I recently completed all of RAGBRAI — no skipping the extra miles on the Karras Loop, no riding the sag wagon, no agreeing to drive someone's vehicle for just one day.
That's 483 miles on a bike. Some of that time passed in conversation (and whining); some of it, in detailed observation of my surroundings; the rest of it, in thinking.
None of my thoughts were particularly deep, but I did come to one conclusion that I've stuck with since getting off the saddle:
It's time for me to retire from blogging.
Nothing in particular prompted the feeling, but once the thought entered my mind, it stayed there.
This seems like good practice in trusting my gut, and if my gut has steered me wrong, well, I'll trumpet my relaunch to round all of you back up.
Anyways, the past five-ish years of blogging have been a good run/good ride, puns not intended but also not deleted.
I appreciate everyone who's followed me from Illinois to Iowa, and those who have joined somewhere along the way.
I'll still hopefully be providing snapshots of my meals, workouts and cats on Twitter, Instagram and Daily Mile. Let's keep in touch virtually!