the music that moves me

The forecast looked promising for today but turned out to be full of empty promises. The sun never really made an appearance other than for a brief moment. When the temps drop, even with several layers: balaclava, full finger gloves and shoe covers… the cold bites…literally and figuratively! 

Despite the weather, we persevered. It was a milestone day with hubby reaching 3,000 km. While trying to distract myself from my numb fingers I got to thinking about songs that would be appropriate for the circumstance. The route is beautiful along the winding Kennebecasis River and the song “Just Around The Riverbend” from Pocahontas came to mind but the one that really stuck in my mind was Barney’s “Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun please shine down on me”. Sadly, begging for sun didn’t work!

Link to JUST AROUND THE RIVERBEND from Pocahontas

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unseasonably warm

Looks like Mother Nature has an early Christmas gift for us this weekend… “warmish” temps wrapped up with a big sunshiny bow! I’m really looking forward to one more weekend of cycling before the temperatures plummet. This will likely be the end of cycling season for 2013. Will I make it to 3,000 km? stay tuned to find out.

nov 15th

He won the weather contest.

If you checked out my last blog entry you would know that hubby and I were having a friendly little debate over which on-line weather forecast is most reliable. I was on team Accuweather and he was on team The Weather Network.

Yesterday was beautiful! The Weather Network predicted it first! They were pretty much bang on 7 days out. Pretty impressive! I realize that this is just one data point and that statistically it doesn’t prove anything but I’ll give him bragging rights all the same and maybe start checking The Weather Network more often (as long as they’re predicting nice weather!)

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Which forecast is the most accurate?

My husband and I have an ongoing debate over which weather web site is the most accurate. I like Accuweather because I like the way the information is presented and I want to believe that they’re right (especially when they’re calling for nice weather). My husband likes The Weather Network because it’s Canadian so he believes that gives them an edge on predicting our weather.

Next Saturday (November 2nd) the two forecasts are very different:

Accuweather says “windy and rainy” with a high of 13 degree celcius. Winds from the north at  29 km/h with gusts to 69 km/h. Precipitation 24 mm

Accuweather's forecast for Nov 2, 2013

Accuweather’s forecast for Nov 2, 2013

The Weather Network says “variable cloudiness” with a high of 14 degrees celcius. winds south west 15 km/h. Precipitation < 1 mm

Weather Network's forecast for Nov 2, 2013

Weather Network’s forecast for Nov 2, 2013

Which one is closer to being right? Come back next Saturday to find out…

P.S. This is one of those rare occasions when I hope he’s right. His forecast is much better!

Dog Days of Summer

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Spent a lovely day with friends at their cottage near Cap Pelee, New Brunswick. Went for a ride on Saturday afternoon in the scorching 30+ Celcius (90+ F) heat. The breeze off the water was welcome relief as was the ice cold Moose Light Lime at L’Aboiteau Restaurant on the wharf. The evening was idealic just soaking in the dog days of summer with a beautiful sunset and roaring campfire.

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mileage back on track

We’re back on track to reach our cycling goal (despite the dreadful weather!). 500 km on the odometer with another 1500 km to go. Provided that the summer brings us A) fine weather and B) no illness or injury we should reach 2000 km easily. That being said July, August and September are the big months. We will have to average 100 km per week for the next 12 weeks to stay on target. 

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Long Reach is in the short term!

The day we’ve been waiting for! A great forecast for tomorrow means a 92 km trek across the Peninsula. Our ride will include 2 ferries (the Romeo & Juliet and the Westfield Ferry). The route also includes breakfast at the Kingston market around 9:30 a.m. and an ice cream cone at the Grand Bay Pumpkin Patch around noon.

The weather has been so cold that we have yet to put out our patio furniture which mean we might have to have our “ride ending” honey brown sitting in the front yard Adirondacks.

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not a ray of sunshine in sight #cycling #forecast #weather

This weather is enough to dampen (pun intended) the will of the most die hard outdoor enthusiast!! It’s cold…it’s rainy…it’s windy! Gusts up to 50 km/h today. Who doesn’t just want to go home and curl up with a cup of tea and a good book. It’s not only psychological…it’s physical. According to what I’ve read, lack of Vitamin D “the sunshine vitamin” has been linked to depression. I don’t have any hard and fast clinical data to back up the claim… all I know is that I find this forecast very depressing! 
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