Rained most of the day. We decided to tackle cleaning out the garage and spent all morning and half the afternoon at that project. Pitched, donated or recycled a lot of stuff, and now it looks so clean and organized!

Speaking of recycling, we use Waste Management for garbage disposal/recycling, and they've gone to picking up recycling every other week because of the labor shortage. This was evidently communicated in an email that probably went into a spam folder. They did finally pick up in the afternoon but I was starting to think we'd have to break out another container to hold everything.

Then in the evening we decided to go to the Creek -- the local eatery that is just up the road. Walked in and walked right out. Again, not enough help and the place was a mess with dirty tables and not enough servers. Not sure how this is all going to end.
  • 4h 32m
  • 47.00 miles
  • 10.37 Mi/hr

Hannibal gravel

We met Brenda and Joe in Hannibal for a gravel ride. Joe's not an early riser, so we decided to ride later in the morning. It was cool and kind of misty at first, but that burned off, the sun came out, and things got pretty warm. There was a lot of fresh, loose gravel on some of the westernmost roads, making for slow going, and some big climbs. Good route, I wish we had started earlier.

  • Kayaking
  • 1h 00m
Took the inflatable kayaks out on Lake Springfield for about an hour. Originally we went to a launch site along a creek and were immediately attacked by mosquitoes as soon as we stepped out of the car. So we moved to a less scenic but bug-free launch site on the main body of the lake.

It's baby robin time. There are a couple of fledglings zooming around the back yard and the same baby fell into the basement window well twice. Rescue was an easy matter, as they are very trusting at this age and don't seem to mind being scooped up in a net. The parents, on the other hand, are pretty vicious and attacked my yellow cat and chased him all the way back into the house.

  • 1h 23m
  • 20.80 miles
  • 15.04 Mi/hr

Easy bike ride

Low key day --- did a short bike ride, then cleaned up and went to Mom's for lunch. Hit Kohl's on the way home to see if I could find any summer clothing. They don't quite have the fall stuff out yet and there was a decent selection. At least the fitting rooms are open again --- well, half of them are open.

  • 3h 55m
  • 43.00 miles
  • 10.98 Mi/hr

Intense gravel

Went over to Pittsfield this morning with Steve and Brenda and rode a route we did last fall -- the winter and a wet spring have not been kind to a lot of these roads and there were some washed out areas as well as long stretches with really crappy gravel. We had a lot of fun on this route, it was like we'd get through one really bad section and wonder how it could get any worse, and then the next section of road would be like "hold my beer". All in good fun. We walked the really bad stretches and no one fell.

We always park at the courthouse square when we ride over here --- the Pike County courthouse is a beautiful old stone building and today there were flags all around the grounds. After our ride, we sat in the shade on the courthouse lawn and cooled off a bit and just kind of enjoyed the setting.

  • 2h 08m
  • 27.00 miles
  • 12.66 Mi/hr

Easy road/gravel ride with Steve and Barb

We drove out to New Salem and met Barb for a short (at her request) gravel ride. We start and finish at a shady campground and afterwards, I was so drenched with sweat that I took a shower at the campground shower house. It took a really long time for the water to heat up so eventually I got tired of waiting and took a coldish shower. Felt fantastic!!!!

Afterwards we went to lunch at a place in Springfield where we could sit outside (under a tent, so it was warm but shady) and then home for a long nap. The heat just takes it out of both of us.

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