This morning’s ride was dark (as usual) and wet.  A front moved in overnight and refilled the barrels before moving on.  As I left the house, the rain was ending, but a check on the radar showed a small, final front coming out of the west.  Things started to pick up as I crossed the MLK bridge.  It was not bad.  I could stand it for a commute, but not for a longer ride.  The office resembles a laundry room with various cycling clothes hung out to dry.  The rest of the day was cloudy and cool with occasional shafts of sunlight appearing.

Last week we enjoyed a wonderful visit with the grandchildren, Evie and Max, and our daughter-in-law, Katie.  Sam stayed in Colorado, working.  Today is Evie’s fourth birthday and we celebrated early last Wednesday evening, complete with cake and presents.

Our neighbors let us use their grandchildren’s trike for the duration and Max had great fun going up and down the driveway.  He called it a parking lot since they live in a condo and have an actual parking lot to use.  I used the same term when talking with him while he rode.  He did well and started to learn how to do rudimentary steering when he wanted to turn.  One of his favorite stunts was riding into the curb and laughing at the resultant bump! We also visited the new park on Blackman Road.  The swings and slides were a big hit even though the day was a bit windy.

They headed home yesterday and good-byes are always painful, but all of them plan on returning for Christmas.  I love that time of year!

Stay happy,


About rlhoover

A perspective on life and cycling in the Ozarks. I started serious cycling in 2008, after seeing my wife be on the bike for a few years. We have biked many places and hope to continue. I am no where near being a real good cyclist, but I have fun trying to improve. Who am I kidding? Me? Improve??
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