Sunday, September 14, 2014

Riding season? What riding season?

Yesterday I put the bike away, probably for the last time this year. I realise it’s still mid-September but we’re going away for a few weeks and won’t be back until October. Given this year’s weather patterns, we may well have snow on the ground by then. (I’m joking, but only a little bit!)

I haven’t posted much this summer because I haven’t ridden. I don’t recall a year when I put fewer kilometres on the bike. Short jaunts only and no long 200+ kilometre day rides. The endless winter of 2013/14 meant the riding season started late in May, about 6 weeks later than normal. That was followed by another month when I was held prisoner by road construction for most of June (to be repeated next year apparently – sigh…). A cold, wet July didn’t improve things any and then we had an equally cold, wet August. And here we are now in September where the temperature yesterday morning was 5 degrees C - and it was raining, hard.

Everyone complains about the weather but nobody ever does anything about it, the saying goes. Well we’re doing something about it. We’re leaving town.

In a few hours we’ll be on our way across the pond, destination Paris where the weather forecasters are calling for sunny, mid-20 temperatures for most of the next week - 10 to 15 degrees warmer than the forecasts guesses are for the local weather here.

Unfortunately there won’t be two wheels involved on this trip but perhaps I’ll have a chance to share some photos along the way as we enjoy a belated summer in Europe.

Next year will be better.

9 comments:

  1. This year's weather really hit everyone with a big bump. At least the vacation will be uplifting. It is hot hot hot here and I just plain don't ride in the heat. No can do. So have a nice vacation and i'm looking forward to your photos:)

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  2. Have to agree with you about the weather here ... glad to see you are actually going to get to do something about it. Have a great trip, looking forward to some warm Parisian pictures.

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  3. Paris instead of riding almost sounds like a decent tradeoff. Enjoy the trip!

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  4. Enjoy your vacay! Hope to see lots of pictures,

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  5. Paris sounds like a fine adventure! How long?

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  6. fabulous! have a great time canajun!

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  7. A few weeks in Paris vs cold riding at home on two wheels is a no brainer. Have fun and enjoy!

    We've had the opposite weather, too damn hot to suit up and ride. Our mileage this summer was pitiful too.

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  8. Wow...I didn't think it was possible for any place in Canada to have crappier weather than out here on the rock. July was awesome with 25+ everyday. Then the weather gods flipped a switch and after the first week in August the rest of the month was drab and often wet. September has offered a return to more sun but of course with fall temps. Still I have managed to put about 13,000 kms on... split between my 2000 Magna and '08 ST. Enjoy Europe! We did 10 days in Ireland & England in July and I can't wait to retun to tour the UK on a bike.

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