At about mile 10 of my ride, I was surrounded by rolling corn fields and cute farm houses like this one. What a wonderful feeling!
I grew up in an urban suburban town on the western border of Detroit, and I've always lived in a pretty suburban area. Whenever I visit cities like Chicago, I love it, and I know I could live in a downtown appartment somewhere riding my bike or taking the bus to work every day. Even so, I have to be able to get to nature. When I find myself standing in a patch of forest or on a beach, all I can do is try to soak as much of it in as possible. So, when I ride 10 miles from my house and see the farmlands of Michigan, it really makes me happy.
At the turn around point of my ride, I stopped to take this shot of the sunset. I was going to include the road and another farm house in the picture, but the owner of the house pulled up just as I was framing the shot. He said that I absolutely had to see the view from behind the house. If the house didn't sit right next to a busy little church parking lot, I don't think I would have taken him up on the offer (hard to say who's genuinely friendly and who's a psycho creap, right?). But I'm glad I followed him because I got to watch the sun set over the corn field.
By mile 20, it was getting pretty dark. I have lights on the front and back of my bike, which I was especially thankful for last night. Every car that passed me slowed down and gave me plenty of space. A strange but welcome occurance! As of this weekend, I'll have that extra hour of sunlight to eliminate most after dark riding, but even so I wouldn't mind finding a brighter set of lights. I got mine at Meijer for about $15, and from what I hear about cycling lights, you get what you pay for.
In any case, I made it home in one piece and loved every minute of it. I can't wait for more! And I can't wait for that road bike, either! ;)