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Old 10-25-07, 06:08 PM   #1
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Where Can I Ride Tomorrow Without Smoke?

Urgent help needed!!! Does anyone have a recommended 100 mile route I can ride tomorrow in the desert or north of Ventura? I need to get in my October century and all the smoke around here is eliminating all my options. I have done a century a month since February. I don't want to end my streak.
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Old 10-25-07, 06:11 PM   #2
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You could head up toward San Luis Obispo, but other than that, I think most areas are affected. Up there, you could probably ride up the coast for 50 and back. I feel your pain as I've done CAM since January and I really want to finish it out. But don't stress yourself out...it really isn't worth that, IMHO.
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Old 10-25-07, 06:12 PM   #3
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I saw a thread on foo, where the air quality in Santa Maria was pretty bad.
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Old 10-25-07, 06:19 PM   #4
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Based on this image it looks like things are clear in Palm Springs. I could do the Tour de Palm Springs route again. http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/1...0071025_HI.jpg
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Old 10-25-07, 06:20 PM   #5
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apparently things are really nice right now in cody wyoming...if my dad's to be believed...
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Yeah but I can't exactly drive to Cody, bang out a century, and get back for a party tomorrow night.
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The air is pretty nice in the Bay Area
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It's pretty clear here in the AV. It should be even better once the winds shift to the usual direction of southwest.
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Based on this image it looks like things are clear in Palm Springs. I could do the Tour de Palm Springs route again. http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/1...0071025_HI.jpg
Throughout the day the air quality has gradually gotten worse. While you cannot smell any smoke there is a light brown hazy hanging over the valley and very little breeze to help push it through. I have not heard what the forecast is for tomorrow or the weekend. I hope to ride as well, but can't tell as yet how the air will be. I will update this later tonight if I get any information and tomorrow morning as well.
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The air quality is awful, I am stuck in the gym on a spin bike. I tried riding outside now I can't stop weezing.
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I got ready to ride today and by the time I got outside the air really smelled strongly of smoke. I may go out tonight, however, in order to escape Gray's Anatomy since I'd rather hack up a lung than watch it.
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Forecasts are getting better for San Diego. I can still feel it in my eyes though.
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changing the channel doesn't work?
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The only further info I have is a forecast of "moderate" for air quality tomorrow.
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The air quality in Santa Barbara was pretty good today. I coul recommend you some routes around here or you could do the solvang century route if you prefer.
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North.

In 2004 when the fires were really bad my GF went to Santa Barbara for a week (she has asthma and is much more sensitive to smoke than me) and then I went and picked her up and we drove up the coast and ended up in Morro Bay for a weekend. It was very nice and would have been great riding, too.

I just was up in Berkeley and SF for the weekend-- the weather was beautiful and the air was clean.
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My plan as of now is to head out to Palm Springs and ride the '07 Tour de Palm Springs route again. I thought about doing the '07 Cool Breeze route again but some posts seemed to indicate a lot of smoke up that way too. The Cool Breeze route will be cooler and close to Pasadena. PS forecast calls for 90 degrees tomorrow. Ouch. I can't go too far, I have to be back for a party around 6:00PM.
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I'm going to Fresno ,vsit mf folks and get in some training rides. Clovis to Mt. Kaiser is 100 miles round trip and only 10K of vertical.
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Head to your local hardware store and pick up an N95 particulate respirator. The ones with the valves will let you exhale easier, reducing heat buildup. N97 and N100 respirators are more effective but are rare and/or expensive.
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You've already missed January, so what's the sense?
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Head to your local hardware store and pick up an N95 particulate respirator. The ones with the valves will let you exhale easier, reducing heat buildup. N97 and N100 respirators are more effective but are rare and/or expensive.
You mean these? Seems like a good thing to stock in one's home emergency/disaster kit. Thanks for the tip...

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You've already missed January, so what's the sense?
I purchased my first road bike in late December and did my first century in February and learned of the Century A Month challenge shortly after that. I made it my personal goal for the year. The plan is to pick pick up January in '08.

Update Turns out I should have gone north to Ventura. I left Pasadena at 5AM. The winds have shifted and there seems to be plenty of smoke just outside of Palm Springs. The air quality was terrible. I gave up around White Water were I could hardly see the windmills. Oh well...I tried. There is still a slim chance for Sunday.
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Here's the latest images of the smoke:

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well that just sucks. Looks like I won't be riding this weekend. What is everyone doing to get there riding FIX?
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