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.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
An Afternoon Ride
Today I had a rare opportunity to ride in the afternoon. I was on a train to NY at 7:20 AM and after conducting a seminar, back in Philly at 2 PM. After a quick lunch and change of clothes I headed out to the path in 65 degree weather. I certainly wasn't going to miss this day! I rod the loop twice and the Fuji gives me a much higher cadence and average speed so it felt like much more of a workout. The pleasures of riding in the daylight are obvious. the only drawback, especially on a beautiful day, was the increasing traffic on the path. Cyclists, pedestrians, joggers, dog walkers, roller blades and baby carriages. I had my camera with me but was having too much fun riding to stop and take any pictures.But it was a beautiful day so who could blame them, and it will get worse; it was actually pretty manageable and once you pass the early part of the path it thins out appreciably. The bike felt great, though it was the longest time of been out sitting on this particular saddle and I felt it. similarly, my new shoes hurt after about 18 miles as they are still breaking in. But all in all an amazingly restorative ride in the midst of a killer busy week. We'll ride in the morning again and then its back to NY for another event!
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.