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4 November 2002

I think I'm in love with fleece. My new red fleece biking shirt arrived from Team Estrogen on Friday and this morning I decided to wear it for my bike ride. Just the shirt. No jacket. Cold air. In the first half block I was thinking that I was out of my ever-lovin' mind. It was damn cold out there. By the second block I was wondering if I should go back and get a jacket to wear over the fleece. By the third block I was realizing that what was cold was my face and my hands and feet, but my torso, the fleece covered part, was all nice and comfy--and that I was actually very, very comfortable. I rode for an hour--slowly because I was taking pictures on this trip--and covered 13 miles and came home warm and cozy. Bring on the fleece!

davidtree.JPG (43175 bytes)I started my trip this morning by going through the greenbelt, a trip I haven't taken in several weeks. I started out by checking the David memorial tree to see how it was handling fall color. I'm pleased--it looks like it's going to be one of those really colorful Chinese pistachio trees, unlike the one we planted in our back yard.

Then over the formerly-dreaded overpass. I sailed up over the thing smiling at the thought that this was once a daunting uphill for me. I'm back to my pre-laryngitis self and was enjoying the feeling of power in my legs again.

I made the circle of the overpass and then headed for the park where Cindy and I start our morning ride. She was there and we talked about what we wanted to do. She wanted to take the 6 mile ride out to the bridge again, but I realized that I'd been saying for a long time that I wanted to photograph the route of the morning ride in the daylight, so I told her I'd prefer to go off on my own. We parted ways. I took the route a lot more slowly than we take it at 5 a.m. For one thing I was able to see it myself, since it's always dark when we ride.

I took about 50 pictures, covering most of the route and was thrilled when I looked at them later and realized that there was only one in the bunch that wasn't good enough to make a slide show out of. I'm thrilled with the results.

There isn't a lot of fall color around here, compared to Ashland, for example (or the east coast!), but what is here is beautiful. This is a medical office complex with some beautiful trees turning color...

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...and these are trees along the freeway.

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I took a bit of a detour this morning, hoping to find some fall color in the university's arboretum, but everything there is still pretty green.  Still, I enjoyed my morning chat with the campus cows and continued to record the route Cindy and I take through campus in the morning.

When I realized I had gone about 12 miles, I was really surprised. I had been so busy taking pictures that it hardly seemed like I'd gone any distance at all.

When I returned home, at 13+ miles, the house felt very warm after that chilly air and I started sweating until I ripped off the fleece shirt. But it was really a comfortable ride, clothes-wise, and it was a good ride, body-wise. It's nice to ask my legs for power again and have them respond.

It was really a good morning. I realized I'd missed these early morning weekend rides, since I haven't had them for the past two weekends.  I felt so fresh at the end of this ride I thought I should  bike out and meet Cindy on her return from the bridge.   But I didn't.


Quote of the Day

It's a funny kind of month, October. For the really keen cricket fan it's when you realise your wife left you in May.

--Dennis Norden

(I'm 3 days late with this quote; I meant to use it in October, obviously!)

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One of my morning friends
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One Year Ago
No Business Like It
We took our life in our hands crossing the Bay Bridge. But there were no terrorist attacks, either going or coming. I was also pleased to note that the Golden Gate Bridge was still standing as well.

Two Years Ago
The Last of Peggy
Thanks to modern technology, we are now free to get to know and love people like Peggy who come into our lives for short periods of time, and then return home, because we know that technolgy will help us keep our relationships alive. Or, to quote one of Steve’s songs, “We will always be connected to each other.”

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