Season’s Greetings, Blizzard Aftermath, White Christmas In MY Town, Tough Guy Isn’t So Tough After All, and Some Other Observations

Did you hear about the blizzard we had last night? If you were tuned in to Storm Chaser Greg’s reports you did. I think it was the first official BLIZZARD we’ve had in MY Town in several years. (I’m not going to look up when we had the last one though, because I’m afraid Google will tell me it was in 2018 or something ridiculous like that.)

A blizzard is a pretty exciting thing. I used to believe a blizzard was just a huge accumulation of snow. Now I know that a blizzard has more to do with WIND than it does with snowfall. A place can have a mere 2″ of new snow, but 35-60 mile per hour winds can produce snow drifts four feet high. It’s not a good thing to hit a 4′ snowdrift while cruising down the highway at 60-miles per hour. It’s even worse to run into that 4′ snowdrift when going 20-miles per hour since that’s how fast you should be going when you can’t see more than ten feet in front of your windshield. Guaranteed, you will get stuck in that densely-packed drift.

That’s why the Interstate Highways were closed down last night. Good luck to those folks who thought they could find alternate routes on rural highways.

I was glad I could ride my bike for a few blocks in the early stages of the blizzard. It was fun and it gave me a chance to show off, which is a big thing for me. It also gave me the chance to thank my lucky stars that I wasn’t out on a bike tour 30 miles from the next town. [See Footnote]

There was a 2-foot drift piled up against my front door at 10:00 p.m last night. I had to put my shoulder into the door to open it so I could take this picture.

The snow quit falling sometime shortly after that but the winds continued to howl all night, so the official blizzard warning continued. The actual snowfall was something like 7″ but there was a 36″ drift in my back yard. My Cycle-365 team and I climbed it.

Sure, that 1-degree (F) [-17 C.] temperature might seem pretty warm, but don’t forget to factor in that -19 wind chill.

It is from this summit that we created the Christmas Card at the top of this page.

There were some pretty big drifts in my driveway too. I headed out there this morning to start shoveling. I dressed myself up for maximal wind chill protection. That’s when the Feeshko let me have my Christmas present a little early. She bought me a brand new shovel. See why I love her so much.

It took over an hour to shovel out the driveway, but I felt great. It was good wintertime fun. Unfortunately, MY Town’s snowplows were not as ambitious as I was. They STILL haven’t come around. That means I won’t be going out on a bike ride this morning. I mean, I’m a tough guy, but even the toughest guy in the world cannot ride on these un-plowed roads.

Note the difference between where I’ve shoveled and where the city has NOT.

[FOOTNOTE:] I heard a story last night on the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) radio program “As It Happens” about a Quebecois cyclist who is riding across Canada in the dead of winter to honor cyclists who have been killed by motor vehicles in that country. His strategy for taking a day off is when the snow is blowing so hard that he can’t see from one telephone pole to the next. His interview begins at the 21:05 mark of last night’s program.

As It Happens: The Wednesday Edition | CBC Radio

“As It Happens” is a great interview program. The Feeshko and I listen to it every night before going to sleep. We might only get to hear it because of our close proximity to Canada.

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.

6 response to "Season’s Greetings, Blizzard Aftermath, White Christmas In MY Town, Tough Guy Isn’t So Tough After All, and Some Other Observations"

  1. By: BobinVT Posted: December 24, 2020

    I know I’m in the minority here, but I love a good snowstorm/blizzard in the winter. It almost never fails that the following day will be sunny, and the whole world looks crisp and new. Have a Merry Christmas Greg!

  2. By: NancyG Posted: December 24, 2020

    I have never really lived in what one might consider “snow country”, but have had some sort of snowfall, and a blizzard or two somewhere that I have lived. It is beautiful, and conjures pictures of sitting by the fireside with a warm, or warming, drink, looking out your window as the flakes drift by and pile up to cover all the ugly stuff. That is the GOOD side of the snow.

    Not being a snow sport person, I don’t ski or do anything active in the snow — snowshoeing a few times is about it. So little to no snow and not having to drive in any of it, and not having to deal with shoveling it or mucking around in the melt and mud is my choice! I appreciate it’s beauty and understand why people really like it though.

  3. By: Bill Stone Posted: December 24, 2020

    Nice snow mountain for your Christmas card. Not counting highway overpasses, that might be the highest point in Minnesota. 😉

    Happy holidays!

  4. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 24, 2020

    Happy Holidays to all of you! (You are more than welcome to keep the snow) 😉

  5. By: The Navigator Posted: December 24, 2020

    Happy holidays to your crew! Nothing like a good ol’ fashioned blizzard for Christmas. I can almost hear the snow squeaking beneath your feet in those photos. Have a happy Christmas and New Year!

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