Winter Ride.

Just a quick sketch from yesterday’s rural ride from Liberty to Smithville Lake, passing through Paradise, Missouri along the way. It was a blustery day and I welcomed any diversion to pause for a moment before once again braving the headwinds.

January 19, and it’s 61 degrees? Damn right I’m going to take advantage of the weather! My sketchbook and I pedaled 17 miles out to Smithville Lake, then took the bike path another ten miles or so. I had to dodge ice on the northern-facing hillsides, which really translates out to: “push my bike and attempt to stay upright.” I took a break along the way to make this sketch, finding a bench that blocked the brutal winds coming across the water, then turned around and pedaled home.

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