Archive | March, 2013

March is here… and out comes the tandem!

28 Mar

Our first tandem ride this year happened on March 10 – a 50 degree day, though by the time we returned home after a 25+ mile ride from here to East Randolph country store the temps were in the 20 above range. Think it took us 3 days to recoup our normal body temp! That ride was a navigational nightmare handled by Captain Dean as route 14 never misses a chance to put potholes & frost heaves of the monster kind in a bicyclist’s path.

2nd tandem pedal – Thursday, March 28, 2013. The temps are slight over 30 degrees above. There is a wintry residual chill to the air that blows in our face as we make tracks toward Bethel.
I have 3 layers (thermal, sweatshirt, fleece jacket) on top & 1 layer (fleece short pants) for bottom. Glad I added wool socks for feet coverage! They are forever the coldest part of me…
These short fleece pants are the best for winter since there isn’t a chance the bicycle chain grease can smear to ruin them – they are that snug in fit. It took me forever to find the right configuration! Most people who know me realize that I practice frugality. A majority of my fashion wardrobe comes from my on-going self imposed challenge of finding my necessary bicycling clothing in thrift shops I frequent. Not a simple task where I live as few people pedal & if they do they seldom donate season’s end cycling clothes still with life left in them!
SO if any of you blog followers happen to be haunting Goodwill or the like & see any usable cycling clothes (size M – matters NOT whether male or female!) send them MY way? 

Dean is refusing to down shift so dragon breaths are fast to come this morn 11AM. Traffic is steadier – guess since it is already Thursday of the week?
The snow is slower to go than in most winters in recent memory – that gives the winds that blow the berating chill. BRRRRRR!
We feel the urge to pedal & today since I was home & Dean arrived early from work – out we went!
We heard the first loose barking attack dog today on our turn around 12 miles from home. That dog deserves a lot of credit as his bark sounded fierce! When I got a look at him that pooch wasn’t any bigger than my size 9 shoe! We paid it no mind as the house sits a distance from the road we journeyed across a distant meadow where once a farm flourished. That is now a 40 year old memory from my childhood! Aging stops for no one…
& still we live to pedal, believing “our health is our wealth”, so my prayers are answered! 
On today’s trek we notice a neighbor having had a log truck load of kindling size logs dumped in a heap in the far back reaches of the family door yard. I have known this couple since I attempted my first walking steps upright fist clinging to Daddy’s untucked shirt tail. The man of the house is within 5 – 10 years of my beloved late Daddy’s age. Dean comments that the gent must be in “some kind of shape!” to be planning the chain saw work followed by splitting of the massive woodpile this load will succumb to making. I tell him when you’re a native Vermonter, as I know these people to be – it’s just what one does for the future maintenance of everyday life…
I salute them – none are finer than Mr. Russ, his 12 children, & the Mrs.!
The new bridge on Bethel’s South Main Street hasn’t opened as our local paper had reported back on March 1. There isn’t a single piece of “eye candy” (men) at work today! What’s up with that? 
Until next time… Get YOUR pedals spinning… Safe & happy travels!

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March 1, 2013 — Already!!!

1 Mar

Our tandem remains in winter storage. Our feet the past 3 weeks have been walking in preparation for when the bicycle wheels can role safe on the road. The hour + spent trudging fast pace to McC’s store is one well spent! Too much water, mud, & slop to risk it yet using the tandem. We are both counting the days – it won’t be long now! Has anyone built a snowman? Daily temperatures climb to 40 degrees & soon I will be out on my single 2 wheels. We are considering destinations for our pedal of long distance. A mapping with a few LESS mountains to climb would be my idea of Heaven! ANY suggestions please?