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.
Monday, March 12, 2007
A Hotel Bike Path
The nice thing about traveling west is that despite going to bed very late and being exhausted from traveling, when I awoke at 6 AM it was as if I'd slept until 9 AM, more than enough time for me. I was scheduled to give the speech I missed giving last night at 9 AM, which left me more than enough time to get in at least a little ride. So I unfolded the bike and went down to the lobby and asked the desk clerk if there was anywhere near by that would make a good ride. He said that the hotel has a bike path! It follow the outside of the hotel golf course (which I also wish I'd noticed was going to be here; I might have brought my clubs). So off I went. That's a picture of my shadow taking a picture aimed off into the distance at the start of the path.
This next picture is one of the scenic views of the golf course.
And this one is another, showing the desert vegetation that I love
I took a few more, but I'll hold them for tomorrow. I rode the circuit 4 times and I will approximate that I did 10 miles based on my time. I wish I had a cycle computer on the bike, but it just doesn't pay.
If I were going to be here longer I'd have to leave the reservation and venture into the streets. However I'm only going to ride again perhaps tonight at dusk and again tomorrow, so I think this will suffice and I won't have to deal with the pretty busy road we're on and its lack of anything of interest beyond strip malls. It was 61 degrees when I rode; it will be very hot this afternoon, but I'm hoping another ride around dusk will not be too taxing. I'd feel really self-righteous about this weather if my phone call home had not informed me that the temperature in Philly today is 68. Oh well.
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.