I am posting my Holiday challenge pboto today on Christmas Eve because 1) I most likely will not get to ride tomorrow — Christmas Day — and 2) this is the day we always celebrate our family Christmas.
Today was a very short ride, but a little longer than the one mile I had initially thought it might be. The frost was thick and cold out there in the 28 degree morning. I probably would not ride at all!
It gradually got a little sunny and our road looked kinda dry so I decided to get my ride. Within about 50 feet of my house, it was still heavy frost. Our road is very shaded by surrounding trees so the sun was not hitting many places. That convinced me that I would not be doing my regular loop of the neighborhood roads as they are much the same as our immediate road.
OK then, once I decided to go a little further than the one mile, I continued onto the Boulevard which has more sun available. Shortly however, there was my dreaded black ice!
Though I managed to get 6 miles of riding in, it was not the most fun ride. Keeping a sharp eye out for dicey areas, being afraid of not seeing them, and being ready to avoid those I did see took a lot of concentration and left little enjoyment for me.Too bad as it was a gorgeous crisp mid morning that would have offered a great day of riding.
Oh well, as my friend Cindy says, better to be able to ride in the future than to fall and possibly break a body part!
The top picture will do for my Holidays Challenge this year ;’-). And will also serve to wish you all a great Christmas and a MUCH better upcoming new year.