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come ride with me …

Confession: videographer I am not, but today while riding with my little Lumix, I accidentally switched the mode dial to the video capture mode … and decided, hey –  this might not be a bad idea?  So here is a chance for you to ride along with me – for a few minutes, anyway.  One of these days I will re-attempt with a real video camera, but for now, at least you will get the idea (and get to see a few barns flying by)  😉

You may not believe me, but it really was a perfect day to be out on a bike.  There was still virtually no traffic due to the recent snow-panic, yet the roads had started to clear and were easily ridable.  The landscape was quiet and beautiful with snow, the temperatures were comfortably moderate in the mid-30’s, and I loved having the hushed roads all to myself.

 

not quite clear yet

clear sailing (riding)

 

As the salt trucks had been slowly making their way through the county, I decided to ride my old mountain-turned-commuter bike, in case things were really messy.  For the most part, however, I was surprised at how well things had cleared up.  Yet this hasn’t stopped the schools from declaring yet another Snow Day for tomorrow…

I have to confess that I will hate to see it all melt away.  I could get very used to this nice combination of cross-country skiing and cycling each day.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll get at least another day or two before it all vanishes.

The old barns (& bicycle pics) are here to stay, though.  Oh well.

 

(another) barn & bike

old snowy barn

 

 

snowmageddon 2011

 

eight and a half inches on the ground!

Well, it’s official … it actually snowed!  Snow Day fulfilled.  And basically the entire eastern end of the state of Tennessee (as well as north Georgia and Alabama) is paralyzed by the storm.

And, for the record, we are loving every minute!

The roads are mostly impassable at this point.  We just don’t have enough snow removal and salt spreading equipment to adequately clear the roads in a timely manner.  And with temperatures expected to remain at freezing or below, it could be a few days before conditions improve.

 

about as good as it gets; TDOT came by and plowed, but only a sparse handful of people were out driving

where are the porch steps?

So we spent the day playing, and skiing and sledding and generally messing around in the snow.  Biking proved to be a little too impossible without studded tires and too much ice on the roads.  So we hauled out our “vintage” cross-country skis, and Mark managed to use the tractor make a pretty decent ski track out in the field and back to the woods.

 

skiing on the tractor track

snowgoat

snowdog

snowkid (on the vintage skis)

 

I apologize for the absence of bicycles today … but hopefully tomorrow will bring a little change to that.  I suspect we are going to have a very interesting week ahead.  🙂

 

snowflower

snowfence