Even I wondered…

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Whew!  Even I wondered what I was doing out there last night…..

I had worked through lunch, so at 4:00 when I saw rain, sleet and snow coming down I decided to head for home.  The temps were in the mid-thirties, so I wasn’t worried about it being slick.  I just wanted to get home before the traffic started.  In fact, it was kinda fun – for about 30 seconds.

What I didn’t factor in was the wind.  Man, that was a killer.  I had only gone a couple of blocks when I decided I didn’t want to mess with it and turned toward the hospital to wait for Pam.  Then I remembered that I didn’t have a car key and to get one I would have to leave my bike unlocked, walk into the clinic dripping water and ask for Pam to come out front and give me the key.  Nah…that’s probably not cool I thought, so I turned around and toughed it out.

Believe it or not, the sun actually came out for a while on the way home…but the rain didn’t let up a bit.  And the whole time, that wind was howling.  I mean, it was horrible!  As a cross wind, it caught my bar mitts and pannier, rocking me back and forth across my lane.  I’m sure it looked a little like a drunken sailor riding down the road.

Into the wind was an entirely different matter.  I could at least ride straight, but I was riding really, really slowly.  I’m talking single digit mph slow.  Needless to say, I didn’t take the long path home.

I’ve got to admit, when it was over, I did feel a certain sense of satisfaction for toughing it out.


Not enough, however, to think about toughing it out in the snow this morning.

God bless…


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4 Comments on “Even I wondered…”

  1. Bluediamond59 Says:

    Awe come on Tracy. Some of us northern folks play in the wind and snow almost every day during the winter months. It is a fun time on the bike. This will be my weekend riding. Come on up and enjoy. http://www.cuyunalakeswhiteout.com/ Check out the video’s posted on Feb 16th & 17th . http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2013/02/26/finding-minnesota-cuyuna-lakes-yeti/ A local news station report. You have got to enjoy the time on the bike all year long. Keep up the good work.

  2. RANTWICK Says:

    I had that same awful wind at my back. I absolutely flew home last night. Sorry yours wasn’t blowing the right way!

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