More fall riding!

Still getting in some riding.  It was supposed to get near 50 degrees, but it was still pretty chilly  at 43 when we went out.  I was pinked up for riding!


I will make that the pink picture of the day, even though I already did this jacket, it’s so pink it deserves another one 😀

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I did have to wear another jacket over this because it was pretty cold. We decided to ride to the lake for an afternoon coffee.  There are still some fall colors going on. It’s past peak, but still pretty:


Someone has a cute pumpkin display.  I doubt these will last until Halloween, though.




I was taking a lot of pictures today.  Sometimes I told John I was stopping and other times I didn’t. You can see him as the little orange dot in the center of this picture.


The lake was so wonderfully uncrowded now that the tourists are gone. It was breezy and chilly, but still good to see it.




We hopped over to Cafe Vero for our treat and sat by the warm fire!


It was hard to leave this cozy spot and go back out into the cold to get home 😀  

Most of the reds and oranges are gone, but the yellow leaves can be so pretty, too.


Cold Lori, but Happy Lori:


We ended up with 20 miles on the day, which is great for late October!  I’ll take it.

Some progress on the door/headboard. I spent all that time stripping the varnish off and I ended up with the problem I was worried about, which was being able to stain the new trim to match the old door. I tried 3 different stains and just could not get them to match, so I will be painting the door. Oh well.  I could have had this done a couple weeks ago, but I wanted to see if I could match the stains.  Here is the trim on the door:


It doesn’t look as mismatched in the pic as in real life. The door has a very reddish color to the wood and even with cherry stain I could not get it to match. Then I tried a really dark stain for all the pieces and the door wouldn’t soak up very much stain.  I do really like the trim, though!


The door will an off white with some antiquing glaze. Or that is the plan, anyway 😀  I was hoping to get done with it by the end of the month, but I will be squeaking it out if I make it!


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16 thoughts on “More fall riding!

  1. Kathy W.

    Been busy lately, so not doing much commenting, but I’ve loved looking at your fall garden & riding adventures!

    And what a cool coffee place–a real fireplace instead of a Panera fake one!

  2. debby

    Oh, I love seeing the pictures of your beautiful leaves. Thanks for including those. Yes, a bike ride with a stop by a warm fire, coffee, and a donut–what a perfect day!

    P.S. I am jealous of your magenta pink jacket!
    debby´s last blog post ..Weekend in the Fall Garden

  3. Joanne

    Wonderful ride and beautiful fall leaves and color. Such a hard worker on the door/headboard – looking good! And Lori, you look like you have lost weight in the pictures. I wish I could say that about myself.

    1. Lori Post author

      Honestly, I think it is the camera angle. Those overhead selfies are very slimming, which is probably why people do them. I am stalled where I have been for the last couple of months after slowly losing since spring, though.

  4. Kate

    Too bad the stain doesn’t match, the wood grain is so pretty. I’m so impressed by your projects! Thanks for sharing them.

    1. Lori Post author

      I do love the wood look of the door. That’s why I went through that PITA varnish removal, but staining is an art, I think.

  5. Shelley B

    I’ve always had a thing for yellow-leafed trees, so I’m loving your picture today!

    The door/headboard is going to look great painted…can’t wait to see the finished product.
    Shelley B´s last blog post ..Vindication, AHA!

    1. Lori Post author

      It’s funny, the yellow is my least favorite of the fall colors. I love the fiery orange best. You should visit Colorado in the fall. They have pretty much one fall color, which is yellow. The aspens turn that color.

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