The title sounds foreboding, but this is a happy post. It’s officially summertime, and I’m bringing my bike to the office more now to sneak in bike rides during my lunch hour. My office is on a busy yet rural route–one lane either way but it’s a steady stream of traffic. The good news is that surrounding in all directions are farms, country roads, cows, horses, and lots of barns.
My lunch ride usually consists of a .5 mile on busy route 9, then quickly hopping off to quieter roads. Within 1.5 miles, I’m here:
This is happymaking. I have a view of the Seven Sisters (Holyoke Range) and a good stretch of bumpy dirt and gravel flanked with high grassy fields. Red winged blackbirds dart through the fields. And I ride though it all. I am back on pavement too soon but have options as far as which country road to take. Some are busier than others, but all the views are good. It’s a great way to spend a lunch hour.