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The Best Bike Rides of 2022

Hey, everyone. I’m sorry for not posting in a while, but I’ve been busy with school and various other things for the last several weeks. Thankfully, I’ve had the opportunity to do quite a bit of biking this year, so here are some brief musings and photos from the more memorable rides I went on this year.

First Trip to Black Wax Cafe 
I was hanging out with my friend Porter, and we decided one day in late July to bike to Kokomo, Indiana, a ride that takes about two hours each way. So, that morning, fueled by lots of caffeine, we made the long trip to Kokomo.

After a couple hours of biking, we finally made it to Black Wax Cafe. The selection of records, tapes, and CDs here was quite impressive, and Porter was able to find some interesting releases on tape that he took home.

Once we finished eating at an incredibly mediocre and overpriced pizza place, it was time to head home. The ride back was uneventful for the most part. However, we did leave a souvenir on the back of this road sign. To my knowledge, it’s still there.

Another Trip to Kokomo
At about 4:00 on a sunny day in late August, we started our next trip to Kokomo.

It was a very good day for biking.

We eventually made it to Black Wax Cafe. Seriously, check out this selection.

It was still pretty nice out by 6:30. We stopped at Taco Bell for a much-needed dinner.

We took my Lumix this time and got some nice photos by the river.

Check out this shot!

This one has a vintage look to it.

By the time we were heading back, the sun was setting.

It wasn’t long until we were in pitch darkness. We used our phone flashlights to illuminate the trail, and it was simultaneously the most terrifying and exciting bike ride of my life.

Biking in Elk Rapids
For Labor Day weekend, my family went to Elk Rapids, Michigan. Porter tagged along, and the first day there, we rented some awesome Fuji bikes. We biked through the woods to the beach, a mildly dangerous but incredibly fun ride.

Check out this view. The pizza in this town is great, too. Big upgrade from Kokomo.

The next day, we no longer had the Fujis, so we resorted to using these awful old bikes we found in the garage. They held up surprisingly well, and we were able to bike back from the beach to the house at 10 PM without any issues.

What’s Next
At the moment, I’m quite possibly busier than ever before. Thus, I’m afraid it will be a while before I post again. I hope to make some updates to the site at the some point, though, and I would also like to write about a Palm Tungsten E2 that I recently purchased for around $20. So, stay tuned for more posts and updates, and maybe try going on a bike ride in the mean time. It’s pretty fun.

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