Get. Out.

You can see company coming a long ways off from the intersection of Spain and High Desert.

“Dude: You need to get the fuck outdoors. Seriously.”

That was my man Hal Walter, who knows an attitude problem when he sees one. (He’s been observing mine since 1983.)

Thus, the getting the fuck outdoors has been gotten, and seriously, astride the Bianchi Zurigo Disc. Didn’t get run over or nothin’.

I feel better already.


15 Responses to “Get. Out.”

  1. Sharon Says:

    Always works…

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      For thee and me, anyway, Sharon. For some reason yesterday I saw a ton of frowny faces out there. This is a rarity on the trails, but yesterday I was riding the road.

      I bet the dude who was blasting the dank weed as he passed me in his SUV was smiling, though. At first I thought someone had run over a skunk, and then the memories kicked in.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Well, we walked the Duffy this morning in spitting rain. Wind is starting up, and it will last until tomorrow morning with gusts to 50mph. So, I guess that walk will have to do for now. Put new tires on the mountain bike and haven’t been able to ride it.

  2. JD Dallager Says:

    Nature and movement can often be the best therapy…..and they’re usually free! 🙂

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Crouching indoors, licking your wounds, is no way to start feeling better. When I lived in Oregon I would drive — out to the coast, up to Seattle, anywhere I felt I could get a fresh perspective.

      Nearly four decades later I ride, or run. It’s a whole lot cheaper, even considering the cost of the gear. More fun, too.

  3. Libby Says:

    What a vista. The sky!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      You can see forever from the Sandia foothills, Libby. All the way down to the river and up again to Mount Taylor, where we used to race the Quadrathlon back in the Nineties.

      It’s a nice diversion to ride down to the Rio and pick up the Bosque path, just roll along on the flats, ticking off the easy miles. I haven’t been down there in a while, so if the wind cuts us some slack this week I may pay a visit.

      • Dale Says:


        It just occurred to me that you live in Tony Hillerman country. I have read every one of his Navaho Tribal Police mystery novels. He paints a vivid picture of the native people and the landscape in his writing.

        He died a few years ago, but the library is your friend.

  4. Hurben Says:

    Get out there!

  5. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    No better RX out there my friend, as we all know. On 9/11/01 I went for a bike ride, figuring it might be my last. On 11/9/16 I went for a bike ride just to get over the thought of Orange Hitler’s election. I’ll get out later today – just because I can!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Back in Bibleburg another friend used to advise grumblers, “Shut up and ride.” It’s almost always good advice.

      Today we’re supposed to have big wind, so I may run early. Running’s good, too; it’s just slower. Especially the way I do it.

      How’s Italy? You guys open for business yet?

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        Right now I’m having fun with tax details – always interesting working with US banks – trying to use their “easy” online services…NOT! My bike ride’s postponed until tomorrow – thanks Uncle Sam!
        Piedmont Cycling Resort is currently scheduled to open mid-May. I’ll stay down here in Sicily where the weather is much, much better this time of year, probably long enough to see the Giro d’Italia stage on Etna. We enjoyed it last year as you can see here

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