Saturday, January 2, 2016

2016: Off to a Good Start

My high school basketball coach once said, "If you don't win the first game of the season, you can't win them all." I guess the same thing can be said about biking. If you don't ride the first day of the year, you can't ride them all. With that in mind, I grabbed the bull by the horns Ogre by the grips, and headed out for my first ride of the new year.

First photo of the year.  Despite the green monster in the foreground, the view was quite nice. It was good to see some blue sky for a change.

Being that it's January, not a single sign of any other bikes were seen during my entire ride. Everyone else must have been riding in town.

Even though I live just outside of Duluth, it's still pretty suburban. Most of the roads are paved, so when I finally get to a dirt road lined with snow covered evergreens I just have to stop and take in the beauty of it all. The fact that I just climbed a hill with my heavy* studded tires had nothing to do with it (ok, maybe just a little).

I ended up with just a bit over 20 miles during my two hour excursion. At this rate I should end up with over 7,000 miles for the year. Seeing as my best mileage year ever was 2,600 that's pretty unlikely, but a man can dream can't he?

*The tires aren't that heavy. I'm just eternally out of shape.


  1. Darin, thanks for the linkage. Happy to see you starting the year with a ride AND a new blog post. Have a great year.

    1. I'm very happy to see you blogging again. You've inspired me to start posting again too.