Thanks for a beautiful, gray day
My wife often thinks I am crazy when I come in from a ride on a gray, drizzly day, proclaiming how beautiful the weather is. My excuse is that I have spent enough days underwater in a submarine - where there is no weather at all - that I simply enjoy all of the variations that nature (God) provides. Another way to look at it is through the eyes of a friend who once told me "There is no such thing as bad weather, only inadequate clothing."
Yesterday morning was one of those gray days, so I put on several layers, wrapped my iPod into a Ziplock baggy and a fanny pack and set out for an early morning ride. My wife and I had already agreed to go for a walk in the park, so my ride plan did not include a trip into town for a cup of coffee.
Instead, I decided that it would be a great day for an exploration of some of the water privileged communities along the South River and Chesapeake Bay. This ride includes some wonderful vistas, some interesting architecture, and a couple of areas with unique histories. I neglected to bring the camera, but the below map provides at least an inkling of the type of terrain available. Please forgive the squiggly route tracing, it is due to my limited artistic ability and available tools. (Did you ever try tracing a street with a trackpad cursor?)
There is, of course, a certain amount of duplication and doubling back on such a route, but I managed to cover a bit more than 20 miles in about an hour and a quarter. Though it was certainly gray and cool, the rain held off. I was not the only one out, there were plenty of walkers and cyclers who apparently had the same idea of getting in a good workout before sitting down for a Thanksgiving dinner.
It was a great start for a wonderful day. The promised walk in the park was also joyous and provided a further excuse for significant overeating during dinner. Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving!