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A foggy ride, and a new home

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

I planned a long road ride on Sunday, but I’ve just been super busy, so I decided to shorten it. I still managed to ride about 27 miles in 30ish degree temperatures, so I really don’t feel bad about that.

I headed out, to an area where I haven’t ridden much. Partially, I wanted some variety, but there were other reasons for going to this particular area, which will become clear momentarily. It was a cool, foggy day, predicted to get into the mid-40s, but it never got there; I think the actual high was right around 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

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I rolled through town, mostly through neighborhoods. Riding the Trucker was an absolute dream compared to the beater I ride to work, which has studded tires to boot. I was excited becauseĀ  I was exploring part of what will becomeĀ  my new commute (assuming everything goes well). You see, we put an offer on a house — sale is pending. Pretty exciting stuff! On a side note, buying a home is an extremely complicated process, made even more complex because of a federally-backed loan and another government program on top of that. But this will all pay off in a very, very low interest rate.

Anyway, my new commute will be about twice as long as the old one. So my commute will now be 5-6 miles. I fully expect the Trucker will see a lot more commuting duty, my heavy old beater is up to the task but not exactly ideal. I’ll still ride the beater in bad weather.

I was riding to the new house, and most of the ride there was quite pleasant, through rather quiet neighborhoods. I’ll have to check out the part of the ride that goes downtown, but I’m feeling good about this new ride. It’s longer and hillier than my current commute, but that may even be a good thing.

Here are a few shots of the new house. Technically it’s a townhouse, but it’s only connected to one other house, and the neighborhood just feels like a normal neighborhood, not a big complex. Ours is the left half.

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More on the house later … more about the ride now. I had planned a 42-mile route, but as I said, I didn’t really have a lot of time. So rather than head out of town on the west side, I turned back toward the east and rode over to do one of my usual training rides, the Water Works route. I’m happy to say that this route will still be easily accessible from the new location.

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I had some great views of a foggy, frozen-over Lake Monroe for a couple different points in the ride.

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I headed back toward our current home.

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I’m excited about our new house. Admittedly, I have some trepidation about the fact that it’s on a different side of town; my riding area is going to change a bit. This means some of my current favorite riding spots will be an additional six miles away or so (Yellowwood State Forest, in particular). But on the other hand, the west and south sides will be more accessible. It will be interesting to become better acquainted with these areas.

Of course, this all depends on the house purchase going through. Wish us luck!

8 Responses to “A foggy ride, and a new home”

  1. Bill Lambert Says:

    Good Luck! Hope it all goes through for you.

  2. furiousBall Says:

    good luck brother, it’s a cute place. i demand more rob in the posts please.

  3. Jon Grinder Says:

    Congrats. Buying a house, then making it a home, can be a very rewarding experience. Lots o’ paperwork, lots o’ tedium, but the end result is worth it all.

    The extra 5 or 6 miles will cease being an issue, and that will just be the distance the you ride, after a while. Plus, you are 5 or 6 miles closer to other routes to ride!

  4. David Crowell Says:

    That looks like a great riding area. I wish you well with your home purchase.

  5. kingo Says:

    Good luck on the house purchase going throiugh. That’s awesome.

    I don’t see you on the thing thing. So here I am.

    there’s something going on in march. But I suspect you’ve got some busy-ness going on.

    Alas!

  6. John Says:

    Best of luck with your new home. I am always glad to see people in smaller places. It makes so much more sense.

  7. Chris Says:

    Best wishes for the new home. I looks like you’ve thought things through well. I hope you are successful and enjoy it.

  8. Tim Says:

    A big hopeful congrats. you’re becoming a full-fledged member of the adulthood fraternity (said with a “sigh”).

    as for the extra miles, that’s a double-edged sword, isn’t it? have fun exploring. That’s what it’s all about last time I checked.

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