TUESDAY’S WITH SANDY AND CR’S
Ahhhh…a mild 62 degrees and the planets and stars, strung across the southern sky like a strong of pearls — widely spaced pearls but work with me — greeted Sandy and me as we set out this morning. “The Bears” and Cassiopeia were above us, between north and north by north-east, and in the gaps were a few clouds and more subtly shining stars. The birds may have been singing; the peepers may have been trilling, but Sandy and I were enveloped in the soundtrack of the garbage truck making its rounds; sadly, the truck and the dozens of garbage cans we passed, also provided the “scent track.” My bad news being Sandy’s delight…
Good morning everyone.
We have yet another “make up” CR this evening, so let’s get right to the details:
RIDE WEATHER: Cloudy and mild. High 64F. Winds WNW – NW at 8, dropping to 7.
TIME, TEMP, DP, RH, SKY, WIND:
6:00 pm; 64 °F; 54 °F; 72%; Cloudy; 8 mph WNW
7:00 pm; 63 °F; 53 °F; 72%; Cloudy; 8 mph NW
8:00 pm; 61 °F; 52 °F; 73%; Cloudy; 7 mph WNW
UNIFORM OF THE DAY: Moisture managing light-weight warmth.
ON TOP: A wicking base, short or long sleeved with, perhaps, arm warmers with your bike jersey as the outer layer. You may wish to have a bandana (du rag), beanie or cap AND, of course, your bike gloves.
BELOW THE WAIST: I’d go with bike shorts or 3/4 length (Capri’s) bottoms. You’ll also want your light-weight wool or synthetic socks.
AS ALWAYS: Have your RoadID, shades, sunblock, lip balm and a snack or two; two water bottles — one full with water; one with some sports drink — or more water if you’re bringing energy chews or “bloks” as snacks.
DON’T FORGET YOUR MEDS: If you use an inhaler or epi-pen, please have them with you. You may want to let one of our ERT’s know you have them aboard.
DON’T FORGET YOUR HELMET…IT’S A MUST!
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LIGHTS – FORE AND AFT. THE RAIN IS EXPECTED TO BE GONE BEFORE WE “SET SAIL” BUT THERE WILL BE LINGERING CLOUDS AND, AS ALWAYS, WE’LL BE ON QUIET COUNTRY ROADS AND WILL HAVE SHADOWS ON THE WAY BACK IN AS WE APPROACH TWILIGHT…
Please have a spare inner tube, some tire levers and a means to inflate the tube should you need to use it. Remember to stop off your tires before arriving — check the sidewall but most of you will be looking for somewhere around 100 – 120 PSI. If you’re not sure about this part; please bring your pump in the car with you.
REMEMBER: SAG SPACE IS LIMITED. Tonight, due to the many tasks pulling us in various directions, we may have VERY limited space for gear. So plan for items you can wear or stuff easily in your saddlebag or pockets.
Please arrive at WHITESBORO HIGH SCHOOL 6000 NY-291, Marcy, NY 13403 no later than 5:30PM (1730).
On this day two of bike week I thought we’d turn to the “believers” who see the bicycle as a liberating force for good. We, of course, already know that. Ask any of our speakers from last night and they’ll tell you it’s true.
Enjoy your day gang!
“Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world.”
– Grant Petersen,
Author, Advocate. Designer and founder of Rivendell Bicycle Works.