Saturday, August 2, 2014

Birthday Bike Overnight

The pole is a flashing red beacon at night; perfect
 as a nightlight on a moonless evening.
Scrambling to get somewhere before dark. My husband, youngest son, and me. 12 miles.

A nice breeze. Slipping poles into rings and sleeves, sometimes twice in the fading light. Water all around.

All for a quiet sunrise view on my birthday. Peaceful.

My husband and I watched a hot air balloon rise from the landscape. Silhouetted. I presumed it was a water tower. Water towers don't move.

Take down obvious yellow tent.

Wait for other son to rise. Snuggle time on bench. He eats popcorn chips for a snack.

Slowly pack.

Wandering. Exploring.

Reading posters, maps. Before causeway ferry gets underway at 10 a.m.

Early morning fishermen rumble through the opening.

By 7 a.m. the first bike riders visit us. Chat. "You did what?" they say in disbelief. "Get, out!"

Hungry. We beeline to town for breakfast. Coffee and bagel sandwiches. Yum.


  1. Lovely! I'm planning a bike ride for my birthday too. It's at the end of October though so I'm not expecting the nice weather you had.

    Like the writing style you choose here - has that early morning "just waking up" feel to it. :)

  2. Brilliant birthday plan, many happy returns!

  3. Happy Birthday Annie! what a wonderful way to spend it. I recently spent mine eating drinking and having the celebratory half century cigar, next year I am doing a bike overnight!

  4. Looks like great fun! Hope you enjoyed your adventure. Happy Birthday, too!! :O)

  5. Happy Birthday! What a great way to celebrate.

  6. Thanks for all your good wishes. It was a mad scramble to pack and get out there by dark, but we pulled it off. A gentle breeze kept the mosquitoes at bay and it was the first time in a long time we didn't need a rainfly.


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