I read this weather report today and just had to go out for a ride..."Mostly cloudy. Areas of blowing snow in the evening. Lows 15 to 20 below. North winds 20 to 30 mph. Wind chill to 50 below." I bundled up, brought my Kestrel weather instrument along to see what actual wind, temp and windchills were and rode the fatbike for a few hours. The strongest wind was 37 mph in one of the channelled areas and windchill of -33. Not too terrible. There were really nice pics to be had and I had every intention of taking pictures but my camera completely froze up. Makes this post a little boring unfortunately, since it was one of my more intense rides lately. But I will post a Christmas Day pic instead.
The ride had all the good components to make it interesting; wind, low temps, wind, pushing through deep snow and some more wind. The bike computer held up ok and it was nice to log stats. My slowest speed (riding) going uphill against the raging north wind was 2.4 mph and my fastest was 26 mph heading back to town... fastest on my fatbike ever. I am happy with my new rims, new drivetrain and my old gear. I realized today that I don't have to replace much gear this year, most of it still works really well. I'm actually kind of impressed, there are a series of gear pieces that will be going into my 4th ITI.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Nome has the best Subway shop in the world. I eat here with Hahnah regularly, she chicken noodle soup and me a sandwich. It may sound funny but the produce is the freshest of any subway I've ever eaten and the view... well it's like we're on a boat in the Bering Sea. The windows face the sea and it's about 20 yards away. Just thought I'd share.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
This is where I've been the past week, Gambell, an island in the Bering Sea. It also happens to be one of my regular & favorite places too. There aren't too many times when I haven't been weathered in. Stormy, stuck but also a gem to test a few pieces of new gear. There aren't too many places I've experienced so rugged and harsh of a climate. When the weather cleared it was still blowing well over 30 mph, I wish I took video of unloading loading the plane while the pieces of cargo blowing across the runway. To fly in here is not for the faint of heart or the novice, only the pros tackle this place regularly & safely. Glad to be home though!