FINDING A CLOUD ISN’T MUCH OF A CHALLENGE IN A MINNESOTA WINTER

Thanks to some warm air flowing up from Santa Rosa, California, MY Town had been experiencing higher than normal temperatures for most of December.  That situation has changed somewhat, as you can see on the weather graphic shown above.  The windchills have been below zero for all of 2019 so far.  I don’t know what I’ll do if that trend keeps up for the final 51 weeks of the year.

I plan to ride my bike at least a couple of miles every single day this year.  (This IS Cycle365, isn’t it?)  Of course, that’s my plan EVERY year, yet I always end up failing for one reason or another.  And I’ll probably miss a few days again this year.  But there is NO WAY I will be a failure on the very first day of 2019 just because of a little frigid weather.

An additional motivation for me is the new monthly challenge.  Clouds?  Oh yes, we have clouds alright.  Our skies have had almost nothing BUT clouds during our warm spell over the last couple of weeks.  So many clouds that I was unable to participate in Rich’s Winter Solstice Challenge.  Maybe even as many clouds as France and England have had, according to recent Cycle365 reports.

I hit the road with my mountain bike at 9:30 a.m. so I could get in some cycling before the temperature rose up into the double digits.  I didn’t want anybody to think I was a sissy.  Nevertheless, I will admit that I only rode the bare minimum of “a couple miles”–not because I’m a sissy, but because I froze my fingers while taking the following pictures for your viewing pleasure.

 

There are clouds, but the true significance of this picture is the appearance of the sun desperately trying to shine through.

 

Even tough guys have to dress like this when biking in windchills of -11 degrees (F).

 

This is the timed shot that froze my fingers. It took three attempts, and when I finally got this one, the lens had frosted over.  I’m posting the blurry result anyway.

Hi. My name is Greg and I ride my bike a lot. That is to say, I ride my bike almost every day. I go on long rides and short rides. Sunny rides, cloudy rides, and rainy rides. I like commuting, errand-running, day-tripping, overnighting, and touring on my bike. I ride on city streets, highways, gravel, single track, and snow with equal enthusiasm. Sometimes I ride fast and sometimes I ride slow. I try to keep my feet on the pedals at stop lights and I do not dismount when I hop up on a curb. I have a roadie bike, a mountain bike and a touring bike. I try to accept any challenge a bike ride can throw at me without complaint. But I don't like bugs.

4 response to "FINDING A CLOUD ISN’T MUCH OF A CHALLENGE IN A MINNESOTA WINTER"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: January 1, 2019

    Clouds everywhere!
    Just posted a new photo on Gray Day showing clouds across the entire U.S. just about.
    Last New Years, we were -15F actual temp — in the 30’s now.
    Sun trying to break thru is a Solstice Sun so you get the Frozen Fingers Photo Award. 🙂

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

    That is one glorious orb of sun photo. Glad you had a heatwave, too. We should reach 44 tomorrow after more than a week of 38-44. Celsius of course. Sending some thoughts of warmth to you.

  3. By: Seasidejanet Posted: January 3, 2019

    You continue to carry the winning trophy for cold rides! Good to see,you out and about…Happy New Year and Happy Trails!

  4. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: January 4, 2019

    Yikes that looks cold. I would have moved to Florida by now, I must be a sissy.

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