Date: Dec 8
Ride type: Commute
December mileage: 139
Year to date: 2373
i wish i were savvy enough to install some type of on-line survey on the site, with the most pertinent topic being "who is the worst driver?". my vote goes for yellow school bus drivers. they are VERY bad. VERY! usually if they're near, i'm glad to survive with my bones intact. close buzzes. blatant road hogging. devil-may-care attitude. why is it that the public buses, TARC in our case, seem downright pleasant compared to those ghastly yellow missiles of death? other votes go to:
*soccer moms in SUVs. i think they're worse and more self-absorbed than the minivan-driving ones.
*rednecks in monster trucks. sometimes they're nice, sometimes evil. very hit-and-miss.
*various forms of the underclass in nasty jalopies. if i had their life, i would probably be a danger to the road as well.
*any and all cellphone users obviously.
*workers driving company trucks. for as slow as they arrive to do their contracted work, they sure seem to be in a hurry to run my ass of the road.
it was cold this a.m., 12F with a 2F windchill. for such a trip i wore:
HEAD- fleece balaclava with a thin headcap underneath- A
FEET- very technical here- Assos windsock/wool sock/plastic newspaper sack/wool sock/walking shoe/toe warmer. i have cold feet, so this worked pretty well.- B
LEGS- lycra workout short (for lack of better term/thickish lycra tight/loose-fitting running tights.- B...i'm been dealing with legs-of-stone, and i think i just need to have more on the legs, i guess.??
TORSO- fleece jersey/REI base layer/Bellweather Coat- A
HANDS- Pearl Izumi Lobster gloves. beautiful creations- A
i though at length about my latest slow leg situation, which is to say i seem to be cruising around at 10mph and i don't really want to. i think it's the confluence of numerous factors including:
change to standard shoes instead of clips
2" Serfas tires. love 'em, but they're slow
not enough worn on legs
i know it doesn't matter that much, but it takes me longer to get places and i feel like a grandparent cruising around Hilton Head.
pretty good afternoon. found a couple interesting things at Thurman-Hutchins Park including a woodpecker of some sort. haven't taken pics lately b/c, well, it's cold and i don't feel like undoing stuff. we'll have to do better there.