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Wednesday, August 08, 2012

But It's A Dry Heat

indoor / outdoor thermometer above my desk

I'm sitting here eating a popsickle.  A banana popsickle, my second most favorite after root beer popsickles.  Motorcycle friends in the colder climes often say to me "You're lucky, in Arizona you can ride all year round!"  Well, you can operate a motorcycle all year round in Arizona but when it's summer and 116° outside and 83° indoors with the A/C on I'll skip the operating because it's only a form a torture, not actual riding.  People can talk all they want about cooling vests and such.  Sorry, not buying it. It's miserable riding in this kind of heat and all the gadgets short of an air conditioned car only make it less miserable -- but it's still miserable.

The V-Strom currently sits in the garage, connected to the BatteryTender, and awaiting new rear brake pads. It's 94° inside the garage. I'm probably getting soft in my old age.  Oh well. Maybe next month.  In the mean time, the freezer is still full of popsickles.


D. Brent Miller said...

Mmmmmm. Popsickles. Good. --Brent

Trobairitz said...

My two favorite flavors too!!

Ick blah on your heat. I wouldn't want to ride in that. My brains would bake in my helmet.

The indoor temps are a little toasty too. We don't have A/C, but in Oregon not always necessary. When it gets up to 100˚F outside it is usually just over 80 in the house.

Hope your heat wave breaks soon.

Canajun said...

Too hot, too cold - neither extreme is particularly conducive to riding, but at least too cold for riding usually means you can do something outdoors. Too hot and it's too hot to do anything.

Unknown said...


I like root beer popsicles, not so sure about banana tho. I have a limited threshold for heat, like you I like the A/C in the car when it reaches certain temperatures.

Our weather is cooling, so nearly perfect for a ride when the sun goes down

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Jac Brown said...

My solution is AC in the garage. It's especially important up here in Michigan.

For me, it's grape.

Doug Klassen said...

Jac, the problem with A/C in the garage is that here it has to run 24/7 or the space and equipment stores up so much heat that running the A/C for an hour doesn't cool anything down. I have a 15k BTU A/C unit out there and the best it can manage when the garage is already hot is to blow a little cool air around the workbench as it runs up my electric bill.

leslie said...

I can't stand the heat. I live in California and I swear it always feels hot here. It just now started to cool down this week it seems like. I tried to get the hubby to move to Alaska but he wouldn't go for it. I'm with the rest of you when it's over a 105 degree's outside I don't want to do much but either swim or hang out in the a/c

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