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    Winter is over!!!!

    The mercury is bursting out of the thermometers here...finally! We are looking at 70s this weekend. To prepare, it is off with the winter tires and on with the "all" season (aka summer) tires.

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    Winter has been over if you don't live in the Minne-snow-ta

    I used to live in Bloomington near that big mall and never had snow tires.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Bout time, I can put away my shorts, and get out my shorter shorts.

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    I drove by that mall a week ago in near blizzard conditions after leaving MSP at 1AM. I passed dozens of cars spun out on 494, and the roads were unplowed all the way south of Zumbrota. My two wheel drive truck and I proceeded the 65 miles back to Rochester safely on very slippery roads. Even if that only happens once a winter, the effort and minimal cost to have winter tires has been worth it to me.

    With my truck, it isn't so much about traction to get started (although my "all seasons" have left me stranded and unable to climb the hill into my neighborhood); it is about being able to turn the truck in the snow and stopping at intersections. But once the roads get warm and rain starts, the winter tires are all but worthless. Hence the need to switch them out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Optimus View Post
    Bout time, I can put away my shorts, and get out my shorter shorts.
    I road outside in shorts and a long sleeve shirt today. 47F felt soooooo nice
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    I really hope this isn't a false alarm. Really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    I really hope this isn't a false alarm. Really.
    I knocked on wood. We are good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    I knocked on wood. We are good.
    I just knocked on some wood out here, too. Hopefully, that diverted some of the moisture that seems to be drawn into your area over to mine.

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    Winter is over!!!!

    It takes a lot of water to keep 10,000 lakes full.
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    Isn't there actually 10,003 lakes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Isn't there actually 10,003 lakes?
    Only during the rainy season.

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    There are 11,842 lakes in Minnesota (10 acres or larger in size).
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Winter is over!!!!

    In case you doubted my declaration that winter was over, today the Christmas lights came down. Winter is over!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    There are 11,842 lakes in Minnesota (10 acres or larger in size).
    Well then...why didn't they call it 'Land of 11,000 lakes' or 'Land of 11.8K lakes'? Eleven's almost as easy to say as ten.


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    Winter is over!!!!

    ^ there are more lakes today from the number of quarries that have filled with water.
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    can somebody PLEASE give me an accurate lake count for the state on Minnesota?

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    There are no venomous snakes in Minnesota.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    ^ there are more lakes today from the number of quarries that have filled with water.
    Interesting. I wondered if the number of lakes had increased since the phrase was coined, but suspected it may not be due to glaciers or beavers .

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    can somebody PLEASE give me an accurate lake count for the state on Minnesota?
    Hawg, it's 11.8k plus everything smaller than 10 acres which extrapolates to a shiatload.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    There are no venomous snakes in Minnesota.
    Wrong. We have timber rattlers in the SE corner. Not in Rochester, but in the bluffs along the Mississippi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    Wrong. We have timber rattlers in the SE corner. Not in Rochester, but in the bluffs along the Mississippi.
    Cool! If I come up there, can we going looking for some? I promised to have you only hold one for 10 seconds. Timbers are also on my reptile bucket list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    can somebody PLEASE give me an accurate lake count for the state on Minnesota?
    No, but if you fished a different lake or pond every day, you would spend over 30 years covering them all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Cool! If I come up there, can we going looking for some? I promised to have you only hold one for 10 seconds. Timbers are also on my reptile bucket list.
    Sure. Bring your fishing pole. My previous calculation doesn't take into account the number of trout streams that can be fished. Better allocate 50 or more years to cover all the fishing we have to offer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    No, but if you fished a different lake or pond every day, you would spend over 30 years covering them all.
    Well, then I know where I'm retiring to. Hook up!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Well, then I know where I'm retiring to. Hook up!!!
    Next summer, we will be taking a 10 day canoe trip on the boundary waters with the scouts. That's some of the best fishing in the world...it just happens to be in the middle of nowhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    Wrong. We have timber rattlers in the SE corner. Not in Rochester, but in the bluffs along the Mississippi.
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    That doesn't count
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    I knocked on wood. We are good.
    It turns out knocking on particle board isn't as effective as I wished it would be.

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    (Rochester is right between that 4 & 6)
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    Summer is almost here, can't wait to get back up the mountain.

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    Oh man, that's rough. It's good for awhile and then it goes downhill again. We're just into our first week of sunshine of the year and hopefully it will stay that way.

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    We had maybe 5 days of nice weather. Of course we have a camping trip planned for this weekend. Looks lovely, just lovely.

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    Break out the winter survival gear. Not good man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    We had maybe 5 days of nice weather. Of course we have a camping trip planned for this weekend. Looks lovely, just lovely.

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    Have you considered transferring job/living locations? I hear it's nice every where else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Have you considered transferring job/living locations? I hear it's nice every where else.
    My wife reminds me of this daily. Believe it or not, we actually have a hard time recruiting people here. Turns out the weather and the small town feel are significant barriers. When I was interviewing, there was a serious question about whether I would move here because of the weather. The place I work for does have sites in Scottsdale/Phoenix and Jacksonville. My wife reminds me of that daily, too.
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    My friend in Twin Cities posted on Book of Face this morning that it was snowing.

    It's relatively cool here today, too. A forecast high temperature of ~65F.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    My wife reminds me of this daily. Believe it or not, we actually have a hard time recruiting people here. Turns out the weather and the small town feel are significant barriers. When I was interviewing, there was a serious question about whether I would move here because of the weather. The place I work for does have sites in Scottsdale/Phoenix and Jacksonville. My wife reminds me of that daily, too.
    Phoenix is hotter than hell for 3 months of the year, nice the other 9. If you should ever consider it at all seriously, let me know, while your wife is looking for a place to live, we can ride.

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    Winter is over!!!!

    I actually need to go to Phoenix for work sometime this year. I might need to plan a day for riding!
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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    I actually need to go to Phoenix for work sometime this year. I might need to plan a day for riding!
    Please do. How tall are you? I may even be able to set you up with a ride.

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    Winter is over!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Optimus View Post
    Please do. How tall are you? I may even be able to set you up with a ride.
    That would be cool. I'm 5'11.5. Somedays I round up to 6' to make my BMI go down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    That would be cool. I'm 5'11.5. Somedays I round up to 6' to make my BMI go down.
    Perfect. Your only concern will be hardtail, or FS. See you then.

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    Winter is over!!!!

    Choices, choices.

    I actually haven't ridden a hardtail for 20 years. That might be just the ticket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    Choices, choices.

    I actually haven't ridden a hardtail for 20 years. That might be just the ticket.
    You're gonna feel like a flying squirrel with the wide bars I run, LOL. I'm thinking the Hawes trail system for you, or the K trail system in Gold Canyon where I took Randyboyondyke. Some challenging climbs, but nothing killer, some tech, but again nothing killer, some fast and flowy downhills. Yeah, that's it.

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    Wow, this is getting serious! I may need to scoot on over to Phoenix when that day comes. Keep me in the loop, please.

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    Winter is over!!!!

    Sounds like I might need to work on calendar. When would it be too hot to ride?
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    For you and I it would already be too hot to ride so we'd want to do it real early or into the evening. Hot temps don't seem to bother the Opti. He's super human.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    Sounds like I might need to work on calendar. When would it be too hot to ride?


    Every month except Nov-Feb.

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    Winter is over!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    For you and I it would already be too hot to ride so we'd want to do it real early or into the evening. Hot temps don't seem to bother the Opti. He's super human.
    Yeah, there was a day I could ride for hours at heat indices over 100F. I now think hours at 40F is comfortable. Sounds like fall may be the ticket.
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    Winter is over!!!!

    Correction--winter is a lovely time to take a trip out of Rochester. Thanks Az
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    Sissies.

    Coming down from your climate, heyyall, you'll want to avoid summer. I'll stretch Dirty a couple of months and say mid Oct-mid Apr

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    Winter is over!!!!

    This was a bit shocking to see this morning. We have broken the record for snowfall in May. The previous record was 2". I think we are over 8" just over night. It doesn't appear to be slowing at all.

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    'Southern Arizona, Land of Bugger All Lakes'... Only lakes here are on golf courses or mine workings... bloody hot tho. 90s now...
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    Major bummer, heyyall. Perhaps your work would be willing to transfer you back and forth seasonally to a more comfortable climate?

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    Winter is over!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Major bummer, heyyall. Perhaps your work would be willing to transfer you back and forth seasonally to a more comfortable climate?
    My dog is asking please
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    Since I'm late for work already, I think I'm going to take the bike around the block for the fun of it.
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    0.5 miles around the block. Lots of fun.
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    Geeez, that's nasty looking.

    And...you know it's cold when heyyall is wearing gloves!!!

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    Winter is over!!!!

    The foot of snow is also a sign

    60s again on Monday
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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    0.5 miles around the block. Lots of fun.
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    Wow! Screw that!
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    5-9" for us today, over a foot of snow north of us. Fatty season again!

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    Winter is over!!!!

    My wife seized the opportunity to catch up on some reading when the sun came out today. Back to spring!

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    ^ That's a great picture!

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    Awesome video and picture, heyyall, and Mrs heyyall. It's nice to see you taking advantage of your long awaited spring weather.

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    Mrs. heyyall does not appear to be phased by the endless Winter after all. Looks like you're stuck there.

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    Winter is over!!!!

    I wouldn't go that far, but it was her idea to play like a day at the beach.
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    I admire your spirit, both of you.

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    That's a nice pic of your lady and Frosty!
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    its not spring till you smell a dead skunk on the road
    I am still waiting
    did put my summer tires on because I have not given up hope
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    I mounted the summer tires last week, and put the snowblower away on sat. I decided to just let the snow melt off.....but woke up to find my neighbor has cleared everything off for me!

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    Winter is over!!!!

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    its not spring till you smell a dead skunk on the road
    I am still waiting
    did put my summer tires on because I have not given up hope
    That is just it. Dead skunk was in the air last week.

    I'm thinking we have started the taper to fall and winter...who really needs spring and summer when you can have a winter wonderland for the entire year
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    Winter is over!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by jonshonda View Post
    I mounted the summer tires last week, and put the snowblower away on sat. I decided to just let the snow melt off.....but woke up to find my neighbor has cleared everything off for me!
    We are close to 18"....and it is still snowing some 30hr later. I'm not sure this snow is going to melt that quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    We are close to 18"....and it is still snowing some 30hr later. I'm not sure this snow is going to melt that quickly.
    If you can everybody in your neighborhood to leave their doors and windows open, thermostats set to 70 degrees, in just a few hours you should be good to go.

    Don't mention it, just glad that I could help.

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    Winter is over!!!!

    People could bring hair dryers out too.
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    Everybody should start bonfires in their front and backyards. Create your own micro climate.

    BTW, we smell a live skunk most every night of the year here since the little bastages like to live under the houses in my area. Somebody's dog or cat is getting sprayed regularly.

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    Here was my drive into work this morning. The amount of snow and broken trees is absolutely amazing. The news has been having fun with the records. Apparently, if you take Rochester's recorded history for snow in May, it would total about 4". We received at least 4 times that amount in a single 24hr period. The single day snowfall was also in the top 10 for a 24 hr period.

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    [begins writing patent application for heated leaf-blower]

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    That was almost a "California Stop" at the stop sign heyyall.

    But at least the roads are already cleared out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    That was almost a "California Stop" at the stop sign heyyall.

    But at least the roads are already cleared out.
    That was a MN stop with all season tires on a nasty road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by random walk View Post
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    I wonder if my neighbors would mind if I ran the snow blower over my grass and blew all of the snow on their yards?????
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    That was almost a "California Stop" at the stop sign heyyall.

    But at least the roads are already cleared out.
    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    That was a MN stop with all season tires on a nasty road.
    You mean to tell me that you guys actually try to stop? Jeez, you Califerners and Sotans are a silly bunch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    I wonder if my neighbors would mind if I ran the snow blower over my grass and blew all of the snow on their yards?????
    Looks like the road is melting, blow it out there. What doesn't melt, the county will clean up for you. Get some value out of those tax dollars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Optimus View Post
    You mean to tell me that you guys actually try to stop?
    No cop, no stop.

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    Winter is over!!!!

    Look at this temperature profile for the month to date. It looks like we have a few HC category climbs.

    Winter is over!!!!-imageuploadedbytapatalk1368642156.241620.jpg
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    Waiting for your *&(*&^%!! Mosquitoes Everywhere thread.

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    Winter is over!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    Waiting for your *&(*&^%!! Mosquitoes Everywhere thread.
    How about the ticks are everywhere?

    Winter is over!!!!-imageuploadedbytapatalk1368644458.989819.jpg

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