A Little Late

I thought I had plenty of time. It’s probably less than a mile from my house to the 5:45 am meeting spot at the end of Nashville Avenue, so when the alarm went off twenty minutes before that I didn’t rush. But there was a complication.  It was cold enough (around 40 degrees) that I’d need to make some wardrobe decisions. That always seems to suck up more time than I expect. I decided on a thin short-sleeve base layer, a warm long-sleeve base layer on top of that, a long-sleeve jersey on top of Continue reading “A Little Late”

Winter Wet in Washington

The Chehalis Western Trail The forecast wasn’t looking very encouraging when I packed my bags, but not my bike, for Olympia last week. Our 7-day stay was offering no more hope than two partial days without rain, and since we were going to the Pacific northwest where the roads don’t dry out until late Spring and moss grows on the north side of basically everything, I wasn’t feeling very optimistic about being able to ride. There would, however, be a couple of bikes at the other end of the trans Continue reading “Winter Wet in Washington”


On the last day of the last month of 2016 I pulled the bike down off its hook and rolled it out into the darkness. The forecast on weather.com was somewhat at odds with the reality above me, and I wondered if my last ride of the year would end up being a very short one.  The Garmin seemed to be stuck in “working” mode, probably updating its firmware, so I started Strava on my phone.  It wouldn’t do to have the last ride of the year go unrecorded. It was about ten minutes before the Garmin star Continue reading “Almost”

Wet Asphalt

Strange name….. It’s been raining off-and-on almost all day.  It started early in the morning, and when I heard it at 6 am I rolled over and went back to sleep for a few more minutes.  But soon enough curiosity got the better of me and I checked the hourly weather forecast and radar.  You know, if you ride bikes long enough you eventually become an amateur meteorologist.  You also get pretty good at identifying roadkill and birds, but that’s another story.  So I stared at the radar and f Continue reading “Wet Asphalt”

Weekend Winter Weather

Heading back along the Kenner lakefront bike path on Thursday it was windy but otherwise pretty nice. Things started going downhill yesterday.  I had made it out to the WeMoRi on Wednesday, which was fine – temperature in the low 50s.  We had a nice brisk training ride without much of the fog we’d had the day before. Thursday morning’s weather was similar, maybe even a degree or two warmer.  I’d gone out a little over-dressed like I often do this time of year. It was so freaking dark, though Continue reading “Weekend Winter Weather”

As Cold As Advertised

Cold and Clear Sunday Morning Ride It was the coldest weekend so far this year down here on the delta. Even south of the relatively warm lake Pontchartrain waters we dipped down to 28 or so, and spent a lot of time around 32. Friday evening I sent out an email confirming that I’d be riding the Giro since I figured a lot of people were probably on the fence about it. All I got back was one response from a rider wondering if I was serious or not. So Saturday m Continue reading “As Cold As Advertised”

Southern Winds

Yeah!  Warmer weather for a while. With our weekend of freezing weather in the rear-view mirror, I woke up this morning to a relatively mild 55 degrees, rising to 61? a couple of hours later when I got back home.  It’s 72 ? right now and looking like we won’t see anything lower than 59 for the next ten days, which is also about when we’ll see the winds swing around to the north. The next few days are going to feature warm temperatures and significant southe Continue reading “Southern Winds”