This is truly the day I’ve been waiting for and this time there will be no photo-gags of me wearing short pants and sleeves in a blizzard. (Yes, last week’s snowstorm was officially designated as a blizzard thanks to 15-inches of new snow and 30 mile-per-hour winds.) If you can trust the weather forecasters, which I often have a hard time doing, it sounds like 65-degrees is a sure thing today. If they’re right, it will give me hope that my own prediction that this year’s winter will extend all the way to next year’s winter will be completely debunked.
Whatever happens, I’m putting on a pair of shorts and a long-sleeved jersey and I’m going to ride my roadie bike for two or three hours come hell or heavy snowfall. And that’s final!
For my part, I pedaled off to my own church–The Church of the Great Outdoors. Unlike most people, I go to church pretty much every single day. Many years ago I saw a bumper sticker that said “It’s better to sit in a boat thinking about God than to sit in church thinking about fishing.” I think the same is true about sitting on a bike seat.
My destination today was Prescott, Wisconsin, via a brand new bike trail that connects the Cheesehead State to MY Town in the civilized State of Minnesota. The trail takes in two National Scenic Riverways and it provides a shortcut that avoids the very busy Highway 10 that was formerly the only route between the two cities.
Honestly, Wisconsin isn’t all THAT bad. It has some nice hills and has a few great overlooks that, um, overlook the confluence of the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers. I should probably move on to a few pictures.
I attained some seriously high speeds on my lightweight bike. I felt like a racer. I don’t have a speedometer, but I suspect I averaged about 35 miles-per-hour. No? Well, I can assure you it was well over five miles-per-hour. Probably closer to 15 m.p.h.
I took the hillier Highway 10 route home. It gave me my best cycling workout since my tour in Nevada/California/Arizona last month. Only two more pictures and then you can finally quit reading.
That’s all for today.