Sunday, February 8th, 2009
10:09 pm - Back in the Saddle  
The cold has finally let up some. Yesterday was normal for this time of year, and today was was way above normal, at least before a brief but intense rain shower passed through mid-morning, and between the two days and the shower I can now see most of my front lawn. It was windy as hell, and the cold front had dropped the temperature some, but I couldn't resist trying to go for a ride.

I knew the bike path would likely be very wet. I drove by it yesterday, and although it had been plowed, it was still snow covered, like a road in a Currier and Ives print featuring sleighs. Even so, I was totally unprepared for how slushed up it still was today. Huge puddles, some of them still with sheets of ice floating on top. It was like pedaling an ice breaker. And then there were the stretches that were still solid ice with water floating on top of that. After a somewhat terrifying hundred yards on one stretch, I decided to walk the bike on the others I encountered. Still, once I started up Tefft Hill it got much easier. It was still wet, but the grade and generally better drainage (the first mile and a half of the path run through the Great Swamp) made it more pleasant.

I was surprised at how strong I felt going up the hill, at least at first. I assumed part of it was because I'd had to take it so easy over the icy parts. It was only when I turned around that I remembered about the wind. One gust had nearly shoved me into a snowbank when I first got on the bike, but I hadn't noticed it since. Turns out it was right behind me. I'd felt strong because it had pushed me up the hill. Now it was in my face. But it turned out not to be a bad thing. It helped slow me down going back down the hill, a good thing with all the ice and water about.

The bike and the backs of my pants and jacket were soaked from the path, and filthy from the sand in the parking lot. I only did seven miles, but it was nice to be out. It had been almost two months.
 
 
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mearamearagrrl on February 9th, 2009 - 07:00 am
random thought...I never have much to say to these, but I like reading them. and the other day was like "huh, haven't heard much from DX lately...is he OK?" and had to go check when you'd last posted, and saw it was less than a week, and was like "I guess he'll post soon". And indeed you did. So I thought I'd comment. So you know I'm reading. And enjoying.
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DXMachinadxmachina on February 9th, 2009 - 02:33 pm
Thank you. I sort of feel the same way when reading your entries. I like reading them, but usually have nothing to contribute.

I've been very lazy about writing lately. I have plenty of stuff to write about, but when it comes time to actually do it, I procrastinate.

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