Busy week, with a trip tucked in, so I’ve been out of touch with the world. Had to go up to Lake Placid for a couple of days. Originally, I was going to sneak in some skiing, but with the weather approaching 50 degrees and the roads turning into rivers from the snowmelt, I made the wise choice and left the planks home. That then left me with the dilemma of what to do: run, swim (the hotel had a pool), or bike. Could not decide, so I brought gear for all three. (Only ended up biking.) Remembered all that stuff, but completely forgot both my laptop and my Blackberry, so I was basically incommunicado for a couple of days, other than the cell phone. Something of a no-no in my world, but it didn’t matter in the end.
It was beautiful up there. Sunny, warm, snow in the mountains. The roads, as mentioned, were rivers, and there was sand everywhere, but I took the bike out anyway and went 24k before my toes got so wet and cold I couldn’t go anymore. Finally got to bike a little segment of road along the Ausable just below the village, a terribly beautiful little road that I’ve been wanting to ride for a couple of years. So lovely. Snow on the ground, the river flowing fast, ice on the banks, ducks in the water. Serene. Then when I got back, I had to get the sand out of everything . . . every cubic inch of the bike and myself. My shoes, my jersey, my helmet (!), my tights, certain very personal spaces. It was like coming in from a day at the beach, sand everywhere. I’m sure the maid wondered what was going on. (Hey, I cleaned it up as best I could!)
The week is almost over. Assignment for the weekend: get some gardening started! Every year, it’s Memorial Day before I think about digging stuff up, expanding some of the spaces, building new boxes. Dammit, it’s time to get it done!