Hi everyone. Â I had a good week on my bike, despite the arrival of cold weather and a bit of rain. Â Actually, I should say that I had a good week on my bike because of the arrival of cold weather and a bit of rain, as this is my favorite time of the year to bike. Â Most of this is due to the fact that autumn and winter, followed by spring, are my favorite seasons. Â (Summer, not so much.) Â I picked a really odd town to live in, for someone who loves fall so much, but the job take you where it takes you. Â At least I don’t live in Phoenix.
Anyway, my week began with me driving. Â (GASP!) Â I know, I know … but I had to go to Target to buy Christmas presents for my two Salvation Army Angels, and considering that one of them, an eleven-year-old girl, wanted a bike for Christmas, there was no way I could haul a bike with my bike. Â My panniers are roomy, but not that roomy. Â Plus my other angel, a man in his 70s, wanted a George Foreman grill for Christmas. Â While I am a vegetarian and have little use for such a device, by God, if a George Foreman grill he wants, a George Foreman grill he gets. Â (Also, please ignore the fact that I bought a Target bike for someone.) Â I also had a meeting that afternoon in North Memphis, and there was no place for me to change clothes at the meeting place. Â Plus it was raining, so arriving in any decent condition would have been nearly impossible. Â So I drove.
And since I’m feeling confessional here, I also drove on Friday. Â I had to deliver the aforementioned presents to the Salvation Army’s warehouse on E. Raines Road, plus run about half a dozen other errands. Â And I drove today, since it’s hard to carry 15 bags of composted manure for my garden in my panniers.
But Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday I rode. Â And loved it. Â Tuesday was still rainy, but not as bad as Monday, and I acquired a lovely layer of road grime on my bike and legs as a result. Wednesday and Thursday were really nice: sunny and chilly, but not yet brutally cold. Â I didn’t bother logging my route on Tuesday since I just biked to work and back, but Wednesday and Thursday I did. Â Here’s what they looked like.
This is Wednesday’s ride.
I started my day by biking to Otherlands for some coffee and a bagel. Â After getting my caffeine on, I biked to campus via the Chickasaw Gardens route and got my work on. Â At some point during the day I checked my RSS feeds (using the lovely NetNewsWire) and found this recipe on Smitten Kitchen, the only cooking blog I read. Â I texted my wife, who had planned to pick up Lenny’s for dinner, and told her I was cooking that night. Â This necessitated a trip to Kroger, which explains the odd little spur into Poplar Plaza. Â After leaving Kroger, I biked home, via Chickasaw Gardens, the Beltline community, and Tiger Lanes. Â It was a great day. Â Here’s a clickable map of my ride.
On Thursday I had even more biking adventures. Â I needed to deliver some papers to the Memphis City School’s Teaching/Learning Academy at the corner of Union and Hollywood before I headed to campus, which meant biking on Union for a block or two during rush hour. Â It wasn’t so bad; traffic was kind of light, and I made it in and out of the TLA with no problem. I then biked east, planning to againÂ take the Chickasaw Gardens route to campus, but a train was crossing at Garden Lane, so I headed south on Flicker Street to Central, then south on Buntyn to Midland, then south on Goodwyn to Southern. Â After teaching my three classes, I biked home, changed clothes, and headed to Boscos for a round (or two) of beers and dinner. My belly full and my week coming to an end, I biked home.
Here’s a map of Thursday’s ride.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my rides. Â I plan to share some links with you all tomorrow. Â In the meantime, stay warm and keep biking in Memphis.