Yesterday I heeded the advice of Nancy and Old Grumbleface (and the COMMAND from The Feeshko) not to go cycling in the hazardous atmosphere, thereby quietly bringing an end to my last riding streak. It was only two days short of being able to claim I rode every day for a half-year.
That gives me an opportunity to start a whole new and improved streak. I say it’s “improved” because if I intend to hit the 1/2-year mark it’s going to involve riding in less than optimal conditions through the winter months. The last streak was a breeze with only a couple days of snow, only one day of rain, and only the normal amount of Minnesota heat and humidity.
I got special permission from The Feeshko to begin my new streak today despite the fact that the air is still well into the “HAZARDOUS” range. My guess is that she’s giving me a break for five possible reasons:
- 1) The Air Quality Index is 18% lower than yesterday’s ridiculous 493.
- 2) She sympathized with my boredom at sitting around doing nothing all day.
- 3) She is tired of my whining and complaining.
- 4) She understands that it is WORSE for me to not ride at all than it is for me to ride in hazardous conditions.
- 5) I agreed to take certain precautions.
Ah yes, the precautions. I pledged to ride no more than an hour. I agreed not to over-exert myself. I agreed to double-mask.
Sure, it wouldn’t have been so bad to wait a couple of days to start the new and improved streak — after all, we are heading back to MY Town tomorrow — but somehow I feel compelled to document this strange and scary experience.
I rode much of the same route through the Palouse-like high country as I wrote about a few days ago but, my golly-gosh, it sure looked different.
I might have been out for slightly more than an hour, but I didn’t get scolded. In a couple of hours we’ll start packing for the long drive home. Tomorrow evening I hope to continue my new and improved streak somewhere in the area of Butte/Bozeman/Livingston, Montana.
I just noticed something in the title photo. I think I got photo-bombed by another UFO. At first I thought it was a speck of dust on my computer screen, but when it wouldn’t wipe off I enlarged the picture and discovered an alien space ship just to the right of the tree. The Martians seem to have copied the ingenious aerodynamic form of an earthling insect.