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Icy rain pelts Dan at on the bridges in Cedar Creek

New York is quickly becoming the new Seattle. With every passing year, Spring becomes colder drearier and more challenging for outdoor minded people. In lieu of careening down the asphalt of the open road or jumping the knarled roots of the trails, we cling to our trainers, our treadmills, or our elliptical machines in order to maintain our fitness, in eager expectation of the budding season. Nature toys with our emotions by sporadically throwing in a beautifully sunny, 70 degree day while we are at work only to find the weekend covered in fresh snow....

pedaling down the asphalt

It was the weekend, Sunday to be exact, and the last few remaining piles of snow had receded to mere mounds. Yet, the temperatures hovered in the early 30's. In spite of last night's youthful debauchery, I would be riding... In the midst of a dinner conversation last night, having made my distaste for the current state of the climate well known, I made an oath that I would ride out. I boldly decided that I would no longer heed Mother Nature for she is a contemptuous mistress and there comes a point when one can wait no longer. A fog induced from last night's activities had thickened my head so, to give it a chance to clear, I decided to spend a little time tuning up my steed before rolling out. These long winter months had me riding mostly my mountain bike so, my roadie sat for the better part of the season. The sight of rust on her chain washed a wave of sadness over me. Still, with a little cleaning and a little lube she was ready to meet the challenge of the gritty post-winter roads.

A rush of excitement flowed through me as I geared up. Dressed in a few light layers I made the decision to make this a Cedar Creek run. The Cedar Creek route is a pleasant one, even with a sloppy mix of icy rain and low temps. But, I knew full well that this would be a solitary expedition as few people would brave the outdoors on such an uninviting day. The solitude suited my mood so, I was undeterred. There is a route that parallels Sunrise Highway but, that doesn't have nearly the traffic load, which is why it is listed on the Nassau County bike maps as a safe cycling route, so I made for it... On through Freeport, Bellmore, and Wantagh, then down past Brand's Bike Shop to the Creek. I ducked into the park and hit one of Nassau County's only six bike paths.

The boardwalk beckons

Barreling down the path, the wind gusts and the stinging chill of the frigid rain drops abuse my skin. But the icy bite of the precipitation soon gives way to elation and thankfulness for being on the road. I spin past a wall of 8 foot tall reeds that dance to the whim of the wind and impart images reminiscent of a lowland plain in the west. One almost forgets that we are less than an hour from Manhattan.

the reeds dance

The miles of the path quickly pass and I find myself rolling up to Jones Beach. The Boardwalk beckons but I know that even with the neatly laid bike lane, it will be very slick from the rain and venturing down it will be begging for trouble. The rain has picked up and I am a good distance from home. I turn, but as I retreat, the mix of frozen rain and sweat that rolls down my cheek reminds me that, a bad day in the saddle is still better then a good day anywhere else....

putting Jones Beach in my rear view


Icy rain pelts Dan at on the bridges in Cedar Creek

New York is quickly becoming the new Seattle. With every passing year, Spring becomes colder drearier and more challenging for outdoor minded people. In lieu of careening down the asphalt of the open road or jumping the knarled roots of the trails, we cling to our trainers, our treadmills, or our elliptical machines in order to maintain our fitness, in eager expectation of the budding season. Nature toys with our emotions by sporadically throwing in a beautifully sunny, 70 degree day while we are at work only to find the weekend covered in fresh snow....

pedaling down the asphalt

It was the weekend, Sunday to be exact, and the last few remaining piles of snow had receded to mere mounds. Yet, the temperatures hovered in the early 30's. In spite of last night's youthful debauchery, I would be riding... In the midst of a dinner conversation last night, having made my distaste for the current state of the climate well known, I made an oath that I would ride out. I boldly decided that I would no longer heed Mother Nature for she is a contemptuous mistress and there comes a point when one can wait no longer. A fog induced from last night's activities had thickened my head so, to give it a chance to clear, I decided to spend a little time tuning up my steed before rolling out. These long winter months had me riding mostly my mountain bike so, my roadie sat for the better part of the season. The sight of rust on her chain washed a wave of sadness over me. Still, with a little cleaning and a little lube she was ready to meet the challenge of the gritty post-winter roads.

A rush of excitement flowed through me as I geared up. Dressed in a few light layers I made the decision to make this a Cedar Creek run. The Cedar Creek route is a pleasant one, even with a sloppy mix of icy rain and low temps. But, I knew full well that this would be a solitary expedition as few people would brave the outdoors on such an uninviting day. The solitude suited my mood so, I was undeterred. There is a route that parallels Sunrise Highway but, that doesn't have nearly the traffic load, which is why it is listed on the Nassau County bike maps as a safe cycling route, so I made for it... On through Freeport, Bellmore, and Wantagh, then down past Brand's Bike Shop to the Creek. I ducked into the park and hit one of Nassau County's only six bike paths.

The boardwalk beckons

Barreling down the path, the wind gusts and the stinging chill of the frigid rain drops abuse my skin. But the icy bite of the precipitation soon gives way to elation and thankfulness for being on the road. I spin past a wall of 8 foot tall reeds that dance to the whim of the wind and impart images reminiscent of a lowland plain in the west. One almost forgets that we are less than an hour from Manhattan.

the reeds dance

The miles of the path quickly pass and I find myself rolling up to Jones Beach. The Boardwalk beckons but I know that even with the neatly laid bike lane, it will be very slick from the rain and venturing down it will be begging for trouble. The rain has picked up and I am a good distance from home. I turn, but as I retreat, the mix of frozen rain and sweat that rolls down my cheek reminds me that, a bad day in the saddle is still better then a good day anywhere else....

putting Jones Beach in my rear view


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