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Spring is here

By James - 3/10/2005

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I hope I don’t jinx my riding season proclaiming that.

My pre-commute ritual involves watching the weather report and donning the appropriate riding gear. For the last 5 or 6 months, the weather man has told me it is going to be cold, wet or both. Today was different. Temps in the mid 50’s and not a cloud in the sky. Highs around 75 for the office with an offshore flow. No need for my windproof layer, so I left my rain pants and half-mask at home.

It took a minute for me to get used to the wind again. I had spent all winter adjusting my gear so the wind and rain would stay out that now it felt awkward to be out there again. My chin haden’t felt the wind in ages, hiding behind a layer of neoprene that kept it warm.

Here are some other signs that spring is here, I don’t care what that groundhog says:

  • I haven’t turned my highbeam down all week. It is usually sunny enough in the morning to have it on and not annoy the cagers but around quitting time I usually have to turn it down in the winter. I haven’t touched the switch since last week; Wednesday or Thursday.
  • The dog is shedding. I brushed her at the park two nights ago. The brush was full of hair so it cleaned it and brushed again. I got three full brushes of hair off that dog. I could have gotten 5 or 6 but I was sick of brushing.
  • It was warm enough to wash my bike last week. When it is cold and windy, it does not only make washing my bike hard but freezes my fingers. By the time I am done with all that cold, wind and water in the winter, I need to thaw out.
  • Feel free to add your signs that spring is here, or even your signs that spring hasn’t made it to your location yet. . .

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