Everyone likes finding things. Well, finding good things. Finding things like bed bugs or dog shit on your shoe. Those aren't good things. I found some very good things this past weekend. Kristen and I went for a drizzly ride Saturday through the cemetery. I was interested in checking out the quarry that was fog shrouded when I last passed this way. It's an enormous quarry and has an overlook that is worthy of a future picnic. I can't believe this exists so damn close to Hartford proper. You can find it too if you wander out through the far south westerly corner of Cedar Hill Cemetery. As with many found things, don't get caught finding it.
Brendan and I rode South on Sunday afternoon. He was intent on finding his way to Castle Craig. Castle Craig is, "reportedly the highest mountain within 25 miles of the coastline from Cadillac Mountain in Maine to Florida." At just 1000 feet above sea level that isn't particularly impressive, but it was still a bit of a climb for an over wintering cyclist. The view, although misty, was still impressive. There was a goodly amount of icy slush for the last several hundred feet of roadway, which was rather fun to ride / sled down on road bikes.
And on the way back from the Meriden area, I spotted a lonely cold beverage on the side of the road. Abandoned. I adopted it. Very refreshing and the small calorie boost was appreciated.
For those that like riding (relatively fast) in the winter and think bike advocacy (or just hanging out with cross racing monsters) is a good time, the Tim Johnson Ride on Washington is coming up. They pass through Hartford (April 24th), have some beers, spend the night, and then ride on to NYC the next day (April 25th). They are totally cool with you riding in with them or leading them out. If you want to donate money or contact your legislator in honor of the National Bike Summit in Washington D.C., that's cool too. As I get more information I'll post it here. You can also follow their 2013 plans on Facebook.