The weather this past week was more than cooperative for what has become our traditional Easter Sunday training ride.
Our 45-mile out-and-back ride to Lyman, Nebraska, on the state line with Wyoming, started out with temps in the upper 50s with a rare tailwind out of the east and ended with temps in the low 70s, and a tailwind from the west.
That’s right, the wind switched direction on us at just the right time! Tailwind pretty much all the way, baby!
Not that it wasn’t a good training ride. There’s plenty of climb between Scottsing and Lyman. My legs were tired by the end of the day.
Part of the reason for choosing Lyman as a destination, aside from the just-right distance and hills, is its park with picnic shelter (and access to water and bathrooms when open for the season, which they were not Easter weekend). It was a tradition in my family when I was growing up to have an Easter Sunday picnic (with bubbles, kites and other outdoor fun), and I’m pleased Bugman has been willing to continue this (adapted) tradition with me.
On our way back home, a little to the west of Stegall (pronounced STEA-gull by locals and stuh-GAHL by the weather radio), someone was staring at us from a field beside the road:
That got me to thinking – the perfect Easter bunny for this region would actually be the jackalope! I did a quick search for a jackalope I’d be proud to have for an Easter decoration, and found this lovely beastie, from an Etsy artist in Russia (check out her super-cute dragons, too!):
One more random image from our Easter Sunday ride, taken at (unincorporated) Stegall:
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