Looks like I'll be cleaning windows pretty soon...
gonna need a better brush
I'm back in Saratoga after a wonderful holiday weekend in Brooklyn. It was pretty much the perfect Thanksgiving celebration, and the only thing missing was about 10 hours of sleep... but, as I always say, you can sleep when you're dead.
Of course, to say it was the perfect holiday weekend is not quite truthful. I could have done without today's snowy/slushy/sleety garbage. I knew I was in for a mess when I left my parent's house at 8 a.m. in the midst of a driving sleet. I encountered flurries all the way up I 87, and by mid-afternoon, when I was safely ensconced in the office, it started snowing in earnest, and sticking. Which means that it's time for my second-annual first snow post.
I've got several months of getting in the plow's way to look forward to!
What a wonderful season...
For some, like Dante out in Alaska, it's been snowing for weeks, but for us here in Saraotga Springs this is the first time we've seen snow stick around long enough for pedestrians to lay fresh tracks in crunchy whiteness.
Of course, calling this snow is a bit generous. Although there were some fluffy flakes in mid-afternoon, as I write this, it's really more of an accumulating, freezing sleet. Be careful on the roads.
Please excersize caution on the roads...
lest you wind up like this guy
While driving home this morning, I passed a pretty serious accident on the thruway just north of exit 15. A black SUV had somehow become wedged between the guardrail and a semi. Needless to say, I hope everyone in the car is OK. heading in the opposite direction, a small sedan had apparently lost a jousting matching against a highway overpass, and wound up with a well-crumpled hood as a result.
From exit 15 until I got to the Kingston area, freezing conditions persisted, and there were many, many cars off the road. I was content to cruise along at a stately 55 MPH. The benefit, aside from staying on the road and keeping my hood intact, was that I made it to Saratoga on about 1/3 a tank of gas -- nearly a record for me.
there was surprisingly little police presence
Traffic was delayed about 20 minutes.
But back to the matter at hand. It's winter outside. I got in three solid days of riding while at home for Thanksgiving (including an excellent 4.5 hour ride up to Piermont with Scott and Ben on Friday), and I'm damn glad I did, because your guess is as good as mine as to when the next time I'll be able to get out on the road. I can't say I'm really excited about that. Looks like I'm fully committed to rollers/trainer for the next little bit. Woo hoo....
Of course, winter has many upsides as well. Skiing, to name one. But it's hard to keep this in mind when all we've got in town is the icy rime. Hopefully I'll be able to muster some winter enthusiasm (winthusiasm?) in the coming months. Until then, please be safe on the roads!