Lots of gray skies, wind, cold, snow, and blowing snow in Salem the past couple weeks, and I have been recovering from a bout of flu (I think) and just plain lazy, so I haven’t been out on bike much. But, Saturday afternoon the temperature climbed into the low 20s(F) and there was some blue sky early in the afternoon. I got the bike out with the hope of getting a picture of my bike and a cloud. Here’s what I got, my bike, the town sign at the NE corner of town on Richard Ave (or 253rd Street). As you can see, a gray sky again (cloud?):

Here’s a link to a video I took while riding Saturday. I’m heading north on Douglas St on the west end of town. There’s a 15-20 MPH NW wind blowing snow across the road, but this doesn’t show up in the video. I got some clouds, though.

At the beginning of the video, I’m trying to get my glove back on after starting the video. And, at the end, where it looks like I’m crashing, I’m just putting the phone in my coat pocket. A car was coming up behind me and I wanted to get both hands on the handlebars again before the car came by me.

Ride stats: around 5 miles, about 35 minutes.

8 response to "1344"

    • By: GDinSD Posted: January 27, 2019

      It has been chilly here the last week or two, and the forecast for the coming week is bleak.

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: January 27, 2019

    Too much weather for me! Back in the late 1970s and early 1980s when I lived and biked in central Illinois, I seldom tried to ride any distance in winter weather conditions because I was always concerned about what might happen if I suffered a flat tire or mechanical issue. Impossible to work effectively with gloves on, and too cold to remove them. No cell phones to call for help back in those days. So I salute those of you who are willing to pedal in the jaws of the polar vortex. Stay warm!

    • By: GDinSD Posted: January 28, 2019

      The riding I do in Salem during the winter is just to get outside and do something, usually after sitting all day at work. I’m usually only out pedaling for 30 minutes to an hour; as the temp drops, the rides get shorter. And, since Salem isn’t very big, I’m never much more than a half a mile from home. So, if I have a problem, I’d just walk my bike home. I do enjoy riding in the winter; I just haven’t got out much this winter.

  2. By: Scooter Posted: January 27, 2019

    Sorry you’ve been ill, but great to hear from you again, SD. Looks like a lovely day for a ride.

    • By: GDinSD Posted: January 28, 2019

      Hello Scooter,

      Everyday is a lovely day to ride a bike. And, some more lovely than others.


  3. By: The Navigator Posted: January 28, 2019

    Oh dear, does that ever look cold!! But you should win awards for the most cloud in a shot. That’s all that sky is – one big stratus cloud. Good on you for getting out there!

    • By: GDinSD Posted: January 28, 2019

      Hello The Navigator,

      Of course today there is lots of blue sky and some nice clouds racing across the sky, but the temp is about 5F and will not be getting any warmer for a couple days, and the wind is howling. I’m not getting the bike out after work today, nice (smaller) clouds or not. I’ll just walk the block home from work and hibernate until tomorrow morning until I have to walk to work again.


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