|Upper 80's, Sunny- (checks calendar) ON SEPT 30?!!|
Well, as most of y'all know, the weather has been a roller coaster and Monday was a total Summer throwback. Blue skies, hot temperatures, and lots of wind. If things were still green you'd swear this was August again. But it is on the doorstep of October. Yeah......weird.
I went out in the morning before it got really hot. It eventually got up to 89°F here. But I did not get out before the wind started in. I would say it was at about 20mph with higher gusts and that lasted all day long. One thing that was missing was humidity. It was about 52% as I was riding. That's pretty comfy around these parts. Had it been really humid too, yeah.......that would definitely have been a Summer Throwback.
I decided to ride the Fargo Gen I as I have the six hours on the Noble Bikes GX5 and Muc Off C3 lube, so now it's on to the next bike/lube combo. Oh, in case you didn't know, I am conducting another "Lube-Off", so that is what this is all about. The Fargo has the Squirt lube, so this will also be a new-to-me lube. Well, kind of. I think I tried it once upon a time a long time ago, but I don't recall how it fared. So, as far as I am concerned, it is a new lube to the test. I decided that since Squirt recommends a new application every 6 hours that I would run each bike that long and assess the results then.
|Did I mention that it was WINDY?!!|
|The roads were wet, and sometimes muddy.|
|A Flock Of Starlings|
I didn't see much for animals. The Starlings I saw in flocks were not moving much as the direction they want to go in was right into that wind. They were mostly hanging out on power lines, waiting for a change, I would imagine. I also saw a committee of Vultures swinging over a hog farm. Hmm..... I decided not to investigate further.
|A quick break.......|
|.......to take a picture of this little guy!|
|Coming back with the wind was MUCH easier!|
I noted how fast the corn is drying down now. The wind yesterday should really have helped that along, I would think. The constant wind was making the brownish stalks rattle and dance like old skeletons in a Halloween cartoon. The abrasive sound that the leaves were making combined with the roar of the wind to nearly drown out any vehicle noises, so when a truck went zooming by, it caught me off guard. Better pay attention!
I could see that my calculations on my estimated time of arrival were way off, so I was soft pedaling back and letting the wind do the lions share of the work. Normally I would be speeding down the road to see how fast I could go in a sustained effort. But spinning, coasting, and taking it easy was a nice choice after busting my butt so hard to get as far South as I did.
In the end, I was ten minutes off. For as well as I can do math, (not very), that was pretty good. Now I have about 4 more hours to go on the Fargo, then it will be on to the Bubblegum Princess to finish out this first round of the "Lube-Off".