My friend Bob Ramsak wrote about nostalgia on his site Piran Cafe today. He talked about Buenos Aires and asked for us to read his four year old post and critique it. I acquiesced, but in short order I was taken in by his writing which gradually started to make me nostalgic for our family trip in 2010 to South America. I decided to once again share my story.
I went for a bike ride around town to take some photos that would allow me to work on my new editing software. It was a sultry January day on the SouthCoast of Massachusetts with an approaching winter storm on the horizon. I got the photo shoot done in plenty of time and actually the rain didn’t begin till after the editing was done.
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On the first Sunday in May, 32,000 cyclists of all skill levels come from around the world to roll through every borough of New York City on streets totally free of cars. For one day, the roads are yours, the bridges are yours, the City is yours—there’s no better way to experience the Big Apple. Produced in conjunction with the City of New York, the TD Five Boro Bike Tour Presented by REI is the largest charitable bike ride in the U.S., with proceeds funding our free bike education programs. Last year alone, we taught bike skills to more than 17,000 kids and adults. When you ride with Bike New York, you’re helping us in our mission to empower more New Yorkers to grab life by the handlebarsNoon tomorrow, January 10, registration opens for the 40th Five Boroughs Bike Tour. I will register “amidnightrider.com” as a team again this year. Anyone is welcome to join during registration. Joining “amidnightrider.com” does not bind you to anything, it simply gets you a really good start time. There is a good chance we won’t even see each other over the weekend.
I heard the registration will be $100 this year. It gives many pause, but having done this event eight times I can honestly say that $100 is well worth it. And it’s for charity. 32,000 will register, but once you get going and things spread out, you will be riding in clusters of a lot less numbers. Like the photo at the top of this page. A hundred or so is a good estimate of people within a pitching wedge distance of your bike.
There was never any doubt that I would ride to the fitness center today. As soon as I left my driveway, my professor friend from Mass Maritime detoured off the bike path where he was walking his dog, to berate me for riding my bike in the snow. He was aghast that not only was I riding in the snow but also that my tires were not knobby. I reminded him that he does not ride bikes so his opinion about riding in the snow had no merit.
There is a prediction of a foot of snow tomorrow so I’m predicting that riding my bike will again go on hold. However……… I just might install my studded tired tonight. It won’t do me any good on the unplowed MUP, buticy route 6 will be fine with the studs.