Thanks to Red Hen – an Irish runner whose blog I started following after the Dublin Marathon – I learned about this thing called “Juneathon.” You run (or bike, or walk, or do jumping jacks – some kind of exercise) every day in June and blog about it. As simple (or fiendishly difficult) as that!
Several of my friends are doing a “40 day challenge,” which I already wimped out on, and I need to get in some more cross-training other than biking, so perfect timing with the Juneathon!
Here is my first official Juneathon post which, like redhenrun’s, will feature wildflowers.
I like biking south out of town on Highway 71. The traffic is easy to manage, and there is a good challenge getting up and over the Wildcat Hills. Last week, Bugman and I turned around at the westbound Highway 88 intersection. This week, we set a turnaround of the former Banner County Cafe.
Distance: 53 miles (85 km) Total climb: 2,469 feet (752 m)
I just cannot get over how green the countryside is now. My eyes are drinking it up after the drab browns of winter.
The cloud cover came and went, but we did not get rained on this time.
A quick pic of the tandem at our hilltop turnaround, and then some wildflower photos. It’s Nebraska Wildflower Week, after all!
Note: most of these flowers are small and unassuming. You typically have to get out into the grassland and hike if you’re not lucky enough to be able to spot them roadside from a bicycle saddle. While I saw all of these flowers today, some of the pictures were taken in other years.
Not all of my Juneathon posts will be this photogenic, but sometimes western Nebraska just can’t help it!
Copyright 2014 by Katie Bradshaw