Boy this past week got away from me. I was a little busy with some other work and the last real decent ride I enjoyed was last weekend. Some locals and I did the annual
Forests and Foliage in the Fall ride in the Yankee Springs area.
It was a bit of a chilly morning (below 40F) but cloudless and promising.
There were nine of us who braved the morning while I know a number stayed in because they are just plain sissies. We were toasty and comfortable within a few miles and the air had that fresh autumn briskness that comes with the cool lack of humidity. The route is initially hilly with a Cat 5 climb through thousands of acres of hardwood forests turning to shed their leaves for the winter.
After the halfway point, the route becomes really fast, with a series of rollers that lead predominantly downhill. It's a beautiful and pleasant metric for a fall afternoon. Next year I may schedule it later in the morning so the wimps can come out and play.
In other news I found a greeting card in my mailbox this week. I don't get a greeting card from anybody but aging relatives at Christmas.. Hell, I only go to my mailbox once or twice a week to clean out the coupons and throw them away. I wasn't sure what it was,
but it came from Rivendell Bike Works.
They weren't even thanking me for my business, but more impressively for something I wrote.
Not here, but on a Bike Forum. Apparently one of them noticed a comment I made on one of the flaming anti-Riv threads on the Bike Forums and they just wanted to thank me for defending them.
I guess that's customer appreciation of a different level, but I am always amused when Riv or Grant are mentioned on the Forums. It attracts a vitriolic group of children who can't understand there is a different world than than that of the Spandex Hamster. Thanks, Riv for noticing.