Monday, December 18, 2006

Anatomy of a 41-Mile Bike Ride

Today's bike ride covered 41 miles. 172 miles to go to get to 8,000 for the year. The starting temperature was 25 degrees, but quickly warmed to 34. Howard installed his new studded snow tires on his Raleigh Hybrid Passage 3.0 bike, but didn't really need them as the city bike paths were already cleared of the snow that fell yesterday. The studs make a real racket and slowed Howard down, but they also helped make him stronger than ever.

Here are ten photos that Howard took with his new camera so you can see some of what he saw on a 41-mile bike ride of about three hours (click to enlarge)...

Lots and lots and lots of ducks.

Low-clearance pathways under streets (much better than across streets).

Low-clearance pathways under railroad tracks (better than across tracks).

Magnetized bike paths that go on forever.

Beautiful bridges across large frozen rivers.

Beautiful bridges made of rusted Core-Ten steel.

Frozen river beds and foothills beyond.

Great photo opportunities for ice bikes w/studded snow tires.

Strange suspension bridges leading from nowhere to nowhere else.

More strange suspension bridges from here to there (and back again).

4 Comments:

Blogger SueJ said...

Makes my lungs freeze to see 'em. Ach, I'm afraid you're going to end up NOT A WIMP before long. If you can do 25, you can do 19, especially fewer than 40 miles!

8000 is within reach... I can almost see it from here...

8:49 PM, December 18, 2006  
Blogger SueJ said...

Hmmm.... the last time I posted a comment, it didn't go up right away. Maybe it didn't go anywhere? (Now, if I could only remember what I said!!!)

8:49 PM, December 18, 2006  
Blogger Will said...

You know, toe clip pedals would make that ice bike even sweeter to ride. Platform pedals are just too Fred-like.

6:33 AM, December 21, 2006  
Blogger HRlaughed said...

You're right, of course, Will. But in addition to being a Howard (among my many other names), this boy is most certainly a Fred, let alone "Fred-like."

9:51 AM, December 21, 2006  

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