I was almost certain the weather predicters had it wrong. Almost all of our snow was gone and here they were telling us that we’d be getting another 6-12″ this week. “You’re full of –IT,” I told Keith Marler on Channel 9. “I’ve been riding my bike in 60-degree air for the last couple of days.” Turns out, Keith was right this time.
An unusual thing happened to me on one of those warm days I mentioned. The Mississippi River floodwaters had been quickly receding, so I went for a bike ride toward Lock & Dam #2. There were a couple of small sections of the Lock & Dam Road that were still underwater. One of them was about three inches deep and I slowly rode my awesome Surly, The Reckless Mr. Bing Bong, through it. I must say, I almost had a heart attack when I heard a splash–a roiling of the waters–inches from my front wheel and saw an 18-20″ northern pike swimming away.
I’ve had a lot of incredible experiences while riding my bike over the years. Running over a big fish would have been a monumental FIRST.
Yes, we got a big April snowstorm on Thursday and Friday. Not that unusual really, but it still seemed messed up. Thank goodness, the snow melts almost as fast as it falls this time of year. Paved surfaces looked good so I didn’t need my mountain bike for today’s ride. I had a good time despite the 37-degree temps cuz I was dressed for it. Then I had my cartoon alter-ego film a video of ME riding my bike so I could submit it for the April Cycle365 Challenge. I’m not sure why he had a sinister grin on his face when I handed my phone over to him.
Well, that’s the end of another fine ride.