Other Matters: First Ride Of 2011

Unlike many areas of the northern hemisphere, the Pacific Northwest has had a mild winter so far. Still, it has hardly been prime cycling weather. It was unseasonably warm today—above 60º C—so my Italian friend Vigorelli BianchiThumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Bianchi.jpg and I hit the road. Downside: the roads and streets were scattered with gravel laid for non-skid protection when there was ice and snow. That made cornering hazardous in spots. Downside #2: there was a powerful southwest wind. On the outbound journey some of the headwind gusts had us going so slow that gravity nearly overcame forward motion. Vigorelli never complained, but my legs did.
Upside: on the homebound leg going northeast, we flew like—well—the wind. We were passing cars. It was exhilarating to be back in the saddle again.

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  1. says

    My first ride in years happened last September when my wife and I were spending our vacations on the beautiful islands of Malta. It was fun — covering some 15 miles of rocky roads in just a couple of hours, and seeing distant gorgeous bays and ridges we wouldn’t otherwise access — but, having in mind that the roads were really rocky, boy, did it hurt the next day!