Two Wheels in the Cold

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 2.71mm, f/2.2, 1/60 sec, ISO125
“Bundled Up” Cedar Park, 2024

Today was the first day of the year where the temperatures have dropped below the freezing mark. I have this silly tradition in which I hop on my motorbike and go for a ride when that happens. I was gonna skip it this year, but the decided, what the hell, let’s do it. So I bundled up with my wind-proof jacket, neck gaiter, winter gloves, and Uniqlo heatech base layers and went for a ride around the neightborhood. It was fun but I quickly learned where the cold parts of my clothing were. Basically, my face and my fingers. I have heated grips on my motorcycle and they keep my palms warm, but the outside of my fingers were frozen! Ack!

After I came home, had some lunch and warmed up, I put on my non-motorcycle warm clothes (first pic) and went for a ride to the park. As expected, the trail was pretty much empty, so it was a very pleasant ride.

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/670 sec, ISO32
“Piplup” Cedar Park, 2024

The photo below is of a little mouse in my motorcycle tank bag. We have this yucky cat toy that had been going back between my wife and myself, hidden in places like under her pillow, in my sock drawer, etc. Then one day I found it here in the tank bag, and decided that that is where it would stay. 😀

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/1800 sec, ISO32
“Mouse” Cedar Park, 2023

Evening Ride with Piplup

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/60 sec, ISO500
“Piplup at Night” Cedar Park, 2024

Went for a ride this chilly evening with Piplup and saw the lights on at the high school athletic field so I decided to check it out. They were practicing lacrosse, which looked pretty cool. After taking a photo of Piplup, I headed back to the warmth of home.

Lunch Ride

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/1000 sec, ISO32
“Piplup by the Water” Cedar Park, 2024

I went for a lunch ride with Piplup, my Brompton bicycle, today along the hike and bike trail. It was a yucky, grey, and cold day as you can see from the picture. But the upside was that there weren’t many people on the trail. So that was nice. 😄

An Hour of Fishing

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 1.55mm, f/2.4, 1/500 sec, ISO25
“Fishing” Cedar Park 2023

An hour of fishing at the local pond is a perfect way to unwind and relax. And bicycling there is a nice bonus! Too bad I only got one bite and no fish… I think the fish are less active now that it’s getting colder. Oh well, still fun!

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 1.55mm, f/2.4, 1/620 sec, ISO25
“Fishing” Cedar Park 2023

Ride to the Library

“Bicycle Ride” Cedar Park, 2023

Today I rode my Brompton to the library to return “Making a Scene” by Constance Wu. I thought the book was pretty good, but some of the chapters I quickly skimmed over. I wasn’t too interested in the sexy scenes, but I thought the chapters about her family were more interesting, especially about her father. And I like her attitude about cars. Recommended!

Anyways, the ride was really nice, especially because the sky and clouds were so interesting. If you have a moment, please watch the ride video: