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    Trek...

    We are up to our a$$ in snow today! There is probably about 4 inches on my deck and another 6-10 is expected...aaaaaaaggggggghhhhhhhh!

    Sadie, I have gone out when it has been >100 degree's F. Do you guys get the nasty humidity along with the high temps?? We do, and then you are soaked just pulling your bike off the rack!!

    karen...putting on my boots to go and practice falling in the snow!!
    Quitting is NOT an option!
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    Quote Originally Posted by massbikebabe
    karen...putting on my boots to go and practice falling in the snow!!

    Just remember to make snow angels while you're down there - make the "trip" worthwhile!
    Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, champagne in one hand, strawberries in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming: "Yeah Baby! What a Ride!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surlygirl
    CorsairMac it appears we have a couple of wise guys from down under who have not heeded the warnings. (makes mental note to rib them in July). I think I have you beat today. It was 18 this morning when I got up and didn't get much above 25 all day and now the wind is honkin. More snow on Friday. Maybe New Zealand for the winter. I'd love to see their faces if we showed up at their doors, dressed to the hilt in winter gear. Hee Hee


    *sits down in living room*

    *gets out pile of photo albums... rifles idly through pausing on June, July, August pages... *

    hmmm, occasional rain, sometimes cold... never more than a week at a time... yeah lots of time for Surly and Corsair to get in mid-winter biking in mild and gently sunny conditions should they wander over to see the NZ contingent of TE

    Last edited by RoadRaven; 12-09-2005 at 03:48 PM.


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    Quote Originally Posted by massbikebabe
    Sadie, I have gone out when it has been >100 degree's F. Do you guys get the nasty humidity along with the high temps?? We do, and then you are soaked just pulling your bike off the rack!!
    We don't get high humidity but the high haze that humidity brings can be beneficial since it protects you from direct sun. In my experience, one is about the same as the other. Direct sun on your skin at high temps just plain hurts and it radiates from the pavement through the soles of your shoes.

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    I only have one thing to say. Aaaaahhhhhhhhhh. We need a crying smiley for insertion here.
    I just came in from shoveling the now 9 inches of snow and counting off my walk. My teenage son told me I look like a marshmellow. They say the sweetest things sometimes. It is near white out conditions right now. Hey Karen, how much have you got up there?

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    [QUOTE=traveller_62][QUOTE=Trekhawk]I wish it would hurry up and snow here.

    Goodness Trekhawk, I just looked up the extended forcast for Nevada County, California and,ummm, it doesn't look like there is much snow in your future
    Maybe I can FedEx you a snowball
    Here is a link to a web cam at one of our neighborhood pubs (Geddy's)...you can at least enjoy a virtual snow storm!
    http://www.geddys.com/geddycams/harborcam/
    -traveller
    ps- none of the cars that you will see in front of the pub are mine
    Thanks for the link - it sure looks pretty with all that snow. Yep not looking good for snow here at the moment (it only snows here half a dozen times a year anyway). I might have to make a trip further up into the mountains and see what I can find.
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    Surly...

    We got a little over 13 inches...at least that's how much is on the hood of my car...says my daughter who had to clean it so she could drive it!!

    I am sorry to say that I did not make any angels today. I went out on the deck and discovered that the tips of my crutches go anywhere they like when they are "planted" in snow. Fell flat on my butt, chocked on my pride and went back inside with the dogs coming right behind me. The three of us then went upstairs to bed, turned on the electric blanket and drank coffee while watching CNN. Had me a nice cozy afternoon, me and my bichons! Glad
    I didn't make any angels...they would look pretty funny because I can't move the left arm up and down, nor can I move the left leg...unilateralpaligia angels? hahahahahahahah


    karen
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    traveller

    Hey traveller62...

    You can fedex me a snowball...Haha...I'll send you pea gravel...

    Choking on water, can't stop giggling..must go..

    c

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    *Gazes at the sun... feels the warm breeze but despairs a little... whimpers soflty to herself...*

    I have never made a snow angel...




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    "I will try again tomorrow".


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    Quote Originally Posted by RoadRaven
    *Gazes at the sun... feels the warm breeze but despairs a little... whimpers soflty to herself...*

    I have never made a snow angel...


    Ok now I know they get plenty of snow in the South Island in winter Ive seen it. So how come you have never made a snow angel?
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    Only been to the South Island three times, Trek, all coastal places and every time in summer...

    And although I have been to Mt Doom a few times (Taupo) there has only ever been a smattering of snow on the ground and I didn't want to make a sludge-angel...

    *pouts*



    Courage does not always roar. Sometimes, it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying,
    "I will try again tomorrow".


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    Hey,
    There's about 14 inches here on top of Annursnac Hill in Concord.... I spent yesterday on a bus for 6 hours with about 40 sixth graders, in a blizzard. This was the worst! The kids were fine, but our normally 2.5 hour ride from Colebrook, CT was h***. The bus apparently had no wiper fluid, the defroster didn't work too well, the wipers froze up, and the driver spent the entire time cleaning the window with a paper towel, while on his phone saying, "I don't know if I can make it to Hudson." We sat for 30 minutes on Rt. 84 in Vernon CT, for what, i am not sure. I was a wreck when I got back to school. Thankfully, my husband was there, ready to sweep me away in the gas guzzling SUV that can go through anything. The sun was shining by the time we got home, though. Camp was fun, though freezing. I wore all of my winter X country ski gear. I hiked up a mountain, with 1425 ft. of ascent in about a mile with a bunch of 20 something teachers. Thankfully, I could keep up. Going out to try the new snowshoes today. Another skill for this klutz to master!
    Robyn

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    I set a new record for a terrible winter auto commute home. When I left work I was carrying the trash out to the dumpster. It was a struggle getting the dumpster open with 8 inches off snow on top, and I didn't notice that the handles of the grocery bag I carry my gear in, tore in the process. I was barely able to get out of the driveway because we hadn't been plowed yet. After about 40 minutes I was 2/3 of the way home when I decided I should pull over and call my husband to tell him to stay at work (he has a 35 mile commute). That was when I discovered that I was missing my bag, along with my wallet, cell phone, paycheck, and 2 CD's about the new software we are getting at work. So I had to turn around and go back to work, knowing that I would almost certainly get stuck in the driveway. Which I did, but at least I was able to quickly recover my bag from the dumpster and everything was still inside it. So I shoveled my car out and spread enough sand to get back out of the driveway. Unfortunately, the roads still had not been plowed and I got stuck at the first intersection. So I shoveled out again and with some rocking and sand was able to get moving again. It went well from there. I passed a school bus being pulled out of the ditch on the median on I95, so Robyn someone may have had a worse trip with kids than you. I pulled onto my exit to find a big diagonal finger of plowed snow across the ramp that grabbed my tire and started pulling me to the barrier. Put the hazards on and got out with my shovel again. After clearing a 6 foot strip and spreading the last of my sand strategically I was able to get home, where I had to pull into the driveway because a snowplow was behind me with an emergency vehicle behind it. So I got stuck there too, but at least it was my own driveway I shoveled this time. Yes, I probably burned as many calories as I do riding my bike, but I sure enjoyed it a lot less. If I were to get caught in a similar situation riding home; I would lock my bike to a tree, pull my extra layers, yaktrax & survival gear from the panniers and walk to the nearest client's house. All that gear is part of the reason my winter bike weighs 49 pounds. I watch the weather reports pretty carefully to avoid that scenerio, but I'm not convinced that it would be any worse than yesterday.

    p.s. Total trip time, 3.5 hours to go 9 miles. Usual bike winter commute 40 minutes to 90 minutes depending on snow depth.
    Last edited by newfsmith; 12-10-2005 at 07:35 AM.

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    Hey Jean -
    I'm glad to hear that you didn't ride your bike to work yesterday. Talk about a nasty storm! We had a lot of snow up my way, but my commute wasn't bad because I waited... worked until 4:30, then went across the street to work out. The road in front of the office still looked pretty bad, so I went back in to the office and surfed the web for a while, didn't head home until quarter to seven. It only took me 45 minutes to get home. At that time it should have taken 25, but I consider the 45 minutes very reasonable given the conditions!

    The roads last night were snowy and much narrower than normal. I was more than a little shocked to see someone out on a bike as I was driving home. My shock wasn't so much that someone was riding, but that the idiot was riding on the wrong side of the road with no lights and no helmet.

    I was hoping to ride today, but the roads are still very wet. I think I'll head out walking and then see if tomorrow brings better riding conditions. It's hard to ignore the sunshine and clear blue sky though...

    And Robyn -
    You'll have to let us know how your snowshoe experience went!

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    Last edited by DeniseGoldberg; 12-10-2005 at 08:29 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by massbikebabe
    Surly...

    Glad
    I didn't make any angels...they would look pretty funny because I can't move the left arm up and down, nor can I move the left leg...unilateralpaligia angels? hahahahahahahah


    karen
    bah humbug!
    I'm sorry Karen, I'm laughing. It's just a very funny visual of a broken snow angel. I bet you can make a good one by February and I'm sure there will still be plenty of snow left.

    And Roadraven, you are not missing much. After the initial 5 seconds of flapping body parts, getting snow in every piece of clothing and down your neck, the thrill of snow angels wears off. Can you tell I'm not a snow person.

    Glad everyone got home safe and sound.

 

 

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