I had hopes for this vacation time. Originally I thought it might mean a trip to Michigan, but that didn't happen. Then, I thought it might bring a new scooter into the garage, but that was not to be. I even thought I might be doing a lot of riding and inline skating, but it is so very hot here. So, of course, that hasn't happened either. All this left me only one alternative. I went out an bought some new gear.
Cyclegear has their HEAT-OUT base layer garments on sale--50% off. I bought both the "long johns" and a "long sleeve crew neck top".
Today was the day for the new washer and dryer to be delivered. All went well. The delivery guys came on time, made quick work of hooking up the set, and then were on their way. It was still before noon and the temperature had just reach 100F/38C. I figured if I was going to go for a ride, I'd better do it before it got really hot. And besides, it seemed a great opportunity to test the new gear.
And, how did it work? It worked 85mi/138km fine. Yep, it took me a few hours to make sure, but it worked just fine.
While I was testing my new base layer, one of the places I found myself was Creve Coeur Lake.
|This was my second hydration break. The scenery was much nicer than the QT where I made my first stop at.|
I, also, checked out some corn fields. What I found wasn't pretty.
|This corn should be green, but...|
|it was mostly brown.|
I did see some irrigation going on and some activity in the fields.
|I saw a for sale sign in this field. It is being offered up for "development".|
Back in the City the grass, too, is turning brown.
|This is in Carondelet Park, but it could have been almost anywhere.|
There were clouds in the sky, but the earliest we might see rain is early next week.
|One hopes the rain, if it does come, doesn't come violently.|
I was very impressed with the HEAT-OFF garments. I was hot, but not uncomfortably so. When I ended my ride I still had energy. It was 105F/41C when I returned from my ride. The heat index wasn't much higher than the actual temperature. Nothing much works when the humidity is up, but these undergarments matched with vented pants and an armored meshed jacket work well for today's condition.
On a another note. Early in my ride I came up Sappington Rd. At Big Bend Blvd. I found traffic backed up and although I'd planned to turn left, I decided to turn right so as to escape whatever the commotion was. When I returned home and went online I saw this headline on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website: Two Motorcyclists Killed in Crash in St. Louis County. This was the commotion I'd encountered near Sappington and Big Bend. (click here to read the story) It appears to be another case of a car turning into the path of a motorcycle. I would have been there not long after the accident happened. I know the intersection where it happened. Until today there was nothing remarkable about it, but from now on it will be another reminder of the danger lurking in all intersections.
Please, you all; stay cool, be safe, and take no intersection for granted.