Winter is back...well at least today it was.

So a small group of us started from Grinder at 8am this morning.  I checked the radar and it said no rain until 11AM.

They were wrong - April Fools! It started raining, snowing, hailing just after 9am.  Four of us turned at 19th, and the other 4 kept going to Goodwood.   All in all, a super fast pace up Don Mills and a good safe ride.  There were points that we all thought.."why are we doing this!?"  However,  as I sit at home writing this, I can say it was worth it; to know that one is capable of riding in "the hell of the north":-)  To Mr. McGee - way to go!  You're a trooper.  See you all next week.

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Comment by DRU on April 1, 2012 at 2:27pm

Pretty chilly ride! Feels good to have been out now though! How did the go-long guys do? 

Comment by qb on April 1, 2012 at 3:18pm

Well i have to say that represents one of the Most epic rides I have been on in a long time. As we came together at 8am, I was quietly chuckling to myself over patyrk's email suggesting that the rain that was coming meant he wasn't coming out. I had checked the reports-little to no rain pre 11am was expected and certainly no accumulation was arriving. So I was hungry for long outdoor ride number 2. Well as DY suggests, the ride up don mills was very good, little precipitation (a key definition) and a strong pace. I am not sure at what point the gods decided the Fools were on the roads this April 1st, but we began to pay for my quiet laughter. As we parted company at 19th sideroad, we said goodbye to the smart guys and charles, nick, alex and yours truly powered north. The weather went from bad to worse. Part of the problem with technology is that it reaffirms what you know, rather than allowing you to somehow believe something different. So as it was hailing, charles was able to advise that the temperature was continuing to drop and was now 3 below. UGLY. We beetled east over to kennedy and I thought it might be time to head south. NO, said Alex, we are turning north for some more fun!! Another drop in temp, some more hail - of course go north! We zig zagged over to goodwood and enjoyed the reprieve of warm coffee and great pastries. Of course we were soaking wet and frozen to the bone. Charles couldn't feel his toes, and we all had problems with shifting as we couldn't feel our fingers. Hmmmm - we were april fools!

On the way home, it felt like we had a bit of a tailwind although at thiswith brain freeze  point you couldn't figure it out. It was one of those days that you were desperate to suck hard on the wheel in front of you but you couldn't because the wheel spray soaked deep into your feet, and covered your glasses. really 

By the time we were back into the city, alex was emptying his gloves of water - apparently gortex helps keep water in also! Nick's make shift plastiat each stopc bags over his hands were creating littapturing  from th- run-off and Charles was shuddering and shaking. I showed an average of 29.1km for 126k, and average power of 257watts. 

Comment by qb on April 1, 2012 at 3:34pm

Reading the spelling and grammar of that blog post of mine, i realize the blackberry bridge for the playbook doesnt work all that well. 

Comment by DY on April 1, 2012 at 3:39pm
Wow.
Comment by Alexx Hooper on April 1, 2012 at 4:25pm

Wow - epic adventures sure make for great stories! Not feeling so bad about being lazy today. Props to you guys who braved the weather - there's nothing like being THAT cold...

Bob, your post is hilarious... if that's what it takes to illicit a tirade of hilariousness like that, then maybe there's a snake-infested swamp in northern Quebec that I could interest you in swimming through only to read your account of it later.

Hope that you're all warm and cosy and well-fed after your harrowing experience today.

Comment by Jon Spira on April 1, 2012 at 4:42pm

As I spun away on my trainer watching the hail come down I was pretty thankful for making the late decision to stay home.  You guys are tough!  Clearly, you have mastered rules #5 and #9.

Comment by Paul McKeever on April 1, 2012 at 5:00pm

Wow - well played, good sirs. That is one hardcore day out!

Comment by Jeff N on April 1, 2012 at 9:40pm

Great on you guys for toughing out!  Lucky for me to be away today, otherwise I would still be cold too! 

Comment by DY on April 1, 2012 at 9:42pm
Missed you Jeff, Steve, you should have said hi, I may have broken down and asked for a lift home:-)

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