Sunday 18 December 2016 A Short Ride after the Ice Storm

It was 6 degrees F this morning at 8 under clear skies and with an occasional gust from the west or north.


Mostly ill-advised,
But to show it could be done,
Brought out my road bike.

Ice still was coating
The sidewalks and tree branches
On top of that, snow.

But road salt was spread
Abundantly in the streets,
Allowing passage.


I rode to Carle Park
Where the trees cast long shadows
On the snowy ground.


Stopped for a quick look
At ice on the tree branches,
Shiny twigs and buds.


Majestic dark trees
With spreading, twisting branches
Rose against the snow.


This short excursion
Was enough to connect me
With life in the cold.


About Velo du Jour

I am a 61 year old mom/wife, former biologist, and presently certified Iyengar yoga teacher, and I love, besides biking (and other things), nature, swimming, drawing, photography, yarn, exploring adoption themes, and putting people at ease. In April 2012, I participated in "30 Days of Biking " on Twitter, sponsored by a group of "joyful cyclists" in Minneapolis during the month of April. I loved tweeting about each day's ride so much I didn't want to stop! "Velo du Jour" is a continuation of recording and sharing my rides post-30 Days of Biking.
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