January 2013 was the coldest we've had in quite some time. (And they talk about global warming like it's a bad thing!) But on the bright side, we're ending up with more normal temperatures. Amazing how warm 35 feels, after a few days of 5!
Commute Log... I ended up riding the bus in both directions on two days. On another five, I rode the bus to work, then was able to bicycle home.
Much to my chagrin, I became reaquainted with the ground on two occasions, if ya know what I mean. We had a freak rainstorm a week ago, which left a quarter-inch of ice glaze on everything. I was wheeling my bike when my feet went right out from under me and I was on the ground immediately. Ouch! I was sore for a couple days after. (My dear mother fared worse - she fell and broke her arm! Adding insult to injury - she reports that three neighborhood dogs immediately ran over and started "slobbering" all over her! I'm happy to report she's recovering nicely from both injury and insult!) About the time I was feeling good again, I was bicycling to work - a dusting of snow hid an icy patch that caused the wheel to slide out, and I body-slammed that frozen ground yet again! Other than a nice shiner on one knee, and the accompanying torn britches, I'm okay. I mumbled, got up, and rode on. But I'm getting too old for that kind of action.
I ended up riding more miles on the old "beater" than on the #1 bicycle. The brick saddle was okay, except on the days when I took the scenic route home... after 45 minutes, it never failed to make me wonder how I enjoyed it for so many years. (I've only ridden the An-Atomica one time in the interim... I barely even noticed it was there! Looking forward to dry roads.)