I am in the middle of one of the longest stretches of bike deprivation I’ve suffered in my 2.5 years of cycling. On Saturday I did not ride my bike because I spent the entire day on the couch reading the fascinating book Joyride by former Portland Bicycle Program Manager Mia Birk (stay tuned for my write-up). On Sunday I did not ride my bike because I spent the entire day at a film bootcamp learning to develop and print my own photos.
Monday – I rode my bike! And Martha shot this portrait of me and Oma.
Today I took the L train to work and I’ll be doing the same tomorrow. By force. Chicago is currently in the throes of the second-strongest storm in it recorded history, a cyclone over Lake Michigan that is bringing sustained winds of more than 30 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. As much as I love to ride, I know where to draw the line.
Things I miss about riding:
- Eating donuts with a clear conscience;
- Feeling the wind in my hair;
- Not feeling like a giant ground sloth;
- Free transportation – the L train ride today was $4.25 I’ll never get back;
- No wait time;
- Fresh air;
- A cheerful start to the day;
- A stress relief after a long day.
What good stuff did I leave out? :)
Is anyone else feeling the affects of this massive storm? I’m sure there are hardier souls than I who rode anyway.