Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Wisconsin, Land of the Cheeseheads
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Getting back in shape!
Notwithstanding all the people who live in year-round sunshine, or glory in plowing through snowdrifts, or have trainers and exercycles, I'm sure I'm not the only hibernator. How's it going, in the quest to rebuild your butt callouses, fellow winter potatoes?
I've had a few days warm enough to go out on brief rides. Today was the first one warm enough to go without my jacket and the Darth-Vader-Wannabee breath mask I wear to stave off cold-air asthma. Quite amusing to pedal past a field of cows who've apparently forgotten that bicycles exist, and take in their wide-eyed stares.
Still, I found my usual country roads rather dead...maybe because everything's still brown. I decided to cruise along the shoulder of Highway 29, a ride I normally find noisy and nerve-racking. Today it was fun....the cars whizzing by felt like company.
HWY 29 has a nice setup ouot in my aresa--it's a 4-lane divided highway, with an 18-inch strip of shoulder, to the right of which is a 24-inche section of corrugated shoulder, to the right of which is a 24-inch strip of smooth pavement (perfect for cycling!) before the gravel shoulder begins. One of the nice things about having four feet between you and tha car lane is that you can take it for granted that the people who beep at you wildly mean it in a friendly way.
Tomorrow I won't be able to fit a bike ride into my schedule, after which the temperature's supposed to drop again.
So, how are you others doing?