This weekend, DH and I went to our first AERC ride of the season in Pemberton Township, New Jersey (central Jersey, in the pine barrens). Jersey is known for sand, pine trees, and not-so-nice weather and this year was no exception.
We got lucky on Friday, as the forecasted rain was kind enough to hold back to just sprinkles. It would have been pretty darned warm (temps in the low 50s!!) except for the 20-30 mph cold wind. It made being outside not only chilly, but a spa-experience as the sand blasted any exposed skin.
The next morning, we got everything ready and the rain started to fall as we climbed on to warm up before the start. So much for the forecast that claimed it would be dry till lunchtime!
George's opinion of the weather:
Leaving the hold wasn't as bad as I expected, as it was much warmer riding than standing around in the wind!
By the second hold, the rain was really ugly. It was so tempting to just crawl back to the trailer and hide!!
Luckily the ground was enough sand it didn't get too slippery, but water was definitely everywhere and everyone was soaked, regardless of "waterproof" clothing.
In the end, the 3 of us tied for 6th. I was tickled to death to be riding Dream again. What a nice start to the season!