Mother Nature...bully

I wake up this morning and go about my usual "get ready for work" routine. I check the weather network for the temperature and then look out the patio window. It's 7 C (44 F) outside, sunny and the wind is at 9 kph (5.5 mph). I figure it should be a good ride to work.

Not a half hour later the wind has ramped up to 37 kph (22.9 mph) gusts and leaves are flying everywhere.

I can handle rain, snow and cold...I've been on two wheels in all of it. The one thing that will put me in a bad mood while riding is strong gusty winds. It's like Mother Nature herself is trying to bully me off the road.

I guess it comes down to a loss of control. When you have the wind blowing you all over the place, it's really hard to the bike straight and there is not much you can do to stop it other then parking your butt. Oh, did I mention I was stubborn? If it's nice out, I'm not parking my butt for anything short of a tornado. So instead, I end up in a bad mood after cursing out Mother Nature for however long I'm out on two wheels.

Oh, before I forget...Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians out there!

4 comments:

Uglicoyote said...

Absolutely, positively the worst condition to ride. A hot dusty wind takes all the fun out of the ride. I agree.

KT Did said...

I call it toilet paper in the teeth weather...

Giest said...

uglicoyote: Good to know I'm not alone in this. It just isn't fun to have something push you all over the road.

kt did: Is this a personal experience? ;)

KT Did said...

Toilet paper is a VERY close one. Back in July I rode from San Francisco to Paso Robles and it was so windy I didn't even know I was counter steering and half way off my seat until I looked down at my gas gauge and realized it was way to the left of me... yikes!! The toilet paper and trash along with tumble weeds were close, but, I have always thought that one day I would see some rider and G-d forbid---me, riding uncontrollably (Like Lucy Ricardo) with TP stuck in her teeth instead of her pants!! -Ha :)