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Old 12-26-12, 02:41 PM   #1
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Merry Christmas--AKA Bah Humbug.

I have had a really good Christmas and enough food and drink inside me to say that I have enjoyed myself but I am going to pay for it when the diet has to come in.

The Bah Humbug bit comes in due to the weather. The rain- even in this quiet bit of the south east- is getting too much now. My chickens are at the lowest part of the garden and I have just about been able to keep the run dry by digging a trench round it to divert the water round it and into next doors garden. The rain started at 2 pm and I checked the trench and it was clear. 8 pm and checked again and the run has flooded to a depth of 2". The neighbours garden is flooded and it appears that the water table is above the lower part of my garden. Water is bubbling up through the grass so a New under ground water source seems to have popped up.

On top of that we have had a bit of wind and checking the garden for wind damage- there is some roofing felt 20ft up a tree. The temporary repair I did to the bike shed about a month ago seems to have failed and I know what I am doing tomorrow morning now. Haven't checked inside the shed yet but will do later on to see if anything needs moving out of the puddles that are bound to be forming.

So Bah Humbug to the UK's weather right now and I just hope that My waterproofs work tomorrow morning.

*^$)&£"---I hav just realised where they are so I will have to check the bike shed as thy are in their somewhere.
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It's the end of the world I tell you. Even here, in otherwise sunny California it has been raining. My dog refuses to go out in the swampy mess our backyard has become.
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It's the end of the world I tell you. Even here, in otherwise sunny California it has been raining. My dog refuses to go out in the swampy mess our backyard has become.
Tons of rain up here in the actual wet part of Ca.
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It's the end of the world I tell you. Even here, in otherwise sunny California it has been raining. My dog refuses to go out in the swampy mess our backyard has become.
Now, consider a bit further north. Even for folks in Western Oregon it has been crazy wet. I had actually hoped for some riding time during the holiday break, but I fear that the calorie intake is going to heavily (pun, that) outweigh (pun, continued) the calorie outgo.
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I live in the southeastern portion of Pennsylvania and we’re getting hammered by the weather at the moment.
I can't say that we got hammered -- but we in the south western part of the state got 4-5 inches (Pittsburgh). It's not a lot, but enough to switch me from pedaling a bike to pushing a snow blower...

I'd like to moan and complain. But really this is truly nothing compared to what Stapfam has been dealing with for weeks now...
... Hang in there guy! Whoever's up there dumping all that water on you HAS to run out of water pretty soon!

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Old 12-26-12, 07:08 PM   #6
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Maybe the Mayans were right after all. Being off a week or two, seen in the context of eternity, is not a bad track record.
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Cold and windy here in Georgia now after a night of rain and thunderstorms. I will get in a ride tomorrow, but Friday, which looks pretty decent weatherwise, will be spent working a full day at the bike shop. A planned club road trip to ride MTBs at FATS on Saturday will likely be cancelled due to rain. Meanwhile I have new wheels for the road bike and a brand new MTB waiting for chances to ride.
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Sorry guys, but could someone send some rain to south Texas?? We are in an exceptional drought that is 2.5 years and running. It was 87F on Christmas day! We did get a cold front last night and dipped to 39F this morning....but no rain in sight.

Good for riding but the lack of rain is severe to say the least.

Send Noah over here
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I know that the change in weather has hit many and not just here in the UK. Just looked at the National news and Tornados are hitting the US and bringing snow and rain to a lot of you. It seems as though I am continually trying to stop the worst that the weather can throw at me but so far no real damage is being done. It just means that cycling has to keep taking a low priority and I need to test out that new toy I got for Christmas.
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Happy New Year, whatever the weather puts out.
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Just read in the papers that 2012 is the wettest since 1910 in England, and coming up to be the wettest recorded in the UK overall.

I think I need to dig the light box out of the attic to avoid SAD.

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I think I need to dig the light box out of the attic to avoid SAD.

I'm beginning to wonder about SAD myself. It's been 10 days since seeing the sun and even though I've still been riding every other day, I felt gloomy and depressed all day yesterday for no apparent reason.
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I don't know if there's any scientific proof behind light boxes, but a few years ago, when I was working mostly from home, I did get very down in the short, dark winter days. I bought a light box and set it up in the office for a couple of hours a day and for some reason it did seem to help. Even my wife said she noticed the improvement in my demeanour.

I may have been fooling myself but that's fine, something helped!

No substitute for getting out on the bike, but the bad weather and muddy trails don't allow much of that at the moment.

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Lovely weather here in Oz

Mind you, they're predicting 40+C for the new year
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Tons of rain up here in the actual wet part of Ca.
Two of my daughters live in SF. Yep, it is wet out their way.

BUT, when I moved to SoCal I am sure that the Chamber of Commerce guaranteed 360 days of sunshine and temps in the 70s.

I am suing someone.
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Being retired-I have all the time in the world and it is going nowhere right now. I am a keen gardener and I have plenty of maintenance to do and a bit of construction. Felt came off the shed roof on the 26th and I was not going to do anything about it that night. 27th and rain and I mean rain. Didn't stop till 3pm and was replaced by high winds and I had one hour of daylight to do a two hour job. 28th and the morning was wet and windy but the wind eased off at 12 and the rain at 1. Out with the ladders and the roll of felt and by 3 a temporary repair was done. It will have to be redone in the summer-if we have one. The annoying thing is that the shed roof was one of the jobs that I knew I would have to do this year but the weather was never right to be able to do it. It will take a couple of days to do properly and the weather did not play ball and besides which it was only one of the important jobs that were on my list. If I had done the roof- the house would probably not have got painted.

But that SAD effect has got through to me. Shortest days of the year right now and Other than the few occasions when it is not chucking it down- I am not able to get out in the garden and even less opportunities to ride. Still- Tomorrow looks better with no rain and only the wind to contend with. Hope to get out and find out how the Go Pro works
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It's all relative.

Beginning on Christmas Day, a heavy snowfall knocked out my power for over 60 hours. The power company says that it may take over 7 days to fix everyone. And another storm is on it's way.

Aside from the cold and dark, it was a nice holiday from the Internet.
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Being retired-I have all the time in the world and it is going nowhere right now. I am a keen gardener and I have plenty of maintenance to do and a bit of construction. Felt came off the shed roof on the 26th and I was not going to do anything about it that night. 27th and rain and I mean rain. Didn't stop till 3pm and was replaced by high winds and I had one hour of daylight to do a two hour job. 28th and the morning was wet and windy but the wind eased off at 12 and the rain at 1. Out with the ladders and the roll of felt and by 3 a temporary repair was done. It will have to be redone in the summer-if we have one. The annoying thing is that the shed roof was one of the jobs that I knew I would have to do this year but the weather was never right to be able to do it. It will take a couple of days to do properly and the weather did not play ball and besides which it was only one of the important jobs that were on my list. If I had done the roof- the house would probably not have got painted.

But that SAD effect has got through to me. Shortest days of the year right now and Other than the few occasions when it is not chucking it down- I am not able to get out in the garden and even less opportunities to ride. Still- Tomorrow looks better with no rain and only the wind to contend with. Hope to get out and find out how the Go Pro works
I suspect that it is good that you got the house painted -- aside from the appearance factor, it is probably protecting it from all the rain you are having...

Best of luck getting out for a ride tomorrow.
... But I still think you should consider investing in a row boat -- you would probably get more use out of it.
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Was thinking about posting on Rowans--"Any rowers out there"

And I am getting worried- Perhaps one of my neighbours knows something that I don't. He has 6 boats in his front garden--2 up on last month.
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December started out so nice, yet now it's sub-freezing and snowing slightly every other day here, so the ground goes from green to white to green to white in as many days... It all started after Christmas, too! Bah, humbug! (whatever humbug is supposed to stand for)
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December started out so nice, yet now it's sub-freezing and snowing slightly every other day here, so the ground goes from green to white to green to white in as many days... It all started after Christmas, too! Bah, humbug! (whatever humbug is supposed to stand for)
Well, count your blessings...

Since Christmas our ground just gets steadily whiter and deeper....

I would love to get out -- but the tires on my bike are more than half worn, and they didn't have that much tread on them to begin with. So, I am a little leery to see what they will do in the snow.

I am running 700x38 (which is the widest that will fit my fenders). I would like to find a nice "snow tire" in 700x35 or so but so far haven't had much luck. I stopped by my LBS yesterday but they were not able to suggest anything...
... I sure hope I don't have to wait till spring. The tires I have will be fine once it dries out, but right now it's just too sloppy and too slippery for them.

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PS-I don't consider snow a lemon!

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Doug, FYI: the first link is the alpine report from my local snowhill and the other is the nordic conditions. Enjoy the crosstraing/skiing
http://www.mountwashington.ca/weathe...ow-report.html
http://www.mountwashington.ca/weathe...ow-report.html

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