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Tough Saturday to Ride

Post by BluesCat on Sun Jan 31, 2010 2:21 am

Rode 18 miles today, 12 miles on Bluetiful, 6 on The Roadley. Day started out at Starbucks with this:



And me caught out in it without my sunglasses! At least it was over 50°F when I stood out in the elements to snap this shot! High temp when I finished riding was somewhere around 65°F! Brutal, eh?

Felt sorry for some other parts of the country. Mother-in-law called from central Virginia; 12 inches of snow there.

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Post by teacherbill on Sun Jan 31, 2010 3:09 am

Low 80s down here. but the wind was blowing rather strongly.... so I cleaned up the yard and cut down a few trees.

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Post by BluesCat on Sun Jan 31, 2010 2:25 pm

teacherbill:

No effects from the nasty winter storm that blanketed and froze the countryside from Oklahoma through the Carolinas?

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Post by rydabyk on Sun Jan 31, 2010 4:01 pm

Way too cold(mid 50's)and windy here today to do any riding except on the indoor bike. I guess I'll do that while I watch the hockey game. Brrrrrrr, enough already!!!!

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Post by teacherbill on Mon Feb 01, 2010 1:10 am

Blues cat:

nothing but a bit cooler and wind ......

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Post by BluesCat on Mon Feb 01, 2010 5:24 pm

Yeah, talking to my in-laws yesterday in Virginia, I felt genuinely guilty mentioning that on Saturday, January 30th, the windbreaker over the sweatshirt was just a little too much. I had to take it off and drape it over the back of Bluetiful's seat.

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Post by rydabyk on Mon Feb 01, 2010 7:22 pm

BluesCat wrote:Yeah, talking to my in-laws yesterday in Virginia, I felt genuinely guilty mentioning that on Saturday, January 30th, the windbreaker over the sweatshirt was just a little too much. I had to take it off and drape it over the back of Bluetiful's seat.

I really feel bad for you, it's terrible to sweat like that this late in the year. After all it is Februrary!!!

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Post by BluesCat on Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:46 pm

rydabyk wrote:
BluesCat wrote:Yeah, talking to my in-laws yesterday in Virginia, I felt genuinely guilty mentioning that on Saturday, January 30th, the windbreaker over the sweatshirt was just a little too much. I had to take it off and drape it over the back of Bluetiful's seat.
I really feel bad for you, it's terrible to sweat like that this late in the year. After all it is Februrary!!!
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Yeah. (Sigh) What can I say? Sometimes it's just the cross ya haveta bear in order to do something you like doing.

Of course we DO have some issues to deal with regarding desert haze mixed with smog. Sometime during Mountain Standard Time daylight hours, y'all can try following this link:

Phoenix Visibility Site - Camelback Camera

The Hotel Westward Ho is that big building with the tower on it towards the right-center of the picture. It is directly in front of the rump of the camel. A little to the left is the camel's hump, and then further to left is the camel's head so it it looks like a camel lying down. Hence the name Camelback Mountain (duh!).

Just to the left of that, at about the same distance as Camelback, is what is known as Squaw Peak to us old-timers. (They renamed it a more politically correct Piestewa Peak, after a young Native American woman from Arizona who has two distinctions: 1. She was the first ever Native American woman to be killed in combat; 2. She was the first woman, period, to be killed in combat in the Iraq War.)

My office, and endpoint of my commute, is at the bottom of the left-hand (west) slope of Piestewa/Squaw Peak. At almost any time during the winter months, you see a haze slightly obscuring Camelback Mountain from this vantage point. Depending upon the color, that haze consists of either dust particles or smog mixed with dust particles. The browner it is, the more smog there is.

Today, 2/1/2010, it really isn't very bad. On the bad days you can really feel it in your lungs as you ride up out of the Valley, and they post warnings --- about it being unhealthful --- on the television news and on the electronic highway displays.

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Re: Tough Saturday to Ride

Post by akaishuu on Sun Sep 26, 2010 11:00 pm

Very terrible! so sad with you!
Hope you will happy!


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