Well, looks like winter is back. And it’s a little pissed.
But first, I want to let you all know that I’ll be a guest DJ on a semi local radio show. After a few beers last week, I was coerced into helping out a friend raise some money for a local small community based radio station. The good news is twofold. One, I’m helping out a local small community radio station during their fundraising time. Two, I’ll be playing METAL. That is the beauty of an open minded radio station. Oh, the poor townsfolk…
The show will be Tuesday Feb 28th, at 2:30 EST. Tune in to WMRW and listen to the show anywhere there is streaming internet. And maybe even donate if you are feeling generous. I’ll be playing metal and upsetting the simple, god fearing locals for an hour and a half or until they break the door down to the station and drag me out.
Metal aside, I did manage to sneak in a ride to test out the new goodies recently installed on Kermit. After a somewhat pathetic phone call between Nat and myself, we agreed to meet up and go for an impromptu ride. It sorta went like this:
Nat: Are you riding?
Me: I dunno… maybe…
Nat: Well, I want to do something. Maybe I’ll just go for a run.
Me: Me too, If you show up, I’ll go riding with you.
Nat: F*** you!!!!
Well, Nat did show up, and we got on our bikes and started our ride. The question was asked (mutually I’ll add) “why does the sky always look like that when we go for a ride?”. We headed out to do the Rt 2/100B/100 loop.
Yeah, it was a bit dark, but there were some blue splotches clearly visible. It was also sleeting a little, but we set out anyway and found that the riding was not so bad. Warmer than we originally thought, we settled into a nice rhythm and were making good time on our loop. I was enjoying my new grips, and found myself on the bar ends for most of the ride.
I will say that these ultra boring singlespeed road rides are always better when you can ride with someone, the time and distance was passing quite quickly. I was beginning to think that I was overdressed for a while, even more so once we reached the hill to climb back to Waterbury. We had a really good head of steam going at the bottom of the hill, and despite the headwind, I was feeling like I was going to overheat.
Still, I managed a respectable climb (at least in my head), and on the parts where the climb flattened out, I was able to rest, and then notice that the sky was actually getting darker. And the headwind had calmed down some. A few more miles went by, and the sky grew darker still. And the wind was gone completely. Before I knew it I was at the top, and it was time to bomb the downhill.
It was about 2 miles from the shop that the sky turned a weird color, you know, the color the sky turns when shit is about to get real. And then, a huge gust of wind almost took me of my bike completely, and a wall of pea sized snow pellets pummeled me. It was crazy. The snow/hail has coming down with a vengeance, like all of a sudden winter had realized we had been enjoying the nice weather in it’s absence and needed to make up for lost time. I had a hard time seeing as the pellets were singing my face and sticking to my glasses, the wind was making it hard for me to stay out of the way of passing cars, it was slightly hellish.
it started going wrong here...
...and got worse here
Once I got back to the flat, I blindly made a dash back to the shop, my once warm hands frozen into claws, and totally soaked to the bone. Every leading edge on my bike and body was encased in a layer of snow, and I can tell you that I was pretty pleased to make it back to the shop alive. Nat showed up just slightly behind me, and promptly threw his bike on the floor of the shop and told me how much he hated me.
I love my friends.
It was a good ride that became epic for sure. I really liked the new wider and lower stance Kermit has. I really think that a slightly taller gear would do wonders too. Overall I’m into it. The bars were solid and I really like the grips. With maybe the most significant snowfall this season in the forecast for the weekend, I’ll be making sure the Trundleraptor is ready to rock. Remember, Tuesday, 2:30pm WMRW. Listen to me make an ass of myself in public and enjoy some METAL.