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Old 04-12-07, 09:17 AM   #1
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Man, New England Sucks

Here it is April 12th and I've yet to take a ride. The weather here has been horrible. Right now it's 36 deg and my office window is being pelted with sleet. They are predicting a big enough rain storm for Monday to actually call off the Boston Marathon and I don't see a temp above 45 in the five day forecast. I need to get out, feel the warmth on my face and a warm breeze in my hair. Help!
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Old 04-12-07, 09:19 AM   #2
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I guess that's why my family left Vermont in 1811 and were enjoying the warm Texas sunshine by 1839.
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Old 04-12-07, 09:19 AM   #3
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Hey, it's cloudy in New Mexico, too.
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Old 04-12-07, 09:22 AM   #4
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Keep your chin up, the warm weather will get there and you will be so appreciative!
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Old 04-12-07, 09:56 AM   #5
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South of Boston ... same deal here. Really tired of it.

I've been out a couple of times on the rare nice days we've had, but next week looks like it will be a wash out too. Maybe we all need a few days where its warm (or at least dry....).
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I guess that's why my family left Vermont in 1811 and were enjoying the warm Texas sunshine by 1839.

It took them 28 years to make the trip from Vermont to Texas?
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Old 04-12-07, 11:15 AM   #7
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We are experiencing some beautiful weather here. Last week it started- at 10AM on tuesday to be precise. Thats when I took off the thick fleece and put it away. Still have the thin fleece for the evenings but the weather changed that quick. Up till Tuesday it was in the high 30's and the week before it was the low 30's.

Believe me- It will change. When I do not know but eventually it will. If Not, I have a fleece I can loan you till September.
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Old 04-12-07, 11:47 AM   #8
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Up till Tuesday it was in the high 30's and the week before it was the low 30's.
If that is C then it is really hot, but I suspect it is F. Last time I was in England in April it got to the mid 20s C, which was extraordinary.
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Looks like rain/sleet and possible snow showers from now 'til next week here in CT. I hate this ****.
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It's currently 37F with 29 mph winds Not much chance I'll drag the bike out today.

It does look good for the upcoming 10 days except for Saturday when we'll be holding the 2nd park ride for the season. The prediction is 39F with rain/snow showers. Unfortunately I don't think it will cold enough for ice on the trails so the ride will go unless it's lightening. Guess I need to drag out the rain gear
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Old 04-12-07, 12:51 PM   #11
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If that is C then it is really hot, but I suspect it is F. Last time I was in England in April it got to the mid 20s C, which was extraordinary.
Try to accomodate our US readers and it is Fahrenheit. Today we saw 20 centigrade and it is expected to be 25C on Sunday. Should have the gardening done by then So I can partake of my favourite pastime. Joining a few friends in the Taffic jam on the hills.
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Old 04-12-07, 01:12 PM   #12
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Snowing here in SW Michigan so maybe more is heading your way!
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Old 04-12-07, 01:30 PM   #13
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My tomato plants are really taking off this year. I have to get the bell pepper in soon. I am really pissed that the ride for Sunday is going to be in the mid 60’s and not mid 70’s. I am really tired of wearing extra riding clothes. BTW: Don’t come to CA we have no more room.
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Old 04-12-07, 01:45 PM   #14
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Northeast Michigan. I'm looking out the window at about 5" of new wet snow, it's snowing now with more on the way. the latest I ever seen it snow here was June 20th. I hope we never break that record.
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I'll never forget why I moved here from Cowmont.... the fifth season, "Mud Season", when at least half of the population goes to Florida.
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Old 04-12-07, 08:55 PM   #16
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I used to quit biking below 60 degrees F because I relied on Lime Stone Trails which are impossible from November until May.
I have discovered Road biking on paved trails. Using 4 layers of clothes on top and 3 on bottom along with shoe covers keep me nice and warm and I have enjoyable rides in stormy weather. It helps to have nice long paved trails as they have in OH.
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It helps to have nice long paved trails as they have in OH.
I have to agree about those long paved trails, especially those here in SW Ohio Do you get to ride them often?
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Yes,
It has been a diffacult end of winter in New England to commute by bike every day.
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I hear you, Hopedale, but I'm trying to get out as much as I can (only about 4-5 rides so far). I've been improving at dressing for the cold, and I'll go out when the temps are in the 30's, whereas before I didn't go out below 50F. Better than the trainer!
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It took them 28 years to make the trip from Vermont to Texas?
Should have used carbon wagon wheels, eh?
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Hopedalehills, it's no better in the Waltham-Lexington area. I have heard that there is the potential for "signifcant snow" in the Hopkinton area, where the race begins.

Not the first time it's done this. A few years ago, we made it into June before seeing any real warm-up. The month of May looked like November, with slate-gray skies, and raw cold. A few freezing rain storms were tossed in for good measure. So much for bike month.
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