Brrrr... it was cold today! We had a 35 degree start, and only three riders heading out on today's breakfast ride. (My first ride in two weeks, and still riding the Lexa.) Paul, Joan, and I -- bundled to the gills -- ventured out with no clear destination in mind this morning, deciding to make a plan as we went along. Passing a bank that had a temperature and time display out front, the temperature flashed "34" degrees... and Joan suddenly felt cold! (Too funny!) With that, our breakfast destination became a little closer.
We headed out to the Depot Diner, which gave us a break from the chill, and allowed the air to warm up slightly while we were inside. After breakfast, we continued on a loop through Wenham, Hamilton, and back to Salem, where I said my goodbyes and headed off to get in a few more miles in Marblehead. Meandering through the streets of Marblehead, (so peaceful at this time of year), I passed my cousin Mark on Washington Street driving in the opposite direction -- and he didn't wave! He clearly didn't recognize me in my ninja-wear. Hahaha.
It was a slow, pokey ride today on the Lexa -- the headwind was brisk and the temps never got out of the low 40s. The crisp fall air, the colorful maples, and the smell of wood burning fireplaces made it a perfect day -- despite the cold. 34 miles for 34 degrees.