First I drove to Jameson's house to see my sweetie who seemed disappointed I left so quickly after my arrival.
He is looking out the window watching me leave on my bike.
I put on 4 layers on top, my headband, my hard core gloves, my toe warmers and off I went. I thought my legs were going to be cold but they warmed up quickly as they were the only part of me really moving. My fingers and toes took turns being cold - so nice of them not to both be cold at once - but never too badly. I felt like if I had had my smart wool gloves inside my gore tex gloves life would have been better. I was almost alone on the bike path which was great.
Notice the snow on the ground and think about how hard
core I am!
I couldn't have more clothes on on top and still ride.
Biking is certainly the exercise that rocks my world as I was grinning from ear to ear during most of this ride in spite of the cold. I could say with truth I relished the cold knowing I wouldn't be out in it too long and I could get back to the warmth in a fairly short time if needed. I'm sure you're all sick of me whining about my stressful year but yesterday was the worst day yet of my teaching career (I keep thinking that day has come but then yet another worst one comes along) and being outside, riding and being in a place I love just made my day. What a nice switch from the day before. My poor dermatologist made the mistake of asking me how my year was going. It was probably a polite question but he got an earful. He is probably removing his child from public school as I write this to home school her.
I was unable to get all the way to the bike bridge as I came to this sign. I saw a tractor trailer (dump truck variety) coming down the bike path - really? - and did try to go a little farther but when I came to a road closed sign with cranes, dump trucks etc. I turned around and headed back. Truthfully I was beginning to feel the cold so it wasn't the downer it might have been.
I stopped to take a few pictures on a section that is for runners/walkers but since no one was out today I didn't think it mattered. I got back to Jameson's house and did take Jaxon for a short walk. So a great bike ride and some time with my little buddy made AJH a happy lady!
If you ever do the VCM you will be very happy here as you are almost
done and you will have many many spectators cheering you on!