It has been an interesting couple of weeks. I took some time off from work a week and a half ago and traveled back to my childhood home to help take care of our ailing parents. In all honesty this has been quite a sad period in my life, and I'm hoping that I will somehow find the strength to deal with what is inevitably coming down the road.
So many good stories...
On Friday I did take a break for several hours to ride some gravel north of town. It had rained and snowed all night and was still raining when I hit the first stretch of gravel.
The temperature was 34(F) when I started and would not get higher than 39(F). The roads were slush cover and very wet. This coupled with the fact that there was still some frost coming out of the ground made for some pretty soft riding conditions.
After several hours of riding I was ready to call it quits. Lack of sleep, along with the cold, wet, and windy conditions left me feeling tired, chilled, and wanting to get something warm in my stomach.
On Saturday it was time for me to head back to my "other" home in the cities, see my wife Patti, get caught up on work matters, and once again get out on the local trails.