Temperatures in the 60’s during a Minnesota February means there is no way I was sitting in the house on a day off from work. I didn’t want to take the ICE Adventure out this early, however, too much melt and too much winter debris for me to feel comfortable on a low trike with small tires. I also didn’t want to take the SunSeeker Fat TAD on paved trails through the city so where to ride? Unpaved trails through the mud, that’s where! I headed over to the Luce Trail out by Orono.
It didn’t end up being a particularly fun ride. I hadn’t ridden in 3 weeks and it isn’t easy slogging through the muck like that. Where the trail was still more frozen and solid I could pick up some speed, but those spots were few and far between. My legs were feeling it but even though I was wondering why I do things like this, there was still a part of me that knew at the end I would be pleased to have gotten in such a good leg workout.
There were still colors and sounds to enjoy. Blue, yellow, red, white. Birds singing, a creek bubbling, a small plane overhead. This is my life, even though the pedaling wasn’t easy or fun, this is how I live.
And on some level there is the enjoyment that comes from seeing those fat tires going round, knowing that I am free to slog through the muck on my fat trike if I choose.