Sunday Afternoon Spin
It’s interesting that I don’t think twice about an early morning commute with the temperatures in the teens, but to go for a pleasure ride in the upper 30’s isn’t something I relish. It must be the difference between utility and pleasure, but riding for fun in the cold isn’t fun!
With that background, I hemmed and hawed around Sunday afternoon to see if the temperature would break 40, then when it did I quickly threw on my kit and hit the road to take advantage of a nice sunny day.
Because the Surly was the only bike that had any spare tubes, I took it by default. With the warmish temperature, I quickly found that the bar mitts alone were enough to keep my hands quite comfortable without gloves.
I headed north toward Strafford, which meant I was heading into the wind. That and the 8 miles we ran on Saturday combined to make my legs feel pretty heavy on the way out and my average speed for that leg reflected it.
I took a quick nature break in Strafford, then headed for home feeling quite a bit stronger with the wind behind me.
As I approached the intersection of Chestnut and 65, I topped the hill on Chestnut to see a 40 foot geyser of water shooting into the sky. By the time I had pedaled the 300 yards to it, the water main break had subsided from the geyser mode to just a normal flood! Being the responsible Utility employee I am, I stopped to be sure it had been called in. I made it about half-way through the menu system when the water supervisor pulled up to check it out. We chatted a few minutes as he made his initial assessment, then I left him to his work.
By the time I hit the garage, I could feel the temperature starting to drop slightly and decided I had made it home just in time.
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