Curled up in a warm motel room, reading a cheap novel trumps cycling in Spring soup! The winds that were supposed to be 30 mph came with more rain. Today was supposed to be dry and clear, just windy. I was concerned about the 30 mph headwinds, so I booked the hotel for another night.
At breakfast this morning, the weather report wasn’t good. There is a wind warning out because they are expecting gusts up to 60mph. Whew! Staying was a good decision. When planning this trip, this type of weather rarely entered the equation. Of course, I considered the possibility of a tornado, but enduring rain, like this part of the country has experienced didn’t. Even though I mentioned quitting the tour the other day, I knew I could take a few days off, and heal. But, this weather, over a sustained period of time, will make it necessary to end the tour. It was never intended to be a test, or “accomplishment”. It’s intended to be a fun year, of cycling around the country, camping out, meeting people. etc. I can do that any time. I can take a break and return. Since there is no desire to accomplish something, there is also no “failure” factor.
Please don’t feel that I’m throwing the towel in. Tomorrow is another day, and it looks like its a day to ride. But the extreme weather, constant rain, flooding in North Dakota, and Montana, as well as these unbelievable winds and the tornadoes that have defined this year, must be factored into my daily decisions. Bicycle touring is fun for me. For me, it’s about endurance cycling, not cycling in extreme conditions. I’m no adrenaline junkie.
It is a little hard to go from cycling 50+ miles a day to curling up in a bed, or sofa and reading for 48 straight hours. “Hit the pool”, you say? Well, the kids up here are out of school, the hotels are full, and the hotel pool is fairly full.I could go to the fitness room and ride the fitness bike, but that doesn’t hold a candle to the real deal.
Gotta go pack up. The hotel mgr just called, and although they can put me up another night, I’ll have to move to another room. My stuff is splayed all across the room.
Go make your own breeze, and remember if you’re not having fun; you’re in the wrong gear!
(ps is’t about 50 degrees and sopping wet today. I haven’t seen a day over 70 degrees yet, and only 2 of those on the entire trip. Such interesting weather this year.)