|our bikes on Gary's car|
On Wednesday Gary loaded our bicycles onto the rack of his car so we could ride a trail alongside the Withlacoochee River.
Gary had enjoyed this trail with the Outdoor Adventure Club of our 55+ community and wanted me to see it, now that my balance and endurance have improved.
It's a great trail that from the parking lot to the end is five miles, round trip, totaling ten miles. Well-built rest stops turn the ride into a leisurely venture with no reason to hurry.
The trail runs alongside the Withlacoochee River, which is wide and carries fish occasionally jumping out of the water. (however, none would perform for my camera)
At the end of the five miles is another rest stop deck and a view of the Gulf of Mexico in the distance. The river flows into the Gulf.
The 5-mile ride back to the parking lot was just as leisurely as the first half.
We chose to do this before lunch, because the hot afternoon weather would change the impression of the adventure.
We had packed a cooler with our lunch. At the parking lot are clean rest rooms and 3 or 4 large pavilions with picnic tables.
The deli at Walmart makes a great chicken salad that we spread on croissants and served with potato chips.
It was a great bike ride, the longest I've done since picking up this hobby in late February. We both think 10 miles is about our limit for our age and in this Florida climate.
But speaking of adventures, an even bigger one began earlier today as we drove to the jewelry store to pick up the rings we had ordered on Tuesday. At the time we were told the rings should arrive no later than June 10th. But as we tracked the shipments we were thrilled to realize on Friday that the rings would be in the store for us today!
Because this was a very special occasion (and the weather forecast held no rain), we rode in the T-bird to get the rings and then to a beautiful nature park located next door to our neighborhood.
There, in a private ceremony, Gary got down on one knee beside the bench where I was sitting to ask me to be his. It was perfect, just like in the movies. We looked deeply into each other's eyes and I said "yes." In that most beautiful setting the next chapter of our lives began.
If you read my last post and saw the rings we had considered before making the purchases, it's ring #1 that won our hearts. They are matching bands of white gold with yellow gold on both edges. In our talks about rings some time ago, my input was that I wear both gold and silver and wanted my ring to represent both.
|a selfie with both our rings|
Neither of us wanted stones in our rings, preferring to keep them simple so we can wear them at all times without concern for loose settings and losing jewels. For us, matching bands was an important feature, too.
Our celebratory lunch was at Zaxby's, a popular chicken restaurant here in the south that we especially enjoy. Today's fare was chicken fingers with fries, cole slaw and toast with sweet tea (of course!!).
To close this post on a humorous note, I share with you that my heart sort of skipped a beat a couple of months ago when we were having dinner at Culver's. Without any warning, Gary suddenly slipped out of his chair and dropped to one knee beside me. Before it could even register with me as to what he might be doing, he quipped, "I'm not proposing. I'm just picking up a napkin that has fallen to the floor."
Oh. Uh, well, okay. Hmmm. Bummer.....
But that little incident told me that if and when he would some day propose to exclusively commit, he would most likely be traditional in his approach -- and that's what he did today! I love this man!
This is the day
which the Lord hath made;
we will rejoice
and be glad in it.
Until next time, grace and peace.