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Old 07-22-11, 09:06 PM   #1
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Who else toured in hundred degree F heat today?

...and if so, how did you do?

Today was the travel day for a weekend tour. I rode around ten miles in what felt like high-nineties temperature. I times things so I was on the train for the worst of it.

Tomorrow, similar weather with maybe thunderstorms. There were moments today I'd have appreciated a little rain.
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Old 07-22-11, 10:39 PM   #2
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Not today, but I toured in 109 degree heat on the Mexican coast on my last tour. Did 140 kms that day. Drank about 10 litres of water as well. This was after weeks of riding in the Mountains and some other extremely hot coastal days. I just pushed through it, knowing that it was going to be just as hot the next day, and I had to eventually catch a plane home.
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I have two 69 y/o friends that left Houston July 10th, riding to Lansing MI. 2200 miles.
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Just broke 70 on the coast..
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Last week I rode from Dallas to Wichita Falls. 70 miles the first day (107F). The second day, I was only planning to ride 30 miles. However, due to lack of potable water at my planned camp site, I went ahead and rode to the park I was going to stay at the next night. So, I ended up going 90 miles the second day (110F).
I love cycling in the heat so I thought the riding was greatness. Trying to sleep in a tent with the temps barely getting into the low 80s and no wind was rough, though.
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I've spent the last two days sleeping in the basement. Cycling? Forget it. I'm not even unicycle commuting anymore. Walking instead. Sure it takes longer, but I don't arrive with sweat dripping off my face.
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Walking instead. Sure it takes longer, but I don't arrive with sweat dripping off my face.
Proof that Canadians live in a different universe from the rest of the world.

When we say it's hot in Texas, that means you'll be dripping sweat after five minutes of sitting in a lawn chair...actually it means we'll be dripping sweat after five minutes in a lawn chair; you'd already be unconscious.
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In July, 2009, I rode from near Portland, across Oregon and Idaho, to Jackson, WY. The last day's ride in Oregon was from Unity Lake State Park to Vale, just before the Idaho border. It was a day of record high temperatures. While I was riding, a car pulled up to me, rolled down its window, and the driver asked if I knew it was 106 degrees and if I had sunscreen. I thanked her for the information and assured her I had plenty of sunscreen. With that, she drove off. Here is my journal entry for that day.

There were no trees and no shade. At one point, I had to take shelter under one of those portable highway signs, just to eat a sandwich out of the scorching sun.

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In SF, it will be in the low 60s today.

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Not touring today, but it has been 100F or more a surprisingly large percentage of the time on my tours. I seem to take heatwaves with me

I have been trail running 5 days a week in this recent crazy heat, though.
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Old 07-23-11, 08:10 PM   #10
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Not me. Today was actually warm and might have broken 80F. Took the train to Seattle and am doing my own version of STP this weekend with 126 miles today and the remainder tomorrow.

I typically do fine until it gets a bit past 95F, then I've had a few times where the amount of water I needed rose dramatically and my speed also dropped correspondingly.
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In July, 2009, I rode from near Portland, across Oregon and Idaho, to Jackson, WY. The last day's ride in Oregon was from Unity Lake State Park to Vale, just before the Idaho border. It was a day of record high temperatures. While I was riding, a car pulled up to me, rolled down its window, and the driver asked if I knew it was 106 degrees and if I had sunscreen. I thanked her for the information and assured her I had plenty of sunscreen. With that, she drove off. Here is my journal entry for that day.

There were no trees and no shade. At one point, I had to take shelter under one of those portable highway signs, just to eat a sandwich out of the scorching sun.

Here is the stretch of road where I had the conversation:



In SF, it will be in the low 60s today.

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sometimes in a place like that, i have found a conduit (maybe 3 feet in diameter) that runs under the road. it can be quite cool halfway through laying on your stomach, once you shoo away all the critters...

and, believe me, no one is going to bother you there...
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Me! We went for a quick one-nighter out to a state park about 50 miles away. Needed to get back home today. I did OK, but was exhausted when I got home.
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Proof that Canadians live in a different universe from the rest of the world.

When we say it's hot in Texas, that means you'll be dripping sweat after five minutes of sitting in a lawn chair...actually it means we'll be dripping sweat after five minutes in a lawn chair; you'd already be unconscious.
I used to live in the UAE. It was hell.

I toured through SE Asia this time last year. It was hell as well. I love Canada.
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Definitely no 100F temperatures in this part of the world. We're lucky to have 10C/50F for a high in these parts.
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I'm not sure if this counts but... Yesterday I loaded up the panniers with packages for the post office and other stuff to simulate loaded panniers. Ended up taking a 20 mile ride in the 100 deg heat. (still setting up the bike for my first tour this fall).
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We rode 48 miles in 100 degree heat in the northern end of the Pine Barrens. We took a lot of breaks, drank a lot of water, and got to the campground quite happy that we'd be riding no more that day. After getting set up, I walked out of the camp shower and immediately started to sweat again.
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In the Pacific Northwest, seems like we've been riding in light drizzle since oh, about last fall now. Looking forward to touring through central and south NJ in late September - looks like beautiful country!
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100 Deg F ,,,,, probably better not get me started,,,I shut up now.
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It was brutally hot yesterday as we rode back towards Seattle after an overnight trip. Was a short ride yesterday, 25 miles, but the sun beating down on us made it feel a bit longer. We probably didn't drink as much water as we should have.
Once we got to a town we saw the thermometer at a bank, 83 degrees, no wonder we were suffering.
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Once we got to a town we saw the thermometer at a bank, 83 degrees, no wonder we were suffering.
If that's 83 celsius, that is indeed hot!
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I was out in that $#!t. 75 miles on the C&O Saturday from DC to past Harpers Ferry and 71 miles back yesterday along C&O and then W&OD yesterday. Last hour or two both days on the bike were pretty rough once the afternoon heat had beat me down.

C&O's shade was nice, though the rough surface was tiring. W&OD was smooth asphalt, but exposed to the hot sun for long stretches. Not sure which was worse...

Was glad to finally get out and do my overnight though... heat be damned! I was gonna go come hell or high water. I think there was a little of the former.
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I used to live in the UAE. It was hell.

I toured through SE Asia this time last year. It was hell as well. I love Canada.
I grew up in BC. Then I moved to Ontario. It was hell. I moved back west as soon as I finished undergrad.
I'm definitely not made for hot climates...
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