Bring Full Winter Riding Gear

So was the edict passed down from Mark, the leader for the ride I'm scheduled to attend this coming Saturday on the Olympic Peninsula. And as if that wasn't ominous enough, how's this blurb from

This continues to be the top weather story. During the past 10 days, several storms, both major and minor, have slammed into the Pacific Northwest. They resulted in a huge accumulation of rain and unprecedented flooding. Many rivers through the region have reached or exceeded their all-time record flood stage. Another storm of moderate to strong intensity will ram into the Northwest Friday, bringing another round of heavy rain. This storm will move rather quickly and probably will not match the excessive rainfall totaled from this past Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. To make matters worse, the storm that strikes Friday will not be the last. Another big one will come in later Sunday and Monday.
The graphic below clearly demonstrates why the flooding has been so severe in this part of the country. Just look at these November rainfall totals, which have been as much as 30 inches on the west slopes of the Cascades.

I'm not a huge fan of riding in the wet but there's no way around it this time of year and I can't afford to not begin prepping myself for the ramp up in mileage when my official training plan for TransRockies kicks off on November 20th.

Memo to self: buy waterproof socks and shoes pronto!

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