Growing Up

Today, I decided to haul my bike out to Birds Hill Provincial Park, north of Winnipeg, Canada. It’s a vast parkland, so I felt it would be easy to keep physical distance from people. When I arrived, I was surprised at how many cars and people there were in the park; more than we saw when my sweety and I were there late last summer. But then again, today was the first warm day so far this spring (+18C, 64F) and so many people are away from work. It was easy to stay away from everyone.

Photo of a cyclist at the side of a road.
Your faithful servant. Photo © Steve West.

By the time I got going, my breakfast was well burned off, and it was getting past time for lunch, so I needed a snack and gel blocks to keep me going while riding. Even still, I didn’t have a great deal of energy, so I only rode 21 kilometres, but it was my first proper ride outdoors (one a few weeks back was shorter and all start-and-stop, so doesn’t really count). I have a ways to go to get to my goal of a 100-kilometre ride this year, though!

Anyway, it felt good to get outside and feel the sun. And, first time wearing sunscreen this year… that has to be the earliest yet, for me. What a fabulous day it was, with the sunroof open, tunes playing, and time on my bike.

My route today. Map courtesy of Strava.

On my drive out to the park, Peter Gabriel’s “Growing Up” came on my Apple Music “Bday party playlist.” The song is from his 13th album, Up (2002), which was his first studio release after 1992’s Us (please see my post on “Come Talk to Me” for one from that album).

“Growing Up” has a pulsating beat and is a great highway song. The instrumentation is terrific; I particularly love the big, deep, hollow sound of the drum. 

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the official video for the song from Peter Gabriel’s YouTube channel:

And, the longer track (7:33 vs. 4:54 for the video) from the album:

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