Wednesday, July 20, 2011

If It Ain't One thing...

Some of you have been wondering where I've been.  Surely there have been some opportunities to ride since the spring.  There have, but they haven't been worthy of posting material.  Short jaunts to scratch the itch but not much more.

When it comes to the second half of the phrase this post is titled, its another.

Oppressive heat makes riding an air cooled anything a lot less fun than sitting in an air conditioned car.  I just don't do extreme heat well.  The heat index has broken records, even in Minnesota.  That makes riding somewhat dangerous for some of us.

When you're cold, you can find ways to warm up.  But when you're overheating, you could actually reach a state some refer to as cooking one's brain.

I didn't think such a thing was possible.  But I found out what it meant during the two weeks I spent in Vegas at the end of June.  I found out first hand what it means when you begin to get so warm your body can't expell the heat fast enough.  How easy it is to run out of water (not to mention just how much you raally need between 100 and 110 degrees).

Up to this stage in my life, cold temps, as in Minnesocold temps, haven't bothered me all that much.  So imagine the relief I was expecting upon my return to the upper midwest.

And then we get this sweltering heat blast.  Vegas temps with sauna liquidy thick air.  Even the insects look tired as they fly by on days like these.  Around here two wheel enthusiasts tend to wait until the sun goes down and temps drop back into the eighties.   Then you hear a lonesome bike somewhere off in the distance.  And you wonder if you could bear the heat thrown off the engine for long enough to make the ride worthwhile.

There's no getting around it.  A rider has to know he or she cannot overlook the safety factor of what kind of heat can really be tolerated.  Hot wind coming through the vents, hot wind blowing across us, unbelievably hot air radiating back from the engine.

I know what I can stand.  My personal limitations.  I'm pretty aware of the line which seperates suffering the heat just to ride versus enjoying the ride.  Suffering the heat only serves to put me outside the frame of mind I need to be in when riding and that isn't safe.

It'll cool soon.  I'm really looking forward to it.