I’m driven to ride, but not stupid!
My wife has beautiful hands! I wish I had a picture to show you, but they’re very delicate, with long graceful fingers. In addition to being nice to look at, they’re incredibly warm. She never touches me with cold hands, and it is amazing how quickly she warms up enough to shed her gloves when we’re riding or running in the cold.
I, on the other hand, have perpetually cold hands. I’m constantly being scolded for touching her with my cold mitts, and I never take my gloves off when riding or running. It’s so bad, that my hands are freezing most of the summer just from sitting in my air-conditioned office at work. On top of that, my fingers are short and stubby just like my Dads!
So, what does that have to do with cycling? A lot…especially this morning. You see, my intention was to take the long way to work again today. I got up early, checked the thermometer and the radar, got dressed, and headed out. It was 50ish or above, depending on the source, so I didn’t think much of it. Big mistake!
When I got outside, I realized that the weather this morning was just like yesterday. Dark, cloudy, dreary, damp, windy, and cool. Did I mention windy? As I started through Emerald Park on my road bike, I thought to myself, “This is not going to be a fun 20 miles”. Then, I realized my hands were getting cold! “Toughen up!”, I told myself, immediately followed by “Holy Crap! My hands hurt already!”.
At this point, I did what any sensible cyclist would do. I turned around and went home! I may be driven to ride, but I’m not stupid. I simply wasn’t dressed for the conditions and to continue would have been foolish. So, I went home and waited a few minutes before grabbing some warmer gloves and heading for work.
Along the way, I paused to note the progress in dismantling the old Tindle Mill.
They’re taking it down with a wrecking ball. I think it would be a lot of fun to see it come down in an implosion or something more dramatic, but I’m sure what they’re doing makes more sense.
As I looped back through Drury after snapping the above pic, I was amused to see this bicycle locked to a rack.
Whoever owns this bike needs to take a lesson in properly locking his bike. Poor guy!
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