…you might be riding your bike in Chicago. I only wish I had thought to take a picture!
Snow has returned after a one-week hiatus and is making my daily rides a bit more interesting. My new Schwalbe Winter studded tires are working overtime keeping me upright, which I greatly appreciate, and my snowman companion is having a blast. (He totally forgives me for accidentally ripping off his left arm. Really.)
To my pleasant surprise, the lake front path was already plowed this morning – thanks Chicago Parks Department! The path was still covered with a light layer of snow, but nothing that I had to slog through. (I’ve ridden to work when the path was not cleared at all after a heavy snow – a mere two hours later I completed my seven mile journey to work.)
Unfortunately, some areas on the path are too treacherous for the plow trucks to go through. That’s a whole other topic for another day. I don’t mind getting off to walk here and there, a little bit of cross training. As long as no one makes me carry my Oma while swimming in Lake Michigan, I’ll be fine.
I was having a very fine time, actually, singing out loud Walkin’ In A Winter Wonderland – the Dolly Parton version, which has the same lyrics but with a heavy country twang.
There were not many other cyclists today, but I prefer to think of myself out there like this tree below – alone but not lonely.
Now after over two hours of outdoor exercise (yes, it took me that long to get to and fro, but not much longer than public transit), I can relax on the couch and enjoy my Baileys Irish Cream and chocolate chip cookies. Cheers.