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The Storm of the Century(34 posts)

The Storm of the CenturyMB1
Feb 17, 2003 9:10 AM
I grew up in Samoa and Hawaii. I lived in California for 20 years before moving to DC five years ago. All of Miss M's friends enjoyed teasing me about the big snow storms and how they imagined I would react to having feet of snow on the ground.

Now I know. I like it!

We prepared for the forecast storm by getting a century in on Friday. It was a nice day to ride along the Potomac. It started out sunny in the morning and began to cloud up in the afternoon. We had a really nice ride.
The Start.MB1
Feb 17, 2003 9:12 AM
Saturday morning was wet and cold, that was the good part of the day.
Like riding on a slurpee.MB1
Feb 17, 2003 9:14 AM
Crud was falling from the sky. Odd stuff, it was really wet snow. I almost wished we were riding our regular bikes with fenders instead of the ATBs with the studded tires.

Here we are in Rock Creek Park which is closed to auto traffic on weekends. Funny, there aren't any other cyclists to be seen.
Were you trailing a marathon?Kristin
Feb 17, 2003 9:33 AM
With what looks like a thousand foot prints on the snowy pavement and a complete lack of automobile tracks, this picture looks like a sureal image from an athletes dream.
Why are they looking at us like that?MB1
Feb 17, 2003 9:16 AM
We rode around downtown a bit, people looked at us like we were nuts.

Could be true.
Uhh....yeah - that's EXACTLY why they are looking at you!! ;-)jtferraro
Feb 17, 2003 9:22 AM
"NM" on the above - sorry! (nm)jtferraro
Feb 17, 2003 9:24 AM
You don't think it had anything do do with the factKristin
Feb 17, 2003 9:34 AM
that a stranger on a bike was pointing a camera at them? lol. That and the fact that you're totally NUTS.
Hey Kristin...jtferraro
Feb 17, 2003 11:19 AM
I was thinking of you after hearing about that Chicago night club incident that happened last night. Glad you weren't there!

Thanks. I don't typically go clubbing at 2am on Sunday's on the south sideKristin
Feb 17, 2003 12:40 PM
Its a school night you know. And the south side? I don't go down there very often. Sad story though--and freaky. Nice of you to think of me.
Feb 17, 2003 4:21 PM
I thought you might be off on President's Day, like me! =) Also, can't say I'm familiar w/the south side - sorry. Well, glad the former CT girl who was born @YNH Hospital is A-OK! ;-)

Let’s go home.MB1
Feb 17, 2003 9:18 AM
As the ice/crud on the roads got thicker we headed home to get ready for the real storm.
Feb 17, 2003 9:20 AM
The weather turned really nasty overnight. There was a lot of snow on the ground and lots more on the way. After a few hours (really!) shoveling show we headed out for our ride.

For the first time this weekend we saw other riders. A moment after I took this shot they crashed into each other and lay on the snow laughing.
I bet you thought I wouldn’t!MB1
Feb 17, 2003 9:23 AM
My full aero tuck.MB1
Feb 17, 2003 9:25 AM
After all, we got to ride.
Miss M downhilling.MB1
Feb 17, 2003 9:26 AM
She was flying!
I take a hard pull home.MB1
Feb 17, 2003 9:29 AM
Miss M enjoyed it.

I'd post more but we have to finish shoveling off our roof and go for a ride.
I take a hard pull home.Woof the dog
Feb 17, 2003 10:10 AM
you guys are out of control!

woof the dog
and here in Florida.......african
Feb 17, 2003 9:36 AM
I had to take my arm warmers off as it was too hot for them.
I'm feeling totally sorry for ya...eschelon
Feb 17, 2003 10:48 AM
Better Yetjromack
Feb 17, 2003 11:44 AM
I didn't even wear my arm warmers!

Perfect day Saturday.
Well, I was wrong!Mike P
Feb 17, 2003 10:34 AM
When I saw the weather for the DC area I thought to myself, "They won't be riding outside this weekend." I was wrong. I am glad I stuck it out and rode in the chilly rain here Saturday; it doesn't seem that bad now.

No bad weather for ridingOverStuffed
Feb 17, 2003 12:59 PM
I rode today on the roads in DC. They were all but deserted till around 2, and most roads had up to a 2" snow pack on them. Perfect riding, if you ask me. I only saw 2 other bikes on my 4 hour ride, though. Fortunately, that's how many skiers I saw, too.
It seems there is nothing better than being retired. nmBruno S
Feb 17, 2003 12:23 PM
I wouldn't know.MB1
Feb 17, 2003 7:06 PM
But there is no reason to let work mess up your life.
I wouldn't know.Bruno S
Feb 17, 2003 8:30 PM
You mean Miss M and you put 20K miles and also have to work?
It is called commuting but it is really just a nice ride..MB1
Feb 18, 2003 4:53 AM
Since we have got to get on our bikes everyday to get to work we might as well make something of it. My shortest commuting roundtrip distance is 6 miles, I usually put in another 20 meeting Miss M, going the long way home to avoid traffic and going to the store.

Miss M's shortest commute is about 12 miles roundtrip. She usually puts in another 25 or so.

What can I say, we like to ride and to enjoy the day and each other.
I thought about you 2 todaylook271
Feb 17, 2003 2:46 PM
As I dug our cars out of the 2+ feet of snow. About 6 hrs later I am whipped! Thank God our neighbor was generous enough to come by with his snow blower and clear most of our driveway, or I'd still be shoveling-even tomorrow!
It was cold here, too.DougSloan
Feb 18, 2003 7:07 AM
Don't think it got over 50 degrees on my 85 mile ride yesterday. I can't handle those northwest winds. BRRRRRR!

you suck nmJS Haiku Shop
Feb 18, 2003 7:20 AM
Alot. nmlook271
Feb 18, 2003 10:13 AM
Cold is not an absolute number on a ride, it is a feel.MB1
Feb 18, 2003 10:54 AM
When I lived in Samoa bitter cold was anything below about 75. When I lived and rode in Hawaii bitter cold was anything below the mid 60's. Living on the California coast it was anything below 50.

Here in DC and riding as we do anything in the single digits is getting pretty cold to do a century in. We have been fine lately with the temps in the teens.

So chill Doug you dog!
yup; depends largely upon what you are wearingDougSloan
Feb 18, 2003 11:36 AM
Almost every ride here, you expect it to warm up substantially from morning to mid-afternoon. So, on longer rides, I typically dress so that I'm a little cold at first, knowing I'll feel better later, especially after hitting some big hills.

Problem is, this time it did not warm up, and worse yet, the last 30 miles were into the wind. I was under-dressed for the temp, so I was cold all day long.

But, at least I did not need studded snow tires. I did see some snow-capped mountains on the horizon, though. ;-)

snow-capped mountains on the horizon, what a nice dream :-)PeterRider
Feb 18, 2003 1:52 PM
... don't see much snow around LA recently... anyways, my bike clothes are drying in the sun after washing, right now.

going to do the San Luis Obispo 200k brevet on saturday - any good recommendations like last week, Doug ?