Thursday, January 10, 2008

Raining Like the Dickens

So, Tomas asked me to ride with him tonight, while he adjusted things on his new Surly Long Haul Trucker. Ok, I can do that - I need mileage, I've got rain gear, piece of cake, right?

Wow, is it wet... and cold.

It wasn't too bad heading up Interstate, or getting onto Marine Drive, or the path that goes near the airport perimeter fence. Once we were up on the levee along the Columbia, however... Brrrrrrrrr!

Water in the face, breathing mist, 20mph wind straight in our teeth slowing us down, and cold. Boy was I glad I bundled up.

It was a good ride - 25.03 miles, in 39 degree weather with a ESE wind at 20mph. Brisk, baby - that's what it was. With wind chill, it would have been 29 degrees, but that neglects the effect of parts of me being wet - which feels much colder.

What great mileage, though! 9 days into the new year, and I'm already at 167.4 miles. 18 hours and 15 minutes in the saddle.

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