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Crossing things off my list

By Robin Dearing

Yesterday was the day I was going to finally cross a three-year-old item off of my “I’m going to …” list. Today, I crossed off another. Two things in two days, go me.

It’s been over three years since we moved out of downtown and out to the Redlands. One of my favorite things about living downtown was being able to ride my 3-speed cruiser all over including to the grocery store and to work. One summer I went 22 days without even riding in a car. I took my bike everywhere.

Now, we live over five miles from downtown. I had always planned on going back to riding my bike everywhere, but I was scared. I was scared of the roads I’d have to ride on and of crossing the Colorado River. I was scared I’d get downtown and not be able to get back.

Since I spent several months on the grim reaper’s to-do list last year, my fears have changed dramatically.

Even though I’m in terrible shape, I didn’t really worry about not being able to get home yesterday. I was more concerned with not trying. The fear of not taking advantage of what I have now is my biggest concern.

So, it was with much unfounded confidence that I set out with bill on the mountain bikes to ride the five-plus miles along the river to our little downtown. The ride was no problem. I’m not a fan of the leaned-over position of the mountain bike, but I was able to make the ride without being swallowed by the river or run over by a sanitation truck.

The ride back was just as good … except for the steep hill that comes out by our house. I had to stop a couple times, but I rode the whole way. I can’t wait to do it again.

Sore from yesterday’s ride, I was still happy to cross another item off my list. Today, Margaret and I met our friends for a hike to the see the Ute petroglyphs along the Palisade Rim Trail.

The rocky, upward winding trail took us through some amazing landscape topped by centuries old pictographs created probably by the ancient Ute Indians. Seeing ancient artifacts of early civilizations is absolutely one of my favorite things.

It wasn’t an easy hike for me and I sweated and panted more than I would have like to, but I did it.

I just hope that this is the beginning of the end of my “I’m going to …”

Rock formation along the Palisade Rim Trail.

View of the orchards of beautiful Palisade.

Elk and deer petroglyphs.



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Aren’t those petroglyphs so interesting? Good for you Robin!  Way to cross some things off the list.  And hey, having Edgewater right by the Riverfront Trail certainly adds incentive to biking ;)

Yes it does Julie. Edgewater was our first stop.

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