I love the creative writing, was there also a dark and stormy night?
Sorry for those still sick or coughing, it really will end.
I am sad to be missing an epic snow year out east, tempted at times to fly out to play in it and give you all a hand shoveling.
I received an old brooks swallow saddle one I believe I rode many years ago (30). Its not in the best shape but I did my best and put it on the bike. Then I went out for a fast and furious mid-day ride with some fartleks. It was a flat course with a ton oof wind, so much that I hit 28mph on the downwind stretch (and single digits in the other direction). Only 15 miles so not a true test of the saddle but I found I had to be careful of the position of the padding and seams in my shorts-an issue I remember vaguely from back when (I was wearing leather chamois with wool then). Otherwise, though, no butt cramps, sit bones sit nicely against the saddle, much cooler than the synthetics. I also can balance better on it than on many of the synthetics, then again I suppose its broken in to my anatomy even if it was long and long ago. I think its time to order a leather saddle and break it in. This one has some worrisome cracks around the back rivets and it does have many miles and many years on it. In the mean time I am considering breaking out my old wool shorts (if I can find them) and jersey from the same time period, for saturday's group ride.
I did try to order a try before you buy saddle from one modern leather maker but they must be on vacation, perhaps I should just order a new swallow?
On a weird health note, I seem to be having some shingles-like pain/neuralgia right where I got my shingles vaccine in a few weeks ago. II have to say I am very glad I received the shot, if this is the light and small version I don't ever want the full-on experience! It took me a little while to figure out what it was and still it could be some other thing altogether. Almost hump day folks! I have an upcoming biz trip to colorado, anyone else headed out (or hiding out) that way?