A sunny day at last!

I’m posting this a couple of days after the fact because I’ve been super busy, and also when the sun shines in Burgundy, indoors is not the place to be.

Tuesday morning, the skies were clear. Instead of the grey rainy weather we’re used to  in January, the sun made an appearance this morning and I leapt at the chance to go for a ride. Also, I had a new pair of winter riding tights I just had to break in, so I told Sue that I’d be gone over lunch and off I went.

An aside here: When I got back into cycling I promised myself that I wouldn’t spent more on my hobby than I could reasonably justify. The limit I set was about one US dollar per mile ridden. Even with over twenty five years of inflation between then and now, I’m still holding to that pledge. Or mostly. Now I’m working in Euros and kilometers, which makes the math easier, and lets me spend more. So, yeah, new tights.

I decided not to do any climbing not because I’m out of shape, which I am, but because in the 2° weather, the descents are bone chilling, as all the sweat one has worked up on the climb freezes on the descent. So off into the Plain of the Saone I went.

As I got closer to the river, I noticed that the warming earth was starting to give bake some of the moisture it had gotten over the past month or so.

Soon, the fog started to build. I switched on my lights hoping that passing cars and trucks would see me. It proved to be temporary though, and almost as fast as the for had come on, it dissipated and the sun reigned once again. I stopped for lunch in St. Jean de Losne at one of my favorite bistros. For those of you who are interested the menu was warm chicken liver salad, beef Burgundy, and pears poached in red wine.

After lunch, I crossed the river and took to the bike trail.

I’ve never seen the Saone so calm. The poplars on the far bank are slowly being killed twice over by mistletoe, once in reality and once in reflection. Speaking of mistletoe, back when I still toiled for a living, I had a client who had diminished vision ask me what kind of bird built all those nests he was seeing. He couldn’t wrap his head around the idea that these were parasitic plants and nor birds’ nests. I wonder if he ever really believed me.

Leaving the river trail and re-crossing the Saone, I started the ride home.

And, here came the clouds. I soon lost the sun and in the gathering gloom I arrived back at Gevrey. Sue told me that the clouds had rolled in just after I had left, making me glad I had taken this ride.

kilometers ridden: 88

Old fogy from France. Rides bikes and eats.

8 response to "A sunny day at last!"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: January 18, 2019

    Nice ride in that chilly air! I totally relate to grabbing a sunny and dry day during these winter months and not being inside on those days! Though I have done that several times this month, I have had little time to post rides with visitors and other stuff going on, so I enjoy your bike travel during weather. ;’-)

    • By: Bikerdockeith Posted: January 19, 2019

      Hi Nancy,
      Thanks. We’re back to the “default” winter: fog, rain and a few flakes. Sigh. Maybe next week…..


  2. By: Suzanne Posted: January 18, 2019

    88 km at 2°, well done! And yes the switch from miles to km’s and $ to € certainly lets you buy more gear. Yippee!

    • By: Bikerdockeith Posted: January 19, 2019

      Hi Suzanne,
      As we used to say: there is no such thing as bad weather, only poor clothing choices. But, with my wardrobe, I can’t always choose well. I see that you have gotten out a little bit yourself. Hope the good weather comes around again for you.

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: January 18, 2019

    Neat photo of the field baking off the moisture.

    • By: Bikerdockeith Posted: January 19, 2019

      Hi Rich,
      Baby fog, just getting started. Today its a category three fog: I can only see down the street to the third house!

  4. By: Bikerdockeith Posted: January 19, 2019

    Hi Em,
    Interesting article . I’ve always viewed mistletoe as a nuisance, killing fruit trees as it does. I’ll think differently about it now.

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