Some of you other local bike riders will have to give me your opinions. Perhaps we need to caucus.
I'm starting to think I've had enough of the wet, slippery white stuff for this winter. Maybe two more weeks, and then it'll be about right...?
We got another 2 or 3 inches last night... the main roadways were "solid snow floor," but it fell on a lot of frozen slush-piles and such, along the sides (just where bicyclists normally like to be). So, it was white-knuckle riding again this morning. Spoze to be another storm tonight. (Followed by 3 or 4 mild, warmer days... that will be NICE!)
Those poor folks out in Suburbia need a break. This morning the radio traffic-report guy said, "Pack a breakfast, pack a lunch, because it's a long commute today." Jon the radio guy added, "And be sure to go to the bathroom before you leave home." And Christina, the radio babe, cracked me up. She said, "That depends on where you're going." (Get it? Get it? I thought about the crazy astronaut lady.)
Actually, if all my riding were absent of motor vehicle intrusion, the snow days would be fantastic! There may not be a better way to improve one's bike-handling skills, than on a tricky, unpredictable course. (And the "powder cruising" - away from traffic, for example, through Ann Morrison Park - is sublime!) Winter on slippery days is really the only time I'm uncomfortable sharing the road with those 4000-pound MSDCs. (Mobile Sensory Deprivation Chambers)
I've been praying for an end to the drought. And my people have been doing the same. Let me know when we should back off just a little.
[NOTE: The photo was actually taken a week or so ago. Click on it, as always, for a bigger view.]