16 January 2009

I love my neighbors

Posted by todd under: Cold weather riding .

So yesterday it was cold, for Kentucky — down around zero — and my neighbor Kay started to worry about me.

31Kay and Stanley are our good friends from down the street. Kay reads to my daughter Mary twice a week. Are you going to ride in this weather, she asked yesterday.

Sure, I said. You just have to dress for it.

Around 7 last night, Guinever called. Stanley was wanting to come and pick me up from work. What? I said. Yes — Stanley was going to come down to where I work, at midnight, to pick me up so I wouldn’t have to ride my bike home.

No, I said, Stanley’s not going to do that, but please thank them profusely for their kindness.

This is when you know people love you, when they are willing to go out in the cold late at night, probably past bedtime, in the interest of saving you from the elements. God bless Kay and Stanley!

(We have it easy down here. My Iowa buddy Nunemaker is freezing his heinie off in Iowa, where the high was minus 4 yesterday.)

6 Comments so far...

Trisha Says:

16 January 2009 at 1:05 pm.

It’s freezing in Nashville, too, and it’s kept me off my bike. Hoping for a big comeback next week!

BTW, your info on 2008 commuter bikes is incredibly helpful. (I’m shopping for one this year.) Appreciate it.

Laura D Says:

16 January 2009 at 11:07 pm.

I think you ought to update your blog banner with a photo of you all decked out for the cold weather on your bike. :)

jhaygood Says:

28 February 2009 at 9:45 am.

Hi there! Just found your blog, and I wholly support your approach and philosophy! My family has taken to biking everywhere we can, and it’s been such a positive change in our lives. I know the feeling you express that if more people tried it, they would find the same benefits.

It’s so easy, and satisfying, and simply fun, but people mainly see it as some incredible accomplishment or effort. We get the same thing, with people offering us rides here and there (we have two cars, we could choose to use them whenever we want!). They always express such concern, unaware that we actually LIKE it!

Anyway, just wanted to say hello, and invite you to take a look over at my site. Just started the blog a few weeks ago, but had the same feeling that the voice of family commuters, for bikes as simply family transportation, was one that could use some extra visibility.

So keep it up! Maybe someday we’ll change some minds and convince more people to leave their cars at home.

Helen Says:

8 June 2009 at 8:46 pm.

Great website. Miss your blog. Didn’t fall off, did you? Hope the 6 Miler is OK.

todd Says:

8 June 2009 at 8:55 pm.

Helen, thanks — nope, I didn’t fall off! My riding routine is the same as ever, maybe that is the problem — not a whole lot new to write about! I have been concentrating on the square-foot garden, cleaning up the yard, and doing some minor repairs on the Breezer & my kids’ bikes. Come to think of it, some of those would make a good post…

Biking Paige Says:

9 July 2009 at 6:09 pm.

Hi Todd,
I love your blog. I write a blog on a similar topic about biking to work in San Francisco, and I happen to be from Lexington, so lots in common. Hope you get back to writing it now that I’ve just discovered it! I’m adding you to my blogroll on bikingpaige.wordpress.com

Go UK!!
Paige

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