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.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
It's Not Minnesota But Still..
Another balmy morning in Philadelphia...32 degrees and not much wind on the first loop. I was out a bit later than usual having taken Annie to the airport earlier in the morning for her flight to visit our boys in California.(More on that in a minute.) I wanted to ride a little longer this morning, but did have some time constraints so didn't make two full loops. However I'm not sure I would've anyway. The wind picked up good as I came around for the second loop and the going was a lot tougher. I was happy to head home and come in with a total of 16.2 miles for the day. As the wind picked up the snow began to fall more heavily and I stopped to try to catch a photo of it. I don't think it shows up, but a couple of fellow cyclists going the other way do so I'm sharing it with you anyway. Among the folks I saw on the ride was my neighbor from across the street. I'm embarrassed to say that despite having lived here for almost 20 years I don't know his name. But he is out on the trail almost everyday, some days running and other days riding. Today he was riding. I'll have to find out his name!(Not pictured.)
So Annie left for California and the big news there is that she took the Citizen folding bike with her. We were very nervous as to how the airline would treat the bike, packed in its traveling bag and well within the specifications for luggage. On their web site the specifically write that there is an $85 handling charge for bicycles. But they took the bike as regular luggage without a word. Now Annie can ride with the kids and I gave explicit instructions that they email me photos of their adventures for the blog. So stay tuned. Of course, the first news I await (aside from the obvious...that Annie have a safe and comfortable flight) is about how the bike holds up to the baggage handlers. I asked her to open the bike and see how it is as soon as she gets settled in Shaul's apartment. Hopefully all will go well and we'll have some reports from the west coast to share here soon.
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.