Anyone else lucky enough to get a good long ride in today? I did, and have to share.
A black ice warning kept me in the house until about 9 am today. Loaded up the rear panniers with extra crap to add a little training weight and threw in some snacks. Rigged up some mini speakers to the back of the LHT, tuned in to a morning reggae show, headed out for a 7 1/2 hour tour.
This has been my first two weeks back on the horse since breaking my hip in August, my stamina and strength had withered away while I was recovering; So I've been trying to stay out as long as possible, to get back in riding shape ASAP.
Maybe did a metric century, I wasn't keeping track. Spent all day jamming to music (haven't ever rigged up speakers to ride with) and by not wearing earphones, I could still hear the traffic approaching and never felt oblivious because of the tunes. The LHT got some admiring looks from other bikers at stops.
Saw two bald eagles regally perched in a tree early on, always a good harbinger for the day ahead. Sunshine on my face at all the stops. Took the LHT to a velodrome, did a couple of laps. Stayed DRY all day long, NO SWEAT because I was wearing wool tops under a softshell jacket and wool tights.
Did some mild offroading with the 37c slicks (worked better than anticipated.) Found a real antique windmill, saw lots of other happy bikers. got coffee in the afternoon sun, rode through the oldest farmer's market in America for some snacks, and headed home in the gathering dusk at 4:30
A wonderful, marvelous Fall day of riding in the Seattle area.
Anyone else get a good tour in today?