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Snow Day! Weekend Ride Report-Long(9 posts)

Snow Day! Weekend Ride Report-LongMB1
Jan 22, 2002 10:41 AM
Friday-Guilt trip.
Beautiful day but all the forecasts called for a nasty Saturday. So I took out the Single Speed went downtown to see if anything new had come up. Nope. So since Saturday looked bad I rode out and back past Great Falls to the 20 mile Marker on the C&O tow path. Love riding in the dirt. Then Miss M calls and says "Tomorrow looks bad, lets ride extra after work." What could I say? So we did. At dinner she asked me how much I had ridden that day-oops busted! 68 miles for the day, 167 for the week.

Saturday-Let it Snow!
The forecasters wouldn't stop talking about the system that was to move into the area sometime in the morning. Miss M decides we need to wake up early and get going early to get in some miles. We left before sunup and rode towards the storm until it started snowing. Got in 25 dry miles and 16 with the snow building up. It was wet and sloppy; I was ok with my crosser setup with fenders Miss M was getting wet on her ATB without. (I love riding in falling snow-must be from growing up in Hawaii). Then we had breakfast and went for a hike. It was coming down hard and fast-good fun-not too many people out either. 41 miles, 208 for the week.

Sunday-Slip Sliding Away.
We were determined to get a century in but it was bad out in the morning. Lots of Ice-not good for bikes. Miss M decided we should ride the tandem since I am much better in sloppy stuff than she is. I decided to put the fenders on. We waited till 9:30 hoping it would warm up and some of the ice would melt, no such luck it was 26 degrees when we started. We did a fairly flat ride from Manassas with snow everywhere. The condition of the roads was mixed but mostly ok. We did get sideways a few times on the icy spots, very few cars out though. Towards the end we started cranking it but for the most part we took it pretty easy due to the ice and snow on the roads. Warmed up to the high 30's and lots of sun so it was a pretty good ride. 103 miles, 311 for the week.

Monday-Let it rain.
After we finished Saturday we cleaned and lubed the tandem (it was a mess!!!) and left it in the car. There was a new system moving in from the Northwest so we decided to try Southern Maryland and see if it would miss us-yea, right! We got an early start determined to get in another century. Just below freezing at the start and gray skies. It was fine for 10 miles then we started getting a few drops-cold drops. At 20 miles it was raining pretty hard and we stopped to put on our Gore-Tex pants. At 28 miles we turned around-we were warm enough but we were wet. By the time we got to the car it had of course stopped raining but we were soaked to the bone, it was 36 degrees. No more riding for us even though Miss M was game-a decision I was later to regret. We decided to stop at Union Station on the way home for lunch. I got plenty to eat-that was pretty good-but Miss M decided we should hit the shops. OUCH!!! Should have kept riding-we got a (really nice) set of salt and pepper shakers. For the price we paid for those things we could have got a wheel set that anyone here would be pleased to have. Should have kept riding. 58 miles and a good start to a new week.

Hoping for more snow next weekend.
re: Snow Day! Weekend Ride Report-Longmorey
Jan 22, 2002 10:52 AM
From somebody that lives in Florida, you are absolutely crazy!!!!!
What? You don't use salt & pepper in Florida? nmMB1
Jan 22, 2002 11:04 AM
you are the man/woman!!!! nmnaff geezer
Jan 22, 2002 11:18 AM
I wondered the otherSpinchick
Jan 22, 2002 4:54 PM
day as it snowed if anyone was actually out riding in it. I mean, besides you. I knew YOU would be riding in it.
good work!lonefrontranger
Jan 22, 2002 6:20 PM
Rode 4 1/2 hours on the Dream Cross today, with a steady headwind most of the trip. Lots of open space on dirt, long grinding mesa climbs, and most of the climbs went west (read: into the wind). Spent lots of time gnashing on the little gears. I seem to be developing better strength for standing climbing tho- it has become much easier to stand than sit on a lot of these long hard grinders. So I got into Boulder at the end of all the dirt / openspace riding, figuring that heading east to home would be a joy, with that 35-40 mph west wind sweeping me home. Not. We have a weather system moving in, and throughout my ride it got steadily cloudier and colder. By the time I turned east to head home, the wind utterly died. I was left with a final long grinding mesa climb home after four hours of groveling, with no tailwind payoff, and freezing my naughty bits because I was dressed for the original 60 degree sunny conditions...
wowDuane Gran
Jan 23, 2002 5:24 AM
I live in the same area, so your weather report is dead-on. I didn't get an ounce of outdoor riding the whole weekend, however I spent 6 hours over Sat/Sun/Mon riding inside on the rollers and trainer. I love the three day weekends and it is a bummer when the weather turns bad, but as you have shown, you can ride in about anything if you set your mind to it.
And there I was whining about the rain ...tarwheel
Jan 23, 2002 7:37 AM
I had planned to ride 50+ miles Saturday for my birthday (48th), but it rained cats and dogs all day. So I rode 1:20 in spin cycle class instead. On Sunday, it was cold but sunny. Unfortunately, the roads were still wet (or icy) here with temps in the low 30s at 10 am, when all the group rides leave, so I had to ride my 50-miler solo. It was a nice ride, sunny and low 40s with little wind, but not as much fun riding alone. Since the weather forecasters were calling for another rainy day on Monday, I finally called it quits and went to work (even though it was a holiday). I figured I can take that day off some other time when the weather is more amenable. I admit it, I'm a wuss.
re: Snow Day! Weekend Ride Report-Longmorey
Jan 23, 2002 8:07 AM
I hope that when I get old (ha-ha) I can do the same. You and your wife are incredible. I wish I could do the same.
Maybe I can?