January Challenge Days 6, 7, 8

It hasn’t been sunny every day, but we have had a couple of very bright days. If January would just continue in this vein. January 6 is Three Kings Day. I have no pictures of the three kings making their rounds, but there were a lot of cyclists out in the mild weather. Janos’s bike was out of commission so he rode my back-up bike for the 7 km to our friend’s home where we had lunch together. The sky on our way home was dramatic with a bright ribbon of light on the horizon, again foehn.

The light on the horizon was much more impressive in reality.

The next day I was out on my own on one of the loops from home. When the sun is low in the sky, there are many opportunities to catch a sun burst as the rays of light shine through the branches. I took many pictures. I think the one below is my favorite.

Variation on the often photographed path through the forest

My ride on Saturday took me past the little St. Alto Chapel in Leutstetten. The sun seemed just right for a photo and I bagged my picture for the day.

St. Alto

On Sunday I was invited to my granddaughter’s for afternoon tea. It wasn’t sunny but not too cold with the proper clothing. I wore my heated gloves and it seems that one glove ran out of battery in a bit less than two hours. I probably won’t be riding my bike in the cold for longer than two hours so that is satisfactory for me.

Riding in the park on the way to see Luci

Monday I was very busy and the cold wind didn’t tempt me to try too hard to fit a ride in. Today is Tuesday and the weather in the morning again deterred my from riding to tai chi. Janos said he would drive me, but that plan backfired when the car didn’t start – and it was too late to get there on time by bike. So no tai chi and no bike ride. Again this afternoon I have other things on the agenda. Let’s see if I get out tomorrow – bad weather in the forecast, though.

I'm a US born ex-pat, having lived most of my adult life in Munich, Germany. Cycling and photography are my favorite things.

8 response to "January Challenge Days 6, 7, 8"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: January 10, 2023

    WOW! Look at you go. So nice that you have had the weather for some nice riding. I seem to draw to the St Alto photo. Very nice use of sun and shadows there.

    It is looking like I might get two rides in a row — today and tomorrow (T & W) before our deluge of rain sweeps in — again;

    Stay safe.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: January 10, 2023

      Rain and cold is really a bad combination. Hope you get some dry days.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: January 10, 2023

    The sun photos are just beautiful!
    Sorry to hear Janos is having issues with his bicycle AND the car!

    Question about your heated gloves:
    I did get a pair and am learning about them as far as batteries, settings, and length of time they last.
    Mine have removable AA batteries that charge in a regular charger. IIRC yours have sealed batteries that charge by USB?

    The ‘destructions’ say to turn on the batteries, set the heat on High for several minutes and then dial back to medium or low to extend battery life.

    At first, the warmth can really be felt, but going outside in 0C it soon cannot be, although my fingers don’t get cold cold either, so I guess they are still heating.

    I thought that the warmth could be felt all the time, but that doesnt seem to be the case.
    Just wondering what your experience has been.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: January 10, 2023

      Yes, that is correct, mine have sealed batteries the charge with USB. I haven’t ridden in 0C weather with the gloves, maybe in 2C but not for very long, and I think the outdoor temperature might make a big difference. On my recent ride I think it might have been 6C. I have always put them on the highest setting and left it there. Towards the end they weren’t as warm as in the beginning but they still were heated. Are yours thickly insulated? I think that makes a difference, too, in how long they give warmth. I thought it might be interesting to test them indoors, setting them on high and seeing how long they heat. Haven’t done it yer, though.

      • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: January 10, 2023

        I’ve thought of doing that too — I do know the batteries draw down fairly quickly when on High.
        Interestingly, a rechargeable battery’s voltage is 1.2 not 1.5 like a regular AA cell.
        When checked with a multimeter after use, the rechargeables still reads 1.2 but isn’t heating like they do right after removing from the charger. At that point they read 1.5 So, I dunno.

        One thing it brings up — heating an EV has got to reduce its range!

  3. By: DJG Posted: January 11, 2023

    Great photo’s as always Suzanne.
    Hope you had cake for tea.

  4. By: BobinVT Posted: January 12, 2023

    Love those two photos that have the sun peeking through the trees.

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