Today was one of those special mornings that it was just a pleasure to be alive and healthy. After the seemingly bitter cold (but really just barely freezing) mornings the past few days, it was in the mid-forties when Pam and I went out to run. I was content with 4 miles, but since she knew there would be food at work today she forced me into 5. Makes sense to me…it’s just the opposite of carb-loading. I guess we could call it carb-unloading.
Anyway, after carb-unloading for 5 miles, I jumped on the bike and headed to work. As I was riding west on Trafficway, I noticed the sky getting really pretty behind me. I kept looking for a spot to take a picture, but everything looked cluttered with power lines. Then I noticed the base of Hammons Tower beginning to reflect the brightening sky and set my sights on that. Bypassing my normal turnoff on Fremont, I continued to watch for a decent place to grab a picture. I was thinking that the stoplight at National might afford an opportunity, but when I got there, construction barricades blocked the view. I slipped through them and continued riding toward the building where I found a nice little pull-off at the end of the stadium parking lot. As you can see above, I think it was worth my effort.
With that mission accomplished, I continued my jaunt westward and headed north on Kimbrough over the MLK Bridge. I didn’t get very far.
The sky was brilliant! I quickly looked around, saw that there were no cars approaching and hopped off my bike. Unfortunately, the chain link fence was in the view, so to get the shot I wanted, I had to climb up on the guard rail separating the bike lane from the sidewalk and lift my camera over the top of the fence. By that time, there was a steady stream of cars passing. Needless to say, I felt a little conspicuous, but I did get the picture I was looking for.
And that, my friends, is why I enjoy riding my bike to work. You never know when you’re going to stumble into a fun, exciting adventure.