Sunday, January 18, 2015

First Ride of the Year

Most of the winter has been cold and blustery.  November was unusually cold.  December had some decent days, but very windy.  Early January was bitter cold.  So, late last week, we were eager to have some warmer weather.

Friday started the warm-up.  Early in the day was windy.  By the time I realized the wind had died down, it was too late to load the bike and head to town.  Saturday was expected windy, and it lived up to expectations with winds in the 35mph area.

So, when Sunday forecast was for 50s and and clam to light winds - it was time to get the bike out.  Loaded the hybrid on the car rack and drove to the Wabash Trace Trailhead, planning to ride towards Lake Manawa.  Signs said the trail was closed for construction at I-29.  Rode over to the construction area to see what's going on.

Looks like they are making a big interchange at I-29 and US 275/Hwy 92.  Another cyclist there said widening I-29 here to 6 lanes.  I can't figure out what all the bridges are going. 

There were mode signs indicating the trail is closed until April 1, 2015.  With no workers present and the beautiful day, many cyclists (me included) ignored the signs are rode through the area.  Rode as far as the Lake Manawa Nature Trail parking lot. 

Figured that ny the time I got back, it would be a good ride for the first ride of the year.  Ended up with 5.2 miles.  Forecast is for another good day for riding tomorrow.

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