Join Date: Apr 2015
I Ride: 2015 30th anniversary ZX-6R
Ride, What Ride?
Have you had your normal riding season interrupted because of extreme weather phenomena? Be it extreme rains, and/or floods in the East/South; or severe fires on rangelands or in the forests throughout the West. Hello Climate Change.
I literally cannot ride more than ≈ 100-miles in a 270° arc w/o riding into road closures/significant detours because of fires. I have a narrow swath of land toward the Pacific Ocean that remains accessible. In the Pacific Rim states of WA, OR, & CA there are over 100 large fires encompassing 1,208,676 acres. This is not a new or 1-yr spectre. Even in the major vallies west of the fires the skies are dirty orange-y brown. Ahhh, I think it's called smog (cough).
The West has very little prospect of that changing anytime soon. Winter is to be accompanied by a significant El Niño phenomena, which usually means milder/wetter weather. While this is welcome for surface water repositories, it actually melts glacier and snowpack resources. This draws down fresh H²O & the depleted aquifers early next Spring & Summer. What we really need is abundant snowpack during the winter months, but hasn't happened in ages.... I am postponing 2-3 big (>750-mi) rides until autumn.