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Awesome bridge---no breakdown lane, nowhere to go but ribs into rail if a car squeezes you ….. at least the road’s straight.

On a straight road with a good tail light visibility isn’t the issue, vision is. The rain will bruise your eyeballs---it is impossible to keep your eyes open when water-bullets are smashing into your eyeballs at 30-40 mph. Your brain will not allow it. Of course, riding with one’s eyes closed presents certain other challenges. I have tried glasses but they become opaque with water, and unless they are huge, stuff can still hit you. This is definitely the worst part of riding in a serious driving rainstorm.

What I like best is when the wind just moves you over two feet …. You don’t move your body, don’t lean, but the wind just slides you sideways into the middle of the lane. Got to love nature.

That is some great footage …. Pretty nice roads too, aside from the weather.
 

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Getting going today took a lot of effort, but I am happy I made it out. Last month, it was little insect catching birds surfing the air currents over an earthen dam along my route. Now, they have been joined by innumerable dragon flies. There must be a lot of bugs up there, though the near constant breeze from over the reservoir seems to keep them from being annoying. I love seeing all the birds and (now) dragon flies cavorting on the breeze.

Today also marked the road test of the shifter adjustment I recently did on the recumbent. All was well until I hit the big chainring, little cogs: instead of the desired 6-7 shift, I keep getting 6-8. Only on the big chainring. I guess there's more gear fiddling in my future. At least I don't have to take it in and wait on someone else to get to the adjustment :).

Canine companion Chip ran 5mi and seemed to be raring for more, but I had an appointment to make and couldn't indulge either of us. I was happy to end the day with plenty of time to get ready and 24mi on the odometer. Great day.
 

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For the 8th day in a row, yes! I did 19mi on the touring bike with canine companion Chip. He ran for 2.25mi before making it clear that he preferred to complete the ride in his trailer. I tried combining segments from a couple of routes and came up with a nice ride, even if the mileage ended up being less than I'd anticipated. On the happy side, we've hit the summer flower season, and it's been supercharged by more rain than usual from Spring through the present. The result makes already spectacular scenery even better. Everywhere you look, there are little splashes of color. Sometimes, they're big splashes. It's a great time to be logging mileage.
 

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I did but let me back up a day. Yesterday evening I mowed the yard in 93* heat and pretty close to the same value in humidity. I was dripping wet after mowing. So today I ended up having to hand dig and make some fairly major repairs for an outage caused by another utility plowing in new fiber. Spent 5 1/2 hours in the direct sun with no breaks and no shade anywhere SWEATING MY ASS OFF, dripping wet all afternoon. Talked to my wife and told here I was gonna ride since I'm on call tomorrow and then Friday family from Texas will be here so no rides for a few days.

She said don't do it, it's to hot and humid and you could make yourself sick.

Sooo by mile 14 my heart was racing just wildly, no matter what I did I just could not control it. By mile 17 I had to stop and that was miserable, the heat was overwhelming and it had to be the only spot in the world where there was no breeze blowing, man I'm not gonna lie, I was hurting and miserable and frankly doubted I could even make it home from there. Moma was still a long way away so I had no choice but to soldier on, it was TOUGH!

Not gonna lir it really kinda freaked me out. I've heard and read about things like this and your heart rate from electrolyte imbalance and I honestly believe I got in such a deficit on fluids over the past 2 days that caught up with me.

My biceps hurt, my lower back hurt, it was just crazy what was happening so fast!
 

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I did but let me back up a day. Yesterday evening I mowed the yard in 93* heat and pretty close to the same value in humidity. I was dripping wet after mowing. So today I ended up having to hand dig and make some fairly major repairs for an outage caused by another utility plowing in new fiber. Spent 5 1/2 hours in the direct sun with no breaks and no shade anywhere SWEATING MY ASS OFF, dripping wet all afternoon. Talked to my wife and told here I was gonna ride since I'm on call tomorrow and then Friday family from Texas will be here so no rides for a few days.

She said don't do it, it's to hot and humid and you could make yourself sick.

Sooo by mile 14 my heart was racing just wildly, no matter what I did I just could not control it. By mile 17 I had to stop and that was miserable, the heat was overwhelming and it had to be the only spot in the world where there was no breeze blowing, man I'm not gonna lie, I was hurting and miserable and frankly doubted I could even make it home from there. Moma was still a long way away so I had no choice but to soldier on, it was TOUGH!

Not gonna lir it really kinda freaked me out. I've heard and read about things like this and your heart rate from electrolyte imbalance and I honestly believe I got in such a deficit on fluids over the past 2 days that caught up with me.

My biceps hurt, my lower back hurt, it was just crazy what was happening so fast!
Not a lot to like there, excepting your successful return home. Also mad HTFU credit for setting out on a ride in those conditions! I think little of heading out in low 90's, but I live where humidity is typically low and such temps just aren't as draining.

Once upon a time I lived through several summers in Phoenix, AZ, even did yard work outside in the middle of summer. The hottest I've ever been was in FL when the mercury hit 98* with 99% humidity. I'd have to think long and hard before taking on 93* with 93% humidity. Kudos, man. That's some proper [email protected]$$ery. I'm sorry it went the way it did, but respect for making the effort. I hope you're able to work out a way to avoid such trouble in the future.
 

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yeah, really glad you were smart enough to pull over and rest a few. Don't mess with dehydration and fatigue ..... your nervous system runs your heart, as you found out painfully.

Definitely toughness points for not calling for help, but also common sense points for not killing yourself.
 

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I did but let me back up a day. Yesterday evening I mowed the yard in 93* heat and pretty close to the same value in humidity. I was dripping wet after mowing. So today I ended up having to hand dig and make some fairly major repairs for an outage caused by another utility plowing in new fiber. Spent 5 1/2 hours in the direct sun with no breaks and no shade anywhere SWEATING MY ASS OFF, dripping wet all afternoon. Talked to my wife and told here I was gonna ride since I'm on call tomorrow and then Friday family from Texas will be here so no rides for a few days.

She said don't do it, it's to hot and humid and you could make yourself sick.

Sooo by mile 14 my heart was racing just wildly, no matter what I did I just could not control it. By mile 17 I had to stop and that was miserable, the heat was overwhelming and it had to be the only spot in the world where there was no breeze blowing, man I'm not gonna lie, I was hurting and miserable and frankly doubted I could even make it home from there. Moma was still a long way away so I had no choice but to soldier on, it was TOUGH!

Not gonna lir it really kinda freaked me out. I've heard and read about things like this and your heart rate from electrolyte imbalance and I honestly believe I got in such a deficit on fluids over the past 2 days that caught up with me.

My biceps hurt, my lower back hurt, it was just crazy what was happening so fast!
Sounds like what 8 months of year are like in these parts...............makes night riding and having a bike or 2 for rain a bigger part of my riding for sure.
 

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I did but let me back up a day. Yesterday evening I mowed the yard in 93* heat and pretty close to the same value in humidity. I was dripping wet after mowing. So today I ended up having to hand dig and make some fairly major repairs for an outage caused by another utility plowing in new fiber. Spent 5 1/2 hours in the direct sun with no breaks and no shade anywhere SWEATING MY ASS OFF, dripping wet all afternoon. Talked to my wife and told here I was gonna ride since I'm on call tomorrow and then Friday family from Texas will be here so no rides for a few days.

She said don't do it, it's to hot and humid and you could make yourself sick.

Sooo by mile 14 my heart was racing just wildly, no matter what I did I just could not control it. By mile 17 I had to stop and that was miserable, the heat was overwhelming and it had to be the only spot in the world where there was no breeze blowing, man I'm not gonna lie, I was hurting and miserable and frankly doubted I could even make it home from there. Moma was still a long way away so I had no choice but to soldier on, it was TOUGH!

Not gonna lir it really kinda freaked me out. I've heard and read about things like this and your heart rate from electrolyte imbalance and I honestly believe I got in such a deficit on fluids over the past 2 days that caught up with me.

My biceps hurt, my lower back hurt, it was just crazy what was happening so fast!
Vying for a Darwin Award I see.
 

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22mi on the 'bent today, with canine companion Chip as usual. He ran for 3.3mi. The route was busy, lots of people getting a head start on the holiday. We passed three separate small groups of adults escorting large groups of young children. Summer campers, perhaps. Judging by the cascades of excited exclamations as we passed, the kids got quite a charge out of seeing Chip riding in his trailer.

Overnight rains meant the nice temp was offset by very high (for us) humidity of 80%. Though it was far from hot, I felt the difference in humidity. Respect and HTFU points to those of you who regularly play in high temps and humidity. I have adjusted before and will likely end up doing so again, but by and large, I prefer my atmosphere on the dry side ;).

A trail section usually good for a fast descent was rain damaged to the point that single digit speeds were required in places, discretion throughout. Everywhere there were signs of hard rain and high runoff. Several bridges had been covered in mud to the point that mechanized equipment had to be brought in to clear them. My route was a loop. The trail damage and signs of excessive runoff was confined to a single ~4mi section. Interesting how rain over even a relatively small area can vary so much in intensity. The rest of the route had clearly seen rain, but in nothing like the quantities evident on the damaged section.
 

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23mi on the folding MTB today. After two days off, I thought my legs would be in better shape. They weren't. Canine companion Chip ran for 1.3mi, but without much enthusiasm. The day was warm and (for here) humid. Hooray for holidays, though: I came home, ate and took a nap. Hopefully tomorrow will make for a better cycling day.
 

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I did another Neues Blatt ride. I have to report that under extreme braking, in full wet conditions, the front Spyre brake does make some serious screeching squeals. As a low-performance rider i rarely choose to or need to brake hard, and when i do, it is stopping power, not silence, that I mainly seek. However, the brakes can be noisy under hard use. Even in wet conditions, they are silent when not pressed hard.
 

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This morning, Mrs. Newleaf and I spent 3hrs paddling SUPs around a local reservoir. After hydrating and fueling up, I set out with canine companion Chip for a sweet 27mi on the 'bent. What a beautiful day! Chip ran for 4mi and made a few new friends. We stopped at a local custard place on the return leg for a malt for me and kiddie cone for Chip. Sugary goodness was enjoyed all around. I haven't had a ride this relaxing in...quite some time. Nice and tired now.
 

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After a beautiful 22mi yesterday evening, I figured I should try some more evening mileage today. This morning, scheduling prospects looked bad. So be it. I loaded canine companion Chip up in the late morning and spun out a warm 15mi. Nearly any ride is better than no ride. Then late this afternoon, things opened up. What better to do? Chip went back in the trailer and off we went for another 20mi, returning home maybe 45min before the sun dropped beneath the horizon. Total of 35mi on the day.

It's easy to forget how beautiful the late afternoon light can be. All the more so in that smoke from area wildfires is thick enough to haze the air and enhance the golden glow of late afternoon sunlight. It also does a number on the lungs. That sucks, but is sometimes the cost of being in the saddle. The visuals helped.

Chip proved game for 4mi of running between the two rides. Wonderful evening for us both.
 

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Today's ride(s) started rough but ended wonderfully. I initially set out with canine companion Chip in his trailer. Long story short, the effort I've previously put into working out a pooping routine for him failed. He pooped in his trailer not once, but twice. The second time after getting out and 'using the facilities' in the normal manner. Having thought such events long behind us, this development really took the wind from my metaphorical sails. I turned around and headed home, where I dropped off Chip and his poopy trailer after a mere 8mi. Along with all 3 bags of...leavings 😠.

My abbreviated ride left me with some time to play with. What else to do? I headed out for my first ride in several hundred miles sans Chip and trailer. What do you know? Climbing hills without the combined 40lbs of dog and trailer is much easier! Somewhat surprisingly, the descents on my hilly route were actually a bit slower. While the extra weight clearly helps with descent speed, I had figured the help would be offset by drag from the trailer's 2.125" wheel and wind resistance against the trailer's body. This appears not to be the case.

The difference is not huge, but definite: with Chip, I had no trouble hitting 35mph on a particular descent. Indeed, I could easily have gone faster but coasted parts of it because he doesn't seem to like exceeding 35mph. Today, the same descent found me putting in more effort to hit and hold a max of 34mph. With Chip, I got an extra mph and could have gone faster had I so chosen. Today's max was the fastest I could manage.

Sadly, scheduling issues kept me from stopping for lunch en route. That was too bad. There's a little Pho shop just off the route that's been calling me for a while now. Unfortunately, they don't have outdoor dining and I usually have Chip with me. On the other hand, I always bring snacks and picked up a few mph of average speed without him and his trailer. 34 sweet miles, for a total of 42mi on the day. I'll take it.
 

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21mi with canine companion Chip today. Whatever went wrong yesterday seemed okay today. He only pooped outside the trailer. I should not be as excited as I am about that, but I don't like cleaning it ;). We spotted a bald eagle on the edge of a local reservoir and got to enjoy a view of its low level flight over the water. I learned that although it's great on smaller stuff, the 'bent can't handle the larger rocks present at a particular water crossing. It's well I wore sandals today as I had to wade it the rest of the way across. By way of comparison, the touring bike feels squirmy and unsettled over the same crossing, while the folding MTB barely seems to notice.
 

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Banged out a bitchin 20 in the oppressive heat/humidity....forced my way thru it and got home all sweaty, mud sprayed and ride buzzed as all gitout! Time to mow yard before cleanin up and/or it rains again like everyday past month. Luv it, no, really. Beats 100 and drought all to 5h1t fo sho.........

TBR!........(this bike rules)

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Nuther shoutout for this forum and cwtch....wouldn't have it without the bofuh yall.
 

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New wheel on roadie.
Two rides in two days.
Both relatively short. My bum was sore on the second, but the mind clutter releasing freedom of it made the soreness worth while.

A side observation is that my bike is remarkably free of pesky bike noises. It was dreamy and i hope it remains as such.
 

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Very hot and humid here. Last week on a group ride (looping around the shore of Lake Ontario in a couple of places to get some coolness from the water - didn't help that much) we were only a mile from the end and one of our members was in bad shape.

We stopped on a corner, I was right beside our distressed rider and looking at her and watched sweat drip off her face at a rate of one drop every single second with no end in sight. I don't think I have ever seen someone sweat so profusely, it was like someone was dripping water directly onto her face from a faucet turned low.

We offered to go get a car and pick her up but she said she just wanted to finish the last mile. I was about to suggest that we form a line and she draft behind us for the last mile but she started off, saying it was worse just standing there.

I worried a bit as I know people's brains get mushy and they can lose good judgment if they have heat exhaustion or are heading into it.

Fortunately, she made it back with no issue as the last mile was pretty flat and even passed over a river so there was a slightly cooler breeze on the bridge.

Once she got to her car she started drinking water and seemed fine, fine enough even for a group photo.

Definitely heat-related but she had also been restricting calories to lose weight - probably was not taking in enough calories for the ride nor enough fluid and electrolytes, etc.

My wife and I and another rider still had 16 miles to ride to home, we stopped at a gas station and got some more water and headed back, no issues for us.

yeah, really glad you were smart enough to pull over and rest a few. Don't mess with dehydration and fatigue ..... your nervous system runs your heart, as you found out painfully.

Definitely toughness points for not calling for help, but also common sense points for not killing yourself.
 
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