EXCUSE ME! So 5 of the pictures from my beautiful ride are included in this post. I am thinking I need to do this ride on some more Fridays!  Great way to end the week.

 Oh and that run this morning because of the hurricane coming, didn't make it up.  I thought that might happen. I can only get  up early so many mornings in a row.



24 comments:

Miss Teacher said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! Yours is great!!! I'm glad to know another teacher-reader-runner :)

Julie said...

I saw Emily in a quick passing today in Portland while getting ready to run part of leg 13 with Tricia. I didn't get to introduce myself, though :-(

These Nuun girls are a lot of fun!

Jamoosh said...

You always have such awesome photos. Makes me want to move.

Giorgio said...

Beautiful post with nice photos!
Have a nice weekend!

Fran said...

It sure is a beautiful ride Andrea, beautiful pictures.

Stay safe and be careful this weekend if Irene hitch you.

Anne said...

Beautiful photos...and sounds like a therapeutic ride. Sorry the school year is starting off so rough...hopefully things settle down quickly.

Stay safe this weekend.

Her Name Is Rio said...

Beautiful beautiful pictures! Sounds like you're going through a lot, but it always seems to work out somehow in the end. Hopefully things will be more settled soon!

Detroit Runner(Jeff) said...

Fantastic place to run/ride! Would love to visit sometime in the future.

Karen said...

I LOVE your enthusiasm for riding lately. You might not even need that new car since you are biking everywhere :)

Marlene said...

Well that is certainly a good problem to have. That last photo is GORGEOUS! You should print it & frame it!

Char said...

Your work team sounds great. You're so lucky to have a team where all members get on well. And having the same work ethic? That's just golden. You should be in for a good year.

Jim ... 50after40 said...

I know what you mean about "smiling as soon as you started" ... sometimes I run in a new place and I can't wipe the smile off of my face as I take in the scenery and remember how lucky I am to be running and enjoying the outdoors. Have a great weekend!

Jill said...

I love all the water pictures, you know how I do!! Thanks or sharing them. I know you love winter, too (I'm not sure why, though - haha) and soon your water will be ice...enjoy these last couple months of great biking weather!

Kandi said...

Beautiful photos (as always). Hope Irene was kind to you in VT.

Molly said...

Hope you're okay, we've been getting rain all day, and I see it was coming into VT....

Michael said...

Wow, once again jealous of your places to bike and run!! Looks like a great ride. Enjoy your nicer weather for awhile before that freezing stuff comes back soon!

Richelle said...

Beautiful photos, as always! I hope the beginning-of-the-year stress subsides soon!

Fran said...

Heard on the news this morning that Irene hit Vermont and immediately thought of you. Hope you're okay Andrea.

Ewa said...

Hope Irene did not cause too much damage in your neck of the woods.

Karen said...

Hope you are doing OK ... Heard Vermont was hit pretty hard by Irene.

lindsay said...

I hope you, yourfamily and your house are ok! I know you've posted about VT flooding on here before and I hope irene's version is drying up fast!

Katie said...

I love that last picture!

Fruit Fly said...

What a gorgeous ride! And it all looks so peaceful, too!

The Jesse said...

beautiful photos, especially the last one! i hope you are doing okay after irene passed through ...