Summer in October?
After a long and cool summer it finally got hot here in Southern California. It was around 105˚ in most of the Riverside, Inland Empire area over the weekend, and it made us think of some real cookers.
After a quick survey around the shop there were some great stories of events past. There was a Barstow to Vegas race years ago that was amazingly hot. It was around 110˚ the whole way and as dusty and miserable as one could imagine. This was back in the days before hydration systems and everyone had canteens and water strapped everywhere. Bikes were seizing up all over the place and it was a real test. But at the end of the day, everyone was smiling through their parched lips!
Another place that put the “H” into hot on everyone’s list was Loretta Lynn’s. Sometimes you go there and it’s 70 degrees and beautiful, but trust me, sometimes it is the hottest place on planet earth. Being down in a “holler” (valley) the humidity is trapped into that place. So you can easily get 98 degrees and 90% humidity. I have seen vapor clouds form in the treetops as the sun cooks the water in the grass and turns it into steam! One time the swimming pool almost evaporated! But, again, at the end of the day, everyone was smiling.
Then there was Florida.
Gary Jones and I remembered riding near Lake Okeechobee in August when it was so hot and humid that there were vapor trails coming off of our helmets! Then there was the joy of hitting those Palmetto roots, also known as an instant crash. Gary, being the machine that he is, would just keep going and going. The brush, the bogs, the bugs, the heat…gotta love it. By the end of the day no one was smiling. But then Gary started telling all of his bad jokes and sure enough, everyone was laughing and slapping each other on the back in spite of the heat stroke and Palmetto root bruises.
We really didn’t have much of a summer out here on the left coast this year, but we want to hear about your hottest ride ever. Just put it here on our blog. The best one chosen by our staff will win a product credit of $50 at http://www.imsproducts.com