The weather outside today was simply beautiful, enough so that I didn’t mind having to be in my office at noon to meet J., who calls that the crack of dawn (which it sort of is, for a Sunday). After a quick meeting I rode over to catch the Tulane women’s basketball team in their CUSA showdown against Houston. After watching a tough loss, I briefly considered riding home to grade papers and prepare my soul for the other big game today, but I decided to enjoy the sunshine and headed to the levee to ride. I do most of my riding on the way somewhere, dodging traffic, thinking about politics and urban planning and what I’m going to teach today and what’s for lunch, but today I really needed that easy ride where there’s nothing doing but an easy cadence and some breeze. And that’s what I got, turning onto the levee path, a little Bruce in the ears. So, so, so nice. I rode out ten miles, using my gears to negotiate headwinds and tailwinds, but mostly it was just pedal pedal pedal. I turned around at the sewer pipe in River Ridge and rode back, this time with a tailwind. La dee dah. I stopped to take a picture of the Huey P. Long. I love this bridge, even if it is always under construction. I guess I can’t believe the thing can carry several lanes of traffic, and also support train tracks above that. Engineering, man–very impressive.