Sorry about my last tirade... I was having an off day.
I've been able to get out on the bike more and it's been way better than running on the elliptical at the gym. While I was out one night this last week I ran across something by accident. An undeveloped area in Dallas that is lush and green from all the rain we got a few weeks ago. I didn't have my phone with me at the time so I went back the next evening so I could take come pictures.
These pictures don't do it justice:
Who knew that there was Shangri-La in Dallas?
How did I find this "by accident" you ask? I was riding along by a street lined with trees and thick shrubbery. Suddenly there was a dirt road leading into the trees. The "No Trespassing" sign made me hesitate only a moment and I thought: "no one will notice one guy on a bike!" As I rounded a corner the view of this valley opened up to me and it took my breath away. I was stunned!
There was a security person sitting in a truck, so I rode over to say that I would be leaving soon, but just couldn't believe how beautiful this valley was. He didn't seem to mind that I was there so I stayed for a few minutes enjoying the view.
Further down the main road I saw another dirt road leading into the trees. This time there was no sign. I actually got to follow the road all the way into the valley.
A good thing that came of all this too... I've dropped about 7 lbs and lost a few inches on my waist from all the biking! YAY!!