A strong appetite, average palate, and weak writing, mixed with outdoor adventure.

A strong appetite, average palate, and weak writing, mixed with outdoor adventure.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Spring Rides

Wednesday afternoon was a beautiful spring day, with low angle sunlight pouring across the Front Range and temperatures in the mid-60’s. On the heels of two stormy days the siren’s call of a leisurely bike ride could not be resisted.

It got off to a good start, as Tracy brought me a pork and fruit bar! She is a vegan who got the bar as part of a race packet. I am an omnivore who willingly vacuums up unwanted pork products from friends, so we are well matched. The bar was delicious given pork’s ability to pair well with nearly any fruit.


Loaded up on pork it was off to Washington (Wash) Park to ride laps. Wash Park has a 2 mile interior loop road that is split between pedestrians and cyclists. There was a witch hunt against cyclists a few years back for exceeding the 15 mph speed limit. Cyclists are far from perfect but I would have like to seen users whose dog leashes extend across the bike lane ticketed. Or parents whose unwatched toddlers dart into the path. This is all water under the bridge though because Tracy and I do not ride faster than 15 mph, more having to do with physical limitations than a respect for the law.

Spring is in the air, meaning all park users were checking each other out. As for nature, she had the jump start, as illustrated by the goslings and ducklings that were present.


The ride necessitated a fuel stop in the form of a scoop of peanut butter cup ice cream at Sweet Action Ice Cream. They have vegan ice cream, so it is an easily agreed to stop.


I am not sure why water tastes so good after ice cream, but we learned that a pint of beer from the Hornet works well too. All in all, I hope these Wednesday rides become a summer tradition.


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