Strange - I'm beginning this post the same way I ended the last post. But believe it or not, this is a totally different picture of a different day. Yes, there have been only TWO snow days so far this year, and I got a pic of each of them.
This picture is more special though since it was shot on the morning of our trip to Chatham, MA out on the "elbow" of Cape Cod. I'd promised Mrs. Suitcase a little 3 day weekend away for her birthday and - bonus! - I got to take my bike. But seeing this snow shocker when we woke up prompted me to get a trainer ride in before we left.
Good thing - all the way up that Friday it was snowy and rainy. Just as well - I'd gotten my workout in and could take the rest of the day off to read & nap at the B&B.
The next day was cold but sunny. And - as I was to find out - VERY windy. The Mrs. had plans for the afternoon and I took advantage of the time to get out for a ride. This is the shot of the bike at the B&B - "B&B&B" as Velomonkey pointed out.
I rode west into the wind toward Harwich on the Chatham branch of the CCRT (Cape Cod Rail Trail), averaging a bit over 14 mph for a lot of effort. But as I turned at the Harwich rotary (yes, even rail trails in Massachusetts have rotaries) and headed northeast to Orleans, I had mostly a tailwind.
After a stop and a chat with Jahn at Idle Times Bike Shop, I headed back south along Rt. 28 to Chatham. Despite the cold and wind, the scene above was MUCH nicer than the scene last time I rode here:
(taken from SDC's helmet cam/blog)
Well, that was summer time (more crowded) and, um, northbound.
Anyway, I had no incidents this time and was happy to get the pretty pic along Little Pleasant Bay.
I was even happier to get back to the Mrs and enjoy reading by the fire back at the B&B. I'd only ridden 32 miles, but it was a nice triangle route and - given the wind - was enough of a workout for the day. Click here for the route map and details.
We had to check out the next morning, so I needed to get up extra early if I wanted to get one more ride in. Which I did. But it was a LOT colder and - unbelieveably - even MORE windy than the previous day. I only rode 12.5 miles and was out about an hour, but I got to explore a lot of the local roads and side streets in Chatham and got some great pics. The one above is of the lighthouse - well, one of the lighthouses. As I discovered later, like Old Saybrook, Chatham has two of them.
This is down by the Chatham Fish Market. Many of the boats were already gone fishin', but these pleasure craft were still bobbing around with the sunrise.
Another shot up the beach a ways. The wind was so strong here I almost got blown over while I was trying to aim the camera.
I'd seen the "other" lighthouse in the distance during my ride the previous day, but wanted to be sure and go back with a decent camera to capture it.
I'm not quite sure how you get out there - the land wasn't connected from what I could see - but it certainly looks lonely, and a bit romantic, sitting out there so exposed to the elements.
I was feeling pretty exposed to the elements myself by that point, and it was getting near time for the the non-bed "B" part of the B&B. Two Eggs Benedict and a few muffins & coffee later and I was ready to get us all packed up and back on the road to home.
I hadn't meant for our weekend getaway to evolve into a 2 day training camp, but I can never seem to go to Cape Cod and not take my bike - no matter what the weather. And despite the temperature and "breeze" the sun certainly made for some nice rides - my 3rd and 4th rides outside of the year(!)
But it's back to the trainer this week, in preparation for Six Sundays in Purgatory the Bethel Spring Series this coming Sunday. Despite my recent rides, I don't have the miles in my legs I'd hoped to by now, but racing with the guys is always a blast no matter what my condition. If nothing else, at least I'll get some good blog fodder and you should see more frequent posts here in the coming weeks.
And even my license came in the mail on Monday - just in time. So I've got no excuses, ready or not. How about you? Hope to see some of you out there!