Friday, June 18, 2010

After riding 500 miles in 10 days, much soul searching and weather forecast checking, I’ve made the agonizing decision to cancel my trip. I was prepared for the grueling physical activity and was willing to accept the fact that I wouldn’t be able to ride up some of the hills however, one of the reasons for selecting this time of year was that the weather is generally nice; this year is proving to be the exception. Wednesday and Thursday the high was 55 degrees and showery—the forecast for the next leg of my trip shows 2 partly cloudy days with temperatures in the low 70s and anywhere from 30 to 40% chance of rain and/or thunderstorms for the remaining days with temps in the mid-60s. I neither packed nor planned for this type of weather. I have long been a proponent of the adage ‘you don’t have to practice being miserable’; I’m doing this ride for my enjoyment and it’s miserable riding for 8 hours in cold/cool rain showers. In retrospect, perhaps I was too aggressive in planning such a long trip for my first attempt at touring and I will be looking at what I want to do next.


TheMegster said...

It's been a weird spring for sure.

For most outdoor things I vote for September post Labor Day.... generally reliable weather, not too much wind, cool nights and warm days, bugs are usually down, and colorful scenery.

Jessica said...

A very wise desicsion based on the weather reports I was just watching. Seeing the thunderstorm warnings reminded to check your blog to see your progress. Glad to hear you won't be riding through that mess. Love you and GREAT JOB!!!