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The Turnaround that went Oops in the Night


Doodle and bike

My Bike and Doodle, aka, Doodle Bug

It had been several months since I took my bike out for a spin. But Thursday night, I was determined to go catch up with my husband who was out walking Doodle our coon hound. First I had to walk Marigold who is 16 and very slow. She wants to go for walks with Doodle, but she can’t keep up anymore.

mary moo

Marigold, aka, Mary Moo, aka Moodle

I wanted to ride with Doodle and David so I could ward off wayward dogs on the loose because Doodle does not like other dogs. She wants her people all to herself but will tolerate Marigold. I figured I could at least alert David to loose dogs on his route. But I got out  of the gate late.

Hunting for David and Doodle, I turned around a few times in the wide space of quiet intersections. Quiet because it was night time. Riding my bike felt good – the wind in my hair and remembering all those years I rode my ten speed everywhere back in the day. But this bike is not my sleek old ten speed. I took the big turnarounds okay in the intersections, but when I finally spotted my pack members and tried to make a turnaround on the street, my clunky yard sale Schwinn didn’t turn like my old ten speed. I couldn’t break with my hand and turn at the same time because it’s one of those you have to pedal backwards to slow down. Anyway, I toppled over at the end of the turn.

It’s funny that I was more embarrassed at the time than worried about injury. But I scraped up my knee real good and have a bruise on my other leg. (I’d show you a picture, but it would be gross.) I did however pick myself and my bike up and continued to ride home.

I decided I should not go swimming in the ocean yesterday with my friend. The wound was still too fresh and I didn’t want to risk attracting sharks. But I will be swimming on Sunday when my son and his family come to visit.

And I will be on my bike again once I’m well-healed. I just have to be more careful on the turnarounds. Better to go straight or get off the bike and walk it around.

One more thing. The summer is not over yet. Fall doesn’t start until September 22. So don’t rush my summer away. There’s still time to swim and bike and play around.


Today’s prompt for Saturday Stream of consciousness was, “round.” We could use it as a word by itself or use a word that contains it.

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1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

31 thoughts on “The Turnaround that went Oops in the Night

  1. A good stream right there and you got around plenty. But, wind in your hair! It isn’t the 1960’s where anything goes … ” tut tut No.” A helmet must be worn to protect ones bonce. I am pleased no sharks were hurt in the making of your stream. 😄😃😎 I would have liked to see your damage … A bit gruesome I know😈😲. Good job and yes Summer has time yet for swimming and shenanigans.

  2. Glad you didn’t show the knee – I might have felt obliged to reciprocate 🙂

  3. I’m sorry that your summer is leaving, but at the same time I can’t help being happy that the warmer weather is now coming our way. I’m not brave enough to cycle up- and downhill anymore; I’ll be carrying my bike half the time. I’d also rather go swimming, hoping that our shark nets will provide protection.

  4. Ohh ouch, JoAnna, sending you healing energy. I love the pics of your bike, and especially Moodle and Doodle. Let’s not wish the Summer, or anything else haste. Hugs for you. ❤

    • Thank you, Jane , for the healing energy and hugs. I’m sort of enjoying watching my skin heal – getting a little better every day. Observing the process of healing makes me grateful. Glad you enjoyed the pics. Hugs to you, too. ❤

  5. So glad to hear it wasn’t too bad. My friend went down on pavement & ended up with stuff out of place in her hand, neck, & shoulder. Enjoy the rest of summer!

  6. a wild ride, JoAnna!
    i’m happy you were able to
    get back up & put it behind you.
    especially glad you were
    not eaten by sharks 🙂

    • Yes. She’s the oldest dog I’ve ever had. She’s a medium sized mutt and before her, I’ve always had big dogs that don’t live as long. She is 95% deaf and can’t see very well, but she likes to walk around and smell things and still dances a little at meal times.

  7. Aw, I’m sad you fell and went boom and got yourself hurt! But I really liked the part before that, with the wind in your hair 😀 Good for you 😀

  8. Hope you get better soon. I feel guilty now with my “lets get physical” prompt 😉. But I have to disappoint you: metereologically it it autumn since today 😚

  9. Great stream of consciousness! I hope you’re feeling better now. Your dog is adorable 🙂

  10. The spill that you suffered could have been much worse. I glad you did not break any bones. I think you just should have not been going so fast and you would have made the turn just fine. Thinking about it, I believe you already wrote that. Hmm. I think it is really good that you walk or ride your bike. Exercise is great for you and your husband and the dogs. Be careful in the future.

  11. Ouch!!! Hope you feel better and heal in no time! Seems like it was a week for falling…although my fall was only off my own two feet!
    Hope you get to swim in the ocean, JoAnna…and have a great time with your family!!

  12. I remember the challenges of learning to use hand brakes. Reading this, I can well imagine going down if I had to figure out coaster brakes again, especially while turning. I’m glad you weren’t seriously hurt. The dogs are cute (I love the nicknames),

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