After yesterday’s adventure, I decided it might be good to make another unannounced visit over at Dad’s house this morning, and since Pam was tied up for the day, she encouraged me to just go ahead and ride on over. According to the weather forecast, we could expect to be hammered with another cold front this afternoon, so I was hoping to at least get there before it hit and then let it push me home. I didn’t quite make it! Just before I got about to the downtown area, I felt a cold north wind pick up and had to fight it on out to Dad’s house near the Fairgrounds.
I was concerned about what traffic might be like because of the Christmas shoppers, but except for crossing Highway 65 at Battlefield, my route was far enough from the mall that I needn’t have worried. Since I’m used to commuting that direction during the work week, today’s Saturday traffic was really nice.
After visiting with Dad a while, I headed back home and didn’t take long to get cold. My clothes and gloves were pretty sweaty from the trip over and were causing me to chill, even though the wind was at my back. I stopped at the City Government Plaza and pulled my vest and mitts out of the bag and was more comfortable after making that adjustment.
I ended the day with 24 miles, which made a pretty nice ride on the commuter. I almost took the road bike when I left, but decided that the Marin would be easier to deal with the extra vest and mitts instead of having to carry them in my pockets if I rode the Giant. That was probably a good decision.
Based on last night’s weather and our plans for Christmas, the bikes may just hang in the garage for a while. I’m hoping today isn’t my last ride of the year!