A person could be forgiven for taking one look at the featured picture and thinking something like this:  “That doesn’t look like Fourth of July Weather to me.”  But this post isn’t about that person, it’s about ME, and to ME it feels like a hot summer day.

MY town has emerged from the Polar Vortex.  Yes, it is only 39-degrees (F) today [4-Degrees C.] but that’s about 60-degrees warmer than it was two days ago.  Can you blame me for my little “4th of July” exaggeration?

I headed out on my mountain bike at about 11:00 a.m., excited to show everybody that Minnesota winters include other weather phenomena besides cold and snow.  Like today for instance.  Temperatures above freezing, an early February thaw, fog, 100% humidity mixed with misty rain–what more could I ask for?

But really, this ride was ALL about the hot weather.  With only one layer of warm clothing and my rain gear, I took my longest ride of 2019 so far–about two hours.  I still haven’t invested in a bike computer so I can’t tell you the exact mileage, but my estimate, based on stops for a few pictures and a slower rate on knobby tires, would be about 18 miles.  It was glorious.


I got called out by a Perthling for running a stop sign on my Polar Vortex video last week. In the spirit of atonement, here’s my bike making a complete stop.


One nice thing about a few inches of snow on the ground is that I can stand my bike upright for a picture without leaning it against something.  Now THAT is cool.

I kept riding.  I almost broke a sweat too.  My bicycle tires were spraying a lot of water and slush on my rain pants and rain jacket.  I took strange pride in the big wet stripe that I knew was gathering on the middle of my back.  On a speedy downhill run, my front tire was shooting rainwater up onto my face and lips.  I could taste the road salt MY town uses to melt ice on the city streets.  I didn’t mind it one bit.  Salt is my favorite seasoning.

The Lutherans are just getting out of church.


My own church–The Church of the Great Outdoors–was still in service.  In fact, I think I worshipped almost twice as long at my church than they did at their church.  And I think I did a better job of observing “The Golden Rule” this morning.  You know, “do unto others as they would do unto you.”  When their cars streamed onto the streets, which were narrower due to the snow, I frequently pulled over into the slush to allow them to pass.  They did not offer the same courtesy.

Down to the Mississippi River I rode.


It was nice to see the ducks and geese enjoying the temporary thaw together. If only the Democrats and Republicans could learn from them and swim out onto an icy river until they worked out their differences.


I had a fun ride today despite the heat and humidity.  I would have liked to continue on for another couple of hours, but my ears were getting cold and the Super Bowl was coming up.  Well, the Super Bowl was still four hours away, but I already missed an hour of the five-hour Pregame Show.



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.


  1. By: Seasidejanet Posted: February 3, 2019

    I loved the Red, White and Blue in your cover photo!! Well done….I too am a member of “The Church of The Great Outdoors” in fact I walked/trotted in the wind and rain today for my celebration…..a little to much for Uptown Bessie it seems.

  2. By: Bill Stone Posted: February 3, 2019

    Heat wave! Better get some tips from Em about how to deal with those dangerously high temperatures. Also, great photo of the bridge. That pic definitely spells w-e-a-t-h-e-r.

  3. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: February 4, 2019

    It’s Monday 9am in the morning here and it’s just half time at the superbowl. Don’t understand the rules but I’m going for the Blue and yellow West Coast Eagles from LA. So many advertisements gives me spare time to admire the Polar Vortex survivors posts.

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: February 4, 2019

      “do unto others as they would do unto you.” I like that motto, none of that ‘as you would like them to do unto you’ stuff. Republicans and democrats swimming together in an icy pool, maybe not a good idea these days, they’d try and drown each other for sure. oh well halftimes almost over.

      • By: gregblood Posted: February 4, 2019

        I’m afraid I misquoted the Golden Rule. You got it right.

        Sorry that your blue and yellow west coast team didn’t win. I think this was the first Super Bowl in which I honestly didn’t like either team.

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: February 4, 2019

    Glad you could take advantage of the balmy weather. I remember loving riding in the slush as a kid and how much I hated cleaning it off my bike when I was in college. I hope your warm spell lasts long enough to give you some respite.

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