Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The push is on....

If you've been following along, you know one of my goals for the year was to ride 9000 miles.  I finished November with 8145 miles, 205 miles less than the schedule I set for myself to hit 9000. 

So I need 855 miles in December to close the deal.  In the summer months i've done that several times over.  But in December weather and reduced sunlight make it a tougher job.

Wish me luck.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Great Holiday Weekend

I had a wonderful holiday weekend.  Biking, family, household chores, and of course the opportunity to give thanks for many, many blessings and good fortune.

I rode the bike every day.  Bikes and Breakfast seem to go well together.  Wednesday through Saturday I rode with some group or another to breakfast everyday. The weather was marginal Wednesday with rain threatening but never materialized.  The rest of the weekend was awesome.  Cool each morning, just above freezing at sunrise and quickly warming up as the sun got higher in the sky. This afternoon I didn't ride until after I got chores done.. Then I took a quick spin by myself to Sandy Point, St Margaret's then back home.  The weather was really nice with temps in the 60s. I rode in shorts and a jersey.  Not sure I'll get that opportunity again this year.  Total Wednesday thru Sunday:  202 miles.

I'm now just shy of 8100 miles for the year.  With 3 days of November and all of December left to ride, I might just make my 9000 mile goal if the weather cooperates and I keep my eye on the ball.

Thanksgiving dinner was a great reunion with the whole family.  We gathered at my folks' home in Annapolis.  Dad deep fried a 25lb turkey in peanut oil.   My brothers, their families and a friend of my daughter's from Argentina all gathered to share the feast and count our blessings.  19 people in all.  Such family gathering are always among my favorite events.

Saturday after I got home from biking,  I rallied the kids and we got the front and back yards cleaned up and completely leaf free.  They did a great job and with so many kids it only took a few hours. Today's chore was repainting the ceiling of two of our bathrooms.  A shame to work indoors on such a nice day but it needed to be done and I'm glad to have the work complete.

Tomorrow it's back to the grind.  But I sure enjoyed the weekend. I'm ready.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!

My writing muse has been AWOL this month.  But I've still been riding, and if you were paying attention, you might have noticed I've kept the odometer updated lately.

Had a great ride this morning with the SPP.  13 riders met before dawn for a crisp cool morning ride to Annapolis.  As we crossed the Naval Academy Bridge the early pink of a fantastic sunrise was growing over the Eastern Shore.  We enjoyed a nice breakfast at Hard Bean.  Then 9 of us continued on for a spin around Bay Ridge to enjoy more of the sun on The Bay.  I was back home by 8:30, and all my sleepy family was just beginning to stir.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving everyone.  

To those deployed in harm's way this holiday season, a special "THANK YOU" to you and your family for all you do for us!!