My first ride of the new year was loosely tied to two destinations: Carodolet Park and Tower Grove Park. It was 33F with wind gusts of 40mph. Not ideal riding conditions, but other than the wind gusts not that bad either. Most importantly there was an abundance of sunshine.
I don't like wind, but I hadn't ridden since last Thursday and I was beginning to get a little grouchy. I was needing space.
Riding gives me space, and with space comes things of the spirit . . . and when moving with the things of the spirit can come gratitude. It's difficult, perhaps impossible to be grouchy and grateful at the same time.
First off I headed for Carodolet Park. I discovered this park anew when I traced the route of the Rock and Roll Marathon. It has become a favorite space of mine ever since.
Next to Tower Grove Park.
But, on my way to Tower Grove Park I happened by Roosevelt High School.
And, now Tower Grove Park.
What I love about Tower Grove Park is its wonderful picnic shelters and pavilions. I travel by the southern boundary of the Park on my morning commute to work.
It seems that nearly every park of any size in the City has water features. Tower Grove Park is no exception.
|Yes, it says, "No Parking". But, I'm sure the sign was meant for something other then the beautiful Miss Billie, aren't you?|
Did I mention the wind was blowing?
I thought I had.
Did I mention I was getting grouchy?
If I did, never mind.