Thursday, April 24, 2014

30 DOB - Day 24

This is what the local weather radar looked like at about noon today. Rain. Temperature 37F.
And this is what the regional radar looked like at the same time. More rain on the way.
This is one of the those days where, if it wasn't for my commitment to 30 Days of Biking, I would have been tempted to skip a ride. This quote from the official 30 DOB blog seemed appropriate:

Every so often, especially on days with rough weather, we get asked “Why April? Wouldn’t this be easier in May? Why are you subjecting us to this misery, 30 Days of Biking?!??!”

The short answer is that we thought of 30 Days of Biking in March 2010, and the next month was April. ;-)
If we’re being less glib, we’ll tell you that we like the way April is a confluence of all the different seasons, especially in our home state of Minnesota. Within a week, you could get a thunderstorm, a snowstorm, or a beautiful, soul-pleasing sunny day. If you can get through April, you can get through any month of the year.

For beginners, the idea is to encourage them to bike in weather they normally wouldn’t and realize it’s not quite as bad as they’d think. If you can bike on a sunny day, you can bike on a snowy day or a rainy day. The reward is that day where bicycling is easy, and the roads are clear, and you’re biking in a T-shirt without a care in the world.
Keep on pedaling!

Well said! Today's weather reminded me of Juneau, with overcast skies, mist and rain, rain, rain, sometimes changing to sleet.  The local Backroads Coffee shop seemed like a good destination for my ride, along with a book to read.
Backroads Coffee & Tea
I donned my rain jacket, rain pants, and waterproof boots and used the waterproof finger protectors on my gloves.
I was drawn to this novel, "Still Life With Bread Crumbs,"
because it is about a woman photographer.

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