Sunday, 14 September 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.


  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:)

  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.

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

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

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

  6. fabulous! have a great time canajun!

  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.

  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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