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Foggy morning ride

March 24, 2012

Yesterday, I *had* to bike to work.

I’d been sitting for four days straight, at a museum conference and in the car getting to and from said conference. The conference hotel did not have a workout room.

I really needed the exercise of the bike commute.

When I got up, the morning light outside my windows seemed strange. I stepped outside to get the paper and realized that the sunrise was being filtered through a dense fog that was condensing on the trees and dripping down to provide some desperately-needed soil moisture.

Dense fog makes for an interesting bike ride.

You’re pedaling along in your own little world, oblivious to anything beyond a one-block radius. The experience is reminiscent of snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef.

The visibility disappears at a vague distance, and menacing creatures like sharks or sport utility vehicles could materialize at any moment. There’s tension in the contrast between a slightly cozy isolation and the possibility of lurking danger.

I mitigate the lurking SUV danger with hyper-alertness and an array of blinking LEDs.

This heightened attentiveness makes the beauty of a foggy day an extra treat.

Image

Broadway / 10th Steet bridge over the North Platte River, southbound

Copyright 2012 by Katie Bradshaw

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 24, 2012 10:00 am

    Well worded! Fog always has that mysterious quality!

  2. Rick Myers permalink
    March 25, 2012 9:02 am

    One would expect from this image a troll to magically appear at the end of the bridge. We drove east in the fog on Friday and finally go out of it east of Bridgeport. However, the light was wonderful all the way to Ogallala.

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