Monday, March 10, 2008

Everything I do, I do it for you

Today was officially it. The first true signs of spring. It's some magical combination of air temp, which hovered around the freezing mark, combined with a bright sunshiny day. Sure, we've had warmer days here this winter, but today is different. And everybody knows it. It's nothing I can objectively point to and say "That's why" but it's there. And the dog walkers who meandered all across the path knew. I hadn't had to dodge a distracted dog walker since probably November. The 3 guys running in shorts when it's clearly too cold for shorts, knew. This winter has expired. We're just waiting for somebody to notice that it's starting to smell and huck it into the trash.

I have an unshakable urge to take the studded tires off and remind myself what riding feels like. But to do this would be an affront to the weather gods. As punishment, they would send an 18 inch snowstorm down upon the MSP metro area. So I'm going to keep grinding out the studs on the (mainly) dry pavement. At least until the weekend. You're welcome.

Date: March 5
Mileage: 18
Ride type/Bike: Commute/Triumph
March mileage: 18
Year to date mileage: 566

Date: March 7
Mileage: 18
Ride type/Bike: Commute/Triumph
March mileage: 36
Year to date mileage: 584

Date: March 10
Mileage: 18
Ride type/Bike: Commute/Triumph
March mileage: 54
Year to date mileage: 602


Fritz said...

High 60s and sunny skies here in California! :-) THere are literally hundreds (perhaps thousands?) of cyclists out on area roads.

Apertome said...

We're experiencing the beginning of spring here, too. I'm anxious to take the knobby tires off my commuter as well, but so far I've refrained from doing so, for the same reason you cite.

rigtenzin said...

I smelled spring the other day -- it smells like dog poo. I'm serious, there's a similarity between the smells unleashed by the melting snow cover on top of the rotting vegetation and dog dookie.

Pete said...

Loudon Wainwright wrote of winter: "I took my dog for a walk and he took a crap, you won't smell it until April or May."

Tex69 said...

saw some daffodils in full bloom nearby. my tulips are peeking out. shrubs are budding just a bit. raining like hell. that's spring.

WheelDancer said...

Thanks for leaving your studs on but it's clearly not working. I join you with a vow to leave mine on for a time yet and see if that helps...