The above pic was from the Transalp race a couple of years ago (2012 I believe). I only post it here now because A. I like the photo and B. The snow and slush is about what it looks like around here right now and it’s only going to get worse. If I were out on the snirt roads right now there would even be cows (most likely not roaming the roads, but they would be there).
The other night we got about 6 or 7 inches of snow (on top of the 7 to 10 that refused to melt over the past two months) and that resulted in B-Man missing school yet again on Tuesday (I think we’re into double digits now). Then later in the day the temps went into the low 40’s and the warm February sun came out for the rest of the day and into today. Now everything is turning into a big slushy shitty mess. On top of that we’re supposed to get rain and thunderstorms on Thursday. Shit is gonna get REAL ugly, REAL feast. With all the storm drains plugged up by two months worth of plowed snow and ice I have no idea where all the water is gonna go. I just hope it doesn’t go into our house!
The warmup is to be short-lived, with temps returning to the 20s and below by the weekend. EVERYTHING is going to be one big giant slush crusted ball. I really can’t imagine that the dirt roads will be in any shape to ride for the next 4 or 5 days. I hope I’m wrong, but I have a feeling there is going to be a lot of time spent on the trainer and in the gym. What does the (Mr.) fox say? CUSS!
PM UPDATE: There is no real reason to be all jacked off at Jack Frost, Mother Nature, God, and all their evil minions… it turns out (via the National Weather Service) all we in Mt. Peezy are in store for over the next 24 hour is: a wintry mix of snow and sleet, ice accumulating upwards of 1/4 inch, combined with rain and thunderstorms. There will also be dense fog, snow squalls and winds gusting from 25 to 45 miles per hour. Power outages, falling limbs, poor driving conditions, potential for flooding, yada, yada, yada… Drink the fuck up people. Anything bad goes down better with 2 to 24 IPAs in your gut. I have already started. Fuck this shit, I am moving to New Mexico. Why New Mexico? Why the fuck not?
Photo © Craft Bike Transalp/Peter Musch