Saturday, March 3, 2018

Sunny Portland Saturday

Ah, that most precious of commodities, a sunny winter Saturday in Portland. There's no excuse not to take the bike out of the garage and get the body moving. Except that it's cold. Mid 30's. Coffee first!

Wool hat, helmet, velcro thingy to keep my pant leg out of the gears, two shirts, sweatshirt, winter vest. It's been a few months since I've checked the bike tires but they feel firm between my thumb and forefinger. Ok, let's get this ride on.

It's cold, despite the layers, but as my heart rate increases I start to warm up. Through Kerns, up into Hollywood, and into to curving streets of Laurelhurst. The clouds and rain will return tomorrow, without a doubt, but a sunny Saturday like this will help get through the gloom ahead.

9 comments:

  1. We had a sunny Saturday in Seattle too! What a gift - I loved looking up at the blue sky.

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  2. I really like this description: "but they feel firm between my thumb and forefinger." A quick squeeze to check the tire pressure is one of those things I've done a million times without ever really thinking about the act. I'll give pause the next time I do and remember your story.

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  3. I miss bike rides! Jakarta isn't bike-friendly, so I don't get to do it anymore. So glad that you took advantage of the sunny weather despite the cold. :)

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  4. When weather determines your day it is great to take advantage of a pleasant surprise. Sounds like fun! I liked your step by step description.

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  5. Brrr! I'm definitely a 40's kind of a girl when it comes to a winter bike ride. Learned that lesson the hard way! But I admire your desire to 'seize the day' and that is the big message I took away from your post! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  6. What a great day to spend a sunny day, despite the cold temps.

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  7. I was out, walking in the Pearl on Saturday morning. I started with a hat & gloves, but finished with a bare head & hands.

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  8. I am envious of your gloom! Perhaps I would feel differently if I lived there, but Portland always seems like the ideal climate to me. I get tired of the perpetual sun in South Dakota (where it's always sunny, unless it's snowing).

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  9. ENJOY YOUR SUNSHINE!

    I need to go out and enjoy today's sunshine too. I just found out they're predicting a winter storm here for Wednesday. (And I'm not happy since I have to drive to Lancaster, which is an hour away.)

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