I skipped riding my bike on New Year's Day for the first time in many years. I was just too tired and underslept and it was pouring outside.
Waiting a day was the right thing to do. I enjoyed a mellow ramble through North and Northeast Portland and was rewarded by quiet streets, beautiful silhouettes of trees against a mostly sunny winter sky, balmy temperatures (I warmed up enough to remove my neck gaiter and gloves 20 minutes into my two-hour ride) -- and by scenes like this:
(looking west on North Vancouver Avenue, around 2:00 pm)
Glad I rode today. A really lovely way to begin my year on the bicycle. Happy riding to all in 2010.