I’ve been riding since April 12th, 2013. I have less than two months to go. Whoever thought this winter would be so…so…outrageously wintery! We’re only three inches shy of the snowiest winter on record for the Fort Wayne area, and this January was the snowiest month on record, with over 30 inches of snowfall. So far, this winter has been the 5th coldest ever. The average temperature has been 20.2 degrees, which is 7 degrees below normal. I’ve ridden 15 days in below zero temperatures. The lowest was -16 degrees!
After this week, I thought I was past the subzero temperatures. Then I looked at the weather prediction for next week—possible single digits days and maybe even negatives again! Great.
I’ve enjoyed the above freezing temperatures we’ve had the last couple days. The first day was very weird. It was a Saturday afternoon. It was both sunny and warm! Definitely not what I was used to. I could even ride at almost normal speeds and didn’t have to watch out for snowy areas on the road. It was definitely an improvement.
Yesterday I rode home at 6:30 pm. It was still light out and I could see a blue ski! Spring is coming, I think. In Indiana, you know spring is close when you have a major snow storm, eight inches overnight, roads are drifted shut and they call off school, then later the same day, it’s above freezing and the snow has all but melted off most the roads.
The days are getting longer. Spring is coming. I hope.
Thursday morning, though, was even more bizarre! The road was covered with deep water puddles, slushy ice, and glare ice. It was hard to see the difference between them with my rain-splattered face shield. It was raining hard with two to three feet of snow alongside the road. Then there was lightning and thunder! It was not your normal day’s motorcycle ride. My two rainiest rides have been in January and today.
I’m expecting to see frogs fall from the sky soon.