Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Frozen

Like a good part of the rest of the country this is what I woke up to. I'm almost tempted to ride because the winds are mild but single digits, come on, just not gonna happen. In between these bouts of Arctic are snow falls. To say it's been a brutal Winter is putting it mild. Last year, not much different. About this time I began plans for my Florida trip. I would love to escape again this year but fear leaving my wife to deal with late Winter snows and shoveling. So I have been hibernating, gaining "Winter Fur" with occasional bundled up walks with my buddy Milo. I have only 3 rides this month, the last being only 14 miles, 2 weeks ago. I have been getting my fix from my online bike newsgroups and Facebook communities. My despair is only consoled by other shut-ins throughout most of the country. Pictures of cyclists pedaling along white sandy beaches or desert sands with mountain vistas make me think, Why am I still here?  Every year Winter gets harder and harder to fight the depression of my self diagnosed "Seasonal Affective Disorder". I am ready to take the next step. Unfortunately, my wife is a few years short of early retirement. So for now I continue to bight the bullet and suck it up hoping for an early Spring.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

SSPP

Today's 45 degree ride consisted of sand, salt, potholes and puddles. I don't have to concern myself with that tomorrow because it's back to 20's and snow.






Sunday, February 1, 2015

Super Bowl Sunday

Today's ride started with temps in the upper 20's and light winds. I planned on just 20 but some hazy sunshine and temps warming to mid 30's made it easier to add another 10. Because of sloppy weather I have been riding my ICE T and not my new Expedition. It's not that it can't handle the roads, I just don't want to add fenders or get it dirty yet. You can see by the first picture what my trike looks like and I'm not one to clean it after each ride. Another reason I prefer drums over disks. Tomorrow promises more rain and snow so any day I get out is a good one.
Looking forward to tonight's game.
Road salt and grime






Other crazy people

Etra Lake snowed over


What little bike paths Jersey has do not get plowed

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Out and About

I've been cooped up for days with cabin fever. Today still quite cold with temps in the 20's but little wind. I had an appointment in Freehold just 7 miles away. The ride was slow but bearable. My biggest concern, crowded roads from incomplete snow removal. You really have to keep an extra eye out. I managed to make it home without incident. It will be some time before any of this mess clears. I will have to pick my rides carefully and keep them to a minimum if I am to survive.



Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Morning After

With temps hitting 40 I new the roads would be sloppy after yesterday's storm. My fendered ICE T was my bike of choice. Winds at 15 mph didn't seem so bad with the higher temps. I wasn't planning on doing extensive miles. I was happy just to get out for an easy 22 miles. The next 2 days call for more snow and colder temps. Looks like riding might be on hold for a bit.






Monday, January 19, 2015

Birthday Ride

Following yesterday's torrential rains I opted to use my full fenderd ICE T. After all, it's seen more than it's share of foul weather. My plan was for only 40 miles. I shouldn't say only because 40 is a lot especially in Winter. The weather called for mid 40's and gusty winds. I left late with temps in the upper 30's. The winds didn't seem too bad and I had warmer temps to look forward to so I began to entertain thoughts of doing my "Birthday Ride".  With the weather being extremely unpredictable I figured it wasn't going to get any better than this so at 17 miles I made my decision and turned off with no going back. The next 5+ miles was wind in my face. Although the weather said 45 it felt colder. In fact I went through 3 small snow showers. It never did quite warm up and the skies remained cloudy. My motto became, keep pedaling.  At 40 miles I was wishing I was done as originally planned. I could have ended the ride at 50 but I was not about to admit defeat. I started this tradition at age 50. I may have to do metric miles at age 80.















Friday, January 16, 2015

Wind Blows

I figured I best get a ride in today before the big freeze tomorrow followed by rain. I new it would be a tough ride due to heavy winds but add cold to the equation and it just felt like I was riding through molasses. It was one of those damned if you do and damned if you don't. To add insult to injury my hat blew off on the worst stretch of busy rode. This 37 mile ride felt like 67 at least that's what my legs are saying. If I only lived in Florida. Hmm...