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Christmas Eve Bike Ride

Saturday, Dec, 24 2011

The sun. The dry roads. No snow. The combination cried out to me as I looked out my kitchen window on Christmas eve morning, the same window where I could clearly see the thermometer read about 24 degrees.

Still, despite my rule of no riding unless it is at least 35 degrees with dry roads, this was different because it's Christmas eve. Why wouldn't you want to be able to say you rode on Christmas eve? Around these parts we're usually covered in at least some snow and ice on this day. But not today. Not a trace.

I bundled up and took the Klein out on the New Berlin Trail for 20 miles. Oh there were a few patches of ice here and there, but nothing that couldn't easily be avoided.

I was actually just fine out there today, never feeling very cold at all under that bright blue sky. And the old lobster gloves rock!

Early in the ride I saw another roadie who waved to me in Underwood Parkway.

I'm not sure, but that might have been Matthew Busche, who is in his hometown for the holidays and has been posting about riding with his dad and old friends in the old hood.

The path was actually pretty busy, not with riders but joggers. Maybe some people were trying out some early Christmas gifts?

Either way it was great to just get 20 miles in today. The only thing I forgot was to tie my small wreath on the head tube of the bike, which I have done in years' past when I've been able to ride on this day.

The temp got up to about 28 degrees while I was riding. I had to laugh inside as I went down the path into a little cold wind, just remembering that I was on this very path on the hottest day in the last six years in Milwaukee this past summer.

I'll take the 110 heat index any day over 28 degrees. But on Christmas eve day I'll also take just being able to ride with no snow on the ground. In MY book every day we don't have snow just brings us closer to spring without the stuff.

Merry Christmas to all.

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Christmas Favorites

Thursday, Dec, 22 2011

Thursday's PhilCast will be the final show before Christmas as we take an extended four-day Christmas break from the broadcast. We'll be back live and counting down the final days of 2011 on Tuesday.

Thursday's show will feature people's calls about Christmas traditions and memories for them.

And so for my final blog pre-Christmas...a little Julie Andrews list of my favorite things this time of year;

Favorite Christmas Movies: 
It's A Wonderful Life
A Christmas Story
Holiday Inn

Favorite Christmas Cookies:
Pecan Fingers
Cherry Pinwheels
Peanut Butter Kiss

Favorite Christmas Songs:
Jingo Jango
Ave Maria
White Christmas

Favorite Christmas Decorations:
Classic Window Candles
Old-School Big Tree Bulbs
Anything Red Cardinals On Evergreen

Favorite Christmas Drink:
Hot Chocolate With Peppermint Schnapps
Egg Nog


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Inspired and Motivated

Wednesday, Dec, 21 2011

On the Wednesday PhilCast I talk to someone I have wanted to chat with for almost a year now. He's an athlete, but not a household name from the NFL or NBA who gets paid bundles of cash for what he does.

No, this guy isn't in it for the money or the glory, and that's one of the reasons I admire him.

His name is Dominic Gill.

Who, you ask?
I don't blame you. I had no clue as to who he was either until I received an email from a cycling friend of mine that contained a link.


I proceeded to watch this "Take a Seat" story, fascinated with the concept, amazed at the accomplishment and touched by the human spirit of both Dom and the riders whose worlds he changed forever.

That's a photo of Dominic and Ernie.

And so it went all across the country through all kinds of conditions and with all sorts of riders taking a seat, making the effort despite their physical shortcomings.

Some how, some way, with the use of his custom-made bike Dominic was able to take these riders places they had never been before nor could have gotten to without his help.

As you watch the story there are sad moments that go along with the triumphant ones, but those moments only make the entire story richer.

At this time of year do yourself a favor and take some time out to watch the journey and be thankful for all you have this Christmas.


posted by: Phil Cianciola 33 month(s) ago Comment On This Post

Your Christmas Traditions

Tuesday, Dec, 20 2011

Hey PhilCast Family...
Lets share some Christmas traditions and stories for this Thursday's show.

Executive producer Reggie has volunteered his WHBY voice mail to take your messages (we're still working on getting a dedicated PhilCast recording line in place for you) for the show on Thursday.

Just call 920-733-6639 and record your family Christmas tradition or memory for us to play on the Thursday show, which will be the final PhilCast before Christmas (no show on Friday the 23rd).


Were you a fan of the old "Dallas" TV show?

It's coming back to the airwaves in 2012 and on Tuesday's show I've got some news about the new version. 

Plus I talk about why THIS re-make has a better chance of being pretty good, unlike how I felt about the new Hawaii Five-O coming back. Yuk.
Yup, old JR will even be in the new Dallas. Who can forget the whole "Who shot JR" thing....although I admit I now can't even remember who DID shoot him!


posted by: Phil Cianciola 33 month(s) ago Comment On This Post

A December Ride

Monday, Dec, 19 2011

I didn't think I would get another ride in before Christmas, but with some sun out and 40 degrees on Monday morning I couldn't resist. Why should I?

So I pumped up the tires on my backup Klein bike in the basement and located some winter gear to wear.

I managed to get in a 26-mile route today despite a few patches of ice that I had to walk over along some path portions. 
At 40 degrees with sunshine and even a little wind I was plenty warm on the entire ride, although with the wind in my face and the sun behind the clouds on the way back things were a little less fun.

Still, it sure felt good to be back on a bike, even it if was for only 26 miles today. Any time that I can get a ride in on Christmas week that's a little plus for me before the real snow hits.
Season Miles: 2,300

posted by: Phil Cianciola 33 month(s) ago Comment On This Post

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