What a beautiful weekend here in Grand Rapids. After an unusually cold spell in early November, we had an unusually warm spell this weekend. Even though I had many tasks that I could have done around the house, I just had to take the opportunity to hop on my bike and enjoy some miles in the sun.
Friday night I rode about 10.5 miles before it got too dark. Then I got up early Saturday morning to ride 25 miles before going to my niece's 4th birthday party.
As I rode, I discovered that the entire Kent Trail system has been repaved since I rode it last. Wow! That is some nice smooth asphault. No more bumps from sub-pavement tree roots or wheel swallowing pot holes. In my rush to get outside, I forgot to take my camera with me, so sorry I don't have any photos. But picture gray twiggy trees arching over a brown leaf covered path. Despite the lifelessness of the trees, the scene was still kind of pretty. Just wait until all the tree branches have a dusting of fresh, sparkling snow on them. Not that I'm in a hurry for the snow to arrive.
In fact, I have a friend who recently moved to Michigan from California. She keeps hearing about the cold and snowy winters and wondering what that will be like. I honestly wouldn't mind if this type of weather continued until spring and she never found out!