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Winter bike date!

Posted Jan 20 2013 9:10am

Baby, it's been too long.

I can't even remember the last time Hot Husband and I waved goodbye to the kids (they barely notice now) and took off for a little quiet time. We revel in sharing small meal, a steaming cup of coffee, and uninterrupted conversation.

Our favorite coffee shop closed this fall, so we're finding other places in downtown Kalispell that call our names. Split Rock makes the list for their lattes so generous you could do the backstroke in them. Yesterday, we picked Colter Coffee , just to spread our wonderfulness around.

Okay, that's a lie. We really went for the lattes with decadent whipped cream and orgasmic homemade marshmallows. (I'm serious on the homemade marshmallows. Put down the computer and get one. Now.)

It was a nippy start with only 16 degrees on the thermometer. We're old pros at layering for warmth, so our main concern was the ice patches on the road, not numb fingers. In winter, I trade my summer head protection for an insulated ski helmet, wear wool base layers, and pull thick mittens over wool glove liners. My Buff is still my go-to piece for protecting my face and keeping out drafts.

This year, Hot Husband and I also added neoprene shoe covers to our winter cycling gear, and they make all the difference. My feet were very toasty when arrived for coffee. More on those in another post.

We pedaled under crisp, sunny skies, which we don't take for granted during Kalispell winters. I struggled at the start of the ride, trying to get acclimated to the bulk of my winter bike, the extra layers and the slower pace I need to deal with sketchy surfaces, like ice and packed snow.

Easy? No, but it was a powerful ride, with good coffee, good company and a good workout.

Hitching our steeds

A mellow morning downtown

Sun! Shadow! I have proof!

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