Friday, January 25, 2008

First Out, Last In

It is butt cold out again.
We rode in this morning and the temp was in single digits F. That makes for a chilly morning, and unlike most mornings when once you're out there you don't feel too bad, it only felt worse once you were out in it.

But that's only part of what this post is about.
I realized on the way back (trying to not think cold thoughts and looking down a little more) that the tracks on our route were from Betsy and I on our way home yesterday evening. All the way from in front of the Rec. Center, across the CAC to the front, from the top of the Arboretum down the service trail, all along the rail trail, across the Decker's Creek Bridge, clear on out Past Med-Express to where we turn around, then all the way back around, up Decker's Trail, up the trail to Forest Ave., up the steps to Whitemore Park and then the tracks weren't showing up anymore past Mario's Fish Bowl since it we were on the well salted road.

Not that we're really trying, but on most days this winter, we are amongst the first out on the trail and then one of the last that evening.
We start at about 7:15am which until just recently was still quite dark, and we usually get home around 5:45pm or so, again, which until recently was getting or already dark.

Some days it's just a little easier than others-

I know, I'm looking old anymore, especially in the cold. Must be the Cold...
This is with (starting from closest to the skin) a long-sleeve turtle neck, regular polypro T, bib shorts, pretty heavy Specialized Jacket/Jersey, heavy Sugoi Uni-suit, old ESSM thermal Jacket, two wind jackets, one Patagonia super-visor-cap, Patagonia neck-thingy, tall socks, new Lake Winter boots, newish PI lobster claw mitts, and an old helmet that fits well w/ layers under it.
Pretty slim and trim.

Still pretty chilly.

First out, last in.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

First Tracks

Enough of that warming weather, clear skies, and the crawling critters coming out from hiding!
We've got more snow! And cold! And bleak skies!

Probably not for too long, and most definitely not as much as NE right now and always, but it always does funny things to the scene and the folks around here when we get a nice bit of ground cover over night.

After calling for the second time to make sure NIOSH was still operating a "normal" schedule, we headed on out, to get Betsy to work-

Boogied on down Wiley St., slowly avoiding a poor girl whose car couldn't get stopped before coming out onto Wiley, dashing through town, passing other vehicles of the non-human-powered-locomtion-and-butt-heavy-big-four-wheels variety, and finally making it to the fresh and virgin Rail Trail.

The snow was still falling, but not as much, the wind was still blowing, maybe a bit more, we kept on pedalling, having a nice relaxing ride in the snow.

Coming home I did a little trail maintenance up at Whitemore Park, got closer to home and rode around a bit more, just cause it was so quiet and peaceful-

After I was done tooling around and such I also noted that not everyone was having as much fun or doing so well in our new terrain.
We'll call these Bad Tracks-

I think cars look best in the snow like this-

"Cars are great, I just don't think they should be driven all the time."

Thursday, January 10, 2008

I Scream!

Ever since I got my post-cross-season-holiday crude I haven't had hardly any ice cream at all.
A really meager amount once or twice, and this was about a 4 week period! I was really trying to get better, not drinking much coffee, not drinking much beer.
It was torture!

Then I kind of just got used to it.

Two nights ago we went to the grocers and got a fresh tub of 'cream to celebrate a paper being finally published of Betsy's. That night we didn't even open it.
Last night we didn't either, though I did have a nice Sam Adam's Irish Red.

This afternoon (very early afternoon) I sampled it.
  Then I had a bowl.
    Then I had another bowl.
      Then I scrapped the lid.

It's all over now.
Coffee, beer, ice cream here I come.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

It's just another plain nice day

Sure has been awfully nice here lately.

Yesterday the high was 71 and although today didn't get anywhere near that, it was still a nice sunny day.
Sunrise was at 7:40am, the same it's been for at least three days now, but sunset is now at 5:13 and gaining a minute at least for the last three days.
This morning it was super windy out, which made for some fun echeloning on the rail trail with Betsy.

Picking her up on the rail trail today was going to be the lightest it's been for some time so I brought along the camera to take some snappies.

Sure enough, it was glorious-

But before that, it was even lighter and I was just cruising along.
Cruising along, taking pictures and riding no-handed-

Can you feel the speed?
I was getting bold, trying some new things, it was super-awesome!
Look what a nice picture I took-

Then I got too carried away, and as you can tell, the edge of the trail was coming up on the right.
Luckily I didn't take a picture as I was eating shite-

It's ok, I meant to do that...

Fun's over, it's cold out this morning (1/10/08, 6:50am).