My ongoing musings about bicycling.
If you'd like to know how I got started read my first post in the December 2006 Archives.
To find out what a Ludwig is, see below.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
A Bicycling Day
Today was one of my most successful and prolific bicycling days yet. I took my regular morning ride at 5:30. It was 26 degrees when I started but with little or no wind it was a pleasant ride despite the fact that there was still some snow-covered ice on sections of the trail. One section in particular, about half a mile long was completely covered. I had no trouble riding through it but it was the first time I'd faced the stuff on the ground and it was a bit unnerving. After I returned home and got ready for work I decided that since I had a lunch meeting with a colleague at the Manayunk diner I couldn't resist taking the bike out again. Remember that Manayunk is part of my regular ride and I could get to the diner by just riding along the usual Schuykill path, which I did. On the return trip I continued past my house on to Pennsylvania Hospital to visit a congregant and then home, bringing my total mileage for the day to 30.8 miles. Not bad for a day's work. It began snowing here this evening so tomorrow's ride is in jeopardy.
I am a 64 year old Conservative Rabbi, published theologian and professor of Jewish Philosophy. I have also published two books of poetry and have recently become an avid cyclist along with my wife of 40 years.
I write two blogs, Bicycle-Musings and Pipe Pulpit.
In the news section of one of his early Fredcasts David told the story of one Ludwig from Znnin Poland who at 84 years of age went out for a ride on his bike. To make a longer story short (and you really should listen to the podcast to get all the details) Ludwig ended up in London, England! So I figure if (again, according to the explanation on The Fredcast #1) a Fred is someone who not only rides a bike but is severely attracted to the gadgets and accessories of a certain bike-cultural look (and I guess I'm a Fred without the financial resources to really express my Fredness) then a Ludwig could be anyone over the age of 55 who is not only a Fred, but also loves to just keep riding eating up the miles pretty much unconcerned with speed. Go Ludwig! I'm a Ludwig. Maybe someday I'll figure out podcasting and do a Ludwigcast.