The Greenway took a big hit from riding in the snow this past Winter. Wheel bearings needed to be repacked, jack-shaft needed cleaning and grease, chain cleaned and oiled and brake calipers cleaned and reset and a good general wash. I had some marketing to do but not until I got a ride in first. The Greenway is perfect for that with it's, comfy relaxed ride and humongous cargo capacity. My repairs were spot on and the ride smooth as silk. Temps only in the 40's with cloudy skies. I managed 25 miles before stopping at the market. I love how I always get a great parking spot. I bought some fresh produce including 2 melons, 6 apples, grapes, onions, and eggs, 7 bags all total. I'm guessing a good 20 lbs of groceries. I had room for more and what's better is I never noticed the weight on my 4 miles home.
Works for me!
We finally got a beautiful Spring day. The initial forecast was cloudy and cool. It was sunny and 50's. I wore shorts, a light long sleeve shirt and wind-breaker. It wasn't long before I removed the jacket. Sandals would have worked too. Even the wind cooperated. I had no obligations so I kicked back, put myself in cruise control, and enjoyed the ride. What better way to savor the day than to ride my favorite 50. I am fortunate to have great country roads to explore just a few miles from home. One of my favorite things this time of year, is riding by horse farms and seeing young "Foals". If I new it was going to be this nice I would have left earlier. Maybe I should start riding the temperature.
Today was a beautiful day but felt more like Winter than Spring. I left late morning hoping temps would would break freezing. I darned all my Winter riding clothes including a balaclava. Skies were bright blue with plenty of sunshine and light winds. It was a cold start and I even got a bit of brain freeze for the first few miles. I expected things to warm up by noon but that didn't happen. The little snow we got from the recent storm remained. Winds picked up the last 10 miles keeping that arctic air in place. Fortunately, it was to my back. It seems we just can't catch a break. Sunny and cold or warm and rainy and lots and lots and lots of wind.
If you want to call upper 40's with gusty winds Spring, then today was the second day. I new it was going to be windy but it was forecasted for 10-12. As it turned out it was more like 20. My plan was to do a 40+ miler and enjoy the bright sunshine. There was no place I had to be. 16 miles into the ride I met up with my friend Bob. We started talking about my trip and before I new it about an hour had passed. Bob and I ride the same roads regularly and met about a year ago. We just seem to connect and enjoy our little on the ride chats. If I want to get back in a timely manner I have to wave hello and not stop. He is the one guy who understands my obsession. After our chat the winds picked up and time passed. I scaled the ride back to 36 miles. A very pleasant day indeed.
Today, the first day of Spring, mid 50's, partly sunny and those awful 20 mph winds. The best I could do was a 15 mile ride to the market. Tomorrow promises to be a bit cooler with less wind. I'm hoping for a longer ride.