OK, even though I work from home and don’t really commute, I wanted to participate in the Winter Ride To Work Day so I rode a big loop into town and back. The event is an international effort to convince people to get out of their cars and onto their bikes at least once a year and hopefully more. To encourage riders to sign on, local restaurants and businesses offer riders breakfast – not a bad start to the morning!
It wasn’t snowing but baby, it was cold outside so I wore everything I had – wool base layer, thermal long-sleeved cycling top, insulated cycling jacket, cycling shorts, winter cycling tights, thermal headband, winter riding gloves, wool socks, and thermal toe covers. Digits take a beating when it’s that cold and my fingers and toes let me know about it.
I rode the Boulder Creek Bike Path to the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse for the best chai in Colorado and their awesome veggie frittata, biscuit, and strawberry jam. Conversations were held to a teeth chattering ‘hello’ as we huddled ’round our tea cups. The Teahouse was a gift from Boulder’s sister city, Dushanbe, in Tajikistan and has become a must see stop for locals and visitors alike. The traditional paintings and wall carvings will make you feel like you’ve traveled half way around the world.