Today it was 11 F (-12 C) and winds 15 mph from the southeast. My bike ride goes northwest and then southwest (around the lake) so I had a tailwind at first. Good thing because there was about 2" of snow on the path and it slowed me down. Fortunately, my bike ride is about 4.5 miles on the bike path and only about 1 mile on roads. I find it treacherous to ride on the roads in the snow. You have to ride further into the middle of the street, and even though 9/10 cars are polite, the 1/10 obnoxious ones are scary. The bike paths are peaceful without the cars. And the city does a great job of keeping them clear. The picture shows the view from the start of the bike path. I leave at about 6:50 am and the sun doesn't rise until 7:30, so it's a bit dark. Unfortunately it will be this way for at least a month even though the solstice just passed. The sunset changes more quickly now while sunrise barely moves for a month. By Jan. 31, it will only have moved to 7:15 am! On Feb. 11, we'll finally get to 7 am. Anyway, it was a beautiful ride home after my exercise class. By then, the bike paths were plowed so the riding was fine even in a head wind.
From Dec. 22, 2008 to mar. 14, 2010 I posted about my daily commute in Madison, Wisconsin. It was fun to log pictures of the bike path and my brief thoughts and weather conditions throughout the year. Then I got interested in other things and stopped blogging for over a year. I still commute daily, even longer now (7 miles one way) and absolutely love it.
Now I'm blogging my biking experiences while traveling. I love to take my road bike and mountain bike along with me on road trips in the car. It's a great way to see the country and meet locals. It makes business and family trips a lot more fun, in addition to vacations.