Two Wheels - Six Strings

Random news and thoughts about various two-wheeled projects and music, especially my band, Skull Full Of Blues.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year's Day (Ride)

Four of us showed up for the NYDR, this year. From left to right: Mark (of Junqueyard fame), Brian, Yours Truly, Anthony (who was just passing the time of day with us) and Carl (of getinlost). I had never met Carl, in person, so it was really great to have him show up. I always like to increase my circle of friends.

The weather was little more temperate than last year, and all of us but Brian ended up peeling off clothes as we rode. The official high temp on New Year's Day, 2008, was 23 degrees and there were 8 to 10 inches of snow on the ground. On that ride, we stopped at every coffee shop we could find (more to warm up than due to any uncontrollable coffee-lust).

Today, we enjoyed temperatures in the mid-fifties, with lots of sun and a few clouds. There was a bit of a breeze, occasionally, but nothing excessive. We rode through Washington Park, picked up the Cherry Creek Trail and rode up to Confluence park. From there, we followed the South Platte Trail south to Mississippi Ave., then wended our way through the neighborhoods back to Kaladi Bros.

Along the way, we caught up with a fellow riding a nickle-plated highwheeler. We also met Dave Nice as we rode along. We ran into him and his NYD Ridemates at REI, last year. This year, he was riding alone. I would have flagged him down and invited him along, but I figured our casual little 15 mile ride wouldn't even warm him up.

After we got back to Kaladi, we sat a bit and had some hot chocolate, then dispersed to our separate days like dandelion seeds to the wind.

A nice, low-key bike ride on an unseasonably warm day is (I hope) a good omen for the coming year. It is certainly a nice way to kick it off.



At 6:32 AM , Blogger getinlost said...

I was in truth a lot of fun, but only 15 miles? I'm quite sure that the last 10 were uphill. Good fun, and is was good to meet you as well.

At 9:24 AM , Anonymous red light green light said...

Looks like a really friendly crew of cyclists and a nice, eclectic mix of machines!

At 10:19 PM , Blogger Jon said...

We had one bike with a full C-Record drivetrain, one three-speed and two fixed gears. It was a nice mix.

At 12:26 PM , Blogger m e l i g r o s a said...

Im very much liking the coffee aspect of the ride, sounds like such a cool ride AND what a cute group of riders you got there!!

happy new year - just ran across your blog, found it via cph. will visit often /greetings from SF♥


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