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Rainy Day Musings

Day 10 of the Centauride, and time for a weather report.  Because when you pretty much live outside... strike that, when you DO live outside except when some really nice person lets you stay in their stored RV or spare room, you get to know weather really well.

So in case you haven't heard, we're having record breaking storms in northern California.  And from first hand experience, I can attest that it is really, really wet out.

I'm sure you're used to checking the 10 day forecast. But since this is a blog about what has happened, and I'm not clairvoyant, here's my 10 day hind-cast:

Day 1 of the ride - light showers with periods of drizzle
Day 2 - same. Glad I waterproofed everything.
Day 3 - same, but more rain and less drizzle.  Turns out my waterproofing is not rated for this much water. Except the boots, which are excellent.
Day 4 - same, but more drizzle than rain (improvement!). Got out the poncho, which is also apparently not rated for this much water.  Discarded it at end of day as worthless extra baggage.
Day 5 - Clear! Blue skies! Hooray!
Day 6 - More beautiful blue skies! Most of my gear has dried out!
Day 7 - Torrential rains.  We're taking our weekend break, so staying dry and out of the weather.
Day 8 - More torrential rains.  Flood warnings. Staying out of the storm. Bought better rain gear.
Day 9 - Light rain, but taking a long weekend because...
Day 10 - More torrential rains.  Flood and high wind warnings.  Glad we're not out in it.

Tomorrow the bad weather is supposed to lighten up to a Day1-type level, with the rain clearing in a few days.  I am looking forward to getting back on the road, and hopefully the back roads will not be too much of a mess from storm damage. 

Except for getting all wet on Days 3&4, the ride has gotten off to a pretty good start.  Apollo is learning the ways of the road very quickly, and we're both getting stronger and faster.  We had a few minor equipment problems but I dealt with them on our break - will find out how well I fixed them once we're back on the road but I think it will be much better now.  People are (mostly) awesome, and so are the exercise, the pace of travel, and the slowly changing scenery. 

Here's a few of my favorite photos from the first week on the road:
First night's stop

 Apollo keeps an eye on me through a living room window

Really awesome one lane bridge

Beautiful bike path (and blue sky!)

Love this view of the Sutter Buttes



  1. Hi Meredith and Apollo,
    I just met you today at Jones & Lewis mortuary in Lower Lake, CA. Great to meet you both today. I hope you and Apollo got your ride over the hill. Goodest luck in your ride and safe travels across our nation. Great thing you're doing for all of us women (and men, too!).

    Allison Ryder-Holtz

    1. Thanks Allison! It was nice meeting you, and Apollo says he appreciated the grass by your parking area :)


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