Lark Hovey

What a beautiful day to hit 1000 miles on my bike computer.

Well, today was interesting. —Forgive the picture quality. I have a terrible camera on my phone.

I decided to ride up Lone Tree Mountain near my house. I wanted to test my uphill legs and endurance. I fully expected to stop along the way, but I wanted the challenge.

In the first two pictures, you see how I set off looking up at the hill with fruit pouches and purse in tow.

About 1 mile in, I discovered that the road I expected to take was dirt. My tires did not get traction, so as you might imagine, I had to push. Should I have turned around? Yes. But I’m dumb and thought, “what an adventure!” Instead of “I’m going to need to be embarrassingly rescued.”

I took other pictures along the way, but the phone on my camera is terrible and couldn’t capture a tenth of the beauty of the trail (I cannot call it a ride… Because I pushed almost exclusively up).

Mostly I kept thinking… “You are dumb, Lark. You are so dumb. How could you have kept going when you KNEW you’d push the whole way? You KNEW it was 5 miles to the top. and you DON’T KNOW if it is paved on the way down the other side.” — That’s the dumbest part. I couldn’t go down the way I’d come. Rolling a bike down 5 miles of 16% gravel dirt is basically impossible. I wouldn’t get home before dark on my own and I would need someone to come save me.

Finally, after 2 hours of pushing my road bike up a steep mountain dirt road and berating myself, I reached a lookout and promptly took a selfie. I had made it to the giant C on the mountain. But what’s more exciting than reaching the top? THE OTHER SIDE WAS PAVED!!!

I didn’t need rescuing after all and the way down was beautiful. I fully believe that no amount of driving can open your eyes to the beauty of nature like bike riding can.

In the end, it was an adventure (albeit a stupid one) and perhaps I’ll regret it when I feel the soreness tomorrow, but for now, it wasn’t a bad way to spend a Sunday.

We’re making progress on the patio!

I think I’ll do some gardening… perhaps have a cup of coffee on the patio.

I never knew comforter sets were so versatile.

I never knew comforter sets were so versatile.

What can I say? If Great Clips were a song, it’d be my jam.

What can I say? If Great Clips were a song, it’d be my jam.

MLA citation question!

Ok. Kind of a dumb question, but I wanna get this right…
In MLA style, what needs an in-text citation and where:

Paragraph with unnecessary citations:

This is where the author introduces the purpose of the paragraph. An illustration of the point using a “quote” (Smith 1). This paraphrased information came from the same source as the previous sentence but on a different page (Smith 2). Here is the author’s own commentary about the topic with no source information. With the same source as before, the author adds more support to the argument from the same page as the immediately previous sentence (Smith 2). More evidence except from a new source (“Title” 1). An explanatory sentence from the author using no source information. Information from the second source on the same page (“Title” 1). Finally, a closing “quote from the first source on the second page referenced” (Smith 2).

This is my best guess to reduce excess and avoid plagiarism:

This is where the author introduces the purpose of the paragraph. An illustration of the point using a “quote” (Smith 1). This paraphrased information came from the same source as the previous sentence but on a different page (2). Here is the author’s own commentary about the topic with no source information. With the same source as before, the author adds more support to the argument from the same page as the immediately previous sentence (2). More evidence except from a new source (“Title” 1). An explanatory sentence from the author using no source information. Information from the second source on the same page (1). Finally, a closing “quote from the first source on the second page referenced” (Smith 2).

Note: I know that if I reference the author in the sentence, I don’t need to reference them in the parenthetical citation. My concern is more with multiple sources and multiple pages intertwined with original sentences in one paragraph.

Bountiful basket time!

Bountiful basket time!

I see this and other road violations all the time in Cedar City, UT. It makes me upset for a few reasons: you are putting your life at risk, you are putting others’ lives at risk, you put all cyclists in a bad light, you give a mixed signal to drivers so that drivers don’t know what to expect from cyclists, and you abuse the right we have to share the road proving yourself unworthy of it. I just want to chase down riders every time I see them break the rules… that might actually be a decent exercise regimen…