It’s January 10th. I have more outdoor miles in as of this morning than any entire winter since I started cycling almost five years ago now.
We rolled out on the road bikes Friday but rain dampened roads wrecked our chances for two days in a row… on the road bikes.
We were waiting on the corner, bright and early for my buddy Mike to roll over the horizon yesterday. The roads were wet, it was misting lightly and my wife and I were on our mountain bikes.
Mike, Diane and Adam (on their mtb tandem) rolled crested the hill a half-mile from our street as we were turning circles at the end of the road.
We’d decided to keep it to the paved roads to avoid a mud bath on the dirt roads. Even so, we were dripping wet within three miles. The pace was, to put it kindly, was lively – between 16 and 17 mph, into a minimal but noticeable breeze.
Two miles in we picked up our friends Brad and Phill. After five miles I could tell my wife was struggling with the pace so we backed it down a bit. We headed west to the next major town, looped around and headed home.
I dropped back to take a photo, then shot up to the front for another…
Good times and noodle salad, man. We finished up with just over 21 miles, damp but smiling.
Fifty miles in two days, in January. Alas, our days are numbered. The temp drops next week and I’m hearing that by the end of the week we could be measuring the snowfall in feet rather than inches. If it’s at all possible, we’ll be hitting the road in a little bit…
UPDATE: Hmmmmm, not lookin’ good. Few inches of snow, 30 mph winds. I think this is going to be a trainer day.