Today’s photo is of one of our cats, Clyde. Clyde is a nine year old male and weighs about fourteen pounds. He is the master of our household, or at least he thinks he is. He will not let my wife sleep in. He will get on top of her and yell until she gets up to feed him. This usually starts around 6 am in the morning. If she stays in bed too long he will eventually leave a gift of pee somewhere in the house other than his litter box.
Clyde is one of two cats that live with us. His sister, Bonnie, died a few years back with a heart attack, or so the vet says. About a year later we acquired another female cat named Sophie, a cat with a completely different demeanor.
I’m on vacation at Santa Rosa Beach in Florida. There is a popular strip called 30-A where there is all kinds of shops and of course nice places to stay. One thing they have here is a nice bike path. The problem is that everyone likes to use this path to either ride their cruisers on, walk their dogs, or just take a leisurely stroll. There is no room for road bikes.
Yesterday I started riding the bike path as it was designed for and I was constantly having to go around slower traffic so I decided to ride the road. There is a lot of vehicle traffic on 30-A so I’m constantly worried that I’ll get hit by a passing car. I obey all traffic rules by stopping at stop signs and at all crosswalks for pedestrians. But for some reason these Floridians do not accept road bikers on their roads especially since there is a bike path nearby. I don’t mean to pick on Floridians, I run across frustrated drivers everywhere.
What do you think guys? Should a road bike continue to ride on the road when there is a bike path nearby or continue to ride on the road?
For those that were asking about my bicycle route, here is a map of a recent ride I went on. I’d like to double this on weekends but this will all I’ll be able to do on the week days because of time restraints.
We got close to 4 inches of snow this afternoon. Got to leave work to boot. The only thing I’m not going to like about this is that my Dr. appointment that I’ve long awaited for is probably going to be postponed. Oh well, get to play in the snow in the morning.
My dad’s truck after he went off the road this morning.
The Meteorologist down here in the south do not know how to predict snow nor the amount that we may get. For the last two days they have been predicting that we will only get a dusting in our area, more to our south. They were wrong. We got over two inches and it all turned to ice very quickly.
Here in Birmingham, if we do get a dusting of snow, the city shuts down. We can’t handle snow or ice. We don’t know how to drive in it unlike the northern part of the United States. They see snow all the time but not us. We get measurable amounts about every ten years.
Today was absolutely horrid. It started about 10 am and by 10:30 am the roads were already icing up. By 11 am the roads were so bad that people were abandoning their cars and walking back to their jobs or preparing for a very long drive home. People who only live minutes away took hours to get home. Normally it only takes me an hour to get home and tonight it took over three hours. Wrecks everywhere.
The company I work for still has over 1100 people still there and they will still be there tomorrow. All roads are closed and may not open back up tomorrow. It’s only supposed to get up to 29 degrees f for the high tomorrow.
I got within 7 miles from my home before I had to park my truck and start hiking in. I had my cold weather gear so I wasn’t too worried. I had only hike about a mile when a car approached me and offered a ride. I rode with him nearly to my house when he had to park. I started walking again when this dune buggy contraption stopped and offered me a ride. No windshield mind you but what the hell, I didn’t want to walk so I hopped in. My wife and kids were waiting when I was dropped off. Now I’ve got to get my truck home sometime tomorrow but not sure how.
BTW, my dad is ok. He only had a few stitches put in his head but his truck is totaled. He is currently stuck at the hospital and will have to wait until we find suitable transportation to get him home. He’s warm and being taken care of so he’s good.
Had a great time today spending it with my daughters and their friend. We went to a ski resort here in Alabama. Sounds funny but it’s true. We do have a ski resort here in the deep south. It’s all man made but it’s snow. It has to be below 28 degrees f at night and the humidity has to be below 30 percent before they can make the stuff and the way the weather has been lately they haven’t had any trouble making it.