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What happened to our warm winter days?(9 posts)

What happened to our warm winter days?hycobob
Jan 26, 2003 10:39 PM
Just the other day it was nice, all warm and sunny. Worked all night and then went for a 60 mile morning ride with the birds chirping and tailwinds the whole way, Uncle Remus singin' and...well you know what I mean, anyway. Then this morning I left the house to ride 20 miles to meet up for the Sunday club ride and the sh!t hit the fan. It was 41 degrees with a real light drizzle, but not too cold or windy. Just enoughfor tights and a long sleeve jersey. I hadn't recharged my headlight's battery, so after 3 miles or so it crapped out. No big deal as long as my tail light still works, anyway the suns about to come up. Or so I thought...WRONG! At 8 miles the drizzle starts getting heavier. But being as I'm on my old bike and not the shiny new Sampson (can't take it out on wet roads and get it dirty) I keep on going. I've always followed the creedo of "never start a ride in the rain, but always finish one". At 9 miles the heavy drizzle turned into a full fledged C-C-COLD A$$ED downpour with the headwinds from Hell thrown in for good measure. Yet, I continue on, heartened by my resolve...all the while knowing deep inside that I should have looked at the weather forecast the night before. At 10 miles out, with my speed down to a woefully sluggish 13mph, and my frozen toes screaming that they would rather be kicked up on their ottoman by the fire watching whatever is on the history channel, I relented. Yes brothers and sisters, I turned around. At least I had a tailwind this way. But the cold and wet had set in and weren't letting go, the faster I peddled the heavier it came down. I don't mind my body being cold and wet...but my hands and feet are another story. As I road back to my house all I could think of was why did I leave the neoprene booties and gloves at home. I could have foolishly continued on with warm & dry extremities to the meeting place where nobody with any sense was at.

Well after looking at the weather forecast, it looks like tommorrow morning will be A-OK for riding. 36 degrees and dry dry dry. Hope my shoes are too.
They moved to Colorado.RickC5
Jan 27, 2003 5:59 AM
62 degrees yesterday, 68 today, with lots of sun. Yee-Ha!
No, no that's 62 mph wind gusts and 6-8" of snow!js5280
Jan 27, 2003 10:50 AM
Don't believe a word RickC5 said, he just is trying to drum up duped home buyers so he can move from this God forsaken icy hell hole.

{Photo taken this morning from the front of my house. Note emergency officials dragging yet another frozen corpse.)
LOL - nice try. nmKristin
Jan 27, 2003 11:03 AM
Agree with Kristen: Nice try!RickC5
Jan 27, 2003 2:41 PM
Plus, I know what you're doing: attempting to convince everyone else in the country to NOT move here (an attempt I wholeheartedly support).

Still doesn't change the fact that this winter, the weather here in the Denver area has been fantastic!
we need moisture though!ColnagoFE
Jan 28, 2003 9:01 AM
everything is so dry. bad fire danger in store for us this spring.
seems like spring hereColnagoFE
Jan 28, 2003 8:54 AM
Like he said...about 70 degrees and sunny. I was mountain biking in shorts and short sleeve shirt.
re: What happened to our warm winter days?OwenMeany
Jan 27, 2003 6:03 AM
It was in the mid to high 80's here in So Cal ovet the weekend...
Next weekend we'll be in the 60's and 70's. :-)Tig
Jan 27, 2003 7:06 AM
I started to ride Saturday but the drizzle and 40 degree temps plus a headwind turned me back around. I should have kept riding, but didn't know the rain would end.

Sunday was much easier. I looked out the window and saw plenty of rain. The thermometer showed mid 40's. The radar picture said the rest. I crawled back into a warm bed and slept! I'll make up for it today or tomorrow... kinda'.