Rainy day

A nice, daylong drizzle. Keeps the snakes slick and the cacti crisp.

A nice, daylong drizzle. Keeps the snakes slick and the cacti crisp.

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16 Responses to “Rainy day”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Same here. Snow down to about 7000 feet on the mountains. Got the ES ready for tomorrow. What time I ride depends on the sun. Thought about mountain biking, but the trails will be too muddy.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I stayed indoors yesterday, Pat. No thunder and lightning, no deluge, just a good, steady rain. Very nice.

      Looks like it continues today. Slight chance of snow, rain likely, also fog. Reminds me of Oregon, or maybe Nothern California.

      I was couch-surfing in Santa Rosa in early 1981, then moved to Corvallis for a copy-editing gig, and saw a lot of weather like this. It was a real change of pace from Bibleburg and Tucson.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        It’s cold (38) right now with high clouds. If the sun warms things up quickly, a ride might happen. But, I am not counting on it. Kinda boring around here without the better half. Our niece and husband moved to Seattle almost a year ago. Both are working for Amazon; it’s number 4 of the top 10 employers there. Every time I check their weather it’s rain. Not seeing the sun for days on end would depress the shit out of me.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        That’s one of the reasons I packed on the pounds when I lived in Oregon. I strongly recommend against living in any climate that encourages:

        • Working for an afternoon newspaper (4 a.m. until 1 p.m.).

        • Drinking Guinness and Bushmills as though Prohibition were coming back. (Also, and too, smoking cigarettes and eating garbage.)

        • And finally, not cycling a single, solitary kilometer for three years.

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        Lack of sun is not good. Dunno how people who live in gray, cloudy places deal with that – the years I spent in NE were tough, tough, tough, especially the winters.
        Dragged the ancient (26″ wheels and V-brakes…horrors!) MTB’s out over the weekend wearing everything-I-own in cycling clothing. Beats the hell out of a trainer down in the shop, but that ain’t saying much, is it? Ice-storm last night has put a halt to pretty much everything, but at least the power’s still on!!!

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Ice storms are the worst. Went through one when I lived in Kentucky for a short time. Nasty, and forget driving! I made it about a mile to work that morning. Slid off the road and into a radio station parking lot, right into a parking place. Left it there for two days.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Ice storms are Death. I’ve driven through a shitload of ’em and they’re never the slightest bit of fun.

        We drove through one in Texas back when Herself’s eldest sis still lived in Coahoma and Holy Mary, Mother of God, was that ever a doozy.

        I wasn’t scared or nothin’, but somebody shit on my seat.

  2. Mike Frye Says:

    I’m not used to it snowing in this part of the country and lately i have riot been on my bike. The most exercise I get is going up and down the stairs in my townhouse(think apartment, cut into three sections and stacked) yesterday i did twelve flights of stairs. that that would not even get me down the road a bit.(sigh)

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Well, shoot, Mike, stairs are better than nothin’. I use ’em whenever I stay in motels.

      There are two great sets of stairs in Monument Valley Park, back in Bibleburg. One is a winding, uneven stone staircase that we used in our cyclocrosses back in the early Nineties, and the other is a fairly typical concrete deal that rises out of an athletic field to the trail through the park. I gave those buggers the what-fer when we still lived there.

      I’d rather run stairs than ride the stationary bike any old day.

  3. Herb Clevenger Says:

    Ice storms build character and can be somewhat entertaining here in Michigan. First you see a big SUV blow by your somewhat impatiently. Next see said SUV spun out in ditch. As you pass you can almost read their lips, “what the hell! This 4 wheel drive sucks” . Ah yes, ice the bane of dumb ass drivers who fail to think about having to stop at some point.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Haw. We saw plenty of that in Colorado, since nobody in Colorado is from Colorado anymore.

      Pileups of 50-plus cars on Interstate 25 are not uncommon in wintertime thanks to high speed, low foreheads and icy roads.

      4WD can be great for getting the old family tank rolling. But for stopping? Not so much.

  4. Hurben Says:

    Humm, my sandal tan is coming on nicely. nice sharp edge..

    On a totally unrelated note, given the praise heaped on Carhartt jeans a few posts back, I went looking for them in NZ & found a retailer in Foxton, North Island who sells them. I was so blown away with the quality of the pair I ordered, I’ve just ordered two more.

    With any luck I won’t be buying more jeans for a few decades.

    Thank you all.

    • David Rees Says:

      This post is without merit, should be refuted and not to be believed – fake news if I’ve ever seen it – unless these purported “sandal tan” boast photos are included. I remain – even here in SoCal – cold and in long trousers. My god…

      • Hurben Says:

        Sadly David, this forum does not give me the opportunity to post pictures, however, trust me you could cut yourself on my sandal tan lines.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Ah Hurben, you must work at CNN or Buzzfeed. Pics or it didn’t happen, buddy. Even the below average U.S. citizen, that’s about 50% of us, knows it’s winter time.

        PS: Is it a dry heat?

      • JD Dallager Says:

        David: Try the flannel-lined Carhartts…..they work great! 🙂

        24 degrees with 4 inches of snow here in Bibleburg……good Carhartt operational field testing weather.

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