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It's raining here as always.(14 posts)

It's raining here as always.siclmn
Jan 1, 2002 2:08 PM
It's raining here but that's a given. Where do you live where it is not raining and should I move there? And yes this post is from Seattle.
re: It's raining here as always.Trent in WA
Jan 1, 2002 3:29 PM
As fellow Seattleites, you have our condolences. We kinda like rain riding, as long as we're prepared, especially since the drivers seem to give us extra space and respect when it's pouring (like it has much of this winter). We'd probably be out today except that we have friends coming in from NYC and have to reorganize the messy bike-storage zone that our apartment has become.

Trent,
writing from the lovely if sodden Ballard Free State
last ten or so days were nicegtx
Jan 1, 2002 3:44 PM
anyway, all you need is the right clothing and fenders.
re: It's raining here as always.Stanley
Jan 1, 2002 4:13 PM
Well, you are complaing! Here in New Zealand we have had 15 weekends of rain (with the odd fine spell) It has cleared up the last couple of days but, looks like rain on the weekend. I'm tyred of cleaning my bike and using wet shoes. So much for summer.
A north of the equator question:Me Dot Org
Jan 1, 2002 7:38 PM
Excuse the ignorance of someone north of the Equator, but isn't it summer there? I keep hearing about huge fires in New Queensland. I know there's a bit of ocean between you and Australia, but why so much rain?

New Zealand always looks gorgeous in photos and I've always fantasized about taking a bike trip there during the Northern Hemisphere winter. You've burst my bubble!
Biking in NZStanley
Jan 2, 2002 11:53 AM
It is summer but we have had alot of rain pre-exmass the last few years. It fines up through January to april. Cycling is fantastic in this part of the world but you do of course have to watch out for the odd motorised moron.

Part of the reason it loooks so good is the rain. As far as Australia goes those fires are unbelievable. Australia is far hotter and drier than NZ because it is a large continent. We are two smallish islands, toward the south east so the surrounding water cools the place somewhat. Also the southern ocean winds can come up this way. All in all I know I am a lucky guy to be here.

Post a message in you are ever thinking of comming down this way.
Thanks for the reply...Me Dot Org
Jan 2, 2002 4:37 PM
Well, I'm having an employment drought at the moment, so a trip to NZ will have to go to the back burner, unless I can figure out an overland route ;-)

Several years ago there was a story about a man who raced through Los Angeles International Airport to make a connection with a flight to Oakland, California. He heard an overhead announcement and raced to the gate. Due to the poor audio quality of the P.A. system, he got on a flight to Auckland, instead of Oakland. (No, I'm not making this up.)

Maybe I could try the same thing...

We have our share of motorized idiots (although San Francisco and Marin County are pretty good in that respect).

Right now the closest I'll get to NZ is my Swobo Jerseys!
Say Stanleyzelig1
Jan 2, 2002 1:57 AM
North or South Island and where? My wife and I spent four weeks in February of 1990 traveling both the North and South Islands. Drove about 3,500 miles, took a heli ride up to the top of the Franz Josef Glacier and later hiked to the terminal face, stayed at the Huka Lodge plus all the other things one does including developing a taste for Steinlager by the slab. Great place and nice people. The only significant rain we had was down in Fjordland where it was chucking down.

A native New Yorker currently living in Blighty where its been known to rain, now and again, and where the All Blacks come to bring their own form of rain on the home side.
Say StanleyStanley
Jan 2, 2002 11:47 AM
I'm in the central north island. We tend to get a fair bit of rain pre exmas.
We've been having a bit of a drought hereBernie
Jan 1, 2002 4:52 PM
Here in New England, Massachusetts, it has not rained in a long time. We're well below average rain fall for the past few months. It's been cold, in the teens, but I've still been riding to work daily. I just love my beater bike.
it's snowing in Central Texas...dustin73
Jan 2, 2002 12:10 AM
which is rare. move here...we've got hill-a-plenty, and it's in the South, so the climate is farely warm.
S.E. England, north bank of Thames...John-d
Jan 2, 2002 6:42 AM
Clear blue skies, bright sunshine, temperature hovers around freezing.

Should you move here? Well, this is one of the driest areas in the UK and fairly cycling friendly and most of us speak english.

Long commute to work though, I imagine.
You've probably heard about poor, ol' Buffalo, N.Y.Brian C.
Jan 2, 2002 7:53 AM
Snow up to your shoulders, literally. Even chains on your tires would be useless.
But, here, 40 miles to the northwest in Toronto, there's hardly a trace on the ground.
And the mornings are sunny and crisp.
re: It's raining , So what else is new...jrm
Jan 2, 2002 10:33 AM
Northern Calif. it's getting cheaper to live here. That is if you can put up with the rain.