So last weekend would have been the 2020 STP, the Seattle to Portland bike ride. 200 plus miles from the University of Washington to the Rose District of Portland. Close ro 10,000 of my best cycling friends ride it every year.
Covid cancelled the real ride this year, though Michelle and I will be riding the virtual STP starting Saturday!
On Facebook, people are posting memories of their rides. and it started me thinking of my 4 times on this one. I decided it was a good time to share them with you!
A quick glance at the calendar tells me that the RAMROD, my big ride for the year, is a little over a month away. This means I am rapidly running out of weekend days left to me to get training rides in.
Folks, it hit 90 here in Seattle, it never does that. In fact, 90 degrees today topped off 30 straight days of over 80 for our neck of the woods. Around here, people get cranky and grumpy when this happens! Some of us get creative in staying cool at work and at hime!
Yes it’s that time again, even though the rest of the country is deals with much worse heat, we, here in Seattle, have been experiencing upper 80s and low 90s all summer. Many of you would kill for temps like this, it would be a relief.
One of the games my wife and I like to play here in Seattle is “Spot the tourist.” It is pretty darn easy actually. It’s not because they look like they are lost, or because they are going to touristy places like Pike Place market or the Experience Music Project (I’ve done each of these). And it is sure not because they are in Woodinville tasting wine, (I’ve done this even more often).
Around here is it easy to spot tourists, especially those from California, Arizona, New Mexico or the South, by what they wear. You might think that maybe fashions differ from area to area. However, considering I do well at this game, AND I have no fashion sense, that can’t be it.
Yes ladies and gents, this is a very rare year indeed for the Seattle area! Most years, Memorial Day is wet and downright cold, The first day of summer we are wearing gortex, and we are worried about the fireworks getting “rained out” on the 4th itself. Then, the weekend after the fourth, summer shows up and it might not rain again until the Western Washington Fair in September.
Yeah, that’s normal years. This year, not so much. We are getting record-breaking heat! Now I know I shouldn’t complain. It’s 120 in AZ, and FL is always hot, and I am sure my gorgeous niece in Texas would melt if she was riding her horse outside for too long. Up here though, 90+ is hellahot!
I am a not a native of the Northwest, but I grew up here. I thrive on cooler weather.
Yep, here I am hiking at Mt. Rainier in the snow in sandals! It was fun! My favorite thing is to be at the ocean when its foggy when days are like this in Seattle. Ironically, Michelle and I scheduled a week on the Oregon Coast with the Man-child, but then I started a new job and had to give up the time 🙁
Cold is easy! When its cold you can always put on more layers to stay warm. For me, as long as the upper body is warm, I can wear shorts darn near all year round!
Hot is different. You can only take off so much clothing in public or worse yet at work. We have a dress code. Guys have to wear pants or jeans. Many ladies break out summer dresses this time of year. Now I like it when they do that, my wife looked amazing in her’s and the cowgirl boots today!
However, we guys don’t have that option! I guess the equivalent would be wearing a kilt, but:
I don’t know if I have the legs to pull it off
I am Italian, not Scottish
I am nor sure it would be in dress code
I don’t know how to sit in a kilt, and don’t want to flash the class I am teaching! That would surely land me in HR!
This means all I can do is grin and bear it (or my choice, complain a lot!) Hot weather makes me grouchy. I am not looking for the rain to come back, riding in the rain bites! But I love partly cloudy and 70! Its shirt sleeve biking weather, and you can stop in the sun yet still be comfy! 75 means you need to pedal fast to generate a wind, and find shade. Above that? Cranky!! I rode home in 92 degree heat Monday night, even downhill the wind was hot!
OK, my complaining, for tonight, is done. Nothing I can do to change the weather. I just hope this early heat is not a harbinger of the rest of the summer. Most of us in Seattle do NOT have A/C, it’s just not needed often enough. During these days though it is tempting! I will still ride, and I will be draconian on hydrating. Keep the fans running, and know that anyone in truly hot areas of the country reading this are laughing at me right now!