It feels like we’re deep in the throes of summer here in the Ozarks. With highs in the mid to upper 90′s and lots of humidity, most people are curtailing their outdoor activities. I don’t really mind riding my bike in this kind of weather, but you’ve got to remember to drink a lot. When it gets this hot, the heat does make me really enjoy rides like my commute to the fitness center this morning.
I left the house at about 5:30, just as the sky was starting to get light. I don’t know what the temperature was, but I suspect it was in the low to mid 70′s and there was no hint of a breeze. That’s perfect for riding a bike. It’s also real quiet that time of the morning, so about all you hear is the hum of your bicycle tires on the pavement. As I ride along, I like to keep my eye on the ever-changing eastern horizon to see what the rising sun will bring. I don’t know why, but I’ve always been a sucker for a pretty sunrise (or sunset).
I did see a couple of fellow commuters this morning. The first was riding on the sidewalk on Barnes. The second was on the Benton Street viaduct, and looked like a pretty seasoned commuter.
There was a close call on the way home tonight. A silly 10-12 year old girl stepped out in the street right in front of me. Luckily, I was watching her and had room to swerve around her, but she certainly wasn’t looking my way. I think she was more concerned with the mud and gravel in the road from the gas line construction than she was with oncoming traffic. Hitting her would have put a bad ending on a perfectly good day!