Jul 28, 2006

riding again...

well, it's been longer than i expected since i rode the bike... didn't take it out on ride to work day. i didn't really have any place to go, so i didn't go anywhere. last sunday i did the usual ride to the store to pick up the paper, but that was about it...

today i decided to ride to lunch to meet john q. public and a couple other cohorts. it was a nice ride out and back. i took the interstate on the way out because, as usual, i didn't leave early enough to take the longer route. and because i'm not really sure how much more time the longer route takes. i've tried to keep track of how long it takes a couple times, but i get lost in the ride too much to pay attention to the time. but i made up for it on the ride home - taking the longer route. i don't really know if it's longer distance-wise, but it's certainly longer time-wise because i'm on two lane roads the whole way. and i'd rather be on those roads.

the temps were a little warm out there. it's not bad if you can keep moving, but if you stop in traffic, it can get a bit warm under that full face helmet and riding jacket. in my head, i've debate not wearing the jacket on the warm (hot) days - comfort v. safety. so far safety has always won out (at least since i've purchased the jacket). when you do a pro/con approach to it, it just makes sense to wear the jacket. what's the worst that can happen wearing the jacket?? sweating?? what's the worst that can happen not wearing a jacket?? road rash?? (not to mention death if the rash is bad enough!!!) so i think i've convinced myself to continue wearing it - even in the heat. i guess it just makes me feel better riding, and i can deal with the sweat.

soooo, lunch was good. it's always nice catching up to the people that i should see more often but don't. working from home has a lot of advantages, but it does come with a couple disadvantages. like not seeing friends as much. but don't get me wrong, the disadvantages certainly don't outweigh the advantages. you just have to make adjustments to minimize the disadvantages.

well, that's about it for now... should have more to post after tomorrow as i'm going to observe a motorcycle class. one of the doods i took the prep course with is teaching. it will be a good chance for me to figure out where the range is, see how things are run and meet some of the other instructors. i'm looking forward to it...

later...