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Old 12-22-13, 08:00 AM   #1
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Smelled the Roses Yesterday

I drove to one of my nearby start points and headed out on a ride at 0800 with a plan: head out for a 20 mile segment with a quick coffee-stop terminus, meeting up with a 1000 club ride, finish ride with club. The weather was perfect; a bit chilly at the start, but slowly warming over the course of the ride to 60-ish. The 20 miles including one good climb up to a 1900' "summit". I arrived at the coffee stop with enough time to grab a cup to go.

Yesterday the club had scheduled 6-7 rides so the only other riders were the couple on a tandem leading the 10 am ride. Turns out they were not in much of a hurry and the majority of the remaining 29 miles were spent riding side-by-side just poking along talking about cycling and other topics. I do most of my riding solo and usually riding fairly hard (or very hard) with chores and other activities on the afternoon's schedule. This was a welcome reminder that cycling does afford the opportunity for more than just exercise

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Old 12-22-13, 08:22 AM   #2
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Sure-----------------make us cyclist in the snow belt feel bad.
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Smelling the roses is a good thing.....providing you're not allergic or poke a thorn.
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Thursday I got some FRESH turnips, radishes, bok choi and a butternut squash from the organic farm. They have a high tunnel that keeps the beds relatively warm even in 20 degree weather but they can only harvest on warmish days.
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Sure-----------------make us cyclist in the snow belt feel bad.
Our temperatures are not atypical: Average day time high in December and January is 60 degrees, but our precipitation situation could get really serious if we don't get some rain soon. So it's not all rosy.
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Well the forecast has a high of 48 for Christmas Day and a low of 30. Compared to last year when we got 10" of snow and the power went out for 3 days, this should be a warm and merry holiday. A good day for a ride.
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