It's been over a month since my last post, and in what you would think is the prime season for cycling! There have been many changes recently that have kept me from the keyboard. In addition, the weather here is Seattle has been downright crummy for biking. Cold and wet. One of the coldest and wettest springs I've ever experienced here.
The biggest change... I'm now officially retired. The change in employment status was my doing... for "family reasons." It has been a tougher transition than I thought it would be. I thought having some extra time would mean more cycling. It has actually been the opposite. Much of my riding was commute-related and now that I don't commute, getting out for a solo ride seems like an indulgence. As I get more used to it, I think I will be getting out more, but the transition has been challenging.
That said, I have been doing some bicycle related activities. Here are a bunch of pics to bring you all up to speed on the last month or so...
On my last day at work, I rode home on my trusty Surly Cross Check. Amazingly, the sun came out and I got to enjoy a rare few minutes 'laxing on a park bench in our little town. A contemplative moment...
The lower image is of my Faggin road bike, now with a Brooks Team Professional saddle on it. I was on my first solo ride since retiring and stopped at the farthest south you can ride on the island, where East Mercer Way and West Mercer Way intersect. I usually ride past this point thinking.. "I should stop and get a picture of this for the blog." Now that I have some time on my hands... I did.
Well, that kind of catches us up. Sorry for the long post and I'm hoping now to get back in the groove of posting more frequently.