It’s not about the weather

Well, it is and it isn’t it’s about the weather, but it’s not a submission for the February weather challenge because the ride was a day early to qualify.  I’ll just have to hope that there’s some weather worth writing about in the coming month.

The weather was spectacular yesterday here in Portland, making me feel guilty about riding in it after reading of dreadful conditions elsewhere around the world.  I suppressed my pangs of guilt though and joined Rachael for a perfect midwinter ride out to Sauvie Island.

Read here if you’d like to share in our fine conditions, or if you’d like to be among the first to hear of the first running of the Giro di Mezzogiorno.

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5 response to "It’s not about the weather"

  1. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: February 2, 2019

    That tour route looks great. I stayed on Lipari Island ,really enjoyed it and that ride along the Amalfi coast will be ..interesting. Will be riding alongside in spirit.

    • By: Scooter Posted: February 2, 2019

      Hopefully Amalfi should be OK, but in any case it’s just a long day ride. The traffic is supposed to die off greatly south of Salerno. We biked Amalfi fifteen years ago on a tour from Puglia to Sardinia – the only time we’ve visited this part of Italy. We thought it would be terrible, but it wasn’t bad at all because of the tour buses. The road is too narrow and winding for anyone to pass, so the cars all queue up behind them. You can just bike along in the gaps between the chains.

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: February 2, 2019

    You should get some frequent rider stamps for Sauvie Island 🙂 It seems like Italy would be beautiful in spring, too. Someday I would like the opportunity to explore how long I could tour for without wanting to go home to something familiar. It’s good to know your limits – I’m glad you’ve found yours and are thinking of different ways to be vagabonds. Getting a little cottage somewhere for a few months and really engaging with a place could be a lot of fun, too.

    • By: Scooter Posted: February 2, 2019

      Frequent rider stamps! I could fill a drawer with them by now. I could pretty happily go out that way ever6 week or so. And we both like the idea of getting a cottage somewhere for a longer stay. I suspect we don’t have that many years left of longer expeditions in us. At some point it will look very attractive to just hop from base to base for extended stays.

  3. By: Suzanne Posted: February 4, 2019

    What did you do to deserve that good weather? You should feel guilty when the rest of us has to contend with arctic temperatures and snow and heat and rain and storms and slush and ice. No, actually I love seeing the pictures of you guys cycling along in a semi-winter landscape. It’s a vicarious pleasure – and reminds me that spring is coming to Munich sometime, too.

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