Friday, March 30, 2018

Snow Berms

Another beautiful Spring day. At least the weather was nice on Wednesday. It was only 8°F when I left the house this morning but was up into the low 20s (°F) by the time I left College Coffeehouse. After multiple trips to the transfer station (that's what we call the place where we dump household trash) with the Ural, it was almost 30°F. As I'm typing this in the late afternoon, it's all the way up to 34°F with water running across the road. Things around here are kind of dirty and dingy around this time of year. The snow isn't brilliant white along the roads anymore as all of the sand/ash/gravel/trash that has been scattered on the roads all winter is starting to surface.

The picture above was taken on Thursday on the way back from coffee. The clouds are back and there were even a few snowflakes. This is what just about all of the snow piled up on the sides of the road look like. Kind of drab from all of the dirt but then all of that dirt causes the berms to melt faster. The one thing you need to watch for is water running across the road which could freeze at night. DOT usually tries to push the snow and ice far enough off the road for that not to happen but they don't have control of all of the side roads and driveways.

On Friday, I needed gas in the Ural so I put the GoPro on to see if it still worked. Sort of worked. The USB outlet in the sidecar now has one broken outlet (out of two) but since I can't find the remote anyway, it sort of didn't matter. Plus, GoPro Studio on the Macbook Pro no longer imports the video and its replacement, Quik, is pretty flaky. So, I tried using iMovie. A little more flexible but a whole lot more complex than the simple GoPro Studio.



Happy Easter!!!

14 comments:

Bluekat said...

Happy Easter! Warm, sunny days will soon be here. 🌞

Scott Seidl said...

Thanks for the tour! I gotta get out for a ride soon.

Trobairitz said...

Ahhh the brown snow time of year. At least that means warmer temperatures and that it is melting. Glad you managed to get above freezing.

We've been hitting over 60 for the last few days which is a nice surprise.

redlegsrides said...

Happy Easter to you and yours RichardM. I take it you've removed the spikes from the tires? Or are they worn down enough? Always wondered if once installed, you're stuck with them until they wear away? The video reminded me of the riding I did in the area 5 years ago when I was imposing on the Machida household ....

Oh, and dirty snow is quite depressing.

Canajun said...

Nice tour. We don't have as much snow alongside the roads as you, but your roads look in far better condition than ours.

RichardM said...

Thank you! Soon is not soon enough. It’s snowing now...

RichardM said...

Thank you! Several friends are hauling their bikes to the main road to ride. Most of the subdivision roads are in pretty poor shape.

RichardM said...

It’ll be like this for at least another month. There’s a lot of dirty snow to melt.

RichardM said...

Nope. I probably won't remove the studs from the tires until the end of April or beginning of May. The are allowed until May 15th. They come out easily using the special tool. Instead of removing them from the pusher, I'll probably just put on the new K37 that I already have.

Not imposing at all. We rarely get visitors for some reason...

RichardM said...

The roads are in pretty good shape now. At least the main roads. Some of the side roads are barely navigable due to frozen ruts.

Lynne Goebeler said...

Happy Easter Richard! The snow in the video still looks fairly white, so it was nice to see the riding view. Here's to spring coming soon in the Great White North!

RichardM said...

Happy Easter! The snow looks really white today as all the dirty snow got another inch of the fresh stuff covering it...

Don said...

Everytime I think it's too cold to ride.....I visit your page and then think, "what a wimp I am." It's been in the 40's here, so while balmy, I still need your inspiration. Thanks Richard!

RichardM said...

In the 40's! That's almost summertime temperatures. I'm not even bothering with any heated gear these days just a fleece liner under the Roadcrafter Light. Plenty warm especially when the sun is shining.