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Old 11-18-16, 09:10 AM
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Stupid things a toad does ...

I've had the goal of a century a month for 2016. For me, that is 6x 100+ mile rides and 6x metric+ (accounting for my winter months being very busy with work and difficult to get extra time for winter 100-mile rides).

So thanks to a ton of business & personal travel, today is the only day in November when I can get a metric, it's 40F and temps are dropping, pouring rain turning to snow, and the winds are 25-30 mph with gusts getting near 40 mph.

I got the fatbike ready to go, and my wool base-layers & wind/rain shells laid out. I will hit the road after lunch.

Sounds like fun, right?!?
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Old 11-18-16, 09:33 AM
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Builds character. Gonna feel so good when you're done.
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That sounds awesome.

Standing by for blurry pics and weary ride report.
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You are nuts, I'm only going out for lunch today then watching the wind blow everything around.
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Old 11-18-16, 10:23 AM
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Hope the horrible weather doesn't knock you back to a tadpole.
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Careful with hypothermia. It is easy to deal with cold and wind, not so easy to deal with cold and wind when you are wet.
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Best of luck to you. 70 degrees and sunny here - we get your weather about 24-36 hours later. Tomorrow, 30 degrees by dusk and snow.
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Old 11-18-16, 05:21 PM
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did 40 miles yesterday and today. 72.3 degrees according to Garmin yesterday in the Chicagoland area. I only had to contend with a brisk wind from the south and a controlled burn on my path.

Those MN winds are blowing this way. It poured here and the low front is bringing your weather from Minny-sotaaaa.
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Did you survive?
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Old 11-18-16, 07:27 PM
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64 miles, 5 hours out in the rain/snow, wind, and cold. I VERY happy I finished when I did, the wet cold was getting to my toes and fingers.

Here are a couple pics, I will post more details and photos later this weekend (must eat now!)

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GOT FOR IT!!! And, report back

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Oh whoopsee, I now see you finished already, and reported Good stuff!

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That's awesome! I'm really digging your set-up.
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Looks foolish to me.
But 20 yrs ago I would have done the same thing.
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Wow, great job ! Love your user name too.
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That's awesome!

I'm actually looking forward to using my studded tires when I ride to work Monday. The wind gusts up to 30 MPH should be interesting!
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Originally Posted by Hypno Toad
64 miles, 5 hours out in the rain/snow, wind, and cold. I VERY happy I finished when I did, the wet cold was getting to my toes and fingers.

Here are a couple pics, I will post more details and photos later this weekend (must eat now!)

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That looks serious. Well done!
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Wow, Impressive! But don't Toads live better in the warmth?
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Originally Posted by Hypno Toad
64 miles, 5 hours out in the rain/snow, wind, and cold. I VERY happy I finished when I did, the wet cold was getting to my toes and fingers.

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Officially hardcore.

I did about 50 miles in the rain a couple weeks back... but it was California rain, meaning it never got below 65. Not a single other bike sighted the entire day. If anyone in SoCal so much as heard about a flake of snow touching the ground, they would lock their bike in a closet out of fear.
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you only live once...
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Old 11-19-16, 04:25 PM
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Nice! I rode home in that kind of weather without the precipitation last night and got blasted by the wind. I was comfortable in it, but I was thinking of the character it was building. You've officially got more character than me now!
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