It has actually been over for a long time but I haven’t posted about it. I didn’t bike to work at all last week. It’s just too dark and I realized that even if I got a front light, cars would see me but I would not be able to see pot holes or other obstacles on the road.
This weekend Cody, Shaun, and I did our Alpine ride. We start at Corner Canyon on Draper, and go over the mountain to the Alpine side where we go by the natural water slide, the bike ramp that ends into a pond, we ride the “blood chute”, and go through a ranch that has camels. Yeah, camels in Alpine Utah, strange…
The leaves were falling and changing color. We rode through several spots where the ground was covered with orange/brown leaves and the trees had reddish leaves. It was cool.
It was a tough ride, it took about 3 hours (I haven’t downloaded my Garmin watch data).
I’m still biking to work but I need a front strobe light because it is pitch dark when I leave my house. This morning a car did not see me when doing a right hand turn to merge into the main street I always ride; I had to stop really hard to avoid hitting it. It didn’t catch me by surprise because I always ride thinking nobody sees or respects bikers so I was ready for that hard stop. Besides, it was part my fault for not having a front light.
For safety’s sake I’ll stop bike commuting until I get a front light, which I hope will be after work tomorrow. The commute is getting cold in the morning but it is still not too bad; the night low is still in the forties. I’ll stop riding when the low gets below below 40F. There is no snow or rain so my guess is I still have 2 to 3 weeks of bike commuting.
For the last month or so, Anika could hold the “sit down” position for a little while, like 10 seconds totally unsupported. When placed on the position she would wobble and then start falling to the side slowly.
But two days ago Carol placed her on the floor and she was able to keep herself balanced! She now does it all the time with no problem. We can’t remember when was the last time we sat her down on the floor, we usually sat her on the bed without realizing it was harder for her to keep her balance on a soft surface.
So we now place her on the floor with some toys around for her to play with. We also put some pillows around so she doesn’t hit her head if she falls.
She’s also starting to enjoy more sophisticated toys like the one you see on the picture. She hits the buttons to play the music, we’re almost certain she does it because she wants to hear the music. She still prefers her old toys though, she can lift those and put them in her mouth =)