Monday, January 28, 2008

Yesterday's ride

It was barely above freezing at 10 o'clock when Sadie and I returned from our walk (Cliff doesn't walk on Sundays).  I told Cliff, "I think we should just bundle up and leave at 11 o'clock, no matter what the temperature is!"

He agreed. 

"So, that puts us on the road at meal-time," I told him. 

"We'll take a picnic like we always do," he says.

"It's too cold for a picnic!"

"Well, we'll eat out someplace."

That's when I remembered we had enough spicy black beans and rice to warm up and serve the two of us; so we decided to eat lunch at home at eleven, then hit the road.

Even with my layers of clothing, it was a pretty chilly ride.  I didn't try to take pictures on the move because I had my leather biker gloves on.  And as cold as my fingers were with them on, I certainly didn't want to take them off!  After leaving Tom, we rode toward the big city, around Lee's Summit, on through Kingsville, Greenwood and Holden, and back home.  (I am naming the towns for my kids; I realize this means nothing to most of my readers.)  At the beginning of our ride we saw very few fellow bikers, but as the temperatures climbed, we saw other brave souls.

Cliff and I were amazed at the mansions in which people live, throughout many of these locations.  I'm talking about homes that are almost palaces.  There is evidently some segment of society that isn't being hurt by the economic squeeze!  Honestly, even if I won the lottery I wouldn't want a house that big. 

In spite of our early lunch, as we headed toward home I realized we were going to be going through Bates City where there's a barbecue place that usually has pretty good eats.  So four hours after having lunch at home, we had mid-afternoon dinner there.  Typical of me, I aimed the squeeze-bottle of barbecue sauce at my sandwich and squirted it all over my thumb instead, then looked up to see if Cliff was watching.  He was, and we both burst out laughing.

Are we the only ones having problems controlling our diets during the winter?

By the time we got home it was 55°, which was the high for the day.

We congratulated ourselves on how tough we are to get out and ride when it's that cold, and retreated into the house for the rest of the evening.


marainey1 said...

I'm glad you got out and enjoyed the ride and the meal and that it did warm up some for you.  'On Ya'-ma

geocachelinda66 said...

A treat now and then isn't going to hurt!  Glad you didn't freeze out there!  Linda

gaboatman said...

I admire your moxy riding in cold weather like that.  The trip did look and sound fun, though.  When you are that close to a really good barbeque place, the diet goes out the window.  That's just the way it is, LOL.  Thanks for taking us along on the ride with you.

breakaway1968 said...

Ok I don't get that it's too cold for a picnic but it's not to cold to drive 55 mph in the cold temp on a bike!?  lol  You would think it would be pretty warm stopping to have a picnic.  

breakaway1968 said...

I forgot to add this...when you name the towns I'm on the computer taking a look at ur travels lol  It's pretty fun.  

robinngabster said...

Any day that ends with BBQ is a goooood day!

magran42 said...

In my weakened state those pictures had me in tears.  I sooooo want to get out into the country.  That restaurant is wonderful.  Wish there was something like that here. NOW I WANT RIBS!

lmitc89854 said...

Bates City BarBQ! My fave! I always get the mixed plate. Too bad they are closed today!  When you went thru Greenwood, was their bridge still under construction? Scared me last time I went thru there! ( the day the MN bridge collapsed!)

amy122389 said...

I can't say that I was 'controlling' my diet, but cooler temps awaken my need to eat like a bear.  Then I try to sleep like one, but the kids keep waking me up.

We were all out and about yesterday and a motorcycle with a couple zoomed on past us, and Jesse looked at me and said "Hey honey!  For our anniversary, we're gonna go rent a motorcycle for the day...and....uhh....probably just sit in it."  I laughed and said "We could probably just sit in it for free..."  


mutualaide said...

Cold as it was, it sounds like you had a great day!

plieck30 said...

You two are quite brave to ride in that weather. I'm with you on the mansions. I'm happy people that want them have them but I like something more cozy. Good thing too. lol Paula

lanurseprn said...

Maybe when the weather warms you can take pics of the mansions. I'd love to see them. Glad you had a good time!

fowfies said...

I dont know, foreclosures are at an all time high 'they' say. Those people might be feeling the pinch as they might be living on the edge with bills that big. I am with you, even if I had the money, I dont want a huge house, that is just more to keep clean! Y'all are nuts, I couldnt get out and ride in that cold, but glad to hear y'all had an enjoyable day.