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First Summer Biking

Hey, dear bloggers hope you all had a fabulous weekend. I concluded the weekend on a high note, for I officially started my summer biking.  I have been biking with my kids since the beginning of May but that doesn’t count, for the speed was slow and it was mostly to go to the nearby park. Today was the perfect day, the family was out for shopping and I went for a loop.

About two miles from my house exist a beautiful trail, called D&R trail. It is 77 Miles (124 Km) dirt road trail that traverses three counties. The trail goes through woods, water canal, and NJ’s natural habitat. I rode for 20 Miles and completed the loop in 2 hours. Please find below some of the pictures I took today.

Thanks so much for your read.

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365 Days, 1200 Beautiful followers and 1304 Posts

My Dear Fellow Bloggers, hope you are having a fabulous week and enjoying this thing called life. I was waiting to share this post until the 11th of August but looks like my mental clock was wrong. On the 5th Aug, WordPress congratulated me for completing one year. I immediately scrolled down to reach the bottom of my posts, to check when did I first publish. Thanks to the WP timestamp, my mental clock was proved wrong. darn 😜

While statistics will follow, today I want to first share with you three things that immensely transformed me during this blogosphere journey

  • I became more disciplined 🌸🌸 I have seen many fellow bloggers with great content but vanish after few days or month. Some blame it on writer’s block, some on their commitment to other important jobs. I don’t want to comment on them, for everyone has their own priority in life. For me, the single most achievement is discipline. I have not missed a single day of blogging and on an average, I made 3 posts a day. I am on a mission to write and I am so happy I stayed put despite of many headwinds
  • I made Friends 🌹I never knew when I started, I would have made virtual friends. I met some beautiful souls made some great friends. Some for a lifetime❤️
  • I was Humbled🤗 There are so many talented individuals with so much flair of brilliance. I realized how much I need to learn and how little I know.

I cannot thank you guys enough. You guys welcomed me with open arms.  I have over 1200 followers over 122K views, about 50K likes over 21K beautiful comments. I have visitors from 124 countries and love from all of you. So, thank you all for your support, encouragement, guidance, and love.

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A Saturday To Remember

I had a packed day yesterday. A Saturday well spent. I woke at leisure and the first thing I did was switching the television on. I got glued to the box watching the England-Sweden quarterfinals. England dominated the game. They ruled the field, completely outplayed Sweden.

Right after the match, I hit the gym. I was done with my weight training and about to ride the treadmill when my son texted me about his plan to go to Duke’s farm for biking. I had been biking for a while and had taken many trails that the beautiful state of NJ offers, but never rode my bike in the Duke’s farm.

The farm is located in Hillsborough, NJ, about 6 miles away from my home. It is a beautiful estate with 2700 acres of wild reserve. The farm is a noted landmark in the area and one of the oldest parks opened for public. Though the place existed for a long time, it was open for public in the year 1912.

I was keen to ditch the bike ride for another time influenced by my desire to watch the much anticipated last quarterfinals between Russia and Croatia. But my love for exploring new place happily won the battle.

I drove directly to the farm(another time, I would have ridden my bike instead) and rented a bike at the park. The bike trail at Duke’s farm was one of the best trails I had ever seen. With lush green forest, dirt road, wild deer, wing expanding herons, flowing stream, picturesque sight, wildflowers and serenity, the trail was one serene ride. The trail stretches about 18 miles crisscrossing the park in no particular order.

My ride trail. The number indicates the miles

After the first 3 miles, the mother and son decided to rest at the barn restaurant, and I went on to explore the wild. I missed my bike as the rental bike had its limitations. I rode for an hour covering about 10.5 miles. Below are some of the capture.

With the promise to come back again, I retired for the day. When I reached home the match was still on(into the extra times) and I enjoyed a great game of soccer. Croatia won in a nail-biting penalty shootout. My day was not over yet, for I had an eventful evening to attend.

if you love Bollywood this might interest you. Salman Khan was in town with many of his co-stars to rock NJ. 💥🌟

I had never seen a live show before. I was skeptical about the whole thing, but man, what a show it was. It was 3 hours of nonstop fun in complete Bollywood style. My wife took the best seats. 😊 We were only 6 rows from the stage and what a spectacular show it was.

By the time I signed off, it was 3 in the morning. 💫✨A Saturday so well spent. How was yours?

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