Monday, August 19, 2013

Finally, The Rain Has Backed Off !

We've been in a pretty bad drought here. It was worse in western Kansas and other areas, but the nearest Army Corps of Engineers reservoir was at 62% of capacity just a few months ago. We get some of our drinking water from that lake and city planners were starting to worry.

We also had unbelievable heat the last 2 summers. Last year wasn't as bad as 2 years ago, but still not fun.

This year though,

Temperatures have not been as hot

and it has rained....

and rained....

and rained....

and rained....

It has had an effect on my riding ability. Now, mind you, a little rain while riding a motorcycle/scooter isn't really all that bad, but I prefer not to. I've said this before: It's not the water that bothers me as much as the lightning. I hate lightning. I have a "thing" about lightning. I might be sort of a "tough" guy, but when it comes to lightning...... well you get the idea.

And the rain we've had was mostly thunderstorms (with, you guessed it, lightning). Storms at all times of day and night. Sort of blowing up at random, raining a bit, then pooping out only to start up again a few miles away. Very unpredictable.

For the past 3-4 weeks it has rained almost every day, at least sometime during the day or night. We might receive 1/4", sometimes 1/2", other times 1", even a few times where we received 2", 3", even 3 1/2" of rainfall. The cumulative effect is well into the double digits of rainfall in the last few weeks. Unfortunately, I haven't ridden hardly at all because of this.

Yeah, I know, the people in the pacific northwest will tease me for being a weenie, and I deserve it. But as I said, I have this "thing" about lightning. I hate lightning! I hate it a lot! And if it is raining, I figure that somewhere there has to be some lightning associated with the rain. Here in Kansas, there usually is associated lightning. Hence, part of my justification for not riding much lately.

But the weather forecast this week is, shall we say, much better! Temperatures near normal! Rainfall, nonexistent!

For the next 7 - 10 days!

Officially, the drought has been declared at an end for the immediate area. That nearby reservoir I mentioned is now over 90% of capacity.

I may be able to ride all this week and well into the next week. I don't have to tell you what a positive effect that has on me. I like riding! It's good for me!

Maybe I'll see you on the road!

Ride On, and Carpe Diem, my friends.


  1. The rain has missed us here more often than not. Truthfully, we could use a little. Of course, the irony is not far from here there has been flooding and destruction. The luck of the draw I guess.

    Still, it has been a very different year weather wise for us as well. The temperatures have been very moderate. I'm having trouble wrapping my brain around it being the middle of August already. It isn't so much, "Where did the summer go?", as it is, "When was the summer?". Oh well.

    Sounds like you've got some good times coming. I hope the forecasters have it right.

    1. Keith, I didn't think all our rain was getting your way. We had just a little bit of flooding along a couple of rivers, but they were just a little bit above flood stage.

      But it sure is nice to be riding again.

      BTW, not that it gets anywhere close to your mileage, but Max is now just 3 miles away from his 9,000 maintenance work. Need to replace the plug, replace gear oil, air filter, coolant flush, all the regular stuff,

      and then I'm going to take him out into the county and run him at near top speed for 30 minutes or so. Just to blast out a few cobwebs, so to speak.

      Take Care,