I was groggy when the ride started and the weak pre-dawn light wasn't helping any. The weatherman said it would be in the 40s with a stiff, steady headwind in excess of 20 miles per hour. I don't think the weatherman bothered to step outside however. It was nearly 50 and the wind was intermittent gusting occasionally to 15. Since I listened to the weatherman, I was overdressed. Of course, any reasonable person would have stopped and shed a layer, but not me. I was already late getting to what was certain to be an unproductive workday.
|Belle and Alex Salute My Last Commute of 2011|
I left work a few hours early and rode home in bright sunshine for the first time in a long while. The forecast from this morning finally came true and I had a very helpful 20 mile per hour tailwind for nearly the entire ride. Along the way, I spotted several great blue herons and a kingfisher (I think) along the Potomac. Of course, my camera totally failed me with these smaller birds. (I think I've dropped it a few too many times.) Since I normally ride home in the dark, the water fowl were a welcome sight.
|Outdoor Art Gallery at the Christmas Attic|
Carrying on past the shopping district, my brain had shifted to let's get home and get warm mode. Out of the corner of my eye I spotted something moving and what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature man on a bicycle. Who needs reindeer anyway?
|Santa on a Bike|
And so ends my year of bike commuting. 3 bikes. 2 destinations (L'Enfant Plaza in DC and Rosslyn in VA). 145 days. Over 4,000 miles. No wonder I'm tired....