Monday, January 26, 2009

Yes, I'm Still Here

Believe it or not I am still here. I actually rode a bike, my Brompton, for 4 whole miles all told doing errands today. first time in two weeks. A combination of really cold and often wet weather, a nagging sinus problem and visits to the new grandkid have kept me off the road. The weather is the worst of it. Unlike the winters past since I started riding, this winter has been a real one. And the prediction for the rest of the week doesn't sound promising.
These circumstances, as well as the amount of time and energy that I am putting into my writing while on Sabbatical have so far precluded my starting at the bike shop. And of course, starting my new blog. I'll have to play by ear where I'm going with all of that.
Meanwhile, the tour of California is only a couple of weeks. Can summer be far behind!

Thursday, January 08, 2009

The Pleasures Of Wind

Actually I really hate it. The wind, that is. But I thought if I spoke nicely about it maybe it would be less punishing. I suppose today was not the worst of days wind-wise, but for some reason it really slowed me down, especially on the way home. But it was good to be out after yesterday's total washout; it really was not a day to be out on a bike. Today I leave for NJ in preparation for the bris tomorrow. So that will be all until next week.
After concentrating on getting my morning riding then writing routine down I have noticed that I need more time in the afternoon for re-writing and editing. I hope to check in at the bike shop next week and get on some kind of modest schedule that will allow me to fulfill all my goals, but the writing must take precedence.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

New Year New Baby

Yes, that's me with my new grandson to be named Benjamin Harrison. He was born on Friday January 2nd and both mother and baby are fine, as are father and big sister. I left Philadelphia early Thursday so my last ride was Wednesday until, finally, this morning. It felt great to be out on the road, especially given that by later in the day the weather had turned very nasty and promises to stay that way for a few days. I am returning to the baby's home on Thursday so its questionable how much more riding I will get in this week, but at least I'm on the board, so to speak.
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