Saturday, January 1, 2011

MY VERY FIRST BIKE RIDE...of the year!

I don't remember the first time I ever rode a bicycle. I do remember my sisters helping me learn, running along, holding on, turning loose, watching me fall, and helping me get up again. Eventually I kept pedalling away, and I "got it". Today was nothing like that, but the first ride of the new year is significant, because I set the odometers on all three bikes to "00000" to get a fresh start recording the miles for 2011.

I chose to ride my road bike "Tonto" today because it was cold with a north wind, and Tonto has lots of gears to make the riding easier. This is the bike I ride at rallies of 30 miles or more. Today I rode a little over 11 miles.

We (Tonto and I) paused after about 8 miles at the park at the end of Baldridge Street for a drink of water before making our way back home. From the picture you can see I had some extra clothing on today, ear muffs, fleece gloves, a wool jersey and a light windbreaker. The cold wind obviously dried out my skin, making me look older than my 55 years, deepening the wrinkles. Or perhaps I'm just getting old.



  1. I'm certain that the cold wind was the culprit.

  2. Yep - I remember picking you up - now you've picked me up! 143 Mellie