26 July 2011

Bike-commute day 59—to work

Tuesday, 26 July 2011.

After I passed under Webster this morning, a RiverParks workman was driving a tractor along the bikeway, heading toward Eastwood Park. Towed behind was a sweeper, its brushes stilled and lifted off the pavement. Good, I thought. I guess they scheduled some bikeway cleanup, perhaps to clear the fallen brush today.

Just at the curve before the dip under Findlay Avenue, a rider on a yellow and red Oceam bike pulled silently beside me. It was Matt Siebers, husband of Kate whom I had met a month ago or more on the same section of bikeway. Matt is a student at WSU in Cyber Technology, and this was his first day commuting to school by bike. The bike was a carbon frame of some beauty, and he bought it while living in Europe. A few searches on Google didn't result in a website for the manufacturer.

We didn't ride together long, since his route took him east out of Eastwood Park, and onto Springfield Street toward Wright State.

Broken glass on Iron Horse bikeway 0.15 mile south of Linden crossing.

Tree litter on the Creekside Trail under the canopy between Airway and Burkhardt and the canopy between Burkhardt and the split-off of the Iron Horse Trail.

Tree litter on the Iron Horse Trail under the canopy between Linden and Woodman and the canopy between Woodman and Spaulding.

Ride conditions
Temperature: 79°F at 07:55
Precipitation: none, humidity 9%
Winds: 5 mph from the southwest
Clothing: Skinsuit, ankle socks, open-finger gloves.
Bike: Lotus Legend fixed gear
Time: 00:40:48 for 11.91 miles
Heart rate: 129 bpm HRave, 151 bpm HRmax
Bikeway users: 11 cyclists, 7 pedestrians
Playback of the ride.

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