Monday, February 18, 2013

How am I going to get home today?

Measured temperature at a nearby weather station.
The problem is, I didn't dress for -15°C when I left home in the morning. In the morning it was balmy -5°C. And the forecast said -7°C. So no big deal.  Now, suddenly it's -17°C. Last night the wind changed from south to west (at about 21 o'clock) and then from west to north (around midnight). It took a few hours for the colder air to arrive.

I'll have to close the ventilation zippers in my jacket. And maybe lift the hood to keep my face warm, as I didn't take a scarf or ski mask with me.

On the other hand, it'll be a good day to buy some frozen food: it will not melt on the way home even if I take a bit longer!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

I noticed something nice the other day

A bike rack had been dug up, it's not buried under the snow any more!
Another snow castle being built at the market square.  I wonder if it will collapse when they do demolition work at the parking cave, just a hundred meters away. The sign on the post says "No winter maintenance"! :-P
The wall of the parking cave construction site. Note the holes between the car and and the dark thing on the left. At first I thought someone had made unauthorized holes, but they were made by a saw! So curious people can take a peek. How nice!
And here is what the entrance to the Big Dig looks like now:

Detoriating conditions

I just uploaded another masterpiece to youtube. It's from my ride this afternoon, at about 16:30 or so. Funny how the time flies, now there is enough daylight for my camera... the spring will be here soon!

As I wasn't invited to the winter cycling congress, I didn't go there. (I'm a world famous blogger and I was not invited? What a disgrace!)  But listening to boring speeches indoors will not give the visitors a good picture of winter cycling. They also had a bike tour so they could try it themselves.

I was so disappointed when I saw the weather reports: temperatures hovering about freezing or just below. There should have been a proper winter weather, -15C would have been fine. That would've been just fine for their bike tour! (evil laugh:-)

But alas, the weather was like this:
I thought the snow coming down was snow and not sleet so I didn't find my camera cover. But it was sleet so the camera clogged up and the end of the video is just a blur. Still, you see there's snow about. And riders on their way home. There was maybe an inch of fresh snow (in the early part of the video) but it was a bit too dark and beyond the capabilities of the camera so the surface of the bikeway is not clearly seen.