Oh, yes – the weather was no April Fools Joke on the 1st. It was PERRRR-FECT!
21C for a high, with clear skies and light, variable wind.
The cruel April Fools joke was that it was a Monday. Normally, I don’t work Mondays. But this Monday I did have to go to work. That was so cruel on a day where you could just ride and ride and ride. I was swapping Monday for Friday this week, so that Nigel and I can head down to Melbourne on Friday for a long weekend of laughing at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. It is such a fun event – we’ve gone most years for the past 15.
Yet, I was undeterred by my work responsibilities on Monday. So what if I have to be inside until 4.30? I am going to make the most of what I’ve got.
I am particularly motivated to go ride because I just survived two more health woes in the past week… 5 days of hives… like 80 percent of my torso covered with plaques from Wed-Friday last week… by Monday I was finally not looking for wall corners to scratch my back on.
And after fending off the horrible 6-day flu going around and taking down coworkers left and right that made me particularly unwell on Saturday but left me unscathed thereafter…
Yes, I am going to ride out the daylight on the 1st of the month!!
And so I rode. And rode. And rode. I put down 40 kms before the setting sun finally sent me home. As I was riding, the angle of the sun, the temperature and the light, variable wind all reminded me of that day in Wyoming 5 years ago when I rode and rode and rode and set my personal distance record (see that day here). How nice to think about that ride as I pedaled through the vineyards, paddocks and river trails Monday.
As we headed toward home, I stopped at the IGA to pick up our CLC purchase 5.
What? How is a sweet potato a treat?
It becomes a treat when you turn part of it into brownies!! They turned out really good, too! I’ll do them again. The recipe is in the picture caption if you’d like to give them a go.
So it was officially the hottest summer on record… and the hottest March on record. And some poor place in the Northern Territory just set an Australian record of 115 days in a row over 39C. I cannot even begin to fathom that. I could not bear it. If you are nerdy like me, watch the interesting BOM climate update video at the end of the article for all the details here.
I’m looking forward to what April has in store. The weather has the possibility of being good for riding….