Got my bike back from the shop, fully tuned up and ready to go yesterday. I celebrated by taking one of my routine routes through the Catskills, a 10 mile ride that begins at Cooper Lake. What a relief to be back outdoors! Reminded me of this book by Henry Miller, my favorite writer.
Not the sort of book you think of when you think of Miller, right? As the cover shows, this is the second volume of his Book of Friends. The titles of both books pretty accurately describe the contents. Both books are remarkably cheap at Amazon. I ordered them as I was writing this post.
Haven't read either of these books since I was on the bum as a kid in San Francisco. I sat in the coffee houses and read for hours. My favorite coffee house was the Caffe Trieste in North Beach.
I have a lot of books on tap right now. Including, an Audiobooks version of Suleiman the Magnificent!
Anyway, the crickets are beginning to chirp and the geese were honking fiercely overhead as I biked through the mountains. Bicycling outdoors is so much more interesting than wanking away on the stationary bike at the gym.
Don't know how many springs I have remaining. Must get the most out of each one.
My bicycle is four or five years old. The guys at the shop told me that I will either need major repairs or a new bike by the end of this season. The gears and chain are wearing out. A new bicycle costs about $700, a pretty hefty bite for a retiree on a fixed income.
A cold spell is setting in, so I won't be able to ride a lot for a week or so. But, I'll be back to my daily routine of riding 15 to 20 miles as soon as a warm weather arrives.