After a night of steady degree above freezing rain, both Peg and I were nervous about her ability to leave this morning for her Cleveland Road Trip (melting snow -> flooded driveway) to bring our youngest home from school. I went down for a look and all was fine, so my trip to Mpls coffee with the guys was the short trip, her 700mi trek to OH was the long one. On the phone this afternoon just before leaving IN, she reported one of the faster episodes through Chicago, something we always wish for but don't often receive.
Home after a more brief than normal time at the coffee shop, I was anxious to replace our mailbox that the recent heavy snow's attack on overhead trees smashed our mailbox, the 2nd replacement in a year. Last fall our box suffered greatly from what was probably a baseball bat, at least this time it was nature's attack. The box was fixed in time for the mailman's delivery and before lunch, other odds and ends were taken care of.
This afternoon, the Cafe Project bike was pushed back onto the lift and work was commenced to get it put back together only enough to provide a road test to confirm the motor and transmission will not need serious work. I had started the engine last summer but decided that before I invest any more time and money that I'd like to know that there's a solid enough powertrain to justify any more input on my end. Hopefully I'll soon have a chance to start it and run it through the gears, though the condition of the bike is far short of being ready for a ride of any real distance. To make it 'around the block', such as it is, will be all I need to move forward with the project.
Much of our snow left today, though not gone, conditions will be good enough for a ride tomorrow unless something changes. At 5PM, the water was still running under our slab on the driveway and though that may change by 7 (I'll go see in just a bit), things should be fine by tomorrow for a ride if we do in fact reach the predicted high of almost 70.
Plans are underway for next Saturday night's screening of Girl Meets Bike, a locally produced and shot film. This will be the 2nd of 3 intended early viewings of the film in Minnesota and a group of us will make it an evening of dinner, the film and ?? in nearby Northfield, MN. Jesse James once caused a great deal of commotion in Northfield, something the small community celebrates with a festival each year. Our evening will be much more low-key I suspect though most of us could use a sudden increase in funds, I hope that none of us are quite as desperate as Jesse was.