|Looking more like late March than mid-December!|
Then it warmed up and melted off almost all of it except the piles and what blew into ditches. I decided on Monday to tackle a country ride since it was to be into the mid-40's and there was pretty much zero wind. That in itself is amazing, but that with 40's and December? I'm going riding. Besides, it isn't like I have to be anywhere right now!
So, I took out the Noble Bikes GX5 to test out the new Karoo 2 GPS unit I got as a gift, (review update this Saturday), and I headed out South of town to see what the snow may have done to the roads out there. My bets were on "not much of anything".
With a long sleeved thermal Pirate Cycling League jersey and a Bontrager wind jacket over my GORE bib tights and T-6 wool socks I was perfectly set up for the weather. I wore my Northwave winter boots and GORE full fingered cycling gloves. The new Bontrager WaveCel Circuit helmet went on the noggin and Rudy Project shades on the eyeballs.
|Weird light. Close to the Winter Solstice it gets really odd looking around here. |
The roads were either littered with thick, chunky gravel or super-fast, smoothed out dirt and no gravel. But mostly it was still very dry, with hard road beds, and very little in the way of effects from the recent snow. I did come across some shaded areas where there was still a skiff of snow on the roads and a few places were the road was wet enough to throw up some crap on the back end of the bike.
|With the shortest days of the year now here, 2;30pm looks like 8:00pm in the Summer.|
|Someone already did a ditch burn. Usually I don't see this until Spring. |
A pretty uneventful ride, to say the least. I didn't see any animals to speak of but for two farm cats and a couple dogs. It's pretty quiet out there right now and the land is at rest. But I was glad to get out again to enjoy this unusual weather and see the countryside by bicycle again.