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April 9, 2007
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Monday April 9, 2007 was a holiday from work and I got the day off.  It was Easter Monday, the day after Easter.  I was also scheduled to take vacation the rest of the week, Tuesday through Friday, so hopefully I would get in a couple more rides this week.  For a while Diane and I were planning to take the family south for a vacation this week, but those plans never materialized and we ended up staying home.  I decided to take the days off from work even though we decided not to go any where.  I have a lot of vacation time to use up and because it was scheduled I decided to still take the days off. 

On this day I ended up doing a short ride by myself.  It was around 9:00 am and I was the only one in the house awake and up.  I was bored and wanted to get outside.  Our family cat Gizmo got out of the house and ran away a few days earlier.  Diane and the kids seemed upset that the cat hasnít come home yet so I used this as an excuse to ride around the neighbor hood looking for the cat.  A couple days ago Max and I put up lost cat signs on street and stop sign posts in the general area.  As I rode around the area looking for the cat I noticed all the lost cat signs seemed to be holding up well.   

After I rode around the neighbor hood for a little while without any luck spotting the cat I decided to ride to the bank to do some banking business.  The bank I use is located at the Adams and Walton area.  I went to the drive up ATM on my bike.  I had never done this before on a bike and it worked out quite well.  It is easier to use the drive up ATM on a bike than a car, easier to reach the buttons.  

After the bank I headed east to Brewster Road which is actually heading further away from home.  I figured why not get in a couple more miles by taking a round about way home.  I went north when I got to Brewster and took it all the way to Dutton.  I stayed on Dutton past Adams and pedaled my way through Musson elementary school parking lot looking for the cat again before returning home.  After looking around Musson for a couple minutes I rode in from the back of the sub which is the opposite way I left the sub earlier, this way I could look for the cat in this area as well. 

This ended up being a nice slow quiet ride by myself.  I ended up going a total of 10.5 miles, maximum speed of 20.0 mph, and average speed of 9.9 mph with a time on bike of 1 hour and 3 minutes.   
David Lindquist 

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