Snow Day

I was going to take a day off from riding today. I really was. At 7:00 a.m. it was snowing heavily and the weather forecasters said it would continue throughout the day. So I shoveled the front porch & sidewalk, sat in front of the computer and read the latest updates from a couple of bike touring journals, and watched an episode of The Waltons on TV. BORING!

Then I received a notification of Rich’s post on my e-mail. It inspired me to get my butt out there. HOW Rich’s post inspired me will be revealed at the end of this post.

Besides Rich’s inspiration, I needed to pick up a couple things at the grocery store for tonight’s dinner. There is no better way to pick up a couple things at the grocery store than by bicycle. That’s especially true in the snow, because I get a kick out of seeing car shoppers stare at me while walking in from the parking lot.

I like making the first tracks in the snow.

A Chimichimneychanga. I wonder if they’ve ever served chimichangas to the residents this nursing home.

I’ve also got a story to share. On the way to the grocery store there is a small shopping center. In that shopping center is an Anytime Fitness place. Through the windows you can see people lifting weights, riding stationary bikes, and walking on treadmills. I have no interest in that kind of exercise, but this paragraph has nothing to do with that.

This paragraph has to do with a guy who parked his car in front of the Anytime Fitness place. He got out of his little sedan, took a couple of drags from his cigarette while walking from his car, stopped in front of the Anytime Fitness, tossed the cigarette aside, and smooshed the butt into the snow with a couple of turns of his boot.

It’s funny to think of a cigarette smoker going into a gym for a workout, but on the other hand, maybe the workout will help him to live a little bit longer to smoke more cigarettes.

Back to Rich’s inspiration. In HIS Town, it seems, people like to put an initial on their chimichimneychangas. That gave me an idea.

Previously, I had reported my shame in not having a chimney on my roof like so many other houses in MY Town. Later I noticed I DO have a chimnerooski, of sorts.

An initial wasn’t enough for me. I always have to take things one step further, so I painted my name on my Chimchimchakalaka.

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.

10 response to "Snow Day"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: January 14, 2022

    No snow day here, the snow is predicted to stay well to the west.

    Always the Trendsetter, you will inspire names and initials on Chimchimchakalakas all over Hastings.

    Happy I inspired you to go ride, even in the snow, and with that said:

    Goodnight Suzanne, Goodnight Bill, Good Night Nancy, Goodnight Scooter and Rachael, Goodnight Emily, Goodnight Lednar, Goodnight Bob, Goodnight Kathleen, Goodnight Laura, Goodnight Tony, Goodnight Joe, Goodnight Mr Grumby and not forgetting, —– Goodnight Czar Gregory!

  2. By: Rocky Posted: January 15, 2022

    You are so inspirational! I’d never be able to do what you do. I’d freeze to death.

  3. By: Bill Stone Posted: January 15, 2022

    I hope Diggity was on standby for emergency rescue duty with a keg of rum strapped on his chest.

    • By: gregblood Posted: January 15, 2022

      Diggity knows I don’t drink rum. A couple pints of strong beer would be most welcome though.

  4. By: Suzanne Posted: January 15, 2022

    I’d probably break my neck before I froze to death, but I would love to ride in the snow if I could. I do get it.

    Do I recognize a clothes line pulley at your back door? We had one in the house where I grew up, out the dining room window.

    • By: gregblood Posted: January 15, 2022

      You have a good eye, Suzanne. It is indeed a clothesline pulley. When we first looked at the house 29 years ago, the realtor called it a “Canadian Clothesline.” To me, that was one of the coolest features–a major selling point. The Feeshko was somewhat less impressed. Even though we have a real dryer, we both use the Canadian Clothesline quite often. It is great for drying out a wet tent.

  5. By: NancyG Posted: January 16, 2022

    Once again Greg, you are so entertaining ;’-). Like Suzanne, I would no doubt break a body part and THEN freeze to death flat on the ground. You do make it look so inviting but I know how intrepid you are.

  6. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: January 17, 2022

    I’m sure my succulent plants wouldn’t like all that snow.

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