This is a shameless attempt to save the the most advanced civilization in
history from imminent self destruction by eliminating carbon emission,
dependence on foreign sources of fuel,obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
Cycling accomplishes all those things at once and helps us develop a better
understanding of ourselves, each other and our relationship to the cosmos.

Oh, horse puckey!
I like to ride bikes, have been doing it all my life.
The rest of that crap is just a fringe benefit,
and the blogosphere gives me a chance to share my interior
monologue with virtual rather than imaginary friends.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Well, I'm glad that's over!

    Winter that is...I think.    This is Michigan and you cannot be too certain at this point, but the (in)Accuweather app on my phone is predicting a slow warming trend for the next week.  It was a really frustrating winter.  It never got consistent enough to ski, every time we had a substantial snowfall, it would warm up and rain for a day or two.  That made the streets, trails and sidewalks unpredictably icy and hard to use even with 50mm studded tires.  I know, I know, fat tire this and that, but I just can't get there since that's only a minor inconvenience.   I'd rather see a consistent temperature range in the teens and twenties because it's easier to dress for that.  Rain and cold don't work well together, but hopefully that's past and we can make normal plans now.
       This year the city helped kick off the cycling season for the "normal" people by inviting the Kalamazoo Bicycling Club to lead the annual St. Patrick's day parade.  Despite freezing temperatures and sleet falling int he morning, there were a couple thousand spectators lining the streets as a dozen or so cyclists tried to maintain a 1 MPH pace along the 1/2 mile route.  Imagine trying to perform a track stand for thirty minutes.  It was tough without training wheels but we survived with only one fall (damned clipless pedals).
      Then we all got invited to Bell's Brewery for a free beer and their St. Patty's celebration.  It was a fitting way for the community to welcome cyclists into the springtime which is officially here today on the 20th...along with snow and sleet.  Oh, well!

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