Hey people. It's almost the middle of November, and I've ridden in shorts and a t-shirt the last two days. Crazy! We've been so lucky this fall, but winter is coming. Last year I tried riding the trail in the snow and it was pretty much a ~fail~, although I'm told that last year the snow conditions were especially bad for "skinny tires" like Penny's. This year I'm determined to make it work.
Here I am last winter giving Penny a big hug. I missed riding so much I'd go down to the garage sometimes and just practice track stands (where you try to balance on the bike with it standing still). It kind of helped when it came time to actually ride in the spring; my balance was way better.
I did invest in better gear this year though-- check out my new helmet and goggles. I reasoned that with a boarding helmet that is insulated and has ear warmers etc, I wouldn't have to try to cram my bike helmet over a hat like last year. Also, when I rode last year the wind was freezing on my face, so-- goggles. I can wear them x-skiing too. See the mitts? These are my new "trigger mitts". They let me hold onto the bars and use the brakes too. Last year it was sort of either or. Didn't help the success factor. This year if nothing else I'm going to ride on the snowmobile trails in the state forest. My fingers are crossed for either hardly any snow, or hard packed stuff.
Here is sis leading her little wolf pack of naughty boys in the Halloween bike parade she organized benefiting her local Humane Society down in Texaco. Earlier this year she rode in her first organized ride-- a 30 miler to S. Padre Island. Woo Sis! She would have joined for sure.
She said the boys swarmed around her as they rode, asking if they could just bomb down the road and not stay in their position in the parade line-up. It was tough reining them in, but fun. Part of her wanted to just let them go wild I think.
I've been thinking lately, about how lucky I am in the friend department. For a while I went through this thing where I felt very periphery. I had friends, but had this big "nobody gets me" thing and felt lonely. I know this is just a thing I go through sometimes, and is mostly in my head, but it still feels real while it's happening. Now I look around and I'm surrounded by so many ultra cool women-- all quite different, but seriously, I am so lucky.
One really good bud, Linda, made me a very special gift for my birthday-- which was back in June, so this is uber late, but I've wanted to show it off for a long time now. This was what she gave me-- Just the box is cool.