A Highly Anticipated Day

While on my bike ride yesterday I was convinced that spring had finally arrived.  The air temperature was in the 50’s (F) but the brilliant sunshine made it feel much warmer than that.  It was beautiful.  I was wearing long cycling pants and two layers on top and I was sweating.  All I could think about was another bike ride tomorrow with shorts and a T-shirt.  In fact, I thought about putting on the lycra for the first time in several months and getting out into the countryside on my roadie bike for some high-speed cycling.  A sprint or two.  A time trial.  Greg the racer!  YES, finally I could ride the Minnesota highways free as a bird–unencumbered by multiple layers of clothing and by the slow tires of my mountain bike and my touring bike.  The anticipation was almost too much to bear.

After a restless night, tomorrow finally came.  (Tomorrow being today at this point.)  I rarely eat breakfast so I was ready to ride as soon as I squeezed into biking clothes.  “Spring weather, skinny tires, and smooth roads, here I come!”

 

“AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!”

 

“The horror! The HORROR!”

 

If nothing else, I managed to pull off an incredibly brilliant piece of acting–as you can see in the photos above.  Unprecedented in the world of bicycle blogging, I was able to successfully blend the cute facial expression of that little kid in Home Alone with a quote from the bloated Colonel-gone-mad in Apocalypse Now.  Is there anybody else who could have combined the ingenious acting talents of Marlon Brando and McCauley Caulkin?  I don’t think so.

I have one advantage over those two respected Hollywood stars, however.  I ride my bike in the snow.  (Word has it that both Marlon and McCauley cowered in fear at the prospect of cycling in a snowstorm.)  So I put my roadie bike back in the garage, changed into some warmer clothing, and came back out with my mountain bike.  It might just be my imagination, but I’ve found that thick knobby tires work better in fresh snow.

 

My heroic mountain bike has carried me through about 20 Minnesota winters.

 

The wind speed was about 30 m.ph.–enough to plaster the stop sign with snow. In another hour I predict drivers will be cruising right through that intersection.

 

Looking back, you can see I produced the first bicycle tracks of the day.  Most likely the LAST bicycle tracks of the day too.

 

Hey, there I am in a timed action shot!

 

It was a short ride, not because I’m afraid to pedal in the snow, but because the snow was mixed with sleet and the wind-driven sleet was stinging my face.  As an actor on par with Brando and Caulkin, I have to protect one of my most important assets.  Speaking of my face, here is one more picture of it from that all-important opening scene.  My wife, The Feeshko, was the cinematographer and she did a great job of capturing a couple of gigantic snowflakes.  I close this post with her work of art.

 

 

Hi. My name is Greg and I ride my bike a lot. That is to say, I ride my bike almost every day. I go on long rides and short rides. Sunny rides, cloudy rides, and rainy rides. I like commuting, errand-running, day-tripping, overnighting, and touring on my bike. I ride on city streets, highways, gravel, single track, and snow with equal enthusiasm. Sometimes I ride fast and sometimes I ride slow. I try to keep my feet on the pedals at stop lights and I do not dismount when I hop up on a curb. I have a roadie bike, a mountain bike and a touring bike. I try to accept any challenge a bike ride can throw at me without complaint. But I don't like bugs.

6 response to "A Highly Anticipated Day"

  1. By: The Navigator Posted: April 15, 2018

    Sheesh, Greg, Old Man Winter sure has a grip this year. I hope you do get a spring and don’t go straight from winter to high humidity and summer heat. The Feeshko deserves awards for participating in your antics… that’s all I can say.

    • By: gregblood Posted: April 15, 2018

      Yes, The Feeshko really is quite a sport. As far as the winter goes, I too hope that we don’t go right from winter to the heat and humidity of summer. But even that would be better than going straight from winter to NEXT winter, which is what I’m starting to fear.

  2. By: Bill Stone Posted: April 15, 2018

    Oh, Greg, you almost make me wish we would get about fifteen inches of snow around here this week. Almost!

    • By: gregblood Posted: April 15, 2018

      You should seriously wish for cold and snow. The weather will be our advantage in November when the Twins wallop the Giants in the midst of below-freezing temperatures and blowing snow.

  3. By: Seasidejanet Posted: April 16, 2018

    The winter that never ends!! As I’m writing this we are having a hail storm! Pretty intense and lasting for about twenty minutes!! Now Jack is concerned he won’t get a ride today while I’m off to work at wine pouring. Thanks for the “snow ride” ….. am sure the Emmy is on it’s way!

    • By: gregblood Posted: April 16, 2018

      Ouch! Hail hurts worse than sleet.

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