Less Windy, Today
The weather-guesser on the morning news pointed out that the wind was "only" blowing a steady 25 mph, instead of the 35 to 40 mph it had clocked, yesterday. And, the temperature at 7:30 was already in the middle 50s, predicted to climb into the mid-60s by lunch time.
So, I took that to mean I should get out on a bicycle ride. I haven't done a lot of riding, lately, outside of riding for transportation. So, I felt the need to get out and put some miles on.
I rode down to Kaladi Bros. and had a coffee and scone to augment the bagel and cream cheese I had eaten at the house. I figured I was going to need some fuel, if I was going to buck the wind, all day. Turned out to be a good plan.
I rode on down to the South Platte Trail and turned north, into the teeth of the wind, and figured that I would just ride into the wind until I was tired, then I could turn around and reap the benefit of a tail wind on the way home.
As I rode, the trail was detoured at one section, avoiding the construction of the west-bound LightRail tracks.
I continued northward, past Confluence Park, and rode toward the intersection of the South Platte Trail and The Sand Creek Greenway Trail. I briefly contemplated taking the Sand Creek Trail to head back south, but I decided against it. I had never been any farther north along the South Platte, so I pushed on, just to check out the trail.
I eventually came to an intersection with the Clear Creek Trail.
The surroundings improved as I rode north and left the industrial sections of Denver and Commerce City behind. The river was a lot more scenic, fields and reservoirs bordered the path, and Nature seemed to be a lot more in charge.
Eventually, I rode under 104th Avenue and realized I was in Thornton. I was also right at 25 miles into the ride, so I sat down for on a park bench, beside a pond, for a minute to check my phone, and look at the mountains.