So, given the current weather conditions; the forecast is for more rain/showers for today and tomorrow, that I have resorted to Plan B, which is to cycle to Durango today, have a rest day tomorrow and then go to Mesa Verde, which effectively is the opposite of Plan A.
Also I was thinking that it would be appropriate to develop a system that could convey the severity of the weather conditions when they are not favourable. So I have devised the Idiot Scale of Precipitation (ISoP for short). Do not worry it is not logarithmic or anything mathematical like that, it is simply a subjective scale from 1 to 12 (if 12 is good enough for Beaufort, then it is good enough for me!), and it goes like this:
- Clouds but no precipitation;
- A few spots of precipitation (rain), but not enough to cause material wetting;
- A shower (rain), causes wetting, but sun soon dries out;
- A more prolonged period of rain, but does not result in cyclist becoming cold, and soon thereafter the sun causes drying;
- It rains, arrive at destination wet, but not cold and not wet through to the skin;
- Sleet/Snow shower that causes a temporary period of feeling cold;
- Hail storm/shower that causes pain on impact, but although painful it is short term and only results in a temporary period of feeling cold;
- Heavy rain, soaked through to the under garments, but it is warm rain, or you are riding hard so not cold.
- Prolonged period of Sleet or Hail that is painful on impact and cyclist becomes cold, but continues to cycle, may warm up again prior to reaching destination;
- Heavy rain, soaked through to the under garments and cyclist becomes cold but continues to cycle hard with a view to creating sufficient heat to warm up (ascending becomes more preferably to descending, as the former produces heat whilst the latter induces cold);
- Heavy hail sleet or snow, cyclist becomes cold, but again continues to cycle hard with a view to creating sufficient heat to warm up (ascending becomes more preferably to descending, as the former produces heat whilst the latter induces cold);
- Heavy prolonged rain/sleet/hail/snow such that cyclist becomes so cold he/she curtails ride in favour of hot shower and, perhaps, a hot toddy (Wiki). But will resume as soon as fairer weather prevails.
Today's highs and lows:
Low: Arrived at planned coffee stop to find that it was closed.
High: Mark showed me an alternative coffee spot; offered to host me in Durango (unfortunately I'd already pre-booked a motel) and given the weather conditions, offered to give me a lift to Durango: I graciously declined.
High: Felt strong on the bike and although there was persistent light rain I was making good progress on the 30 odd mile climb.
Low: Got a rear wheel punction.
High: Two folk stopped to see whether I was okay (one even made a u-turn and came back to check I was okay).
Low: The rear tyre is just about done with only about 2,000 miles on it.
High: Realised that it was good that I had the punction on the way into Durango rather than the way out as I should be able to get a decent replacement.
Low: Descent into Durango (Approx. 12 miles) was probably my worst ever descent: heavy rain, lots of spray, water in my eyes which caused me to stop on numerous occasions, and by the time I arrived at the motel I was both wet through to the under garments and exceptionally cold. Indeed I was on the verge of envoking ISoP 12, and perhaps would have if I had not already reached my destination!
High: Hot shower and warm bed before venturing into Durango.