10 May 2011

Bike-commute day 22—to home

It's been clouding up all afternoon. The radar shows heavy storms have passed through the Miami County areas already, and perhaps they will miss Dayton. But we have heavy skies nevertheless. It may well be an evening to bypass the gym, which I will decide on as I start out on the commute.

...So because of the still-threatening skies, I decided against stopping at the gym. And well decided. Sprinkles were falling as I started from Kodak, though they let up. Some portions of the bikeway were damp, some with run-off just cleared, some with steaming pavement. I got mud-spattered from the wet areas, but not rained on. A gentler pace kept me safe through to the still-flooded Great Miami River. From there, I took the zig-zag up to Riverscape and sidewalks through downtown to the street up from the Monument Avenue Bridge.

At the end of my commute, I stopped to say hello to two women who were gardening at a house on Euclid that had been for sale. One of them was the new owner—Justa, whose husband was still at his workplace. The other was her sister who helped with their move.

Ride conditions
Temperature: 74 to 77°F at 16:50
Precipitation: none
Winds: 5 to 10 mph from the southwest
Clothing: skinsuit; ankle socks. Open-finger gloves.
Bike: Trek 850
Time: 00:51:04 for 16.55 miles
Heart rate:119 bpm average, 136 bpm maximum
Bikeway users: 4 cyclists, 3 pedestrians, 1 dog
Here is a playback of the ride. 7th Garmin day.

Note about the illustration
The line drawings were published online and captured by me during the playback. The video provides stills from The Art of Frank Patterson by Horace F. Button, which was published 1952 by Temple Press, Ltd.

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