Wednesday, May 25, 2011

OK, I've Had Enough of Summer

Summer has arrived with a stifling blast of hot, sticky air. With air temps breaking into the 90's and high humidity to compound that heat, the only time to ride that is even remotely bearable is at the break of dawn before the persistent rays from that fiery ball have had the chance to infiltrate every corner of the landscape. The season of early mornings filled with caffeine and singletrack is here!

Yeah, I've already had enough of summer. Spring was beautiful, but summer... I'm just not a big fan. Sure, the long hours of sunlight are a plus, but the heat... I'll pass on the heat.

The only problem is, the worst is of it hasn't even hit us yet...

In fact, I've gotta say that I'm really just ready for fall to be here. Bring on the changing leaves and the cool temperatures!





Or maybe, just maybe, I need to make a pilgrimage back to the northwoods of Wisconsin or the high mountains of Colorado... bur for the moment, I can only dream!

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11 comments:

Anonymous,  May 25, 2011 at 7:26 AM  

Night rides are not a bad idea for this time of the year start at dawn when it's a little cooler and burst out the lights when it gets dark. But to be honest, it doesn't make alot of difference in the middle of summer because of the stinking sticky humidity but I do feel your pain.
Mandex

Greg Heil May 25, 2011 at 8:28 AM  

The only problem with night rides is that you have to stay up really late... or get up really stinking early, because there are so many hours of daylight. But that is a good idea, thanks for weighing in!

Ride on

eastwood May 25, 2011 at 9:20 AM  

It's totally the opposite for us up here... it's been cool/cold and rainy FOREVER. Today it's gonna get up to 80 FINALLY!! So I can't wait for summer... but I do remember my days in Georgia and I feel for you - but only in a nostalgic kinda way. In reality, stop your whining!! ha ha

Greg Heil May 25, 2011 at 9:25 AM  

Haha thanks eastwood, I'll just suck it up! Hope ya'll enjoy the warm weather... get out and tear it up!

Laidlaw May 25, 2011 at 4:01 PM  

Dude, Colorado mountains are still under an average of 4 to 12 feet of snow. If summer showed up here today, I would make out with it for like a week.

--Mark

Jeremy (GoldenGoose),  May 25, 2011 at 7:15 PM  

Time to hit the mountains. -3.5F degrees per 1000 ft of elevation gain. If you are at ~1000ft in Dahlonega, GA it would be about 15 degrees cooler around the top of the Pilot Rock trail in Pisgah NF (~4800ft). Nobody said you had to ride up all that elevation either. ;)

Greg Heil May 26, 2011 at 9:27 AM  

@Laidlaw, Are the ski resorts still open?

@Jeremy, Now we're talking!

Chris Aldrighetti May 27, 2011 at 12:26 AM  

Great write up. Here in the Kansas/Missouri area the weather has been horrible. But the trail was perfect, nice and tacky. I'm not looking forward to when the temps are constantly in the 90's. Our temp was around 85 for an average for the week until the storms. The only real issue with the trail, is that there were several segments that had a down tree here and there.

Greg Heil May 27, 2011 at 10:18 AM  

@Chris, thanks for the comment dude. Hopefully ya'll can get those trees cleaned up quick!

dgaddis May 30, 2011 at 2:51 PM  

Dude, summer is HERE as of this week in Augusta. Forecast calls for the first 100 degree day tomorrow. Heat index of at least 102. I'm thinking GoldenGoose's and my planned bikepacking trip this weekend may have to get postponed...even at 9pm it will still be around 90 degrees!!!

Greg Heil May 30, 2011 at 5:12 PM  

Hot dang dude, that's insane! Maybe if you started riding at like 5:30 in the morning and were done by 10 or 11?

My last couple of rides I've gone through my entire 3 liter camelback in under 3 hours.... gotta start getting out earlier!

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