Monday, August 31, 2009
It was cold this morning. Well, I guess 62 degrees isn't cold, but it sure felt different. We were dressed in long sleeves and the unmistakable reality of summer's end and autumn's approach was in the air. I'm sure there will be plenty of hot days yet to come, but the change is coming. As I may have mentioned, we are already using lights in the morning when we go out.
A week from Sunday is Bike Philly. It will be the first and only organized ride that we've done this season. Strange, after so many rides the past two years. But it has been that kind of year. I'm looking forward to it.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
but I took Wednesday, traditionally my long ride day, off. Didn't get on the bike at all. I really needed the break and felt much better. Yesterday and today my riding was much stronger and faster.
While we were in NY on Sunday the annual Lancaster Covered Bridge Metric Century was going on. We've done that ride the last two years but chose not to this year for a bunch of reasons. Sadly this week I read the following article.
Bicyclist Killed During Ride Through Rural Pa.
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) ― A cyclist participating in a bicycle club ride died after a collision in Lancaster County.
Lancaster Bicycle Club spokesman Ed Gower says the crash happened about 9:30 a.m. on Sunday during the club's Covered Bridge Metric Century Ride.
Police would not release the victim's name or any information about the incident.
Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni said the 60-year-old man died of traumatic head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Gower said 4,100 riders participated in Sunday's 63-mile ride. Now in its 31st year, the ride winds through some of the county's rural areas and passes through six covered bridges.
A real shame.Later articles explained that the man lost control of his bike on a descent and went over some kind of embankment.
Hope the weather holds for the weekend. Lots of rain predicted.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
But tonight I am writing from a public hearing about the proposed Center City Bikeway plan - to replace one lane of car traffic on Spruce and Pine streets with a generous bike lane. The meeting is just getting started, so more later.
Later: A great presentation by the city with theusual strident responses by those against on the one side and those for on the other. Either way the city is going ahead and then we'll see.
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Switched to the Brompton for a day riding around the city. Only as I prepared to come home did I notice that a friendly pigeon had left me proof of his existence on my saddle. Nobody talks much about that particular hazard of city riding.