Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sunday Ride and Weigh In

Today was both a riding day and my weigh in day. I picked back up in Astoria by the Maritime museum today after church, lunch (salad greens with chicken, blue cheese, walnuts, and balsamic vinaigrette), and a trip to the mall with my daughter and her friend. Near the start of the ride, the Columbia River is still visible in the distance, with Washington on the other side.

Leaving Astoria, the view changes as there is more and more vegetation. I love the mixture of trees, shrubs, and grasses along the roads.

I pedaled on for 5 miles this time... the farthest I have gone in one sitting since I began this ride. I stopped to rest after crossing the John Day River.

I then continued riding for another 1.7 miles along Route 30 before stopping for the day. I really enjoy the scenery, even with the usual overcast sky.

My total today was 6.7 miles. I think it is easier to get in more miles and a third ride when I start biking early in the morning. On days like today where I get a late start, I can't make it as far as I'd like. Tomorrow should be a good day for long miles.

Dinner tonight with company over was spaghetti squash topped with marinara sauce, meatballs, and sausage. Everyone else had regular pasta and garlic bread available to choose from, but I am eating lower carb right now (not counting calories or carbs, just making better choices.) Today's weigh in was 244 pounds, down one pound this week.

I am still logging all of my rides in real time on My Virtual Mission, where you can look at my route map and see my times, miles, and speed of each ride. I can say that pedaling is already getting easier, and I am riding on higher resistance for longer. I use the circuits on my bike to mimic hilly terrain, but sadly there is no coasting downhill; I always have to be pedaling. I can feel my legs getting stronger and look forward to trying to go longer distances each week.

Thank you for all the great comments! I so appreciate those of you who are cheering me on.


Rachel Smith said...

What a lovely ride! Congrats on the pound loss, too. You're rocking it!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! I have never been there but you're making me want to visit. Congrats on the pound, keep it up!

MaryFran said...

Sounds like a fabulous ride!!! And congrats on the weigh in!!!!

Darcy Winters said...

Thank you so much for telling us about My Virtual Mission! I joined on Friday and although I didn't really plan to get into the full swing of things until today, I'm still having fun seeing how far (or little - :-( ) I've traveled. I was trying to start in Pacific City, Oregon, but was having trouble with the site and ended up leaving from Grayland, Washington. lol... I think you are (so far) seeing a lot prettier scenery than me!

Darcy Winters said...

P.S. Can you tell me how you are able to copy the photos and post them on your blog? I can't seem to figure that out. Thx! :(

Lyn said...


There are two ways: one, on the Vitrual Mission page you can zoom in the street view and when you find a scene you want to copy, click Ctrl Alt and PrtSc at the same time. Then go into Photoshop and click File, New, Image from Clipboard. It will be added to Photoshop. If you don't have Photoshop you can do the Ctrl Alt PrtSc and then paste it into a word document, crop it, and save the picture as a .jpg image. Or, you can download Google Earth Pro and there is a "save image" function right at the top. I hope that helps!

Nmmumaw said...

Most computers with Windows 7 or later come with a "Snipping Tool" that basically gives you a scalable reticle to select any portion of your screen and crop it into a .jpg. Nixes the need for opening a third program like Photoshop =) It's super handy and I think if you Google it, you can find a free download, if it's not already on your computer.

Darcy Winters said...

Thank you Lynn and Nmmumaw. I will try these ways and see which one works best for me!