The good news is that I am alive, though I’ve felt less-than-lively since being hit by a respiratory virus on Sunday. Illness plus a heavier work load on the part-time job front equals precious little time, energy, and brain functioning for this space.
I ended last week’s heavy biking log with a trip to Forest Park for the balloon race on Saturday afternoon. The ride was notable because it’s probably close to the highest single-trip mileage I’ve completed with Gabriel along in the front seat, and it’s the first time I’ve been up and down the Macklind hill with him along. I made it up on the return trip, thanks to my granny gear!
And then of course there were the balloons . . .
We enjoyed a picnic dinner as we watched the balloons inflate, rise, and fly swiftly south under a heavy breeze from the north. I thought the last few balloons might accompany us on our ride home, but they must have taken a slightly different route.
On the ride home we discussed Sunday plans to test ride some longtails, and Matthew, who’d put in over twenty miles on the bike on Saturday while leading CyclingSavvy, requested that we use the car to get to our Sunday destination since he was having some knee pain.
I reluctantly agreed, having liked the idea of showing up on our bikes to test ride the other bikes. Come Sunday afternoon (post cold-pocalypse), feeling like death-warmed-over, I lacked the energy to bike anyway. Only the fact that we’d been trying to set up these test rides for quite awhile (over a year, in one case!) persuaded me to abandon the couch and get in the car at all.
I perked up enough to ride the two longtails (a Surly Big Dummy and a Yuba Mundo) around the block. Once again I failed to photo-document the fact that I was on a longtail, but it happened. Gabriel also rode along on the Big Dummy.
Both bikes handled well, and Matthew and I agreed that either could potentially meet our needs. I slightly preferred the ride of the Mundo, while Matthew slightly preferred the Big Dummy.
Of course, just to make things complicated, some other options, including the Xtracycle EdgeRunner and the question of whether a longtail is really what we want at all (would we be better served by a midtail?) entered the picture recently. Enter the “too many choices” phenomenon! We’ll have made a decision by the time Gabriel’s twenty and the question of how we transport him by bike is completely moot.
Anyhow, a variety of factors (distance, cargo, sickness) conspired to make this week quite the opposite of last week: a number of car trips (will be up to four after tomorrow morning) and no bike trips.
So far, this virus is outwitting my usual weapons (i.e., lots of liquids; salt water gargles; neti pot; soup with lots of onion, garlic, and ginger). The only thing missing there is rest, which is hard to come by when the symptoms make it hard to sleep at night and there is too much on the to-do list during the day. Hoping at the very least to be back to normal by this time next week, when I’m on for a CyclingSavvy gig!