Birthday! Biking & Hiking!

To celebrate my birthday (5/5), I wanted to cycle the Covered Bridges of Bucks County, PA. , all preserved bridges built in the later part of the 19th century. We had cue sheets from organized rides and opted to try the 63 (or metric century) this year as we’d done the 50 many times. We crossed six covered bridges.

63 turned into 77 when we didn’t trust the cue sheet and backtracked a bit to check directions, but that’s usually expected when we’re plotting our own course.  DSCN1198

On Sunday, we caught up with our cycling club friends who were doing a fast-paced 40 -plus miler towards Gladstone, NJ. CIMG2546

We didn’t have time to do the entire ride so circled back home; 22 total.  Nearly a century over two days, not bad at all.

Our son Jacob and family arrived in the afternoon to take the kids on their first hike. He’d bought backpacks to carry them, reminding us how we used to carry him and his siblings. Our grandson ran the entire trail- a flat walk around a lake-  until the end when he too opted for the backpack.  He  searched for dinosaurs, ghosts and other creatures. He became fascinated with tree holes and roots, and of course large boulders.  0-3

Then dinner with friends.  CIMG2548

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About cyclingrandma

I was a journalist (Danbury News-Times, Ct), before becoming a teacher, and continue to write for professional journals. I have written several study guides for Penguin Books and write for Education Update, a newspaper based in New York City. (www.educationupdate.com). I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, www.smithsonian.com. (April, 2009). Two essays have been published in book anthologies; one for Wisdom of Our Mothers, (Familia Books) and the other in “College Search and Parent Rescue: Essay for Parents by Parents of College-Going Students.” (St. Martin’s Press). I was a middle school Language Arts teacher for more than 10 years and have just completed a five year grant position under No Child Left Behind in Newark, NJ public schools. I have three children, two daughters-in law, and six grandchildren. I'm an avid cyclist, knitter, cook, and reader. I love theater, museums, and yoga.
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24 Responses to Birthday! Biking & Hiking!

  1. Happy Happy Birthday — what a gorgeous ride that must have been! I helped my daughter move and then shop for her new apartment — the shopping part was fun… 🙂

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  2. pahari.s says:

    Happy Birthday!!! What a wonderful way to celebrate birtday. Feel inspired.

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  3. Love covered bridges and searching for dinosaurs. Sounds like a fun birthday!

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  4. lisa lai ye says:

    Happy Forever Young Birthday , Lisa ! You got a lot way to go reaching to ” the top of the hill ” before you need to cycling down the “hill” — I was visiting Bama city , Guangxi province last month in China. The waitress who was serving us at the street restuarant was 89 years old and the owner was 109 years old — so, you are only a ” kindergardener” . Great lives ahead !!
    Thank you very much for the Tangerine Tango — it is such a lovely collection of lives experiences. I enjoyed reading them and will cherish the stories that all the writers have shared.
    cheers

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    • Thanks– enjoy your last month and we’ll see you next week. We arrive Thursday– we’ll spend part of Friday cleaning out the apartment! Staying at the Kenyon Inn. Safe travels.

      On Mon, May 6, 2013 at 9:01 AM, cyclingrandma

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  5. staceysnacks says:

    Happy Birthday Cyclin’ Gram!

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  6. Happy Birthday Lisa! I love covered bridges, we have some back east but I’ve never seen one out west. They are so beautiful. 🙂

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  7. Patti Winker says:

    Happy Birthday, Lisa! What a glorious way to spend the day. Many happy returns!

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  8. What a lovely ride. Happy Birthday. I was in Baltimore for a conference. Here’s to many more miles of cycling.

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  9. Jean says:

    Glad you had a happy ride and happy birthday!

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  10. HaPpY hApPy BirThDaY you über studmuffinette!! You make a lot of us look pretty lame, Lisa! Glad your day was wonderful. (I was traveling, sorry this is late!) A Cinco de Mayo birthday is a fun one to celebrate! Way to go with the bridges and miles!! xo

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  11. Happy belated birthday! Sounds like a great day for you! I lived in Bucks Cty. for 7 years – travel back whenever possible for a quick day trip.

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