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Archive for February, 2008

Another winter storm misses us

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

Yesterday, a winter storm warning was issued for this area, saying we should expect 2-5 inches of snow and some ice to go with it. But just like all the other major storms this winter, this one mostly missed us. We got a dusting of snow, and that’s it. During my ride to work this morning, it started to rain, despite the fact that it was about 20 degrees. It looks like we’re getting some freezing rain right now. My ride home this evening should be interesting.

Most people are glad we didn’t get the snow, but I wish we had.  We haven’t had a significant snow all winter, the biggest being probably an inch. And I’d really like to do some riding in snow. Usually we get a couple of big snows each winter … I’m still holding out hope, although at this point I sure feel ready for spring.

Morgan-Monroe forest ride

Monday, February 11th, 2008

My commute was really cold this morning, about 10 degrees upon departure. My warmer pants were dirty and I should have worn my pepperskins. My legs got really cold on this ride, and once again when I brought my bicycle inside at work, condensation froze on my frame and stem.

I managed to fit in a decent road ride over the weekend, riding up to Morgan-Monroe State Forest on Saturday. It was pretty warm, in the upper 40s, but 20mph winds gusting to 30-40 mph made it tough at times. I didn’t take a lot of photos, mostly concentrating on riding instead, but I did snap a few shots along the way. I went home via Cascades park, which I often forget exists. I want to go back there sometime with a good camera. I don’t normally go home that way because then I have to cut across town, and I prefer to keep my rides rural whenever possible. But this time I realized if I went home the usual way I’d face those winds head on for the last 5 miles of my ride. My ride was about 35 miles total.

Anyway, here are a few photos.
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Cows by the road

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Approaching Anderson Lane

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Sunny day

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Self portrait

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Anderson Lane

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Chimney

Pleasant commutes

Friday, February 8th, 2008

I don’t have a lot to report. My commutes have been very pleasant since it stopped raining, and temperatures have been mostly around 30 degrees. I would have said that was cold in the fall, but now it feels great. I have been meaning to do some night rides, but I haven’t done any this week. Sarah and I have been pretty busy with wedding plans.

This weekend looks promising for at least one decent ride. Saturday should be 40 degrees or so; maybe I can ride a good 25-35 miles. Sunday will be colder so I’m not as sure about that, but I hope to at least ride a few miles. I’d love to go mountain biking, but with all the rain we’ve had, I doubt the trails will freeze solidly enough to ride on them. I sure am looking forward to some warmer weather and longer days so I can really start increasing my mileage.

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