Hadn't been on the bike for 94 days, so what do I do? You got it. Head into the mountains just ahead of the coldest storm so far this winter for Southern California. Was about mile 7 on the 11 mile climb when it started to rain slightly. Not bad, figured I would turn around if it get any worse. About a mile and a half higher I run into Mr Beanz and his friend EyeMage heading down. At this point, seeing how it had been over 3 months off the bike, there was NO way I was not making the top, weather be damned. It was so cold I didn't even stop to talk to the guys, otherwise I never would have kept heading up. Of course the rain gets harder, turns to hail, and then the snow kicks in. I am FREEZING and I am heading uphill. Something wrong there. Should have taking that as a warning, but stupid me just keeps on pedaling. Snow slows down a little, do I figure, what the heck. On reaching the top, it is starting to pick up again, but I don't plan on being there more than the time to put on pants and a dry shirt under my soaked jersey. In that amount of time, it started coming down unlike any snowfall I have ever been in. At least an inch in less than 5 minutes. Only saving grace was the pavement was still warm enough it melted most of the snow on the road, but everything else was completely white. By this time I was getting VERY worried. 11 miles from home, soaking wet, colder than I have ever been, and hands pretty much just frozen blocks. Well, to bring this to a conclusion, I rode the brakes the entire way down, it was the only thing I could do to make sure I didn't fall. Once below snow line, it rained the rest of the way to the house. My question, was this stupid to have taken off up the hill, or was I a victim of bad luck? I usually go on rides this time of year as prepared as any rider I know. I get kidded about the amount of stuff I take along. One time I don't and I almost bite the big one. When will I ever learn. Thought by this age, I was done making stupid judgement calls, but I guess not. Pics below taken when I could still use my hands and before it REALLY started snowing. Thanks for letting me vent.
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