Two Wheels - Six Strings

Random news and thoughts about various two-wheeled projects and music, especially my band, Skull Full Of Blues.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

First Real Snow of The Season - Part Deux

Man, am I tired. Riding in this snow is like riding in sand. I actually detoured over to Holly, and zigzagged my way to work on the most heavily traveled roads I could find, just so I could actually ride (I even rode down Colfax Avenue, for a bit). The side roads were snowed in deeper than the hubs on my wheels, and I just couldn't even make any headway.

My normal 8.3 mile, 33 minute commute was turned into 10 miles and an hour and five minutes. By the time I got to work, I had a really cool chin spoiler on the bike.

This is the view out the window of my office, just before I left, today. Look at the bottom of the window, through the spokes of the front wheel, and you can see how much snow we've had.

This is the bike path behind GW High School, where I got First Tracks, yesterday. Today, even though people had walked through, I had to get off and push for about a quarter of a mile.

This is the condition of the side roads, this afternoon, after a day's worth of traffic beating the snow down. Unfortunately, they are still close to unrideable on my studded tires. I probably would have done well to put the snow chains on, this morning.

I am under the impression that businesses are required to clear their walks. The Rockies Inn is apparently exempt from this. The past two winters have seen their walk in this condition until the weather warmed and the sun melted the snow off. I suspect that this winter will be no different. I suppose the meth-heads and prostitutes that live there don't complain about it.

I cleared the snow off of this, yesterday. This is how much has fallen, since.

I haven't knocked any snow off of the truck, however...

Home, again. Yeah, I know that I took this same picture, yesterday. What I lack in technical photographic skill, I make up for with repetition.



At 5:19 PM , Anonymous Charles said...

I look at the pictures and read your words with envy as I sit here looking out my offce window at the monoclimatic weather I "enjoy" her is So Cal. Sorry, it just ain't all that out here, wish I were there. 'Cross in 80 degree weather doesn't seem right.

At 5:20 PM , Anonymous Charles said...

Please excuse my poor typing.

At 5:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to see you got home okay today. Sean has to make a current event report tomorrow, so he is reporting on the snow in Denver because you are there - I'm sure the 6th grade will be interested in hearing about your snow ride.


At 5:43 PM , Blogger Jon said...

Oddly, snowy and cold on a bike always makes me think of you. I guess it's due to all of those frozen commutes we did, back in...omfg! 1997?

Man, I'm old!

At 5:45 PM , Blogger Jon said...

That comment about 1997 was directed Charles.

Joy: Is he going to print out the pictures and make visual aids?

At 7:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, I've already printed the one of the bike sitting in the snow - that's the one he wanted.

At 9:23 PM , Blogger frankenbiker said...

Sweet chin spoiler on the bike,not long till theres a matching snotcicle.

At 10:43 PM , Blogger Apertome said...

I went to yesterday to check our local forecast and on the homepage they had a story about snow storms in the rockies. So, I was wondering if you got hit. Did you ever! Man, that's a lot of snow. It takes dedication, riding to/from work in that. Way to go!

At 2:42 PM , Blogger Apertome said...

Also, this makes me feel a little guilty that it was warm enough here that I rode in shorts in the rain, last night.

At 10:47 AM , Blogger Jon said...

Don't feel too guilty. I don't ever feel guilty in the summer, when the humidity here is 12% and the midwest is sweltering.


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