One of our first casual rides of the year, in which we leave without a destination and find our way home at our leisure, because it’s not that cold out any more. On the heels of a snowfall record is a sunny 50F degree day. Dry pavement abounds, bordered by snowbanks and dotted with isolated puddles reflecting evening light. We’re back to riding normal tires again; Lael’s got 26 x 2.0 Schwalbe Big Apples and I’m on a worn out Schwalbe Marathon and and old Continental Top Touring tire. Tires, like sleeping bags are highly personal and infinitely fascinating to me. I’ve used many sleeping bags and many more tires. It’s nice to wear normal shoes again, and to ride on dry pavement without the chatter of studs. As the snow melts, dirt and gravel are left as ashes in it’s place. Sidewalks and shoulders are uninspiring moist dirt paths for now.
We use this ride as a planning session for the near future and and are satisfied that making plans while riding bikes in the amber light of the falling sun is appropriate inspiration for we have in store.