It was 28 degrees F at 9:10 under cloudy skies, the dogs walked and a rudimentary yoga practice accomplished, as, at last, after weeks of not getting there, I steered the bike toward Meadowbrook Park.
Various obstacles had been preventing the trip until now: other time demands and Rhododendron’s flat tire principal among them. A friend offered her (grown, moved-out) son’s old (but good) mountain bike for me to use and perhaps buy if I liked it. It worked well, and because it’s black and very smooth I’ve dubbed it Shadow.
Had a smooth ride on Shadow, which just happens almost to fit me, though it has a longer reach than I’m used to. Felt absolutely no strain on any muscles or joints yet still was able to get the heart rate up a little. I am a fan of road bikes, but I think this one will serve well through the winter. Thanks, Penny!
Zoomed to Windsor Road and by a miracle did not have to wait to cross either Windsor or Race. Cool.
Noticed that the construction at Clark-Lindsay was winding down, for this phase.
Greeted the “wonky Christmas tree,” which today made me think of a swimmer doing the front crawl.
Stopped at the rabbit-statue bridge and got a shot of McCullough and Davis creeks with the ice-trimmed bridge in the foreground.
Yesterday’s frozen rain persisted also on some of the remaining prairie vegetation like this goldenrod.
Noticed the large, dark shapes of trees and their branching, how they fill and divide space.
Then turned back and got a look at the path with a patch of ice
A little way along saw a bench which first attracted my attention because of this glove with an icicle hanging from one finger.
Then noticed a marker below it at ground level with a name I recognized. It brought the person vividly to mind, along with her family and people who’d worked with her near the end of her life. At that moment felt connected to them and hoped that the feeling of connection and support reached them in some tiny way. Hoped that it was not the exact mirror image of being angry at someone, even wishing them ill, from a safe distance so they would’t really be harmed. Maybe the difference comes with what comes next, how the thought is sustained or acted upon….
Then sustained the effort of proceeding homeward.