Total miles for S4S: 820.0
You never have the wind with you—either it is against you or you're having a good day.
~ Daniel Behrman, The Man Who Loved Bicycles
It's Friday, and you know what that means! "Would you like cheese with that whine?" You have the formula down by now and could probably write this yourself, but let me give you the Reader's Digest condensed version first. "I'm tired. The ride was hard. Whaaa. Whaaa. Whaaa."
Okay, here's the novella-length version. I did not want to get out of bed this morning—even less than I want to get out of bed on any weekday morning. Falling lower on the chart of things I found desirable this morning was getting on Silver Beauty to ride. When I proposed S4S, I said I would do it—I didn't promise to always like it.
The temperatures were back down to the 40s, and the north wind came with a sharp bite. This was compounded by the fact that it was a head wind, creating a literal and figurative uphill battle for the entire ride. Of the 62 rides I've done since September 1, on the scale of best to worst, this one would definitely rate as #62.
The good news: the sun was shining. I am healthy and can ride. Even feeling like Grinch on a Bike, I felt grateful for the gift of freedom of movement.
The ride home was the polar opposite of this morning's foray. That north wind, blessedly, had not changed direction; so between the downhill grade and a tailwind, filing a flight plan might have been in order. It was great! Knowing we had reservations at Christy's Landing for a fish fry made it all the sweeter. Let the weekend begin! Laissez les bons temps rouler.