This Is Only An Update

There is not a cloud in the sky today, so it’s a good thing I met my January challenge early in the month.  So really, this post is just designed to keep you informed as to how I’m doing with my NewYear’s resolution to ride my bike EVERY SINGLE DAY THIS YEAR.

Recently I read something in the news that said less than 20% of New Years resolutions last beyond two weeks.  I can now report that I’m normal.  At least, I’m normal in that I’m a failure.  I did not ride on January 5th and 6th because The Feeshko and I were out of town.  And I did not ride on the 8th because I had a tooth ground down for a dental crown and I just didn’t feel like riding with a numb mouth afterwards.  The good news is that I’ll keep trying to ride every day from now on.

I can say we’ve had some decent weather by Minnesota standards.  Yesterday we had our first day that got below zero.  That is the latest date on record for our first below-zero day.  Today we had our second below-zero day.  The lack of cloud cover to hold in the heat is a big reason for that.

I have no desire to share 362 bike rides with you this year, but I will check in with a few updates here and there.  This is one of them.  It had gotten up to 3-degrees by this time (-16 for you Celsius fans) with a windchill factor of -13 (F).  That won’t stop me.

 

I took several pictures while pedaling on virgin snow. They didn’t seem so great at the time, but I like them now so I’ll show a couple more.

 

I took these pictures on the fly, left-handed, without gloves.

 

 

 

The main thing I like about them is that the white snow makes the shadows look blue.

 

Tennis anyone?

 

Swinging anyone?

Hi. My name is Greg and I ride my bike a lot. That is to say, I ride my bike almost every day. I go on long rides and short rides. Sunny rides, cloudy rides, and rainy rides. I like commuting, errand-running, day-tripping, overnighting, and touring on my bike. I ride on city streets, highways, gravel, single track, and snow with equal enthusiasm. Sometimes I ride fast and sometimes I ride slow. I try to keep my feet on the pedals at stop lights and I do not dismount when I hop up on a curb. I have a roadie bike, a mountain bike and a touring bike. I try to accept any challenge a bike ride can throw at me without complaint. But I don't like bugs.

14 response to "This Is Only An Update"

  1. By: Scooter Posted: January 21, 2019

    Very nice. I feel left out here – all we have is fog and drizzle. A nice blanket of white would be great!

    And a great shot at the tennis court. I thought you said you weren’t much of a photographer!

    • By: gregblood Posted: January 21, 2019

      A blanket of white and a temperature of 3-degrees might seem great, but after reading about your ride to Sauvie Island, I’d be willing to trade places.

      Thank you for recognizing the genius of my tennis court shot. Laugh Out Loud!

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: January 21, 2019

    Good on you for getting out there! Nice to see some sun for you.

    You can always use the phrase I hear all the time in relation to New Years Resolutions: “I’ll start on Monday’… every week all year. 🙂

    • By: gregblood Posted: January 21, 2019

      Good suggestion regarding the weekly re-starts. The weathermen are predicting wind chills of 50-below-zero on Friday. I might have to use the old “I’ll start on Monday” trick after that.

  3. By: Bikerdockeith Posted: January 21, 2019

    Hi Greg,
    Oh how I don’t miss Minnesota winters. Your snow bike is much like the Giant MTB I rode during the winters I lived in the Gopher State, except that I didn’t have a suspension fork on mine because at -5C the suspension part was pretty useless. Maybe they’re better now than they were then. It has snowed here, in fact it did yesterday, but today it is almost gone and the melt continues. More snow maybe later this week. I’ll think of good ol’ MN when I ride this week, but I won’t miss it.
    Cheers,
    Keith

    • By: gregblood Posted: January 21, 2019

      Come on, Keith, I know you enjoyed the weather when you were here. In fact, being that you lived in the furthest northern reaches of Minnesota, you probably thought of the Twin Cities as an “improvement.” And now you think of the 2-degrees (C) and the infrequent snows of France as another improvement, but to Tahitians your weather in France would be considered unbearable.
      Wherever one lives, one just has to make the best of what they’ve got.
      Oh, and my shocks still seem to have some benefit even in the cold.

  4. By: Bill Stone Posted: January 21, 2019

    Great downward photos of riding thru snow. I gotta try to get some pics like that next time it snows here!

    • By: gregblood Posted: January 21, 2019

      Even if it does snow in tropical Santa Rosa, please keep one of your hands on those handle bars. I saw the timed pictures of you riding no-handed. I feared for Old Grumbleface’s safety.

  5. By: Suzanne Posted: January 21, 2019

    How in the world can you take pictures without gloves when it’s -3°F?
    Dito what others said about your photos – great pics!

    • By: gregblood Posted: January 21, 2019

      Suzanne, those gloveless pictures can only be taken after many years of cold weather suffering. Ha ha. Yes, that’s partially true, but really it’s not so bad doing it a few seconds at a time. Also, when it gets seriously cold, mittens–not gloves–are the key to saving your fingers.

  6. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: January 22, 2019

    It would be nice to teleport to Minnesota for a couple of minutes to cool down during the current hot weather here.

    The downside is being deconstructed for transportation and the hope that reconstruction goes well!

    • By: gregblood Posted: January 22, 2019

      Please don’t do it, Tony. I know that weather extremes can mess with your mind and make you want to go somewhere drastically different, but you need to remember that today’s teleportation technology has not advanced to the level of the Starship Enterprise.

    • By: gregblood Posted: January 23, 2019

      Thank you. I’m not too sure about that “photo artist” thing, but I was pleased (and surprised) about how these pictures came out.

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