Sunday, March 29, 2009

Snowtires and daffodils; Criterium International

Former Arkansas Gazette columnist Richard Allin wrote each Spring about the annual Arkansas Daffodil and Snow Tire Festival and I guess Saturday was it!

Diane and I were joined by our friend Robin and headed over to the Ouachitas to paddle the Cossatot River. The water level was pretty high, the temps hovered in the high 30's, with howling winds and occasional flurries of snow. Many local boaters headed for Richland Creek in the Ozarks, but we opted for the 'tot because, among other things, it's usually a bit warmer, being as it's about 150 miles further south. It was still a much better day to be on the river than on the bike and we all need boat time in preparation for a big water trip to the West later this year.

Ride, then sit on your butt and watch TV:

Set your DVR. Versus's Cyclism will feature the Criterium International this afternoon at 4:00. American Danny Pate is well-positioned going into the final TT, so it should be a good program. CI is called the "mini Tour de France" and holds the distinction of having been held each year through WWII.

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