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Old 03-29-19, 08:36 AM
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Took the LHT up to Depot Park, Bedford, thus ending a hiatus that started with that unseasonable cold snap in late November. That was the first time in 7 years I hadn't simply bundled up, put the studded tires on, and ridden through the Winter. Seems like an error in judgement now, but I partially made up for it with hiking and travel (Florence, Bhutan, Nepal). After ~4 months, the very familiar touring bike felt a little strange, and I found I had lost several gear ratios against the very familiar and gentle grades of the Minuteman.

The wind turned when I did, and the headwind outbound became the headwind inbound, only colder. But the red wing blackbirds in Tophet Swamp were singing, and I glimpsed a beaver swimming near its lodge, so I agreed it was Spring, and pedaled home with a big smile.


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