I’ve written before about how much I enjoy summers as an academic – while my work load right now is rather high, I appreciate the freedom to work from if I choose to. Â But I do have to go to campus at least once a week for meetings or to run an errand, as was the case yesterday.
I left home around 11:30 AM – not quite the hottest part of the day, but a time well past morning’s relative cool. Â I’m pleased to report that the heat wasn’t really that bad. Â I must be getting used to the heat, because it was 94ÂºF when I arrived at work and I wasn’t that uncomfortable on my ride. Â That’s one aspect of summer biking that I think many people fail to consider: as long as you are moving, you have a 10-15 M.P.H. breeze washing over you, cooling you down and drying your sweat. Â It’s only when you stop, either at a traffic signal or upon arriving at your final destination, that the sweat begins to jet out of you like a lawn sprinkler. Â Was that a good visual? Â I hope so.
Anyway, here’s a screenshot from my iPhone as proof of the heat.
And what a lovely forecast we have to look forward to. Â I loves me some Memphis, but summers here are rough.
So after my afternoon meeting I biked home. Â Again, it was hot, but not that bad. Â I then took my second shower of the day and headed to Boscos for some relaxation.
(Note to the interested reader: I am almost always at Boscos on Thursday evenings. Â My academic and non-academic buddies and I usually congregate there for beers and such for most of the evening. Â Feel free to stop by and say hi if you’re in the neighborhood – I’ll be the guy with the most awesome helmet you’ve ever seen.)
I left Boscos around 10:30 AM and biked home. Â I decided to take the long way, west on Madison, then south on McLean to Young Avenue. Â By that time in evening, the weather was quite pleasant and my ride was very enjoyable.
MotionX GPS tells me that I biked 10.8 miles that day, but I forgot to reactivate it when I left Boscos, so between there and McLean my mileage was not being recorded. Â So we’ll round up and say that I biked 11 miles yesterday. Â Not too shabby for just getting around town.
Here’s a screenshot of my ride.
And here’s that clickable link I know you love.
I’m a bit behind in my blogging so you can expect an extra-long weekend wrap-up this Sunday. Â Also, I am ridiculously excited about Saturday’s Cycle Memphis group ride. Â I hate that I missed the first installment of what will hopefully become a very regular event – I love biking around downtown at night – but this week’s ride should be just as fun. Â Hats off to the organizers, Jason, Adam, and Matthew. Â I hope to meet you all at the ride. Â I’ll be the guy in the … well, you know.
Alright Memphians, I gotta run and get ready for a meeting. Â It’s raining right now, so hopefully the temp outside has dropped a bit. Â Be safe out there and I’ll see you around.