Saturday, March 17, 2007
As commutes go, last night's introduced me to new bicyling territory. From Arlington to Falls Church the sleet and freezing rain kept me very alert --- not to mention exfoliating my complexion. At about the Rt. 7 bridge, the ice began to build up on Idabike, including cables, which I discovered turn out to be fairly important to braking ability. But who needed to brake anyway? I began to get a good workout as the ice collected around the brake shoes and dragged on the wheels. It was like riding through pineapple sorbet while towing a shrubbery. I was long overdue at home and my son walked out to the trail to wait for me. While he was waiting, he made a sign in the slushy ice on the trail.