Elevator Road. 30 days of biking, #20

Theoretically, happiness is a warm road on a snowy day.

No slick spots, no ice, not when the road is warm; just puddles, and people of fendered inclination fear no puddles because plastic or aluminum or steel divides the space between tire and body into waterslide and serenity.

Such a simple thing, a fender.

We also know that puddles are way too small to allow monsters in this area to escape. On a clear day, one might see what seems to be a sleepy eye under the surface, maybe a shudder of scales, but prairie monsters are firmly subterranean.

Another series of puddles ahead. No monsters to see on this gray day. Nonetheless, we observe.

One snowflake descends. Another, a clone of the first, rises. They align before colliding at the water’s calm surface. More snowflakes fall, rise, collide, and emit impossibly small particles of memory.

Memories: the fundamental building blocks of now and then, this and that, here and gone again.

We don’t remember who wrote that.

We continue to pedal past by the Large Grain Elevator Collider. Today’s observations are inconclusive. But one bit of data stands out.

No four snowflakes are alike.

April 20. 12.5 miles.

About 16incheswestofpeoria

Former bicycle mechanic, current peruser of books, feeder of birds.
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1 Response to Elevator Road. 30 days of biking, #20

  1. mitchell hull says:


    Love this post, and this series, excellent writing!

    Rode with my usual Saturday morning group, old guys out for breakfast, year round. Standing outside an Amish bakery in light rain for our break, riding on 5 miles gravel out of 20+ total, some of the mud getting my friends dirty because they don’t have fenders. We watch most customers (many Amish) come and go without masks.
    No snow on this day here on South Central Michigan. Lowest temperature ridden in this winter was 10F; highest so far upper 70s.
    Thanks again,

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