I made it home from work without any trouble yesterday. I skipped riding the trails because they were not plowed at all and we had about five inches of snow on the ground by the time I left the office. As I turned onto my street, one of my neighbors took a break from shoveling his sidewalk to cheerfully shout “You made it!” I smiled and shouted back “Yes I did!”
This morning, when I headed out for a photo shoot in the Riverwest Neighborhood, I had about a foot of snow in the back yard of my West Side home. The side streets were plowed enough to make travel pretty easy. The main motor vehicle travel lanes of the arterial streets were plowed and heavily salted. There was a few inches of slush in the bike lanes, but it was not a problem, so I had a fun, incident free ride to the shoot.
In fact, as you can see by my Endomondo ride summary, I averaged a little over 11 mph for the ride on my single speed mountain bike with Nokian W106 Mount and Ground tires. Even without the snow, that is a reasonable average speed for city travel with all the stopping and starting for traffic signals. At least it is for a typically slow old man like me.
How was your commute?
Did you use the trails or stick to the streets?
Did you get any cheers of adulation?
Anyone call you crazy?