It’s been a fairly spectacular autumn so far. I feel like we’ve had more chilly and clear days compared to the stereotypical rain/drizzle. I’m not complaining trust me.
I took a whirlwind weekend to fly back to NH to celebrate my mom’s 80th birthday. It was nice to spend some time with her again since I have not been back in two years now. Her memory is unfortunately not good but she looks way more healthy compared to the last time I saw her.
Not only was it most of my siblings (minus Chip and Donna) it was my Uncle Wendell and Aunt Donna and all the cousins, grandkids, spouses, etc. I would wager that at one point there was close to 60 people milling around inside and outside of Paul and Shannon’s house. Thank goodness the weather was fantastic!
If I had to choose an ideal time to come back to NH it would be the fall. Mia and I talk about missing the foliage (but not the snow, humidity or bugs in the other seasons).
I also am calling Paul Patient Zero since he decided to share his Cold with me. I then passed it to Mia and at least four of my coworkers back here in Oregon.
My riding has taken a deep nosedive for the month of October. The month has been trip to NH, Paul’s cold and then some foggy mornings that have made bike commuting less than appealing .
Finally got out for a 3.5 hour ride yesterday with another Forest Grove local. It was by far my longest ride since mid September. I felt it in the last 20 minutes too with some cramps in my thigh and just going from feeling okay to gassed in about a 10 minute stretch.
Couldn’t argue with the weather though. Started out in the high 30’s and finished with the low 50’s and plenty of sunshine.
Riding with no specific purpose has been nice too. I’m not training for anything specific right now so it’s been just going out and enjoying things. Living in FG has made night riding a thing again too. While living in Hillsboro the previous 4 years it wasn’t very nice to go out for rides in the dark. Here I can be on backroads in less than 2 miles.
I’m hoping to get some long and slow rides as long as the weather holds out. We could literally turn the corner to 4+ months of drizzle in just a couple days so I am going to take full advantage of it while it lasts.
That is about it for now.