OK... before I start just wanted to pass along some good news. Just got a call from my vet and Jasper's dental surgery went just fine. I get to go pick him up in a little bit. Yay and Phew!
The vet had to extract 3 teeth, one of which was so bad that it was actually loose and probably causing significant pain. My poor little JassyBoy! Well, hopefully we can look forward to some calm in the land of kitties now.
So, back to the story at hand.
It's been nearly a month since I've been able to ride my bike. Our big blizzard was 3 weeks ago and while the main streets are long since clear, the side streets and bike paths are another story altogether.
I went for a walk yesterday and many of the side streets still look like this:
Oy! I actually went for a little reconnaissance drive this morning to warm up the car before taking Jasper to the vet, and... well... I think it's gonna be a while. I couldn't find a clear route to even get to the bike path, plus it doesn't look like it's been plowed, so there's snow and ice covering it in the shady spots.
Oh well, I guess this just means that I'll have to spend more time doing yoga!
CatMan, on the other hand, was going absolutely stir crazy. Because of his neurological issues, bike riding is one of the few forms of exercise that he can enjoy, and he was suffering from cabin fever big time!
So he dropped $250 and bought himself a set of these:
Yup, those are studded snow tires. He says they're absolutely amazing and he's able to ride through snow and rutted ice with no problems. He even rode up a hill totally covered with glare ice while people on foot couldn't even get up it!
I've gotta admit, I'm tempted. But here's the thing....
It's COLD out there!
OK, well, today we're actually having a heat wave and it's nearly 50 degrees outside, but still... when there's snow and ice covering the ground all around you it gets pretty darned chilly no matter what the air temperature is. Throw in the wind factor (riding 20mph has the same wind chill as if the wind was blowing 20mph) and Brrrrr!
So I'm thinkin' it's gonna be a while before I'm puttin' any miles on my bike again.
But I did do my annual odometer reset, and considering the flooding this spring, I'm pretty satisfied with these numbers.
Yup, that's over 2500 miles on the bike and less than 650 in the car - and no, that trip meter didn't go around multiple times, I really only drove about 50 miles a month. Woo Hoo!
I'm just hoping that some of the snow and ice will melt over the next day or two, because the snow is scheduled to return later this week. Sigh.
I suppose in the meantime I'll just have to content myself with vicariously experiencing the IceMan's - er, I mean CatMan's rides!
Did I mention I got him an iPhone for his birthday last month?
Well, he's been wanting one for a loooong time, and I'm afraid I may have created a monster. He's installed a tracking app so I can actually watch his bike rides and seethe with jealousy in real time.
But the worst is that he now thinks he wants to start texting! OMG, what have I done?!?!?
Well anyhow, I'm off to go pick up my sweet Jasper Pea... Happy Happy Happy!!!!
So tell me, are the roads bike-able in your neck of the woods?