Thursday, January 24, 2013

Stayed Tuned

Yes, I rode to work today.

There is a possibility of some freezing rain tonight. The trucks were out during the day spraying the roads. By time for me to ride home the chemical had dried leaving an easy to read trail on the road surface. It was very obvious what streets had been treated with chemicals and which ones hadn't. On my way home I spent some time exploring and making sure I had a route planned made up of all treated streets.

After work as I was starting Billie, my Symba, I noticed the sky to the West was filled with some interesting pinkish clouds. A moment later the sky turned orange.

I took the above photo before I left the parking area. By the time the sunset turned dramatic I was on the road and couldn't stop. Luckily my friend Ashly sent me a photo she took and is letting me post it here.

Heather, too, sent me a photo she took looking out her office windows.

Yes, there are a lot of churches in St. Louis.

Today was a dry day, but tonight it appears there may be some freezing drizzle. There is a possibility of a light glaze forming on untreated surfaces, hence my scouting out a route with this in mind.

I'm very careful when it comes to ice. If the forecast plays out as suspected because of the treatment on the roads I will probably be able to ride. Billie is sprayed down with Boeshield T-9 to give her some protection from the spray and salt. With an expected high tomorrow of 46F, the ride home should be as delightful as the morning ride could be dismal. Stay tuned.
  • 16F/-9C and mostly cloudy for the ride to work.
  • 25F/-4 and just the right amount of clouds to make an awesome sunset for the home ride.


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    1. It was one of the more impressive sunsets I've seen. And, it is more evidence of the days getting longer. :)

  2. Beautiful sky!

    Please stay off the scoot if it's icy..we don't want to see you hurt.

    There, I said it...:=)

    1. Deb,
      I'm very careful about ice. Two wheels and ice don't go together. With the new chemicals and the strategy of getting ahead of the snow there are safe riding days now that would have been stay at home days in the past. This has all the earmarkings of a day I wouldn't have ridden three years ago, but now is well within risk. Planning. It is all about planning.

      Thank you for your concern. By the way, the weather did its typical Midwestern thing: It didn't rain a drop last night. :)

      Deb, thanks for stopping by and your comments and you concern are always welcome.

  3. Such a beautiful sunset. It isn't it amazing how the clouds add such drama to the setting sun.

    Thanks for sharing Keith and I hope your ride in this morning was an easy one free from ice.