Getting Fit: longest and farthest bike ride so far this season (now with photos and video)

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I’ve been wanting to take this ride since last year and today I did it.  I rode from my house, around Muskegon Lake, and out to Lake MI — and back.  It would have been cooler if I would have left early in the morning, but instead I left after 11 a.m.  My speed continues to improve and was an average of over 9pm.

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These pics have been sitting in my phone for awhile, just didn’t have the time/energy to move them onto the computer.  You will see the video I took of an amazing number of swans that are on the lake, feeding, this summer.  The most ever seen on this lake at one time before has been half-dozen tops.  All of the white spots in the water are swans, except towards the top of the lake those might be seagulls.  My eyes aren’t what they used to be.  Still, this is an all-time record in my lifetime for swans on the lake.

 

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North side of the lake. All of these are swans, I think, but the distant ones off to the upper right *might* be seagulls.

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Close-up of swans

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On the other side of the lake now.

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Out at Pere Marquette Beach. You can see the lighthouse, barely, near the center of that lifesaves aluminum sculpture.

45 Comments Add yours

  1. Very impressive, Lisa. And I still haven’t dragged my bike out of the garage. Of course, with my travel to Germany, I had a good excuse. I’m still planning to meet the challenge we discussed after my return!😀

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Good! On this ride, if I had known how many miles it was I probably would have let my mind convince me I couldn’t do it. I only found out how far it was when I got home. I really hope you do pull your bike out when you get back.

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  2. M. Oniker says:

    Ah, literally “good for you!” Sounds like fun, and brings back old, fond memories. I learned to ride a bike in Grand Rapids and its a great place to be.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      M, Grand Rapids has a very well-developed bike trail system now and so does nearby Holland. So neat you learned to ride a bike in GR.

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      1. M. Oniker says:

        Also lived and biked around Holland. 🙂 Yes, I can see both places as prime areas for trails and good to hear they’ve done that.

        Knapp Street and Beyond! In GR, and Waukazoo Woods and Beyond! in Holland. I would bike many many miles in a round trip.

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  3. Sadje says:

    This is very impressive Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sadje! It has me geeked I can ride that far, even though I was pretty tired by the end.

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      1. Sadje says:

        Oh 30 miles is a bit far I think. It’s cool that you could do it.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          I agree with you on too far. Today I’m feeling it in my knees and the sunburn hurts (forgot sunscreen.)

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          1. Sadje says:

            Take care my friend. Next time be more considerate of your body.

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            1. msjadeli says:

              Yes, mom 🙂

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  4. That’s awesome!!!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Keith, thank you 🙂

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      1. You’re welcome. Getting fit is a challenge, for sure. I wish my knees allowed me to still ride a bike! I enjoy my walks and that’s my exercise for now.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Keith, walking is probably better exercise. I know it’s harder work. With walking you are transporting your own weight. With biking the bike carries the weight.

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  5. Wow! That’s very inspiring.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Punam, so happy it inspires you ❤

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  6. this is awesome Lisa!! Congrats!~👏👏👏👏

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Cindy! I’m proud of myself. It took awhile to work up to that many miles.

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      1. You’re soooo welcome Lisa! I can imagine so and you very much should be! I’m proud of you too! 💖

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  7. Dave says:

    Well done! That’s an impressive ride! Been a long time since I’ve been on a bike. I may have done 30 miles in a day a few times in my teens and 20s but doubt I’d be up for it anymore!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Dave. Do you still have a bike? I’m guessing in TX you have to pick your time to ride. Do they have any good bike paths by where you live?

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      1. Dave says:

        nice photos… the lake looks quite reminiscent of areas along Lake Ontario too. No, I don’t have a bike here..have toyed with the idea of getting one. Maybe someday soon will. There are good mountain bike paths in the city’s largest, and in places still “Wild” park which seem quite enjoyed by many but other than that, it’s not a terribly bike friendly area.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Thanks, Dave. That’s too bad about it not being bike friendly. You all have such good weather much of the year. Even in the hot times you can probably stand to be in it in early morning or late afternoon.

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  8. Barbara S says:

    thanks for writing and inspiring Msjadeli – I am running my ole bike thorugh town almost daily but never more than 5 miles per day (less on most days) – you have inspired me: at the end of August I want to attend a friend’s performance at an open mic event and that involves cycling 10m from the train station… I was a bit doubtful… But now I think I’ll do it – and10 miles back the following day 🙂 thanks,

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Fantastic, Barbara. You are well-conditioned if you are riding almost daily. My usual ride had been 12-15 miles, so I doubled it with no problem. You are welcome 🙂

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      1. Barbara S says:

        thanks Ms – well, I would not call myself conditioned by any stretch of the imagination but I give it my best shot. At half way point I visit a monastery shop 4 honey and I could always park the bike there and call a taxi if that seems wise. good riding to you 🙂

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        1. msjadeli says:

          🙂 That sounds like such a pleasant ride with the monastery as the half way point.

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  9. Barbara S says:

    PS my knees won’t allow me to walk – but cycling is fine as far as they are concerned…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I understand. With walking you are carrying your full weight, but with a bike it carries it for you 🙂

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      1. Barbara S says:

        exactly – that’s why bike is rehab for my meniscus 🙂

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  10. memadtwo says:

    I’m still in awe of that ride. And those blues are glorious. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It was a lovely day all around. I’m going on a 15-mile ride in Grand Rapids tomorrow with the bike path riders group. That’s always a good time.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          I woke up at 6:30 a.m. to pouring rain, and it’s been pouring ever since. The ride got canceled. Bumma!

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          1. memadtwo says:

            That is a bummer. I hope they reschedule it.

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  11. SelmaMartin says:

    Wow. 192 minutes on a bicycle is amazing —and the distance covered. Gosh. But the photos are so worth it. Thanks for sharing your world. Lovely.
    Yes. I saw the lighthouse. XoXo

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    1. msjadeli says:

      ❤ Thanks much, Selma, for your lovely comment.

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  12. Irene says:

    Wow, impressive!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Irene!

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  13. That’s great! And thank you for the photos & video.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Ken. Was supposed to do a 15-mile ride today with the path riders group but it’s poured all day.

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