A new year, a new month, and finally, another chance to ride. Since our return from Florida, the weather's been so awful, that I've gotten out exactly once. Humph. You know how cranky I get when I can't get out and bike.
But, miracle of miracles . . . Mother Nature finally deigned to send us a brief respite. Today was predicted to be sunny and pleasant, with (almost) balmy 50s breezes.
Only one problem, though: there's still too much snow, ice and debris on the roads around here. What's a girl to do, then? Why, head south, of course! Jeff (who is still recovering from that nasty fall in November) enthusiastically endorsed the idea of a Richmond day trip, bikes in tow. So, early this morning, after a breakfast of bagels and fruit, we loaded up and headed down I-95.
Herewith, a few scenes from a leisurely jaunt around town:
We always like to start our rides at a coffee shop, and today was no exception.
What can beat eating lunch outdoors in early February? Not much.
Statue of Stonewall Jackson, on Monument Street. (Please excuse the lousy cameraphone pictures . . . as usual, I was so wrapped up in remembering all of my bike equipment that I forgot my Canon Powershot.)
Statue of Arthur Ashe, also on Monument Street. (Um, that's why it has that name.)
How Richmond got named - historical marker in Shockoe Slip.
Interesting shot of the VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University) campus, reflected in the window of (where else) a Starbucks.
The ride itself was a roaring success for Jeff. He's still recovering - two crushed legs and a broken wrist don't heal overnight. Though he's long since gotten the cast off, Jeff did require a brace on his wrist to dampen road vibration and pain. Nevertheless, he was able to ride his new Canadian (now THAT is a story for a separate telling) Specialized Sequoia, and he climbed several hills! With only one stop midway up the longest one. His speed's not the best right now, (sorry, darlin', but it sure was a creampuff ride for me) but he's coming along. We did 20 miles, in all, and afterward repaired to Stickyrice for teriyaki chicken wings, sushi, and the first two quarters of the Superbowl.
I hear that this coming weekend may be just as nice. I'm keeping my hopes up.
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PS - I still have not gotten the hang of Typepad's new interface. So if the pics look stretched, it's because they are - and I've not yet figured out how to fix them.