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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

No littering, please... I need to exercise.

I have been feeling the need to go back to exercising for a while, but with all my activities, that was never a priority. This summer I decided it was time to start.

I picked bike-riding because I enjoy going around the neighborhood, saying "good morning" to folks, and feeling the wind on my face. It is not an extraneous exercise, gets my blood flowing, and I can do it for 30 minutes every day -- in other words, it is a good start.

However, when riding around here, I see trash along the way -- some recyclables, some not. I cannot resist the urge, so I stop to pick up whatever I can fit in my bicycle basket.

Today, for example, I was able to pick up four water bottles, four soda/beer cans, one beer bottle, one candy bag, and one drink pouch. I bumped into other things along the way, like three cardboard boxes, that I could not haul home and had to leave on the grass where they were...

At that time I wished I had a boogie, a bike trailer, to fit more stuff and bring them back home to dispose of them properly. But that was the wrong wish. What I really wish is that people would not litter, that they would care for leaving our neighborhood clean and pick up after themselves.

All the stopping messes up my exercise. I can only be out for 30 minutes in the early morning and part of that time I am using to pick up trash instead of riding the bike. I would like to be able to take a full ride next time.

So I ask: do your share and, please, do not litter. I need to exercise!

Recycle Brevard!

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