Bicycling and smoking

It’s pretty bizarre reading forecasts this week and reading “partly smoky.” Here’s the graphic from the National Weather Service forecast for Monterey this weekend.

Weekend forecast: Partly smoky

With over 1,000 wildfires burning around the state of California, bike riding is a little bit tough. I’m avoiding long distance riding, but even my short bike commute leaves me choking on my phlegm. Here’s what the smoke looks like from space.

Air quality management districts throughout California caution residents to refrain from outdoor activity because of the smoke.

Meanwhile over in the Midwest, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources works hard and spends taxpayer money to ensure St. Louis air stays dirty and unhealthy. What a bunch of goons.

16 Comments

  • inkyfingers
    June 27, 2008 - 1:16 pm | Permalink

    I live in Palo Alto and commute to Redwood City via my bicycle. It's not so bad. If it gets too hazy I have a shemagh (think desert banadana) that I can throw over my face. Bonus points because it makes me look like a bandit!

  • inkyfingers
    June 27, 2008 - 8:16 pm | Permalink

    I live in Palo Alto and commute to Redwood City via my bicycle. It's not so bad. If it gets too hazy I have a shemagh (think desert banadana) that I can throw over my face. Bonus points because it makes me look like a bandit!

  • Ron
    June 27, 2008 - 8:31 pm | Permalink

    Thats got to suck.

  • Ron
    June 28, 2008 - 3:31 am | Permalink

    Thats got to suck.

  • Anonymous
    June 28, 2008 - 3:41 am | Permalink

    You mean DNRs in other states are against cleaner air too?
    Jack

  • Anonymous
    June 28, 2008 - 10:41 am | Permalink

    You mean DNRs in other states are against cleaner air too?Jack

  • Roger
    June 28, 2008 - 5:18 pm | Permalink

    Fritz, I wish I could ship some of this extra water we have here near St. Louis to help you out. What a bizarre weather year.

  • Roger
    June 29, 2008 - 12:18 am | Permalink

    Fritz, I wish I could ship some of this extra water we have here near St. Louis to help you out. What a bizarre weather year.

  • Yokota Fritz
    June 29, 2008 - 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Commuting's okay, but long rides indeed are sucky. Some people I know like Murph are soldiering like usual but they're paying for it.

  • Yokota Fritz
    June 29, 2008 - 10:06 pm | Permalink

    Commuting's okay, but long rides indeed are sucky. Some people I know like Murph are soldiering like usual but they're paying for it.

  • steph
    June 29, 2008 - 4:46 pm | Permalink

    oh it's not that bad. I've been training 4-5x a week (2 hours a day at high intensity) and the worst these past weeks has been light phlegm (I live in Saratoga). Just a part of our habitat. Redwoods can't even germinate without the fire, that's what I keep reminding myself :)
    I think we'll be okay. Hang in there.

  • steph
    June 29, 2008 - 11:46 pm | Permalink

    oh it's not that bad. I've been training 4-5x a week (2 hours a day at high intensity) and the worst these past weeks has been light phlegm (I live in Saratoga). Just a part of our habitat. Redwoods can't even germinate without the fire, that's what I keep reminding myself :)I think we'll be okay. Hang in there.

  • Gino Zahnd
    June 30, 2008 - 1:47 pm | Permalink

    You guys don't know smoky in the bay. When I left Chico (to escape to the bay, where it isn't smoky) on Friday, at 8am everyone had their headlights on because it was so dark from the smoke!

    This weekend in the cool and foggy and breezy bay area was a relief, and this post smells like whining to me. :-)

  • Gino Zahnd
    June 30, 2008 - 8:47 pm | Permalink

    You guys don't know smoky in the bay. When I left Chico (to escape to the bay, where it isn't smoky) on Friday, at 8am everyone had their headlights on because it was so dark from the smoke!This weekend in the cool and foggy and breezy bay area was a relief, and this post smells like whining to me. :-)

  • Yokota Fritz
    June 30, 2008 - 1:57 pm | Permalink

    I was thinking of you up in Chico, Gino. One of my coworkers is from up the Sac Valley and he also told me it's pretty bad.

    And what are blogs for besides whining? :-)

  • Yokota Fritz
    June 30, 2008 - 8:57 pm | Permalink

    I was thinking of you up in Chico, Gino. One of my coworkers is from up the Sac Valley and he also told me it's pretty bad.And what are blogs for besides whining? :-)

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