Cold Mornings, Mountain Passes, Bad Hotels and Special Guests
By Paula O’Kray
Part Six of a Series
Sunday, June 11: A very cold, windy 54-degree morning. The majority of ladies were from the south, and cold for them is defined a little differently than those of us who dwell in the northern climes. When they would complain about “cold” mornings, I would laugh at them and ride with my jacket wide open, enjoying the cool breeze. Not this morning. On a bike, it’s roughly 20 degrees colder with the wind chill, and according to the chart, which only goes up to 65 mph, it’s 33 degrees at that speed … and we would be barreling down the highway at 85.
One thing about dressing for the day. You have one chance to figure out what to wear, because if you’re wrong, you’re screwed for the next two hours, since the group doesn’t stop until we need gas. So best to overdo it instead of risking the chance of being very cold, very warm or very wet for several hours. Of course, you can stop … but then you’ll have to catch up, and the group is riding along at 85 mph, so you do the math.
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