Sales of Peleton bikes and bicycles are up 172% and 121% respectively. There is a revived interest in riding a bike, for exercise or as a form of transportation.
I can’t use my bicycle as a form of transportation away from the farm right now. It would be very unsafe. We live on a highly traveled gravel road. Below is a photo of a truck coming down the road that goes past our farm. Most vehicles speed down this road around 50 miles an hour. That’s a lot of dust for a bicyclist to contend with.
Country Roads are Dusty Roads
People tend to drive in the middle of our gravel road, as the road really isn’t a two-lane road. It’s more like a 1.25 lane road. Speeding drivers aren’t looking for a grandma on her bicycle with her dog trotting by her side. I just cannot ride my bicycle on this very unsafe and dusty road. The harvest season creates too much traffic; with combines, semi trucks, tractors, and wagons going from field to field. Adding my bicycle to this mix would be bad for me!
Robert Frost Revisited
During harvest there’s a better and safer road I can take – a cornfield. A road not taken by many. I feel like I’m channeling Robert Frost! “I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”
Some of you would disagree, but have you ever ridden a bicycle in a cornfield?
When bringing in the harvest from our fields, the tractor and wagons take the same path over and over to get to the grain bins in the farmyard. This creates a path for my bicycle! After I go down this newly made path, I then ride up the waterways on the tractor/wagon path to the top of this field. It’s a quiet and panoramic view. My dog trots beside me, searching for prey. He’s not a hunting dog, so he’s just wasting his time. But what a nice time we both have! Just me on my bicycle and Duke in the grass.
At the top of the field, the waterway stops. I turn around and go back to the beginning of my 1. 5 mile journey, and if I feel like it, I’ll make another cornfield ride.
P.S. The next post will be Cereal Cookies!