A rare summer cool front made it’s way through the blazing Texas heat this week. The highs today were only in the lower 90s with low humidity compared to upper 90s with extreme humidity. Not a big temperature change but the change in humidity makes all the difference.
I decided to take my bike out on my country road for the first time. I’ve been down the dead end road a couple of times in my car but you don’t really get the feel of it that way. A bike ride or a walk give you far better perception. I’ve been wondering about the other residents down the road.
I’ve had a preconception about neighbors, having lived in the city all my life. Usually they are closed-minded, uptight and stand-offish. I’ve only met a few of my new country neighbors so far and it has been a pleasant experience. Still, I don’t know most of them.
I hopped on my bike with my Map My Walk app to see how far it was to the end of the road. I’m supposed to get exercise to help raise my good cholesterol and I haven’t been doing much cardiovascular-like activity since I’ve been so busy building my house.
I finally got a good look at my own property from the road and was happy to see that it is completely obscured from view except for the 20 foot gap the electric company cut when they installed my service. I need to find some way to close it up so nobody can complain about my nakedidity.
I rode further down and saw my next door neighbor’s house. Alfred. He was outside without a shirt. My kind of person!! That was good to see. I waved and he waved back. His house appears to be self-built. Kind of a patchwork style abode. I liked that too. It means you are free to do what you want. He’s a nice guy. I met him once when I was putting in the culvert pipe and gravel in my driveway at the street. He saw me digging with a shovel and came over with his tractor and made short work of it.
After Alfred’s house there is a lot of empty land that is overgrown with weeds and Mesquite trees. Wonderful!
The next house looks like a dump but someone lives there. Fine with me. The large dog in the driveway didn’t bark or chase me. Nice doggy.
A little more down the road is a well maintained log-style home with a manicured lawn.
The next piece of land had a driveway curving into it so that nothing can be seen of the house. These people know what’s what. I imagined that they were also nudists and designed it that way for maximum privacy. They probably aren’t but it is sometimes nice to pretend to that I don’t feel so alone. I’m going to go with that idea.
Down at the end of the road is a turnaround. Cows were grazing in an unkempt field. I didn’t stop to talk to them but I will next time. Now I wish I had taken a picture. I really love the fact that I can ride down my own road and see sheep, goats and cows calmly doing their things. Fresh air and not a sign of hypocrisy as far as the eye can see. This is so awesome!
I returned home and saw that the round trip was about 2 miles. I did it again to get four miles worth of exercise. Next time I am going to walk it to get an even better experience.
Seeing the neighborhood made me feel more at home. I’m glad to see that my house and style of living seems to fit within the range of the neighborhood. I feel a little less uptight about it now. I hope to do this much more often.