We got our bikes together along with a backpack prepared with water bottles and 2 peanut butter sandwiches that we ended up not needing.
Then we hit the Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail.
A conservation group converted an unused railroad line into a biking/running/equestrian trail that goes from Charleston, where we live, to Mattoon, which is the "sister city."
We found a gazebo.
This would be perfect for picnicking! We didn't get hungry though...
We later found ourselves parallel to the movie theater we usually go to. It's the large building in the center...yes, our theater is in the middle of nowhere surrounded by soybean farms.
We rode up to I-57, which is the road that goes to Champaign, our shopping and Indian food mecca.
Then we turned back!
We'd ridden 9 miles into the trail and by the time we got home, we had made it 18 miles.
I'm no biking fanatic and every other bike ride I've done recently has probably been under 3 miles. I was so worried that I'd be super sore after the ride, but it turned out to be fine!
I smelled a lot of interesting scents on the ride:
When we got home, we decided that we could have gone even further had it not starting getting so hot outside.
After an ice-cold shower, I was ravenous!
I had 2 peanut butter sandwiches, 2 apples, and a pile of raw broccoli that needed to be eaten.
Several episodes of the Kardashians later, we took a power nap and woke up feeling refreshed (and hungry again!)
I needed more carbs. They came in the form of biscuits, Morningstar "fakon", gravy, and light beer...
I absolutely love biscuits and gravy!
After this meal that felt like a snack we decided to go swimming (after waiting the requisite 30 minutes after eating, of course).
Wrapped up in my favorite towel, feeling hungry again!
We were having such a fabulous day that we didn't want it to end. So, we got dressed and headed to our favorite Charleston restaurant, El Rancherito.
They have the most authentic Tex-Mex that you could find in rural Illinois...
We got drinks...one tequila,
I think we devoured 2 baskets of chips and salsa that was so delicious I could have drank it.
I also got a cheesy enchilada,
and a pile of soft, fluffy, muy delicioso rice:
By the time we headed it home it was almost 9:30 and we were tuckered out.
What a perfect day! I am still smiling thinking about it (:
When was the last time you spent the day doing fun stuff with someone you love?
and, Do you like biscuits and gravy?!