The New Years Ride was completed without event for the second straight year, to include completion of the lengthy New Year’s Ride Checklist:
1. Reset Odometer
2. Get On Bike
Step 1 was actually somewhat complicated as it involved html coding in the thingy (properly called a “widget”) on the right side of this blog which acts as my odometer. It took me about 10 minutes and one Google search to solve it. Many people who know me well often tease me for my lack of technical expertise. To them I say, “Na-Na Na-Na Boo-Boo, Stick Your Head In Doo-Doo.” Everything worked just fine.
Steps 2 and 3 were about normal for me. I got a late start to my day due entirely to my wife’s desire to see a matinee movie. Never one to turn down an offer to see a movie, I delayed my start time to the afternoon. When I shoved off at 3:00 PM, the unseasonably warm day was drawing to a close. Let me just say that I am profoundly grateful for the mild winter, which is far nicer than last year’s biting cold. If this is the full impact of global warming, then I shall look for ways to increase my carbon footprint this year.
In any event, I picked a simple 19-mile route with a couple of steep (albeit short) climbs and had my fun. The 60 degree day meant I could shed much of my cold weather gear and zip along at summer-like speeds. There is a two-mile stretch north of Hoadly where the road slopes at a gentle 2-3 degrees and allows for sustained speeds around 30 mph. I like that stretch of road, especially on a warm day like today. There were a large number of cyclists out, so most of our New Year’s Resolutions seem to still be intact.
About seven miles into the ride, I could see the leading edge of a cold weather front that promises to bring our temperatures back to seasonal norms. I was glad I had my head/tail lights on my road bike (which is not always the case) because it got quite dark quite quickly as these clouds rolled over me. I finished the ride in dusk-like conditions and was only almost hit one time. The incident occurred in my neighborhood about 1/2 mile from my house. I was riding about 100 feet behind a car and a gent who was trying to back out of his driveway onto the road never saw me. He was focused on the car in front of me and couldn’t see the 240-pound man in a yellow vest with a headlight blinking away. Fortunately, I had plenty of room to swerve around him and finished the ride without any further ado.
All things considered, it was a very good ride. If I can keep this pace up, I’ll finish the year with 7008 miles. Not bad, but somehow I think that may be a bit too optimistic for me!