01 January 2016

End and Begin as You Mean to Go On

#394 / #187

And ...


Red Leader and I took advantage of the slightly warmer weather the last day of 2015 and went up to Roseville to see if the hill-shaving-fairies had been as active in Roseville as they had been in Folsom.

Red Leader decided perhaps Local i-1 (Fairy Union chapters are imaginary, you see) dispute and the hill-shaving-fairies had been on strike.

We did a little bit of Miner's Ravine Trail, and all of False Ravine Trail. Red Leader's right knee was troubling him so we turned around and went back.

One kid exclaimed, "Dad! Are those racing bikes!?" Child, child, child. It is the rider that makes the race, not the machine.

Today I proved that aphorism by creeping up various small hills in Folsom at about 3mph. It was COLD!

A few rides back, I had finally tried out my screaming yellow neoprene shoe covers from Aerotech Designs (well made, un-logoed bike wear. Google them.) Well, I wear my bike shoes ridiculously loose, otherwise, my feet ache and tingle. The shoe covers (XL) were snug enough that my feet were warm, but squashed. Today, I reverted to my previous method of wearing sandwich baggies over my socks. Should have worn warmer socks. Feet were a bit cold.

And my route took me up and down Folsom Crossing, where the chill of my sweaty self rolling down the hill at 25mph was too cold to endure. So I turned around and went back, stopping at the crest to don a fleece vest and a windbreaker in addition to the two wool shirts (lightweight, but ... wool ...) and wind-blocking jacket I was already wearing.

I scooted down East Natoma street, with the here and gone bike lane, chanting "Thanks, Thanks, No Thank, WTF!!" as cars passed me mostly NOT obeying the 3ft rule. Come on people, there are two motor vehicle travel lanes along there.

Anyway. It was a good way to end a year and start another one.

Here are most of the titles I considered and discarded for this post

Happy New Year
Brass Monkey
Thanks, Thanks, No Thanks
The Incredible Disappearing Bike Lanes of Folsom, California
News Flash! Hill-Shaving-Fairies Strike!


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