Tuesday, January 31, 2012

January 2012

This last day of the month I did 45 miles. If not for the wind it was a mirror image of New Year's Day with warm sunshine and temps approaching 60 degrees. My stats for the month are 14 rides and 328 miles. This is a great start to the year.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I Didn't Let That Stop Me

The ride begins

The dreaded flat

The ride continues

And continues

And continues
We finally got a break in the weather. The snow melted. The rain and clouds gave way to sunshine and blue skies. Freezing temps turned to 40 degrees and light winds. This was a great day to take a break from life's obligations and just enjoy the ride. Unfortunately, 6 miles out I got the dreaded flat. It was on the right front tire. I flipped the trike on it's side, pulled the tube, found the hole and patched it. I was soon on my way and the smile back on my face. Needless to say I took the long way home.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Cold Ride To Work

HHT Southern Extension
The section of the Henry Hudson Trail Southern Extension between Texas rd (Matawan) and Greenwood rd (Marlboro) that had been closed for environmental cleanup is now open.

I had a late afternoon meeting at work. I decided to ride in on this cold and windy 30 degree day. Of late I have been riding on route 79 with it's large shoulder. Today I took the HHT and to my surprise I found the southern extension was now open. In addition I learned it runs adjacent to my job, how convenient. The trail is 4.5 miles of my 10 mile commute. This will make a much safer route in those twilight hours.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Another Milestone

Another Decade
For the last 10 years I have been riding my age for my birthday. Being born in January and living in New Jersey does not make this an easy task. Getting up in numbers doesn't help either. I always try to start the year off with a ride. This New Year's Day was picture perfect with temps into the 50's. My birthday is next week and not knowing what weather lies ahead I decided today would be the ride. I passed my cyclists getting in their first ride of the year. My legs were not used to this many miles and they let me know. I manged to persevere and finished the ride. I feel blessed and hope to continue this tradition.