|The 6 am Levee Ride heading out in the dark|
With Daylight Saving Time not ending for another couple of weeks, the morning rides seem to be getting darker and darker by the day. It's the time of year when I just automatically plug my lights into the charger after almost any ride, especially now that the batteries in both front and tail lights are old and don't hold a charge like they used to. On the plus side, we haven't had much rain at all for a while. On the minus side, we could really use some rain - just not when I'm riding. After that little cool snap last weekend we are back to warm and humid weather again with morning temperatures around 75° and highs well into the 80s. It's looking like a little cool front may make it through here around mid-week, and that should kick off some rain as it does.
The early morning rides, despite the darkness, have been well-attended. Riding on the levee path in the dark definitely requires a high level of alertness, though, and I'm really looking forward to the time change that should give us a month or so before the shorter days put us right back in the dark.
|Saturday Giro stopping at a light!!|
Last weekend I ended up just doing the Giro Ride both days. I was warm and humid, but I'll gladly take that instead of cold weather. Up in Minnesota Dan Casebeer has been posting photos of group rides in full winter gear, and I'm glad I won't likely have to deal with that for at least another month or two. On Saturday Julia dragged a number of the Tulane riders out to the Giro. A couple of them hadn't done it before and so of course had to really push themselves in a few places when the pace got really fast, but they all finished. For new riders the Giro can be a great learning experience, and as I always tell them, once you learn where the faster sections tend to be it gets a lot easier. On Sunday the Giro seemed a bit more tame, prompting me to actually go to the front and take a couple of pulls, at least until Mike Williams on his TT bike kind of got in the way. After he and Jaden started playing bumper cars up near the front of the group I decided to keep a safe distance until I could get ahead of Mike. After the Giro I rode straight over to Bike Easy where I was supposed to be helping out with their tent setup for the Bicycle Scavenger Hunt thing. It was nice chatting, but there were just a handful of people who came by, only a couple of whom knew anything about the ride or Bike Easy, so I wasn't really needed.
Meanwhile, back at the house, the road work crew has started putting down asphalt on Neron Place, although not yet on the corner by Pine Street. There's still a lot of work to do even after they finish that part before people will be able to get back into their driveways. The house is in Halloween mode now and Candy has been preparing a ton of candy and making cookies and those sorts of things for a week already. I guess we will put up our "Candy Chute" again so nobody has to worry about COVID too much. Right now we're past the 4th surge and back to kind of the base level, averaging around 30 confirmed cases each day, so back around where we were last April-May. This morning I went downstairs and got a free Flu shot, which I guess is the thing to do if you're old and infirm like me. Influenza, statewide, is around one-tenth its normal level for this time of year. The ILI count for last week was 401. The last ILI surge was in February and March of 2020 when it was up above 5,000 for weeks. Yeah, social distancing and masks apparently work for influenza virus too.